Return to Gotham Academy in 2022 with a little Maps Mizoguchi action

After a three-year hiatus, Gotham Academy is back in session – but only for a brief moment (for now, at least).

January 4’s Batman #119 will contain a surprise backup story featuring the Gotham Academy franchise’s Mia ‘Maps’ Mizoguchi back up to what we’ve come to love her for – investigating crimes and dealing with the hot goss going around the school. In this case, it’s the sudden disappearance of one of her classmates.

Batman #119 cover

(Image credit: Jorge Molina (DC))

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There’s no mention of Maps’ classmates (particularly her best friend Olive Silverlock and those in their detective club at the center of Gotham Academy), so it’s possible that one of her friends is the missing classmate. In this case of playing ‘detective,’ she’s teaming up with Dark Detective himself, Batman.

Although not the main character of the original Gotham Academy series, Maps quickly became the fan-favorite from this cult-favorite book. She’s a big fan of Gotham superheroes (particularly Robin), and her nickname ‘Maps’ comes from her obsession with urban exploration and cartography. 

Gotham Academy’s original series artist Karl Kerschl returns for this brief Batman #119 short, this time drawing and writing this brief reprise of the cult-favorite ‘New 52’ era franchise. This is Kerschl’s second Maps/Batman team-up this year, after a short in Batman: Black & White #4 (opens in new tab) in which Maps was a Robin.

Batman #119 goes on sale on January 4, and the entire Gotham Academy series is available now in these collections: Welcome to Gotham Academy (opens in new tab), Calamity (opens in new tab), Yearbook (opens in new tab), Second Semester (opens in new tab), The Ballad of Olive Silverlock (opens in new tab), and Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy (opens in new tab).

Gotham Academy is also available on all major digital comics platforms. Check out our recommended best digital comics readers. 

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