Title: Gotham High
Author: Melissa de la Cruz & Thomas Pitilli
Genre: YA Graphic Novel
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
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“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.
After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.
When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.
With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!” (Goodreads)
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files:Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour,Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue,CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trendsand fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews. Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
I was immediately drawn in by the cover. The graphics inside are just as good as the ones on the cover. The colors are amazing and obviously as someone who enjoys DC characters I had to give this one a try.
Overall I had a good experience with this one. I liked being reintroduced to Batman, Catwoman, The Joker, and Poison Ivy in a new way.
It was interesting to see how they diversified the characters and story from the originals. It was kind of hard to separate the two at first but as I continued reading it got easier and left me intrigued by the plot.
The plot was definitely engaging throughout the book. I had a couple of guesses on how it would play out and I definitely wasn’t close. The ending was good and sets the stage for this to be a series.
My only complaint would be the vaping done by two of the kids. I think that it was unnecessary and shouldn’t be portrayed in books to a young audience.
If you are a fan superhero/villain origin stories then I would definitely recommend this new take on beloved characters.
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