Gotham High Review

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About the Book

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!

Review

Happy book birthday! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book, so I jumped at the bit to read Gotham High early! I mean it helps with my eagerness that I have always been a huge Batman fan! But I also love the illustrations in this comic and I mean, just look at that cover! The colors! The images! Just, perfection!

Honestly, for me the illustrations in a comic book make or break the story. If I don’t really like the style of illustration I find that I focus more on that versus the actual text. So, I was really excited when I saw these illustrations. Like REALLY really excited! Because they’re just so gorgeous!

The next thing I actually really liked was all of the culture diversity in this book! Each of the main characters are culturally diverse and while that differs from the traditional story, I think that the author kept enough of the classic elements to make the story still seem like a Batman story. This all leads me to the fact that the female was a villain. I know a lot of people are upset by this, but I actually don’t mind. I mean, not all women are nice and strong and amazing, some are manipulative and rude and villain-y (you can probably tell I like these types of characters more, gives them more depth). I also like that this story was modernized but not TOO modernized. For me it wouldn’t be a comic book if it didn’t have any of those cheesy vintage-y elements.

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About the Author

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, trends and 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.

About the Illustrator

Thomas Pitilli is an illustrator and comic book artist living in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in such publications as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and more. He is artist on the comic series Riverdale from Archie Comics as well as an upcoming project with DC Comics. When not making art, Thomas enjoys music, museums and summertime in NYC. 

*I received a copy from DC in exchange for an honest review*

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