Book Review: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz (ARC)

Gotham High

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Illustrated by: Thomas Pitilli

Publication Date: 07 April 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy – Graphic Novel

Publisher: DC Comics

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!

Gotham High was a much needed distraction when my current concentration level is at a max of ten seconds.

Following his expulsion at a prestigious all-boy prep school, 17 year old Bruce Wayne finds himself at Gotham High. Along the way, he finds himself friending some old favorites like Harvey Dent and Ivy, but some new faces make their way onto the scene.

Following the kidnapping of Harvey Dent, Bruce realizes that something sinister is going down at Gotham High, and he needs to get to the bottom of it.

This graphic novel retelling of Batman was so refreshing. I love that there’s so many diverse characters including Bruce Wayne who is half Chinese and his uncle Alfred who is gay. The plot was fast paced and entertaining. The plot twist wasn’t too surprising but it was a lot of fun.

I can’t wait to see what the Gotham High Kids are up to next!

Thank you to DC Comics and MBC Books for my review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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