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Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story-DC Review

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by author Lauren Myracle, Illustrations Isaac Goodhart

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a DC graphic novel aimed at the young adult audience. It is the story of how a young Mr. Freeze met the woman of his dreams and ended up on the path to Gotham notoriety. We’ve seen his origin story before but this goes even further back to the beginning.

Victor (not yet Mr. Freeze) is a young scientist, just starting his career and full of ambition. Nora is dying. She has a disease that is incurable and she is fully aware of her fate. But when she meets Victor she can’t help but want that first love that everyone else seems entitled to. Shouldn’t she get to experience this in her short life?

Victor and Nora fall for each other swiftly with Victor unaware of her fatal condition. Before they are able to exchange I love yous Nora confesses that they will not get a long life together. But Victor quickly comes up with a plan in order to avoid heartbreak.

As any DC fan already knows, Victor freezes his beloved hoping for the day that a cure will be discovered and he’ll be able to awaken her and continue their life together. Mr. Freeze is always a tragic and sympathizable figure. His story often has the most heart out of any of the standard Gotham villains. Even if it is rarely if ever done well on screen.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a sweet origin story. It focuses on the romance with no mention of Batman or the larger Gotham underworld. This is Victor and Nora’s story, intimate and unconcerned with anyone else.

My only complaint is that I would have liked more backstory or development for Nora’s character. She really isn’t much more than dying girl. When she is interacting with Victor she doesn’t seem to understand or appreciate all of his science and research work so I’m not sure why it is that they’re supposed to click so well. I guess it’s just young hormones.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is another addition to the sick kids in love genre, a very popular genre of doomed romance for the younger generations. Although it’s a bit trite at this point it’s well told and sweetly entertaining, these kinds of books are why I keep returning to this emotionally manipulative genre time and time again.

4/5 snowflakes ❄❄❄❄

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