This is the story of the romance between Victor Fries and Nora Kumar. Each is struggling with the death of a loved one and the prospects of possibly continuing without each other. With the memory of his deceased brother, Victor has his head stuck in his lab trying to find a solution to his freeze hypothesis. How do you freeze a life (insect or maybe human) and thaw it out later… alive? Nora is dealing with the death of her mother and her own chronic illness. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a graphic novel that gives us the ‘first times’ in these classic Batman characters’ lives. Mr. Freeze through the middle-school lens.
I really appreciated the complexity of the two families. They are both grief-stricken but still tasked with raising these two intelligent teens who are both freaked out and totally engrossed by this love interest. While I didn’t like the artwork especially, I appreciated the variety of scenes with these two falling for each other. This plot is not the trip to the ice rink or the ice cream parlor or a study session… Myracle writes of that gradual tug of another person and a slow ramp to the final decisions they make.
Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a fine romance that comes with a perfect ending. Pick it up for an offshoot in the Caped Crusader’s world.
4 out of 5
Thank you to NetGalley, DC Comics, the author and artist for an advanced copy for review.
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