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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn) and artist Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) reunite in this gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love. Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire for which Victor feels responsible, his parents have iso New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn) and artist Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) reunite in this gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love. Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire for which Victor feels responsible, his parents have isolated themselves, and Victor has dedicated his whole life to one thing: science. Nora Kumar is full of life. She is suffering from an incurable illness that will slowly consume her, so she's decided to live her last days to the fullest at her summer home outside of Gotham City until her birthday. On that day, she plans to take her own life. When Victor and Nora happen to meet at the cemetery outside of town, they are astonished to find the connection they have each been missing in their lives. Their summer quickly spirals into a beautiful romance, and Victor's cold heart begins to thaw, allowing him to enjoy life just a little more. But when Victor learns of Nora's illness, he's driven to try to find a solution to keep from losing another person he loves...by any means necessary. Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a tragic tale about living life to the fullest and what it truly means to love...and to let go.


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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn) and artist Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) reunite in this gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love. Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire for which Victor feels responsible, his parents have iso New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn) and artist Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) reunite in this gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love. Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire for which Victor feels responsible, his parents have isolated themselves, and Victor has dedicated his whole life to one thing: science. Nora Kumar is full of life. She is suffering from an incurable illness that will slowly consume her, so she's decided to live her last days to the fullest at her summer home outside of Gotham City until her birthday. On that day, she plans to take her own life. When Victor and Nora happen to meet at the cemetery outside of town, they are astonished to find the connection they have each been missing in their lives. Their summer quickly spirals into a beautiful romance, and Victor's cold heart begins to thaw, allowing him to enjoy life just a little more. But when Victor learns of Nora's illness, he's driven to try to find a solution to keep from losing another person he loves...by any means necessary. Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a tragic tale about living life to the fullest and what it truly means to love...and to let go.

30 review for Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I just panned Swamp Thing: Twin Branches for being too angsty and having an introverted scientist for a lead character, but here in a tragic love story those elements work, mostly because the reserved Victor Fries is overshadowed by the giant personality of Elinor Grace "Nora" Faria. The nicer art helps also. I just panned Swamp Thing: Twin Branches for being too angsty and having an introverted scientist for a lead character, but here in a tragic love story those elements work, mostly because the reserved Victor Fries is overshadowed by the giant personality of Elinor Grace "Nora" Faria. The nicer art helps also.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Ok, I wasn't prepared to get my heart shattered while reading a YA graphic novel, but here we are. Ok, I wasn't prepared to get my heart shattered while reading a YA graphic novel, but here we are.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    A very powerful and moving story about learning to live life in the moment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yursa Tahir

    This one portrays a more human side of a notorious villain of Gotham city. I like.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story Written by Lauren Myracle Illustrated by Isaac Goodhart *Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy to review. * When I first saw that Lauren and Isaac were teaming up again for another graphic novel, I knew I couldn’t wait get it in my hands. After what they produced with Catwoman, I was completely blown away by their teamwork and story. (Be sure to check that review here.) Anyway, I had thought that Victor and Nora was a side story to their Catwoman one, and Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story Written by Lauren Myracle Illustrated by Isaac Goodhart *Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy to review. * When I first saw that Lauren and Isaac were teaming up again for another graphic novel, I knew I couldn’t wait get it in my hands. After what they produced with Catwoman, I was completely blown away by their teamwork and story. (Be sure to check that review here.) Anyway, I had thought that Victor and Nora was a side story to their Catwoman one, and guys, I was sooooo wrong. This is a completely new series and I honestly couldn’t be happier. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story was one of the most intriguing novels I have read this year. Not only did Isaac tackle multiple art techniques and ideas, but Lauren was able to create Victor to be likable and give the reader feelings for him. So, if you didn’t know (and this could potentially be a spoiler alert in the next installment as it wasn’t exactly forward in this novel) Victor is the DC Supervillain, Mr. Freeze. Lauren was able to capture Victor in such an innocent light that it truly compels the reader to stay drawn in. Like he has something hiding up his sleeve…but I suppose we may find that out later. There are some trigger warnings: Death of a parent, death of a sibling, talk of suicide, suicide attempt, terminal illness, grief, and even PTSD from trauma. There could be a few more, but these were the ones that stood out to me enough to mention. Lauren and Isaac have mastered the art of capturing the readers heart strings and pulling on them. If you take a novel like A Fault in Our Stars and toss it in a jar, add a hint of Tim Burton, a smudge of Shakespeare, an ice cube, a flame, and a dash of teenage drama…give it a good shake. You would have this graphic novel. Now, come on, I’m only kidding a little bit please don’t do that. I do not condone the damaging of books. But truly, Victor and Nora are characters that will stick with you for a while. “Just, for years I’ve reached out to no one. And if anyone reached out to me… Well, I made sure to keep my heart protected. And then this girl comes along. And… and… She melts me.” While to most people Victor Fries is evil, you can’t help but wonder if his mission is what destroys him. Love. That is truly what breaks us all right? He just wants to save the person he loves, is that too much to ask…? This young origin story was truly a fascinating read. It was entertaining, beautiful, and well written. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is hands down one of the best graphic novels I read this year. Definitely up in my top 5 without a doubt. I hope you all give it a chance. I wish you all health, safety, and happiness as we get through these troubling and challenging times! Until next time, Brittany from DauntlesslyReading

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Completely loved this story. It was definitely a love story and like all good love stories, it has a heart-ache, but a perfect amount. It didn't go into schlocky or overly sentimental. The artwork was gorgeous and the characterization of both Victor and Nora was spot on. They were believable as people, as were the secondary characters. I love that this could be just a love story, but knowing that this is the beginning of a major character in the Batman-verse, it makes that character all that muc Completely loved this story. It was definitely a love story and like all good love stories, it has a heart-ache, but a perfect amount. It didn't go into schlocky or overly sentimental. The artwork was gorgeous and the characterization of both Victor and Nora was spot on. They were believable as people, as were the secondary characters. I love that this could be just a love story, but knowing that this is the beginning of a major character in the Batman-verse, it makes that character all that much more sympathetic. The love story tugged at me and it was beautiful and tragic and hopeful, all wrapped up together, like all good love stories are. Completely loved it and will be recommending this one for sure. Trigger warnings: fatal illness, attempted suicide, death of a sibling, death of a parent. Would say this is for YA and above. 5 stars. My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Comics for an eARC of this book to read and review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Beautiful, heartbreaking story. I'm enjoying these twist on superhero story graphic novels. Beautiful, heartbreaking story. I'm enjoying these twist on superhero story graphic novels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Oneirosophos

    Decent, nothing less, but also nothing more than this... Amazing art though!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A sold start to the origin story of Victor Fries, who will one day become notorious DC villain Mr. Freeze. It’s a good premise for a “how they went bad” type of origin story, though when we leave off after this graphic novel, we have no clue as to how that might happen. Indeed, it’s a strangely hopeful finish to a story that we know will ultimately end very, very badly. Normally I would assume this was merely the first installment in Myracle’s version of how Fries becomes Freeze, but these YA vi A sold start to the origin story of Victor Fries, who will one day become notorious DC villain Mr. Freeze. It’s a good premise for a “how they went bad” type of origin story, though when we leave off after this graphic novel, we have no clue as to how that might happen. Indeed, it’s a strangely hopeful finish to a story that we know will ultimately end very, very badly. Normally I would assume this was merely the first installment in Myracle’s version of how Fries becomes Freeze, but these YA villain origin graphic novels don’t tend to work like that. So it feels a bit empty and odd to end where it does, but perhaps our patience will ultimately be rewarded with a follow-up. The relationship between Victor and Nora feels a little rushed, but otherwise well plotted. The art is lovely, and Myracle, as always, does a good job of tugging your heartstrings without getting too schlocky. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarina

    I don’t know about this one... In the storylines I’ve read, Victor is a creepster who owns Nora’s preserved body and calls her his wife without consent. Because, you know, ✨romance✨ But I think it probably breaks from the comic storylines. Most of the YA DC graphic novels have featured the author’s unique take on the characters and backstories. Hopefully this is the case for Victor and Nora. If not, it will definitely be a painful and infuriating read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leonie

    Pros: - Nice art - I especially liked how the art style changed in some scenes - Suicide prevention resources included at the end of the book Cons: - Both main characters had weird personalities: Nora was too “quirky” for me, and Victor just creeped my out - Their relationship felt rushed - There was no plot Overall I’d rate this novel somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. [I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    ARC was provided by NetGalley and DC Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This review is being published after the release date (November 3rd, 2020) Content/Trigger Warnings: Talk of death, talk of suicide and suicidal thoughts, scene of attempted suicide, loss of a loved one (in the past), loss of a parent (in the past), grief, PTSD/trauma, terminal illness “So. Fire. Ice. Both hold the power to snuff out life. But love. Stronger than fire, more powerful than ice. Where love ARC was provided by NetGalley and DC Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This review is being published after the release date (November 3rd, 2020) Content/Trigger Warnings: Talk of death, talk of suicide and suicidal thoughts, scene of attempted suicide, loss of a loved one (in the past), loss of a parent (in the past), grief, PTSD/trauma, terminal illness “So. Fire. Ice. Both hold the power to snuff out life. But love. Stronger than fire, more powerful than ice. Where love surrounds, life abounds.” I don’t talk about it often, my love and appreciation for one of the saddest love stories in all of the Gotham Universe. While there are many love stories, many ships and pairings that happen, none of them quite compare to the love story of Victor and Nora. Victor Fries/Mister Freeze is probably one of my most favorite Gotham “villains” and truly, he’s just a man on a mission to save the one he loves. Being able to read this graphic novel in advance and see a whole new take on Victor and Nora makes me fall in love with this couple all the more. Also, I now have a deeper appreciation doe these characters and their younger side Our story follows Victor, a cryogenicist, who’s headed to Gotham Cemetery to visit his brother’s grave, as his grief and trauma weigh heavy on his shoulders. Nora and her family have just moved to a new house in Saint Agnes, to be closer to where her mother is buried. Upon their arrival at the new house, Nora decides to go visit her mother’s grave. Thus, these two characters cross paths and spark a very unusual conversation between one another. From here on out, these two will be pulled two one another and a romance will slowly bloom between them. When I say I loved these two characters and how they come together, I mean I really loved these two characters come together. Victor isn’t like your typical love interest. He’s very soft spoken, brilliant, and so compacted with love and passion. And Nora, she’s one hell of a firecracker. She’s whimsical, sarcastic, and she brings people out of their shell. These two balance each other out incredibly well. The chemistry shared between them is apparent from the very beginning, despite the unusual conversation. I don’t talk about it enough because it’s such a fifty-fifty chance, but I like to believe there are the cases where two broken people can heal one another, love each other so fiercely and deeply, and make the world seem a little brighter. And I truly believe with my whole and soul that Victor and Nora are one of those relationships. What I truly love most about Victor and Nora’s relationship is their love. Out of all the love and relationship pairings, none shine quite as bright as this particular relationship. These characters love one another so beautifully, so deeply, and I don’t think here has ever been a relationship in the Gotham Universe that had a more devoted partner than Victor when it comes to Nora. For those who aren’t familiar with the DC Universe or the Gotham Universe, Victor gave up everything for Nora. His love for Nora basically consumed him to the point of the only thing that has ever mattered has been finding a cure for Nora. Victor never cared if he came off as villain or how his actions impacted the those around him, his whole world revolves around Nora and finding the cure. And seeing how Nora and Victor come to love one another in this book, despite knowing everything they both carry on their shoulders, their love for each other grounds them in those difficult times. I really loved that the author included those moments of grounding because it’s so important to show how powerful love truly can be. “Just, for years I’ve reached out to no one. And if anyone reached out to me… Well, I made sure to keep my heart protected. And then this girl comes along. And… and… She melts me.” Of course the story itself is very well done. I’m not sure if the author actually researched the story of Victor and Nora, but reading this graphic novel felt like author did. I loved how the author alternated the story between Nora and Victor’s perspective. Most of the graphic novels out there only has Victor’s perspective of everything. So it’s a nice breath of fresh air to see Nora’s side of things. It’s also a nice change to see these this couple in their youth. Before Victor became Mister Freeze and before Nora became frozen. It’s nice to see these two characters in love and being in their relationship with one another. And just the mundane things like hanging out with friends and arguing with family. We also see the harder, more difficult side of things concerning their mental health and Victor who's coping with his trauma and PTSD. I really appreciated see those sides of Nora and Victor. It’s nice to see that side of these characters before everything became intense in their story. And I have to talk about the art because as always, Isaac Goodhart has such a beautiful art style. I really loved seeing the Tim Burton type of twist in the beginning. That was such a pleasant surprise and I think that was my particular favorite. However, the artist has a fantastic way of highlighting these scenes that are softer, kinder and the scenes that are intense like the panels where Nora is seeing the crow. The way those panels were designed with the shading and lighting really made for a great reading experience. My only real issue with this graphic novel has to be the one key detail that’s always remained true to Victor and Nora’s story line. Victor and Nora were and always have been married when Victor froze Nora. While I’m not sure if this was an intentional change for the story, given the audience this graphic novel is trying to target, but this is one key element that should have been included especially since this could have impacted the way this graphic novel concluded. Even more so, it seems the scene of attempted suicide was included (which has never be a part of Victor and Nora’s story) to replace the fact that Victor and Nora have been married. If you were to really look at the context of the graphic novel, we already see Nora and Victor fight over Victor suggesting he cryogenically freeze Nora until he can find a cure. Then the whole scene of attempted suicide comes in to play. In a way, depending on what you take away from this, all of these events lead to painting Victor in a negative light and making it seem like he was giving Nora no other choice than to be frozen. For my reading experience, personally, I would have preferred if we saw them elope or actually have a wedding ceremony compared to this one tweak of their story line. It comes off as hopeless, very negative way to lead into an ending for this graphic novel and I think it would have really benefitted this graphic novel to have a little more good scenes than fully wrap this graphic novel up on such a heavy note. “But I don’t care. I’m just happy to be alive. Happy to be in love.” Overall, I really enjoyed myself reading this graphic novel. I definitely think the marriage panel could have been added in to help balance the heaviness of the ending and to also stay semi-true to Victor and Nora’s original story. Also, I think this graphic novel shouldn’t have been so heavy with the death and suicide elements. If this graphic novel is targeting a younger audience, I’m not sure if going the darker route was the best past to take especially when it concerns those who are typically reading middle grade level books. However, I really liked this. It was so refreshing to see these characters outside of their usual setting, you know, Victor being a villain and Nora being fully frozen. And if you couldn’t tell, I just really love and appreciate the love story that is Nora and Victor’s. My heart felt so full reading this. And I have to mention the mental health and trauma/PTSD representation was very well done. I really liked how we got see those pieces throughout the book. I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy the DC Universe or even the Gotham Universe. I especially recommend this to those who love Victor and Nora’s relationship like I do. And of course, if you need a quick read or you’re look for a new graphic novel to pick up then I have to recommend this graphic novel! The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Ko-fi

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is exactly what it sounds like, a love story about Victor Fries (aka Mr. Freeze), and his beloved, Nora Kumar. Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, this graphic novel is the newest addition to DC's young adult graphic novel line. Victor is only seventeen years old, yet he's already faced so much tragedy in his life. It's pushed him apart from the rest of the world, and he doesn't know how to fix it. Or if he even wants to. That is, ri Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is exactly what it sounds like, a love story about Victor Fries (aka Mr. Freeze), and his beloved, Nora Kumar. Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, this graphic novel is the newest addition to DC's young adult graphic novel line. Victor is only seventeen years old, yet he's already faced so much tragedy in his life. It's pushed him apart from the rest of the world, and he doesn't know how to fix it. Or if he even wants to. That is, right up until Nora enters his life. Nora Kumar has a secret. It's a dark one, but one she's willing to ignore, especially when she meets a sweet boy by the name of Victor Fries. He's just as broken as she is, and they fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. But we all know how this story will end. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story may just be my favorite DC graphic novel from this year – and I adored the Beast Boy graphic novel, for context. Then again, I have always adored and been fascinated by the relationship between Victor and Nora, so that probably shouldn't be all that surprising. There is something so beautiful and tragic about this love story. It's like reading Romeo and Juliet for the hundredth time – you know the story is going to end poorly, and yet every time you pick it up, you find yourself hoping for that happily ever after. Or maybe that's just me. Either way, this is an absolutely endearing read. One that added more tragedies to both teenagers, which succeeded in making their tale all the more heartbreaking. I honestly didn't think that was possible at this point. The other reason I adored this Victor and Nora would have to be the artwork. Isaac Goodhart did a fantastic job here, portraying something truly beautiful. There are several surprising twists and inclusions in the artwork itself, which really made me smile. All things considered, those quirky additions really worked to make it all stand out even further. While solidifying the characters in the world they were both raised in. It was a nice touch. I should probably mention that I also adored the colors, just take a look at that cover, and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. There are some obvious themes and comparisons made over the course of this novel, fire and ice and all that, but they were put to wonderful effect, especially in the imagery department. If you haven't read Victor and Nora, I strongly suggest that you consider doing so in the near future. It's a treasure to behold, and a highlight of the newest line to come from DC Comics. Check out more reviews over a Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  14. 5 out of 5

    WordsAreMyForte

    I have absolutely no background knowledge on any DC comics, so this review might seem a little out of touch with the original material. Having said that, my rating is purely based on the story in this volume alone with no outside influence. I feel like I say this about so many graphic novels (which is a positive or negative, honestly), but by far my favorite aspect was the art style. I loved how Victor's POV was mostly cool, dulled colors while Nora's was all warm, bright hues; this really brough I have absolutely no background knowledge on any DC comics, so this review might seem a little out of touch with the original material. Having said that, my rating is purely based on the story in this volume alone with no outside influence. I feel like I say this about so many graphic novels (which is a positive or negative, honestly), but by far my favorite aspect was the art style. I loved how Victor's POV was mostly cool, dulled colors while Nora's was all warm, bright hues; this really brought out the differences between their personalities, which eventually began to merge once warm and cool colors collided towards the end. The main style is a pretty typical comic-book manner of drawing characters, settings, and panels, but there were some very striking departures into unique styles ((view spoiler)[I'm thinking of Nora's delusions involving the crow (hide spoiler)] ) and styles mimicking those of other famous artists (i.e. Tim Burton and Eric Carle). The story, on the other hand, wasn't as arresting as the visuals unfortunately. The beginning employs a very familiar setup to introduce two unlikely lovers: a meet-cute at a common place between two uncommon people, particularly the closed-off, emotionally stunted male and the optimistic, vivacious female. Nora was a characteristic manic-pixie dream girl for the majority of the story, until the falling action when she began to take more agency. It came very close to an interesting avenue for Nora's character, but the typical manic-pixie dream girl story played out. Ultimately, the ending was quite unsatisfactory and anticlimactic, probably due to the fact that I don't know the future of Mr. Freeze in Batman. I imagine if you are a lover of all things Batman, you'll probably derive much more enjoyment from this novel than a hapless reader of GN's who happened to stumble upon this at the library.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaymie

    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 3 stars = Good/solid/fine (Personal rating would be lower - this wasn't a great fit for me) Painfully shy, grieving, guilt-bearing, obsessive Victor Fries meets vivacious Nora who is determined to live while she can, even to the point of planning to lose her virginity before she dies. This is dark with lots of references to death, suicide, and visions of bird attacks that se [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 3 stars = Good/solid/fine (Personal rating would be lower - this wasn't a great fit for me) Painfully shy, grieving, guilt-bearing, obsessive Victor Fries meets vivacious Nora who is determined to live while she can, even to the point of planning to lose her virginity before she dies. This is dark with lots of references to death, suicide, and visions of bird attacks that seem to be metaphors for Nora's illness. The story is well-constructed and makes sense for where readers probably know things are going if they are familiar with the characters from DC already. But it was too dark for me personally. (Some language, talk of death, off page sex, TW: Suicide, grief/loss)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 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. For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2020/11/12/vi... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cresse

    A new version of Victor (DC supervillain, Mr. Freeze) and Nora's love story! Origin stories are always fun and interesting. This telling gives us a glimpse at a young love blooming out of personal loss, leading to a unique bond between Victor & Nora. The colors used in this graphic novel fit the story and the illustrations are stunning. I especially enjoyed the nods to other dark literature--Poe, Romeo/Juliet, Frankenstein, and even Titanic. A new version of Victor (DC supervillain, Mr. Freeze) and Nora's love story! Origin stories are always fun and interesting. This telling gives us a glimpse at a young love blooming out of personal loss, leading to a unique bond between Victor & Nora. The colors used in this graphic novel fit the story and the illustrations are stunning. I especially enjoyed the nods to other dark literature--Poe, Romeo/Juliet, Frankenstein, and even Titanic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason Carpenter

    I have always loved, and been fascinated by, the story of Victor Fries. It is beautiful, sad, and tragic. This comic shows his background so beautifully. The art is gorgeous, and the writing is amazing. I found myself holding out hope that the story would end differently than what is portrayed in the comics. I'll not offer any spoilers as to whether it did or not. In any case, I was blown away by the overall beauty of this book. I have always loved, and been fascinated by, the story of Victor Fries. It is beautiful, sad, and tragic. This comic shows his background so beautifully. The art is gorgeous, and the writing is amazing. I found myself holding out hope that the story would end differently than what is portrayed in the comics. I'll not offer any spoilers as to whether it did or not. In any case, I was blown away by the overall beauty of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    I actually loved this. A fun, fluffy love story with a tinge of sadness. I'm a huge fan of Isaac Goodhart's art. And the colorist deserves some love for the stunning color palette - the way Victor and Nora each had their own color palette at the beginning of their individual stories and how both merged slowly together as their lives intertwined. A+ I actually loved this. A fun, fluffy love story with a tinge of sadness. I'm a huge fan of Isaac Goodhart's art. And the colorist deserves some love for the stunning color palette - the way Victor and Nora each had their own color palette at the beginning of their individual stories and how both merged slowly together as their lives intertwined. A+

  20. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Obsessed! DC and Marvel are sometimes a struggle for me to get into, but adding a romance storyline made all the difference. I loved the dark vs light, fire vs ice storyline between Victor and Nora. I was dying to find out how it would end and for sure want to read the sequel (there has to be one). Loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The pictures in the book are GORGEOUS! I want Nora's hair! Ha! The backstory of how Victor became Mr. Freeze was interesting, but I am not a huge Marvel fan, so I wasn't as invested as a Mr. Freeze fan would be. BUT, if you are a Marvel fan, look out this would be up your alley. The pictures in the book are GORGEOUS! I want Nora's hair! Ha! The backstory of how Victor became Mr. Freeze was interesting, but I am not a huge Marvel fan, so I wasn't as invested as a Mr. Freeze fan would be. BUT, if you are a Marvel fan, look out this would be up your alley.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Key West Library

    This was a really cute graphic novel and a great into to Mr. Freeze. If you're looking for a good starting point to introduce someone to these characters, then you've found the right book. This was a really cute graphic novel and a great into to Mr. Freeze. If you're looking for a good starting point to introduce someone to these characters, then you've found the right book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hadia

    The art was STUNNING but the story itself wasn't nearly as well done. The romance felt instantaneous and the characters lacked development and depth. The ending was pretty rushed, too. The art was STUNNING but the story itself wasn't nearly as well done. The romance felt instantaneous and the characters lacked development and depth. The ending was pretty rushed, too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    This is one DC villain origin story that you don't want to miss. DC villains have always been misunderstood in my book. They all have the most fascinating origin stories and their character arcs are always super complex and compelling. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle did not disappoint me: the characters were complex, the love story tragic and the plot contained the perfect turning point into darkness and madness for Victor. The novel ends at a crossroads for Victor... and This is one DC villain origin story that you don't want to miss. DC villains have always been misunderstood in my book. They all have the most fascinating origin stories and their character arcs are always super complex and compelling. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle did not disappoint me: the characters were complex, the love story tragic and the plot contained the perfect turning point into darkness and madness for Victor. The novel ends at a crossroads for Victor... and we can fill in the blanks to how he turns into one of the DC legendary villains. The art work is beautiful and storyline is beautifully tragic. This is the first graphic novel I have read about a supervillain and I enjoyed every page of it. What makes this graphic novel stand out? The tragic love story is nothing new; indeed, the ironic literary allusions to Romeo and Juliet and Titanic made me chuckle. The tormented scientist playing with life and death is nothing new either. There's literary allusions to Frankenstein (the book nerd in me was happy). For the book nerds out there, the raven will make you think of Poe and make your telltale heart happy. The tragic end of Nora... well, we all know Nora is Victor's obsession and true love. So... that leaves the art and the twist in the usual narrative. The art is stunning. Blues are used for Victor and pinks are used for Nora; when they are together, shades of purples mingle together. The chapter headlines are adorable: the boy.../the girl... pay attention to the colors. They tell their own story. Grab a comfy blanket and a cup of tea. Settle down for this frosty love story. Your heart will melt for Victor and Nora.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Merna Moghazy

    Love the art and the story so much.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    I honestly had no idea who this was about until I started reading it. I just knew it was a new DC Ink title, and I've been loving them so far. And this was no exception - another good addition to this only-vaguely-connected series. I honestly had no idea who this was about until I started reading it. I just knew it was a new DC Ink title, and I've been loving them so far. And this was no exception - another good addition to this only-vaguely-connected series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Huge thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This story completely ripped my heart out! It's emotional, it's messy, it's engaging, it's smart and a wild ride. For those not familiar, this is an adaptation of the story of Mr. Freeze, a supervillain from the Batman series. I loved this story. There were a few changes from the original Mr. Freeze story, but they were so tastefully done they just made for an even better story. The art is gorgeous! It's cl Huge thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This story completely ripped my heart out! It's emotional, it's messy, it's engaging, it's smart and a wild ride. For those not familiar, this is an adaptation of the story of Mr. Freeze, a supervillain from the Batman series. I loved this story. There were a few changes from the original Mr. Freeze story, but they were so tastefully done they just made for an even better story. The art is gorgeous! It's clean, bright and perfect for this story. I can't wait to see what happens in this story. PLEASE release the next installment ASAP! I need to continue Victor and Nora's story. 5 stars! If you haven't read it, read it now. I will be rereading this story until I can get my hands on the next one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    aya

    excellently heartbreaking

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lestat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I knew of this book but wasn’t tempted to read it till my book club mentioned that there were some interesting themes in this book that made it a great read. Look, I get where the novelty of this book comes from, but so much of it played out as stereotypical teenaged angst. Downgrading the characters to being just teenagers when these events happen bothered me no end. I get that this is the YA series of DC books, but would it have been that hard for the YA audience to appreciate the love story, I knew of this book but wasn’t tempted to read it till my book club mentioned that there were some interesting themes in this book that made it a great read. Look, I get where the novelty of this book comes from, but so much of it played out as stereotypical teenaged angst. Downgrading the characters to being just teenagers when these events happen bothered me no end. I get that this is the YA series of DC books, but would it have been that hard for the YA audience to appreciate the love story, the anguish and themes if the characters had been a little more age appropriate? I’ve not read all the DC YA books, but the ones I have felt like the stories fit the characters being so young. This one doesn’t. Victor is such a genius that at age 17 he’s an intern who appears to be working on his own solo, ground breaking experiment. One that only he can work on and succeeds at? Why couldn’t he have been part of a team and worked with them? Why couldn’t he have been older and the project manager. And driven to desperation, we see the first signs of his future supervillain career when we works his subordinates to the bone? And Nora—poor Nora. Not only has she been relegated to being Mr. Freeze’s frozen wife for decades in the comics and Batman adaptations, but the moment she gets to be a living, breathing human being, her entire story arc revolves around her romance with Victor. Honestly, she is written as nothing but a flighty, pretty young thing with nothing defining her but her suicidal tendencies and her love for Victor. She isn’t a person, she’s a Macguffin. I hated how she was portrayed in this book. Nothing more than a beautiful Barbie doll, who’s fear is drawn in a contrived fashion. Every interaction she has is solely about Victor. Even her illness takes a backseat to her relationship with Victor. I don’t understand why she—and the other thin girls in this book—were drawn constantly bending like a minimally articulated doll. Who does that with their bodies? Also, did we need the panel of a 16 year old girl in her undies? Did we! What shocks me is that this book was written by a woman and Nora is still written as a two dimensional character. She has no hobbies, interests or personality. She is literally two things—determined to die before a certain date, in love with Victor. It’s ok for her to daydream about him from time to time, but what else is there to her? What does Nora think of when she’s alone? When she’s with her family? Victor thinks of Nora, but he also has a job and is determined to succeed in his experiment, even before Nora entered the picture. Victor has long conversations about science and his experiments, Nora has conversations about... Victor. Victor is a person in this book, Nora is not. I do like that apparently Nora is part Indian in this book—her father is Sanjay Faria, which makes me think he’s of Goan origin—so that’s a nice change of pace. Let’s talk about the ending. Nora is forced into it. I’m sorry, but that was awful awful awful. She wanted to die, and instead Victor basically forced her to take the freeze spray. She didn’t want that. She took it because otherwise he wouldn’t ‘let her go’. I’m sorry, what? That’s hideous and gross. I know Victor is a super villain in the future, but his one redeeming factor is that he has always loved his wife and his villainous activities are fuelled by his need to have the equipment and facilities to cure her. This book is not a love story. It’s about two teens who meet and then become obsessed with their own specific agendas. The only problem is that Victor decides that Nora’s agenda is bad (suicide) while his is not (freezing a sixteen year old girl without her consent so that he can one day, maybe, find a way to cure her). Did I mention that Victor had not clinically tried this? Nora was his first human experiment. She could have died, and it wouldn’t have been the death that she had envisioned for herself. And all this is happening to a teenaged girl. I mean, how does her father feel about this? And her little brother? How do they cope with what Victor did? I know we’re supposed to accept that this was Nora’s decision, but it wasn’t. Victor would not let her go and he was practically hounding her to take the freeze spray. See, if they were older, knew each other better, were married and then coping with Nora’s accelerated illness, the story would have been so much richer. First of all, not everyone peaks in their teen years. Most people live and struggle long after that. It would be nice for pop culture to remember that from time to time. Also, for an older Nora and Victor to have a conversation about how to deal with her illness and his possible experiments would have been less horrifying to read. We need people in relationships to be on an equal footing. I just hated how this book set itself up to be this great love story, and it undermined its own premise from the get go. It’s so tropey and stereotypical. It’s like every teen romantic tragedy ever seen on tv or written in books. It isn’t interesting and it is toxic. I expected better. Why did I expect better?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    I have read a handful of Lauren Myracle books, but Victor and Nora is the first graphic novel that I've read. Victor and Nora tells the story of two seventeen-year-olds who have both experienced the loss of a family member. Nora reckons with death by leaning in: she has an illness that will definitively shorten her lifespan, so she's had to face her mortality. Victor deals with death by trying to stop it. He works in a lab and is developing a cryogenic freezing technique that could allow him to I have read a handful of Lauren Myracle books, but Victor and Nora is the first graphic novel that I've read. Victor and Nora tells the story of two seventeen-year-olds who have both experienced the loss of a family member. Nora reckons with death by leaning in: she has an illness that will definitively shorten her lifespan, so she's had to face her mortality. Victor deals with death by trying to stop it. He works in a lab and is developing a cryogenic freezing technique that could allow him to freeze organisms indefinitely before reanimating them or even use the freezing technique to regenerate cells. Of course, their two unique experiences come together in a mix of teenage emotions. SPOILERS BELOW . . . . . . . Ultimately, I feel like the story has been done before (The Fault in Our Stars, Five Feet Apart). In fact, at one point Nora says, "This is the only life we get. It's our duty to enjoy it!" which I feel like is almost verbatim to a quote from All the Bright Places. I also feel that this book could present some potentially dangerously unrealistic representations of physical intimacy: Nora states plainly she is a virgin and when she has sex with Victor, it's suggested that they have five separate instances of very enjoyable coitus. Come on. I would hope for a more realistic or attainable depiction of a first sexual encounter from a female author writing for a young adult audience. Along that same vein, Nora is unfortunately damsel-in-distress-y. At one point, while Victor is describing some science theories to her, she says, "Ahhhh. I see. By which I mean I don't. At all. But please, don't explain." This was cringe-worthy for me. If I was a guiding any young readers, I would steer them away from this story. While I realize that some books are meant purely for entertainment, I still think that YA authors have a responsibility to write for impressionable and developing minds in a way that is responsible. I don't know that Myracle succeeds in doing so in Victor and Nora.

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