Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Teen Mr. Freeze in compelling tale of star-crossed love.

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Educational Value

Victor and Nora offers the opportunity to discuss what it is like to fall in love for the first time and how to manage a chronic illness. An appendix lists mental health resources.

Positive Messages

Even in the face of chronic illness, it's possible to find joy. You never know what tomorrow might bring. 

Positive Role Models

Victor Fries is an intensely dedicated teen scientist, driven by memories of his older brother, who died in a fire. Nora Faria is an outgoing 17-year-old harboring a difficult secret.They fall in love over a summer but face adversity with bravery and compassion. In terms of representation, Victor is White, Nora South Asian, and the supporting cast is diverse.

Violence

Nora is haunted by frightening visions of an aggressive, giant black bird. Victor obsesses about his brother's death in a fire.

Sex

Victor and Nora sleep together while her father and brother are away, and there'ss a page depicting them in bed, without too much skin showing. Nora is a virgin, and Victor comments that he is too tired for a fifth time. A group of Nora's girlfriends talk about "one-night stands."

Language

Swearing is infrequent: an instance or two of "hell," "damn," and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Victor is a scientist working on a secret formula for a drug that can freeze animal cells without hurting them. He wants to test it on a human subject.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story, by Lauren Myracle and illustrator Isaac Goodhart, is a graphic novel that chronicles the early years of Batman's adversary Mr. Freeze. College-age scientist Victor Fries and 17-year-old Nora Faria fall in love while she's  battling a chronic illness. Victor is Nora's first lover, and there are three pages of them in bed together, without much skin showing. Swearing is limited to a few instances each of "damn," "hell," and "s--t." Frightening images include a deadly housefire and attacks by a giant bird.

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What's the story?

As VICTOR & NORA: A GOTHAM LOVE STORY opens, Victor Fries and Nora Faria meet in a cemetery, he visiting his brother's grave, she her mother's. They strike up a friendship that blossoms into a romance. Unfortunately, Nora suffers from an incurable disease, and the couple must decide whether to get closer emotionally before she gets too ill. Victor's field of research is cryogenics, and he is tempted to use his secret drug to help her.

Is it any good?

No one starts out a villain, and this heartfelt graphic novel details the early years of a haunted romance. In Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story, writer Lauren Myracle and illustrator Isaac Goodhart work well together, finding a good mix of light and dark imagery and dialogue. They make clear the attraction between the main characters. Myracle's dialogue sometimes sounds over the top, but young people in love often sound that way. Fans of Batman know where this romance is headed, but the volume ends before the Caped Crusader can make an appearance.Victor & Nora is a compelling tale of star-crossed love that will please superhero enthusiasts and graphic novel newbies alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Victor & Nora and how people respond to chronic illness. What accommodations can be made to help people with disabilities and serious illness?

  • Why are there strict rules about the testing and distribution of new medicines? What can go wrong when those rules are broken?

  • What resources are available to teens dealing with mental health issues?

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