[#GraphicNovel] Gotham High by Melissa De La Cruz & Thomas Pitilli

GENRE: Graphic Novel, Young Adult

MY RATING: ⭐⭐

Artwork: 5 ⭐

Storyline: 2.5 ⭐

PUB DATE: 04. 07. 2020

**UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT**

I’m gonna be the first to address the elephant in the room! Did anyone else not see a problem with Bruce Wayne being Chinese?! Seriously..his name may as well have been changed to Bruce Wang.

Let me break it down to you:

– Bruce Wayne is Chinese or half Chinese. His Uncle Alfred is also Chinese but with a white last name (Pennyworth)?

-Selina Kyle is Spanish

-Ivy is Korean

While I appreciated the cultural diversity and all for ethnic representation, this was SO not the way to do it! I kinda hated this version to be honest. Allow me to explain.

First of all, I’m Asian..so the idea of a Chinese Batman is just weird & wrong! Even for me!! I grew up with Bruce Wayne always being white, and should have stayed that way in my opinion.

The story itself was good, but I had a hard time getting past the cultural changes and stereotypes. Had this been an entirely different cast of characters, that just so happened to take place at Gotham High, then sure. This would have worked.
But I don’t think this will appeal to any of those who are fans of the original dark knight.

Who ever gave the green light on this version..what the fuck were you smoking?!!

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.

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda @ImageComics

Genre: Graphic Novel

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s been a while since I’ve read a graphic novel, and I’ve had Monstress on my wishlist for a couple of years now! So glad I finally bought it on Black Friday and read it!!

The artwork is stunning and the storyline is so complex.

I’ll be completely honest, the story can be a tad confusing and not everyone is into this kind of fantasy. So you’ll either really love this intricate world (like moi), or you won’t. But I’ll try to get into it without spoiling it.

There are humans, Arcanics (half human, half Ancient), Ancients and other animal hybrids.

The story starts with an introduction to the main character, who is a teenage Arcanic girl missing her left arm. Her name is Maika Halfwolf who is trying to piece together a dark past she doesn’t remember.

Here’s what we know:

– Maika was a slave when she was young and manages to escape with her friend Tuya.

– Now at 17, she (Maika) decides to go back to the slaver and gets auctioned to the Cumaea, which is a human research organization with connections to her mother Moriko Halfwolf.

– all hell breaks loose upon meeting Yvette, which we discover was once friends with Moriko, but betrayed her.

– it is here that we also meet Kippa (one my fave characters), and meet the monster living in Maika’s missing arm.

– Maika has an unknown piece of a mask, which wreaks even more havoc on her already dangerous journey.

There was never a dull moment and the ending..

It definitely leaves you wanting to read vol. 2!

Have you read it? What did you think? Have you read the other books in this series??

GOODREADS

Narwhal & Jelly Series by Ben Clanton @TundraBooks

Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

OH-EM-GEE. This series is total cuteness overload! Think Spongebob & Patrick, but not annoying.

I had just as much fun as my kids did reading this, and would highly recommend it for ages 6 & up.

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

Mera Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige & Stephen Byrne

Genre: Graphic Novel, YA

After watching Aquaman last week, I thought Mera was a total badass and was stoked to have received a copy of Mera: Tidebreaker.

This story goes back to the beginning to a young Mera and Arthur. Mera wants to prove to her father that she is more than just a princess. She is a warrior.

Arthur has no idea who he truly is and is about to find out.

For me, this didn’t read like the typical DC Comics I’m used to. It felt more like it was for a much younger audience..which isn’t a bad thing. My 7 year old son is a huge DC Comics fan like I am, so this was one that he was able to enjoy as well.

Overall, I loved getting to know more of Mera’s past and meeting the teenage Arthur Curry.

Aquaman and Mera are still relatively new to me. I’ve always been more of Superman and Wonder Woman kinda gal, so this was a good introduction.

Are you a fan of DC Comics? Who’s your favourite hero or villain?

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

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