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.
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Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire that Victor feels responsible for, 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 in Gotham City until her birthday, the day she plans to take her own life. When Victor and Nora meet one day at the cemetery outside of town, they are astonished to find the connection they've been missing in their lives. Their summer quickly spirals into a beautiful romance, and Victor's cold heart is able to thaw, allowing him to begin 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 whatever means he can. Victor and 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.