From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took--even destroy the ones they love--to satisfy their own motives. After being kicked out of his boarding school, 17-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. With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies--all within the hallways of Gotham High!
When Bruce returns to Gotham, he isn't sure what to expect but he's surprised when he sees Selena again. He barely recognizes her as the little girl who lives next door. Selena isn't the same girl he once knew either. She may not show it on the outside, but her home life isn't the best. Her dad has a severe case of Alzheimer's and they don't have any money because Selena can't access her trust fund until she's 21.
There's always something going down in Gotham and this time, someone's kidnapping rich kids and holding them hostage for ransom money. The police aren't doing much to solve the crimes, so Bruce decides it's up to him. While getting closer to Selena and Jack, he can't help but think there's more going on than what his eyes can see.
GOTHAM HIGH is a story of villains and heroes, of love and betrayal, of loss and riches. Fans of the characters of Gotham City won't want to miss this one because it gives us insight on what our favorite people might've been like as teenagers. We also see Harvey and Ivy make an appearance which I love. I also really like the diversity that Melissa de la Cruz gives us.
Final Verdict: I recommend this to fans of graphic novels, superheroes and villains, the Gotham universe, stories of betrayal, diverse characters, and strong female leads since Selena is the narrator of the story.
Selena's father has early-onset Alzheimer's with more bad days than good. She cannot afford to keep the home nurse he has at the end of the year. She has a trust left by her mother, but she cannot access it until she is 21- which is several years away. In the book, we also meet Harvey, Jack, and Ivy, though their stories are not as fleshed out.
Bruce finds himself poisoned and Harvey kidnapped seemingly randomly, though it is not clear who the actual target was- as he investigates, he finds himself tangled into something dangerous.
I really liked that Bruce was half-Asian and that Alfred was his Asian uncle who was also gay. The illustrations here are really fantastic and portray the story really well. It also speaks to problems around wealth disparity and healthcare, which add an interesting element. I liked the romance that pops up, and I think this could be a really interesting series.
Overall, GOTHAM HIGH is an interesting new series that shows the "before" of the iconic characters in a fresh new way.