The Oracle Code eBook Ì The Oracle PDF \

The Oracle Code eBook Ì The Oracle  PDF \ TheNew York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp This Is Where It Ends and artist Manuel Preitano unveil a graphic novel that explores the dark corridors of Barbara Gordon s first mystery herselfAfter a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss Within these walls, strange sounds escape at night patients go missing and Barbara begins to put together pieces of what she believes to be a larger puzzleBut is this suspicion simply a result of her trauma Fellow patients try to connect with Barbara, but she pushes them away, and she d rather spend time with ghost stories than participate in her daily exercises Even Barbara s own judgment is in questionIn The Oracle Code, universal truths cannot be escaped, and Barbara Gordon must battle the phantoms of her past before they swarm her future A thoughtful and engaging origin story for Barbara Gordon Oracle Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Netgalley Trigger warning for medical abuse Caution this review contains vague spoilers Barbara Gordon daughter of police commissioner James Gordon and hacker extraordinaire is running toward the scene of a crime when she s shot and paralyzed from the waist down Six weeks into her recovery, Commissioner Gordon send A thoughtful and engaging origin story for Barbara Gordon Oracle Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Netgalley Trigger warning for medical abuse Caution this review contains vague spoilers Barbara Gordon daughter of police commissioner James Gordon and hacker extraordinaire is running toward the scene of a crime when she s shot and paralyzed from the waist down Six weeks into her recovery, Commissioner Gordon sends his daughter to the Arkham Center for Independence, where she ll undergo physical and mental rehabilitation Ghosted by her longtime friend Benjamin, Barbara is reluctant to get too close to anyone everyone leaves you in the end, after all Luckily, fellow classmates Yeong, Issy, and Jena refuse to let Barbara be, and an unexpected mystery further helps draw Barbara out of her shell.The ACI is as creepy as it is opulent at night, the halls echo with cryptic sounds and the shadows of residents who have long since disappeared Jena, teller of ghost stories whispered in the wee hours of the night, begs Barbara for help finding her missing twin brother Dr Maxwell insists that Michael died in the fire that severely injured his sister, and that Jena s mind is too fragile to accept the truth Though she s reluctant to get sucked into another mystery, Jenna s sudden disappearance tips her hand Friends are precious, and she s not about to let another one slip through her fingers Before you can say Birds of Prey, Barbara is brain deep in a corporate conspiracy that involves child trafficking and human experimentation I m really digging this new DC YA series if anything, it provides a handy entry point into the DC verse for newbies like myself I love comics, but the decades long history of so many DC and Marvel characters can prove overwhelming Mostly I just stick to newer series, like Sex Criminals, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet, and the like I was lucky enough to review Shadow of the Batgirl in which an older Barbara Gordon plays a role as Cassandra Cain s boss mentor , and The Oracle Code lives up the expectations set by its predecessor The storyline is engaging enough, but it s really the characters who stand out here YA author Marieke Nijkamp who identifies as queer, non binary, and disabled writes Barbara, Yeong, Issy, and Jena with compassion and care There s a great exchange between the eeeevil scientists and the margnalized teens in which the teens challenge their doctors assessment of them as broken people in need of fixing Is there a white savior analog that can be applied to the ableds If so, this is a prime example of IT Hopefully you ll also catch how the doctors try to gaslight Barbara when she starts sniffing around, insisting that she believe them instead of her own two eyes and ginormous brain Barbara s squad as well as the residents and staff at ACI is diverse as heck and thus reflective of reality, which I appreciate And the brief few panels of wheelchair basketball are great.And now I shall go back to counting the days until Superman Smashes the Klan Gene Luen Yang and Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed Laurie Halse Anderson hit the shelves Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI hated Nijkamp s YA novel, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, so much that I had pretty much decided never again But I m a sucker for graphic novels, especially novels about female characters who are in STEM and are strong and capable, so I figured maybe it was worth giving the author another chance.THE ORACLE CODE blew all of my expectations out of the water It almost feels like a response to THE KILLING JOKE, which also ended up with Barbara Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI hated Nijkamp s YA novel, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, so much that I had pretty much decided never again But I m a sucker for graphic novels, especially novels about female characters who are in STEM and are strong and capable, so I figured maybe it was worth giving the author another chance.THE ORACLE CODE blew all of my expectations out of the water It almost feels like a response to THE KILLING JOKE, which also ended up with Barbara Gordon severely injured, but in this book, Barbara, or Babs as she likes to be called, is the heroine of her story and not a victim.After a terrible accident puts her in a wheelchair, Babs is sent to a rehabilitation center in Arkham, where she meets three other girls who end up becoming her friends of sorts Jana, Yeong, and Issy At first, Babs pushes them all away, as she is depressed and still coming to terms with the effects of her accident, but as she gets fit, and learns how to navigate in her wheelchair, tackling everything from stairs to sports, she becomesconfident.That confidence is a must, because she discovers something sinister about Arkham Jana tells sinister stories when she visits Babs s room at night And Babs finds out that people at the center have a history of going missing Are they getting better Or is it something darker andmalicious I loved the art in this book The illustrations are soft androunded than the art typically geared for adults, but it fits the story I also liked the contrast between the realistic portions and the way the tales that Jana told were illustrated, which were muchstylized and reminded me of Coraline I feel like those passages were a great way for the artist, Manuel Preitano, to show off his abilities.The story is also really good, too Lots of diversity one of Babs s friends is Asian, the other is black , disability rep, and of course, a STEM heroine who s a teenage hacker I liked the mystery element, and the messages about friendship, confidence, and belonging, and how Babs gradually stopped thinking about her disability as the end of her old life, but as an obstacle that could be overcome with a bit of extra work or different approaches It felt like a very empowering book to me, and it was great to see Barbara Gordon portrayed with such agency and competence after THE KILLING JOKE.Definitely a must read for anyone who likes creepy stories and strong heroines Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars A YA retelling of Barbara Gordon s origin as Oracle Barbara is hanging out with her friend Ben and suffers an accident or is shot The storytelling is very unclear on this point as she is shown falling off a rooftop but then it s referenced that she was shot later on in the story and is paralyzed from the waist down Arkham has been reimagined as a rehabilitation center where one goes to learn to live with their new circumstances The majority of the book is Babs trying to process what she s A YA retelling of Barbara Gordon s origin as Oracle Barbara is hanging out with her friend Ben and suffers an accident or is shot The storytelling is very unclear on this point as she is shown falling off a rooftop but then it s referenced that she was shot later on in the story and is paralyzed from the waist down Arkham has been reimagined as a rehabilitation center where one goes to learn to live with their new circumstances The majority of the book is Babs trying to process what she s went through and deal with her feelings The mystery angle of this book feels somewhat tacked on It s given little time until the end where it all just blossoms out of nowhere.Manuel Preitano s art is serviceable The colors are used to show who your eyes should focus on in a panel Only the characters of interest are in full color while everyone else is meant to fade into the background by splashing them all in the same color Received a review copy from DC and Edelweiss All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. i have a lot of conflicting feelings about this one on the one hand this was a cute little story it had an intriguing mystery, and the art was good i think a lot of people, especially preteens, would find this enjoyable on the other hand something about this interpretation of Barbara felt off i had a hard time separating this from every other batgirl oracle comic i ve read out there i don t know how i feel about all the changes to her origin story, though i do understand why some of i have a lot of conflicting feelings about this one on the one hand this was a cute little story it had an intriguing mystery, and the art was good i think a lot of people, especially preteens, would find this enjoyable on the other hand something about this interpretation of Barbara felt off i had a hard time separating this from every other batgirl oracle comic i ve read out there i don t know how i feel about all the changes to her origin story, though i do understand why some of them were done her relationship with her father bothered me on the whole, this was ok i think i was just expecting something different and that s on me

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