Gotham High Book Review

Gotham High Book Review

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.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Gotham High

Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: DC Ink
Page Count: 208
Format: Paperback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Comics, Superheroes
Cover Artist/Illustrator: Thomas Pitilli
My Rating: ★★★

Gotham HighGotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from DC Ink in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


Content Warning: Partying, Premarital Relations, Abduction, Murder, Gambling

Gotham High isn’t my typical type of story. I have been getting more into graphic novels as of late, but I’m not the biggest superhero fan. What to know another secret? I’m also more of a Marvel fan. Despite my awkward position journeying into this book, I found that I was rather pleased with what I read. If anything, Gotham High made me appreciate some of these memorable characters even more.

Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City after being kicked out of his boarding school. Upon returning, Bruce finds that everything has changed, and the city has grown to be much darker. The girl next door to where he grew up, Selena Kyle, was one of Bruce’s closest friends. In his absence, Selena and sidekick/romantic pawn Jack Napier have made Gotham High theirs to rule. Unsuspecting Bruce soon realizes that he may have been the focus of an attack when one of his fellow schoolmates is abducted. Bruce sets to uncover the truth behind the abductors and what they want.

The artwork in this story is perfect for the storyline, and is my favorite part of this graphic novel. The artwork holds true to a style that reflects a typical comic book but is refined in a way that gives the characters some playfulness. The deep colors of purple, blue, and red match and enhance the tone of a relatively dark story.

A diverse cast of characters allows the reader to view these icons in a different light. Peeking into the bedrock of their lives gives a better understanding as to how each character ended up pursuing the paths that we are all familiar with, particularly Selena and Jack.

Vulgarity: Minimal.
Sexual content: Minimal/Moderate.
Violence: Minimal.

My Rating: ★★★★

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