“A righteous person falls seven times and still gets back up.“
WHISTLE: A NEW GOTHAM CITY HERO, is released today and DC Comics were kind enough to send me a copy to review. It’s a YA graphic novel but I was captured by the story and the artwork after the first few pages.
Author E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars) has done a wonderful job with this bold and tenacious new character and I really want to see more of her in the future. The story flowed like a well-written origin movie and the artwork by Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code) is wonderful. There are Easter-Eggs on every other page!
The story deals with some serious subjects while also delivering some exciting action as we learn more about Willow and the criminal underworld (and many classic villains) that has somehow found her. There is one moment when “Whisper” is trying to choose a superhero look and it was hilarious.
Check out the official synopsis below and you’ll be as intrigued as I was. Any story that involves somebody gaining superpowers, lessons learned the hard way, dastardly villains AND a talking dog is going to get my attention!
‘”Sixteen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she’s not on the streets protesting City Hall’s neglect of her run-down Gotham neighbourhood, she’s working nights at the local dog shelter. But as much as she does for the world around her, she’s struggling at home taking care of her sick mother. She’s got no time for boys (though there’s one she really likes), and no means to adopt the amazingly loyal stray Great Dane, Lebowitz, who follows her around.
Without health insurance and money running out, a desperate Willow reconnects with estranged family friend E. Nigma — ex-addict, party promoter and real estate tycoon. Nigma opens the door to an easier life, offering Willow a new job hosting his glamorous private poker nights with Gotham City’s elite. Now, Willow is able to afford critical medical treatments for her mother. Plus, the job gives her a taste of the high life she’s never had.“
I really enjoyed this story and want to read more from E.Lockhart and hopefully in the future the world will see more of Willow/Whisper. I want to see more of Lebowitz as well!
Whistle will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on Tuesday, September 7