The Oracle Code

By: Marieke Nijkamp

Illustrator: Manuel Preitano

After 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 puzzle.

But 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 question.

ISBN: 9781401290665

JLG Release: May 2020


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An accident devastates a superhero but can’t crush her spirit. Before, Barbara Gordon was an elite hacker. But when an attempt to help her father, police commissioner Gordon, with an armed robbery goes wrong, Babs is shot, leaving her paralyzed below the waist and unsure how to reawaken her curiosity and sense of daring. She enrolls at the Arkham An accident devastates a superhero but can’t crush her spirit. Before, Barbara Gordon was an elite hacker. But when an attempt to help her father, police commissioner Gordon, with an armed robbery goes wrong, Babs is shot, leaving her paralyzed below the waist and unsure how to reawaken her curiosity and sense of daring. She enrolls at the Arkham Center for Independence (ACI), where patients with disabilities are rehabilitated. Though Babs finds the ACI ominous and director Dr. Maxwell unsettling, she stays at the behest of her father and finally rekindles her determination as she realizes that students are going missing and her mistrust of the institute may be more than paranoia. In this fast-paced and thoughtfully crafted mystery, Nijkamp gives comic book lovers a refreshing take on Barbara Gordon’s journey to becoming Oracle (the persona that in the late 1980s replaced Batgirl as Barbara Gordon’s alter ego). While Babs copes with post-traumatic stress disorder, and some doubt her abilities now that she’s in a wheelchair, she realizes that though her life looks different, that doesn’t mean that the future she envisioned for herself has to change. She’s a winning and deeply relatable protagonist, though her friends are more thinly developed and function more as plot devices. Shadowy illustrations evoke film noir and set the perfect tone for Babs’s escapades; imagery of puzzle pieces represent her growing understanding of what’s really going on at the institute, as well as in her own heart. This strong and empowering addition to DC’s growing line of origin stories will resonate with superhero fans while also enticing newcomers.

Book Details

ISBN

9781401290665

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

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Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

208

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N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

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N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

DC Ink

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