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From New York Times bestselling author E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars) and artist Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code) comes a new Gotham City superhero in this exciting YA graphic novel. Seventeen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she’s not on the streets advocating for her community, she’s volunteering at the local pet shelter. She seeks to help all those in need, even the stray dog she’s named Lebowitz that follows her around. But as much as she does for the world around her, she struggles closer to home-taking care of her mother, recently diagnosed with cancer. In desperation, she reconnects with her estranged “uncle” Edward, and he opens the door to an easier life. Through simple jobs, such as hosting his private poker nights with Gotham City’s elites, she is able to keep her family afloat-and afford critical medical treatments for her mother. Then one night, Willow and Lebowitz collide with the monstrous Killer Croc and get injured, waking up able to understand each other. But when Willow discovers that Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.
High school junior Willow Zimmerman, who is Jewish and light-skinned, balances her time between classes, caring for her ailing mother Naomi, and protesting City Hall's refusal to address recent anonymous "greening" attacks that have covered major community centers with vegetation. When Naomi's old friend E. Nigma returns to Down River, Gotham, he reconnects with Willow first, offering her a job running his poker nights for Gotham's elite. As Willow inadvertently allows her relationships with her mother and friends including love interest Garfield Logan, who is Black to fall to the wayside, she discovers the true extent of E.'s undertakings. Lockhart (Again, Again), in her graphic novel debut, establishes compelling drama as Willow attempts to justify the criminal activity funding her mother's cancer treatments, but recognizable DC characters and superhero elements crowd the narrative to the extent that Willow's major character moments lack adequate space to shine. Still, Preitano (The Oracle Code) excels at bringing the New York City esque urban landscape from the apartment buildings and bridges to Down River's corner deli to life, with colorist Metzler's muted oranges and poppy teals adding atmosphere to Willow's typical origin story. Ages 14 up.