Batman villain Mr. Freeze was originally just another bank robber with an ice gun. But thanks to the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode “Heart of Ice,” he got a backstory that was a tragic and heartbreaking take. The animated series reimagines Mr. Freeze as scientist Victor Fries, who adopts a criminal life after his beloved wife Nora suffers a tragic fate. His heart freezes forever.
Now, the untold story of Victor and Nora Fries before those tragic events can be told thanks to a new YA graphic novel from DC called Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. This fresh new take is written by author Lauren Myracle and Artist Isaac Goodhart, who collaborated on the YA Catwoman novel Under the Moon. Set many years before Victor becomes the iconic Batman villain, Victor and Nora is a “heart-wrenching exploration of living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love.”
Read the official synopsis:
“Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire that Victor feels responsible for, his parents have isolated themselves, and Victor has dedicated his whole life to one thing: science. Nora Kumar is full of life. She is suffering from an incurable illness that will slowly consume her, so she’s decided to live her last days to the fullest at her summer home in Gotham City until her birthday, the day she plans to take her own life.”
“When Victor and Nora meet one day at the cemetery outside of town, they are astonished to find the connection they’ve been missing in their lives. Their summer quickly spirals into a beautiful romance, and Victor’s cold heart is able to thaw, allowing him to begin to enjoy life just a little more. But when Victor learns of Nora’s illness, he’s driven to try to find a solution to keep from losing another person he loves…by whatever means he can.”
Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is now available to pre-order and will hit stores and online retailers everywhere on November 3, 2020. You can read a special preview below.
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