ISBN-10: 1401290663 | ISBN-13: 978-1401290665
Publisher: DC Comics
Der Oracle Code
Publisher: Panini Verlag
Translator: Sanni Kentopf
O Código Oráculo
Publisher: Panini Brazil
Translator: Dandara Palankof
Translator: Jaime Valero
A refreshingly disability-positive superhero origin story.
In this fast-paced and thoughtfully crafted mystery, Nijkamp gives comic book lovers a refreshing take on Barbara Gordon’s journey to becoming Oracle. (…) This strong and empowering addition to DC’s growing line of origin stories will resonate with superhero fans while also enticing newcomers.
– School Library Journal
This sharp-edged mystery nods to the Batman universe while centering Barbara, grounding her story, and granting her agency. Preitano excels at depicting emotion, particularly anger, through faces and body language to portray an intent young woman learning to move forward from trauma. Nijkamp repeatedly explores the idea that people with disabilities needn’t be “fixed,” along the way considering how stories can be used to reveal hard-to-communicate truths.
– Publishers Weekly
Nijkamp is freed from continuity here to create a complete and emotionally compelling journey for a character who needs to reclaim her life and identity, and overall, readers will find in Barbara a deeply human understanding. Preitano drenches the dark mansion in creepiness, particularly via several stylized story-within-a-story interludes, but keeps the personalities of the characters, their vulnerabilities and strength, front and center.
The Oracle Code is a propulsive collaboration for both novice readers of superhero comics and those well-versed in this arena.
– Shelf Awareness
The latest DC original graphic novel weaves a spellbinding mystery about trauma, recovery and rediscovery set within an immersive new vision of Gotham City.
The Oracle Code is an incredibly raw and powerful story, one that shows that being disabled is not the same thing as being lost or being broken, and that to be disabled doesn’t mean you need to be fixed. It’s a beautiful and emotional story with equally gorgeous artwork, one that I wholeheartedly recommend to any fan of Barbara Gordon, graphic novels or great storytelling. Believe me, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.
The Oracle Code is everything I wanted and hoped it would be. It does Oracle justice and ground Barbara in a way that feels relatable and real. This is a must-read for fans of Barbara Gordon but more importantly, this is a must-read for disabled fans. I truly believe this book is for us and because of that, I will always treasure it.
– But Why Tho?
The Oracle Code is a creepy mystery adventure that’s thoughtful about sudden changes to physical capabilities.
– Foreword Reviews
This is, hands down, the best Barbara Gordon story I’ve ever read. It’s also one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.
The Oracle Code is a brilliant and heartfelt YA reimagining of Barbara Gordon’s heroic journey.
[R]emarkable. HIGHLY recommended.
– Gail Simone
[THE ORACLE CODE] is a lovely designed, emotional grounded and driven piece of work. (…) It’s an Oracle story like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I can only applaud.
– Kieron Gillen
A brilliant Barbara Gordon YA mystery story about finding your strength and trusting yourself. (…) [An] instant DC classic.
Big Bang Comics
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is a 2021 Great Graphic Novels for Teens pick.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is a 2021 Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List pick.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is a 2021-2022 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is a 2021 Madison Library District Choice Award nominee.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of the New York Times‘s 28 Ways To Learn About Disability Culture.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of Kirkus‘s Graphic Novels: Real Books for Real Readers
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of Buzzfeed‘s Best YA and Graphic Novels of 2020.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of Nerdist‘s Best Comics of 2020.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of Book Riot‘s Best Comics We’ve Read.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of CBR‘s 10 Best YA Comics.
☙ THE ORACLE CODE is one of Vogue Magazine‘s Best Films, Books, and Shows Spotlighting Experiences of Disability.
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