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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Oracle: The Cure

Author: Kevin VanHook

Illustrator: Tony Bedard, Claude St. Aubin, Julian Lopez, Fernando Pasarin
Title: Oracle: The Cure
Publication: April 6, 2010
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Villains 
Pages: 128
Audience: 17 and up
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Favorite quote: "Why are people always so frightened of technology? It's never the computer, or the transit system, or the x-ray machine that does you wrong. It's the mind that guides it. The most advanced weapons system on earth is harmless in the hands of an idiot...while in the hands of a genius, a simple lever can move the world."

Another favorite quote: "But I do have a super-power: Information. I'm better at gathering and using it than anyone on earth. In an information society, I bank the coin of the realm." 

Synopsis (from the cover ): After disbandng the Birds of Prey, Barbara Gordon--the first Batgirl, before a vicious attack by the Joker paralyzed her for life- returns to Gotham City and her reclusive life as Oracle. As the premier source of superhero intelligence, she spot trouble as it strikes around the world, but this time it hits too close to home... With genius to rival Oracle's the Calculator has grown to become of her greatest enemies. Now he's hijacked the Internet and an entire virtual world in his desperate pursuit of the devastating Anti-Life Equation. Without a network of allies to rely on, Oracle stands alone against this brilliant enemy. If she can get her hands on the remnants of the Anti-Life Equation first. she could save millions and possibly even heal her broken body. But is the cure worse than the disease?

My thoughts:
This graphic novel is not from the New 52 launch. I'm just very fond of Barbara Gordon over the fact that she was a librarian and Batgirl. After becoming paralyzed thanks to the Joker, she becomes the Oracle who provides intelligence to all superheros. This graphic novel was interesting as it involves technology and alien technology. I felt the alien technology was not fully explained. This could be due to the fact that I'm not a tech-savvy in the least. Either way, it is alien technology and it doesn't need to be explained. he reader gets to know Barbara as a victim and you see how she is and is not coping with her new lifestyle. It is a great read. The art is beautiful. It seems every image has almost shiny, and it is not from the glossy paper. The art work is a bit different, but it works. There is some gore and violence, but nothing too terribly bad.  After reading this graphic novel, I would love to read the one that comes after this due to the ending, but older and more obscure graphic novels are harder to find.



  1. It's awesome you generally enjoyed it even though you'd like more substance when it came to the science:)

    Lovely review:)

  2. Sounds like a great book! My son would enjoy reading this. He's 17 yrs old and this is probably the only kind of books he would read. I enjoyed reading about the book and great review on it!!