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The Oracle Code

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends) and artist Manuel Preitano unveil a graphic novel that explores the dark corridors of Barbara Gordon's first mystery: herself.

After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by DC Comics
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A YA retelling of Barbara Gordon's origin as Oracle. Barbara is hanging out with her friend Ben and suffers an accident or is shot (The storytelling is very unclear on this point as she is shown falling off a rooftop but then it's referenced that she was shot later on in the story.) and is paralyzed from the waist down. Arkham has been reimagined as a rehabilitation center where one goes to learn to live with their new circumstances. The majority of the book is Babs trying to process what she's ...more
This is a young adult version of the Barbara Gordon mythos of Batgirl fame. Although she is no longer paralyzed, in the comic books, there was a time that she was, and she solved crimes from her wheelchair, being a hacker.

In this version, she is a teenager, and is partially paralyzed, and has to solve the mystery of the rehabilitation hospital where she is recovering.

A sort of Nancy Drew take on a teenage Barbara Gordon, there are interesting twists and turns, and Barbara tries to find out what
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you DC Ink for the gifted review copy!
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been increasingly interested in these YA DC Comics adaptations and when I saw The Oracle Code I knew I had to read it. I am not as well versed in the DC universe, but The Oracle Code is a compelling read either way! I adored the disability representation and the overwhelming message that disabled people do not require fixing to be considered whole.

(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Oracle Code is not
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and engaging origin story for Barbara Gordon/Oracle.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Trigger warning for medical abuse. Caution: this review contains vague spoilers.)

Teenager Barbara Gordon - daughter of police commissioner James Gordon and hacker extraordinaire - is running toward the scene of a crime when she's shot and paralyzed from the waist down. Six weeks into her recovery, Commissioner Gordon
Lost in Book Land
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello Again!

 I have recently been enjoying a lot of DC comics and this was the next one that I read! Before reading any of these comics (you can see other previous reviews here on my site or on my Goodreads page) I honestly knew little to nothing about the DC universe of its characters. My husband and I played the batman games together on the Playstation a few years ago and I have seen all of the newer films but that is about it (aside from watching Flash on the CW, which I am behind on but I
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not only is the plot of this graphic novel so well developed, but the way it is told is fantastic. Barbara uses the metaphor of a puzzle to describe many of the problems facing her in her life. Her life in the wheelchair since the accident, her friend Ben who wont text her back, the ghosts who may roam the halls, and the odd history she has uncovered. These are all pieces that she tries to put together in a coherent picture of healing.

The artwork features phenomenal shadow work and a palette of
Matthew Noe
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this and can't wait to add it to the graphic medicine collection. I think it's something both the intended audience (younger teens) and the health profession both need.

Received an advance copy at ALA Midwinter 2020.
nova ryder ☼
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as graphic-novels-comics-tbr
excuse me why isnt this already in my hands ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Oracle Code is a reimagining of a beloved DC character, aimed at young adults and new readers. This does feel a little different depending on if you're already familiar with the character, so I'll start with thoughts for new readers and then loop back to current Babs/Oracle fans at the end of this review.

This story follows Barbara Gordon, the daughter of a police commissioner who spends her evenings hacking on rooftops to...solve crime? The beginning is a little unclear (and I suppose
& She Reads
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

DC does it again! I'm having so much fun reading all of these DC YA graphic novels!

The Oracle Code was definitely a favorite and of all of them it feels the most concrete one.
The story does not feel rushed at all and its actually pretty detail oriented for a comic.

This graphic novel follows Barbara Gordon after getting shot and having to go through recovery from her physical
disabilities but also her emotional ones.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This YA graphic novel explores a young girls determination, self-revelation, and healing after a tragic shooting has left her paralyzed. While on her journey through recovery at the Arkham Rehabilitation Center, Barbara Gordon finds new friendship and the meaning of self awareness. While she adapts to her new normal she feels like something is just not right with this facility and its up to Babs to put the pieces together and code the truth within the walls of her temporary home.
What started out
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm really liking the young adult versions of many of these DC characters. Barbara's beginnings were a definite plus. There were a few times that the book seemed to jump a bit in events, such as the moment Barb becomes paralyzed. But, it does right itself as the story progresses, with many flashbacks from her. Those first few pages also showed an attitude driven character, but with what Barb's gone through, it made sense for everything else that was to come.

Another part that I really enjoyed,
Jill Kenna
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this graphic novel.

This was such an amazing graphic novel. This book is about Barbara (Babs) Gordon, hacker and daughter of James Gordon. She is injured during one of her hacks by a gunshot and is now confined to a wheelchair. She goes to a center for rehabilitation called the Arkham Center for Independence where she learns to use her new wheelchair and goes to therapy (physical and mental). While she's there she befriends a few girls, one of them
S. Nash
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so, SO happy when I found out this book was coming. The Oracle Code bridges the gap between Barbara Gordon leaving Batgirl behind and becoming Oracle. The first few pages sets up the past, using imagery to show what happened without glorifying violence. I appreciated that approach because it leaves it up to the reader to decide if they want to know the details.

What I loved: Babs' growth from an isolated, withdrawn space into the community around her. She does this without losing one iota
Chrissie Morrison
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can you guess why Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite people in the DC Comics universe?  Aside from the fact that I relate to her as a headstrong, curious, and nerdy girl/woman, I love the fact that Batgirl's alter ego is a librarian!  In addition to being Batgirl, Barbara Gordon is also known as Oracle -- and this graphic novel is an Oracle origin story.

In this story, readers are introduced to a teenaged Barbara Gordon (aka Babs) who becomes paralyzed in an accident.  The accident happens in
K Whatsherface
I know I can be a bit of a purist sometimes. And Oracle is one of my favorite DC characters. But Im okay the direction this went. No this is a retelling of the killing joke. I though it was never said, I dont get the vibe Barbara was ever Batgirl in this. I'm a little confused about how she got in the chair. Was she shot? Or did she fall? The illustration makes it look like she fell but the story references her being shot later. Was it both? Oddly this is that important to the story which I did ...more
Alejandra Rodriguez
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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*I received a complimentary copy of this book from DC Entertainment through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

I am a big fan of Barbara Gordon as the Oracle, so I was super excited to read this. My favorite part of this book was the illustration. I am a big fan of the overall style of the illustrations throughout.
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Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars. YA graphic novel about Barbara "Babs" Gordon after she is paralyzed from the waist down from a gunshot and sent to a treatment center where she has to find lost things, including herself. I enjoyed this and finished in one setting. Some things left me questioning, but it's a comic world where Batman and Robin exist. I enjoyed the characters, too, and the art! The art is amazing. Plus, I'm a sucker for a story within a story.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Im giving this the three stars I would have given it if it was just an interesting story with generic characters. If I was feeling less charitable it would be 2 for the only recognizable parts of the Bat mythos being Barbaras name and James Gordon still being part of the GCPD.

Oracle is my favourite character in the DC Universe, and this reimagining just didnt do it for me.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: I am an able-bodied person and am reviewing through that lens.

Im not super familiar with the DC world, but I was very interested in a disabled main character and #ownvoices author. There is not enough representation of diverse voices and Im happy to see that more is forthcoming.

Barbara Babs Gordon, teen hacker, is shot when she gets too close to an armed robbery. The resulting paralysis leads to her stay at the Arkham Center for Independence for rehab and working to adapt to her new
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Mariekes This is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go, two complex and heart wrenching stories, so I couldnt wait to see what she did with Barbara Gordon!

Babs Gordon has long been one of my fav heroes, no matter what iteration shes in. In The Oracle Code, Barbara has entered The Arkham Center of Independence after an incident that leads her to become a wheelchair user. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Barbaras story (depending on the version you know), Barbara
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Barbara Gordon is a teen hacker who is harmed when she gets in the way of a police chase. She must learn to use a wheelchair, and her father, Commissioner Gordon, sends her to the Arkham Center for Independence for rehabilitation. Babs has trouble getting used to the center, but starts to make a few friends as she also suspects something weird is going on when a new friend disappears and she starts hearing strange noises at night. With her love for puzzles, she vows to find out what happened to ...more
Kat Carty
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This title follows Barbara Gordon as she tries to heal physically and mentally from being bound to a wheelchair. Some of the patients are disappearing and this mystery helps her realize she is not any less then she was before. We need more protagonists and super hero teens with disabilities like Oracle.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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First Impressions
I didnt think I would get this one. This is my second ARC that Ive ever read and Im excited to share my opinion with you guys! I want to thank Netgalley, DC Entertainment, and of course Marieke Nimkamp for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel ahead of time!

Frankly, I only started reading graphic novels to boost my Goodreads Reading Challenge count. *Add facial grimace here.* I know, its bad.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

Not a reader of non-manga comics, much less superheroes hq's, but this was a good and surreal experience I really enjoyed.

Bumping my 3.5 to 4 because of diversity and the girl power that transpire here.

The young hacker Barbara Gordon becomes paralyzed and is thus sent to the Arkham Center for Independence, where she tries to keep distance from others due to her trauma and her best friend
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

Marieke Nijkamp's The Oracle Code is an alternate graphic novel take on the shooting of Barbara Gordon and her transformation into Oracle. In this version of events, Barbara Gordon is still Commissioner Gordon's daughter, but she is a teenager and already a hacker (although what sort of hacking she actually
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The Oracle Code is a fresh, powerful and twisty comic starring Barbara Gordon as she navigates her most difficult mystery yet - herself.
I absolutely love Barbara Gordon - both as Batgirl and as Oracle - and I was SO excited to read this new comic about her. It totally lived up to my hopes. Babs is determined and stubborn, perhaps too much so. She's independent and fiercely intelligent, a force to be reckoned with. She's not great with emotions, but she tries to make friends anyway. I loved the
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