‘Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero’ Introduces YA Readers To Brand New Character

by Steve J Ray
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Penguin Random House are one of the biggest and most popular publishing houses on the planet, but did you know that they’re behind the publication and distribution of some of your favorite trade paperbacks and graphic novels? On September 9th prepare to meet a brand new DC character, in the YA graphic novelWhistle: A New Gotham City Hero.

Here’s the full press release from DC Entertainment:

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.


Sixteen-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.


As much as she does for the world around her, she struggles closer to home – taking care of her mother, recently diagnosed with cancer. Her job as an adjunct professor of Jewish studies does not provide adequate health insurance – and Willow can see that time is running out.

When in desperation she reconnects with her estranged “uncle” Edward, 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.


Willow’s family life quickly improves through the income provided by these jobs, but it comes at the cost of distancing herself from the people she truly cares about. Her time is now spent on new connections, such as biologist and teacher Pammie Isley.

When Willow and Lebowitz collide with the monstrous Killer Croc outside the local synagogue, they are both injured, only to wake up being able to understand each other. There are other developments, too… strange ways in which they’ve become stronger together. Willow’s activism kicks into high gear – with these powers, she can really save the world!


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.

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero will be released on September 9th, but can be pre-ordered right now.

Images and Press Release Courtesy of DC Entertainment

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