Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Publication: January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Superheroes
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of a blog tour hosted by Penguin Random House. This does not affect my opinion. This review may contain spoilers.
Considering my deepest interests in the Marvel industry, it does not the mean that I will not be able to enjoy the intricate world of DC Comics. The world in this book is already built as it is expected from the readers. We, as the readers, are expected to already have the knowledge about Bruce Wayne’s past mishaps right off the bat. This book would be best enjoyed with at least a little bit of knowledge about his past.
In Batman: Nightwalker, Bruce Wayne is a teenager who is about to inherit the fortune that his parents handed down to him when he turns of legal age. Living his life being rich and famous, he still finds himself meddling in a car chase between the police and a criminal. This results to him having to do community service in an unexpected place–Arkham Asylum. Here he meets an alleged Nightwalker, Madeleine, who piques Wayne’s interest as she only speaks with him. His desperation to interact has held him wanting more to uncover everything about her.
“Your lips. Your eyes. The twist of your smile. The blood on your hands. I want you. I’m afraid of you.”
Marie Lu did it again with me grasping the edge of my seat page by page. Anything related to Bruce Wayne is what interests me the most (maybe because I have watched Gotham before). Moreover, I feel like this book is pre-Gotham because of the ending that introduces us to another character who will be a huge part of Wayne’s life in this TV show.
I took off a star because I sometimes do not feel the dark and eerie vibe that is supposed to take place in this world. Romance unexpectedly takes over and somehow ruins the book for me. However, I admire the concept behind it because this talks about forbidden love. It is like Romeo and Juliet in the world of DC Comics because of their titles that differentiate them from each other.
Despite that, I really like the character of Madeleine Wallace, not only because she is smart, but also because she is mysterious. I believe she brought out the best in him because in the end, his maturity was one of his improvements. Also, her character reminds me of Batman’s later adversary, The Riddler, because of her dropping hints for him to solve that seems like what The Riddler does.
About the Nightwalkers, I first thought of them of highly and formidable as opponents of Bruce Wayne, but for me, it was not like any challenge at all to him. It seems like love is the real challenge in this book. I just hoped that these Nightwalkers had a better introduction because there are not really much to talk about. There is nothing special about them in my opinion, but I guess they were a fair foe for the “teenager” Batman.
Overall, I always enjoy the writing of Marie Lu–anything she writes I will absolutely read. She has this way of writing that is inviting to the audience and I am very much interested in everything she writes. I never imagined reading in the perspective of a young adult Bruce Wayne, but color me stoked! It would be far more interesting if he was faced with more challenging antagonists for the book.
‘4 swords for Batman because… Batman.
About the author:
Marie Lu is the author of highly anticipated Warcross, the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, and the blockbuster selling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi.
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