Happy Thursday to all.
I am super excited to be part of Batman: Nightwalker Blog Tour organized by the publisher, Penguin Random House International. Batman: Nightwalker is the second installment of DC Icons series, after Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer. This ya series is a four books installment which feature different DC Superheroes in their teenage years, re-imagined by four talented ya authors.
In Batman: Nightwalker, Marie Lu shows to readers the life of the teen billionaire Bruce Wayne in Gotham City.
If you’d like to know what I thought about BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER, scroll down for my review. And if you haven’t yet heard about this amazing book, check down the book description below.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 02, 2018
Format: Hardcover, Ebook
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.
Batman: Nightwalker is Marie Lu’s rendition of Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the superhero we all know as Batman.
Bruce Wayne is a teenager, recently inherit his parents’ wealth after turning eighteen. His newly acquired richness made him a target to a group of criminals who called themselves as Nightwalkers. This group is killing Gotham’s most powerful and wealthy civilians after draining their bank accounts. It’s their way of seeking justice. When Bruce end up in Arkham Asylum for his community service, he met one of the members of Nightwalkers, Madeleine Wallace. Madeline is hard to break, the police can’t get any information from her. So when Madeline started talking to Bruce, he thought he can help the police find the Nightwalkers. But Madeline has her own motives for reaching to Bruce.
“You’re fighting for the wrong side.”
Given that the story centered during Bruce Wayne’s teenage years, I think it is fair that we don’t get yet the dark and brooding superhero we all know in most Batman movies. In this version, Marie Lu portrayed Bruce Wayne as young, kind, innocent and hasty. He is not Batman yet in this book, instead he is still in the process of becoming the rich superhero we all know. With that Bruce in Batman: Nightwalker is just a regular kid (well as regular as any rich and famous kid can be). He has friends, he go out, do some reckless things, and make mistakes. He is not that smart yet, nor techie, but with his curiosity and determination, add the experiences he gain, we all know how will he be in the future.
With Bruce’s close friends – Dianne Garcia and Harvey Dent, we see the real Bruce Wayne. They easily brings out Bruce’s character. With them readers will see the playful, happy and even protective Bruce. Dianne and Harvey makes me wish there is a continuation for this book. I want to see how Harvey Dent become the Gotham City’s District Attorney, and then the two-face villain that every Batman followers know.
Marie Lu also nailed Alfred Pennyworth character. Though with little part in the book, I still picture Alfred as the loyal, resourceful and caring guardian to Bruce. The banter between him and Bruce is perfect, just like in the comics or in the movies. They shows Alfred’s intelligence, quick wit and resourcefulness. Clearly, Marie Lu did her research well.
“The world would always have the liars and traitors and thieves, but there were still those who were good at heart.”
Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker is not about Batman, instead it is about the making of the Batman. It is about Bruce Wayne before the mask or the Caped Crusader we all know. This is Batman in his most humanized form. An origin story that is not a rehash of overly used material that is Batman.
Overall, Batman: Nightwalker is a quick and well written origin story. Marie Lu offers an interesting take to Bruce Wayne’s younger life by bringing the story up to date to modern readers while retaining the Batman concepts intact. If you are not overly familiar with the Caped Crusader’s origin, Marie Lu’s version is a good start to be get acquainted with the fictional superhero before he go full time saving Gotham City.
* This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher, Penguin Random House International.