Book Title: Batman Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: DC Icons #2
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Comics-Superheroes
Pub Date: 01/02/18
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.
But looking out, all he saw was an ocean of light, the shimmering heart of Gotham City spread out before him. He didn’t know everything his future held for him, not yet, but he knew that whatever it was, it would remain here.
It looked like a place worth protecting.
It looked like home.
It’s rare that I start reviewing with a quote pulled directly from the last page of a book, but in this case I found it appropriate for multiple reasons. First, this book is nothing new; we all know the basics of the Batman saga, and for those like me who are limited to just the simplest of details, you will find this book more enjoyable than those fully educated in the comic series. Second, because we are mostly told in the jacket cover what’s going to happen in this book, I’m not spoiling anything. We all know who Bruce Wayne grows up to be and so it’s all hunky dory and fine.
Maybe it was a case of perfect timing, but I had an absolute blast reading this novel! I picked this up right in the middle of moving house, as I knew I needed something to keep me entertained but that would expect little to no engagement from myself in the process. This. Was. Perfect. I didn’t have to work at solving a mystery; I was able to just mosey on along with Bruce Wayne via Marie Lu’s imagination. I’m a sucker for delving into characterization from multiple author’s viewpoints which may be why this appealed to me. It’s almost a comparison of “What did she think vs this previous author? What did they pick up that others may have missed?” While I can’t say anything completely unheard of was brought to the table, it was that aspect of crawling inside the author’s imagination that really did it for me, and I also didn’t see a particular twist coming which was an added bonus.
Two kinds of people come out of personal tragedy… You’re the kind that comes out brighter.
If you’re looking for a fun, quick read meant for pure entertainment, definitely pick this one up. I think those readers who, like myself, enjoy dabbling in comic series and superhero fiction as a side hobby will really enjoy Batman: Nightwalker. I love that Random House has brought our favorite superheroes to the forefront of mainstream reading and tailored them towards a younger crowd. Rotating these retellings with current, in demand authors is a fantastic idea and I’m truly looking forward to the rest of the standalone series.
*Many thanks to Random House Children’s Dept for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.