Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Series: DC Icons
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Date Started: April 21
Date Finished: April 23
Format: ebook from the digital library
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 has always been a weird superhero for me considering, that he’s really not a superhero per say. He’s a billionaire who creates this whole persona for himself to save the city that he loves from corruption. No crazy origin story for this guy. And believe it or not, I really liked Batman: Nightwalker. You get to see Bruce just as he graduating high school and even at that young age he’s already trying to save people. That’s how he gets into the mess that takes place in this book. He tries to stop someone from getting away from a crime scene and unfortunately for him, the police and the court system don’t look too kindly on his interference.
The only thing that I wished would have been expanded on is Bruce’s friendship with Dianne and Harvey. They made very brief appearances, but I really would love to see more of them. Because obviously we know Harvey Dent as the eventual villain of Two-Face so seeing him be Bruce’s friend was just odd. But Dianne? Who is she in Bruce’s life and the DC universe. I should probably know this…
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. It was cool seeing a younger version of Bruce Wayne and the introduction of Detective Gordon. I would have loved to see more of Gordon, Dianne and Harvey though.
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