Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

by Marie Lu

3.94 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 9 reviews • 39 shelved
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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

by Marie Lu

3.94 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 9 reviews • 39 shelved

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world's greatest super hero: BATMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase.
Sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city's most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.
She's a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list.

  • ISBN10 0141386827
  • ISBN13 9780141386829
  • Publish Date 4 January 2018 (first published 2 January 2018)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 7 April 2021
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 288
  • Language English


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Minx 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to read this book because I bought it as part of the DC Icons series and it had been sitting on my shelf for awhile. Batman: Nightwalker was well written and imaginative but Bruce Wayne in this book was not what I expected. I guess I wanted a grittier teenage version of the man that would become Batman. The Bruce in this story was as mature as I would expect with an eighteen-year old but that is where I expected more. He had seen the ugly underbelly in life and survived. He was essentially a loner with his 2 sidekick friends and beyond them he was socially isolated. I just didn't feel that this character reflected all of that.

Then there was Madeleine, Bruce meets her and she is a mystery to him. He can pretty much see through all kinds of people but she is soooo mysterious and she also might be a bad, bad girl. I mean she was locked up in an asylum for a horrible crime but let's not let that damper the romance or anything, lol. Ok, kidding aside, I liked the plot of this book and I even liked Bruce and Madeleine. There was a twist at the end that was surprising and I liked that. So as you can see I use the word like many times, and that is how I felt about this book, I liked it a lot just didn't love it. Also, I would have loved for Bruce to refer to himself as Batman just once, just one time Bruce, come on! lol

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Quirky Cat 5 of 5 stars
I received a copy of Batman: Nightwalker through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Batman: Nightwalker now has a graphic novel adaptation for us to enjoy! If you read and loved Marie Lu's take on Batman and his earlier days, then odds are good that you'll find yourself enjoying the graphic novel version as well.
Stuart Moore and Chris Wildgoose were brought on for this project, one doing the adaptation (editing down the book into a shorter format, that sort of thing) and the other as the artist. And I've got to say, they did a pretty solid job.
For those not familiar with Batman: Nightwalker, it's part of the DC Icons series, delving into the past of our beloved heroes. In this case, the focus was on Batman, or rather, on Bruce Wayne before he became Batman.
It turns out that Bruce was always a bit of a reckless teenager, which makes sense given the path he'll eventually head down. Here is his first experience with crime fighting – and it explains so much about how he eventually became the masked hero we adore.
Bruce Wayne has found himself in the center of a whole new crime mystery. The Nightwalkers have been targeting the rich, but unlike their Robin Hood inspiration, they're not giving to the poor. They are, however, happily killing the rich they steal from.
Madeleine Wallace is the only break in the ranks – the only member to be arrested and not die within hours of said arrest. And she's become fixated on Bruce. Or is it that Bruce has a fixation with her?

Batman: Nightwalker was a brilliant and animated read on all accounts. Seeing it in graphic novel format only helped to heighten certain elements. You can really see that this plot was designed with a more visual format in mind, as it adapted so well.
Visually speaking, there were certain elements that I absolutely adored. For example, most of the graphic novel was in black and white, but there were exceptions. Anything that the creative team wanted us to pay specific attention to was highlighted in a vibrant yellow. This was striking to begin with, naturally. But some scenes were amazing thanks to this one small change – such as the moments with origami.
I also adored the design of the breaks between parts. It was dark, yet oddly elegant. It was a perfect fit for this dark and brooding tale, that's for sure. And it fit in nicely with the artwork as well.
Speaking of the artwork, I absolutely adored the character designs in this graphic novel. I know that the artists had something to lean on, knowing how some of these characters would look in later years. But they were able to do what they wanted with their more youthful versions, and I think they did a brilliant job. Bruce, in particular, looked like the pretty and rich boy we all expected – with a complete lack of fear of getting beat up, of course.
I'm really pleased with how this adaptation came out, on the whole. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series is going to end up looking like. And I might have to go back and reread the original novel after this.

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leahrosereads 5 of 5 stars
It's Batman, so it's obviously getting 5 stars for that alone! But, it's a really fun origin story. We see Bruce as a teenager, filled with determination to make Gotham City a better place, not as an angst ridden adult still stuck in the death of his parents (as the movies always make him out to be).

I really liked this Bruce and the friends were a great addition too. Too often, we see Bruce/Batman as this solitary figure without anyone around save Alfred and a sidekick from time to time. In Nightwalker, he has genuine friendships (one with a name that we all know the outcome of), but it was wonderful to see Bruce as this friend who's willing to help in anyway he cans.

It just help emphasize the loyalty side of Batman that I don't think we get to see too often.

This was the first of these DC Icons stories I've gotten to read, but I have a feeling it'll be my favorite. Batman will always hold a special place in my fangirl heart.

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ammaarah 3 of 5 stars
"You have a heavy heart for someone with everything." (Madeleine Wallace to Bruce Wayne)

A Bruce who is scarred after witnessing the murder of his parents. A Bruce who is consumed by rage and a need for vengeance. A Bruce who struggles to trust and isolates himself from almost everyone except a chosen few. A Bruce who still believes in justice and humanity. This is the Bruce Wayne that I was expecting to read about in Batman: Nightwalker.

Bruce Wayne in Batman: Nightwalker is a well-balanced individual with a good head on his shoulders. He doesn't obsess over the death of his parents, but it is something that affects his life. He is also friendly, trusting, naive, happy and hopeful. Bruce Wayne is ordinary and is totally opposite compared to Batman, who is bleak, grim, suspicious and paranoid.

The biggest problem that I had with Batman: Nightwalker is a me problem. I couldn't believe that the Bruce Wayne in Batman: Nightwalker had the potential to become Batman and it bugged me when Bruce does something that Batman wouldn't do. However, when I separated the two characters and pretended that Bruce in Batman: Nightwalker had nothing to do with Batman, I started enjoying Batman: Nighwalker.

The events that lead Bruce to all the action is unrealistic. Bruce is driving from a benefit gala one night, stumbles across a crime scene and chases after the perpetrator. He now has to complete community service at Arkham Asylum, a prison that houses the most dangerous criminals of Gotham, because he obstructed a police investigation and defeated the ends of justice. There he meets a prisoner, Madeleine, a member of a criminal organisation - the Nightwalkers - and finds himself intrigued by her. I couldn't believe that Bruce would be forced to be near dangerous criminals as part of his community service (but it is Gotham, so I let that one slide), that Bruce would be allowed to interact with criminals and lastly, that a detective would allow a teenage boy help her investigate a case.

Madeleine is an intriguing character and I like her perceptive nature. However, I didn't appreciate the romance aspect and although brief, it's unnecessary and poorly executed. Alfred has always been one of those characters that you can't help but love. He's supportive, but he also puts people in their place, especially Bruce. And while Dianne and Harvey are good friends, they are flat, throw-away characters.

Also, Batman is arguably the World's Greatest Detective and I expected Batman: Nightwalker to have a mystery aspect to it. However, the mystery aspect is not strong. Bruce is trying to solve the mystery of the Nightwalkers, but it's like he's a kid playing in detective shoes that are too big for him. Bruce doesn't investigate and solve cases because all the clues and answers are handed to him on a silver platter and even then, he's too naive and gullible so he doesn't do much about it.

I love Gotham City because corruption, seediness and poverty exists alongside wealth, opulence and extravagance and Marie Lu describes Gotham City well. I love the advanced technology in Batman: Nightwalker because it alludes to the fact that technology is an important part of Batman. I also love the nods to the Batman canon: Harvey Dent (when he was rolling the coin and it showed heads, Two-Face hint!), Lucius Fox, Commissioner James Gordon and Metropolis (I know it's a place but... Superman!)

I would have liked Batman: Nightwalker a lot more if it wasn't a Batman origin story. I was expecting something much darker and grim from a book about the future Batman.
"My job is to keep you safe, Master Wayne. But if that means making sure you don't try something absurd behind my back, then so be it." (Alfred Pennyworth)

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Nessa Luna 4 of 5 stars
I've never particularly liked Batman; didn't enjoy any of the movies and thus never really liked DC as a whole. But honestly, this was a good book. I'd said it previously when I finished Warbringer that I probably would have still liked that book (had I not enjoyed the WW movie) because it was written by an author I love. It was the case with this book, I could really enjoy the book about a character I have no feelings towards because I love Marie Lu's writing. That being said, it was a nice read and I do definitely recommend it to people who do love Batman!

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Ezrah 3 of 5 stars
Batman: Nightwalker was very interesting. I am not an avid comic book or graphic novel reader, so this book was interesting. I have watched quite a bit of Batman animated movies, so I think I know a little bit of Batman facts.

I was expecting to be blown away by Batman: Nightwalker, but I wasn't. It was surprising to me at least. We get to see a teen Bruce Wayne before he had control of his company. We also meet his friends, Diana (who is Filipina, by the way) and Harvey Dent. Although these two characters don't really have a big impact on the story overall. But yeah, it's just another origin story.

I think the most interesting part of Batman: Nightwalker is the villain. I mean, I saw it a mile away (again) and I wasn't entirely surprised that Madeleine Wallace was the villain. But yeah, the villain was the most interesting character. Bruce, well, not so much. He just felt like too much of a teen and made stupid decisions. The best part is probably the last few chapters. That was the only part that had action!

Batman: Nightwalker is narrated by Will Damron and he was very good. I liked his pacing and voices. The female voice is not as great but it wasn't horrible.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by Batman Nightwalker. I just wish there was more action. I felt that this trope was pretty repetitive since I see it in a lot of superhero comics/graphic novels. By this, I mean: Bruce falling for the villain. This is all too common, right?.

This book is still worth a read, though. And I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the D.C. Icons series.This review first appread on I Heart Romance & YA

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"If he was just Bruce Wayne, the boy next door, would anyone care?"

I've never been a big fan of Batman for some reason. I don't know why, but he's just never been one of my favorite superheroes.
Having said that though, I really liked this book. It was fun and entertaining all while showing a teenage millionaire doing good for a change and not just partying all the time. Wayne guardian Alfred is also one of my favorite characters ever.

"Either you hid from reality or you dealt with it. And over time, Bruce had built up a shield, had negotiated an unspoken truce with the press."

One problem I did have with this story is letting an eighteen-year-old who is in trouble cleaning an Asylum (this reminded me so much of how Aria from pretty little lairs volunteered at Radley to get info, and everyone was okay with it), like why is this a thing? It seems way to dangerous in my opinion and not very smart on the authorities part. Also using him to get info was just not smart considering the person is known to be a trickster.

"You should suspect me more than anyone... I may have the information you need, but you're the one who needs to use it."

His friends were so great as well, they truly wanted the best for him and didn't care about anything else. I loved that friendship was a big part of this novel and how it stayed that way for them.

The ending was so much of surprises that I was not expecting and I loved it! It made me give this book four stars and I would love to see more of this Batman in the future.

I think part of the reason I liked this book so much is because it helped me get out of a small reading slump I was in.

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Stephanie 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed tiny teen Bruce Wayne, but seriously. Gotham City PD needs to really rethink letting a teenager that owns a multi-billion dollar corporation mop floors at Arkham Asylum to finish out his community service.

Guess that's why they need BATMAN.

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Beth C. 3 of 5 stars
Bruce Wayne - we all know what happened to his parents and about his crime-fighting. But what about in between those things, when he became an adult and had not yet become Batman? This is just one possible version of what could have been those events, when Bruce had just turned 18 and was still...just Bruce. Famous, handsome, and rich - but still just Bruce. When his first run-in with the police and major crime at that age was when the Nightwalkers came to call in Gotham City.

The story is true to the Batman ethos, as far as I know it (I'm familiar, but don't read the comics or belong to any fandom). Alfred is, as he always has been, there for Bruce. Some characters that show up later in the the Batman stories make their appearance here, as well as a few who - to the best of my knowledge - are here only. They are all intriguing, particularly Madeleine, the girl Bruce meets at Arkham Asylum.

The story moves pretty quickly once it gets started - this is not a long book. But it's a fun read, well worth the time. There are a few spots where it *feels* like a YA book, but in general, it is just a good story that anyone can enjoy. Setting, of course, is Gotham City, and Lu does a great job bringing it to life in her story.

Overall, it's a fast, fun, interesting take on who Bruce was before he became Batman, and offers an idea of just how the mythos may have gotten started.