Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
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.
Review: Batman: Nightwalker
I had very high hopes for Batman: Nightwalker since I enjoy Batman’s story and Marie Lu is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I can definitely say that I was not disappointed. This book is an action-packed Batman origin story, and the main characters are so developed. It is also well-written and does the franchise justice. I would say that this story is definitely worth the read, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released.
A Batman Origin Story
This book is so different from what I was expecting, in a good way. It is a Batman origin story in which a teenage Bruce Wayne is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum for interfering at a crime scene. Inside the prison, he meets a dangerous young girl with a manipulative personality and learns about a gang targeting the rich people in Gotham City. Determined to save the city (and himself), he undergoes his own investigation with inside information from Madeleine and even finds himself falling for her. I wouldn’t say that you need to be a super fan to understand this story, but I would recommend a bit of prior knowledge of the original, just because of certain characters’ cameos.
Bruce Wayne is a Complex Character
I really enjoyed Bruce Wayne’s character in Batman: Nightwalker. He is your classic privileged, rich boy who has a good amount of angst. Bruce is independent and clever, although he does make a few rash decisions, and I loved reading his interactions with the other characters. Madeleine’s character is also very intriguing. With her, everything is cryptic, and you can never tell if she’s being honest or not. Her complexity and the air of mystery surrounding her add a lot of suspense to the story, and her little hints kept me hooked until the end.
As always with Marie Lu, the writing in this book is absolutely incredible. The descriptions of Gotham City are bang on, and the atmosphere of the story perfectly complements the excitement. There is so much action in Batman: Nightwalker, as one would expect in a retelling of a superhero story, and I would say that it is non-stop, since the book is pretty short. I actually enjoyed the length of this book because everything is relevant, and it is to the point. I am so glad that this book stayed true to the original Batman while also providing original ideas.
Batman: Nightwalker is a fast-paced pre-Batman story filled with complex characters. As expected, the writing is commendable. I would definitely recommend this story, even if you are unfamiliar with Batman’s story and have not yet read Leigh Bardugo’s instalment in the series.
Book Quotes: Batman: NightWalker
No one might ever know that he stood there, a silent sentinel watching over his city.
You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.
Trust nothing. Suspect everything.