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Wayne of Gotham: A Novel Hardcover – June 26, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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“Much closer to the Burton/Nolan Batman films and the Frank Miller graphic novels than to the campy 1960s TV and comicbook incarnations of the character. An imaginative look at the human side of an iconic superhero.” (Booklist)

“Wayne of Gotham truly digs into new ground.” (USA Today)

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Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure in the simple genesis of a mugging gone horribly wrong.

These foundations are shaken, however, when an unexpected guest invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, raising questions about the event that ended the lives of the mother he loved and the father he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable drive to protect and avenge.

To discover his real family history, Batman must face down old foes, his only confidant, and the evil heart of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the new burden of a dark legacy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1St Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062074202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062074201
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Hickman you have taken the Batman legacy and added a completely new chapter to it. The genius of the back story, mystery and intricate detail kept me reading even when I should have been doing something else. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way you included so much of the Batman history that we all know and love. Well done, Tracy.
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By Harry on November 3, 2013
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Let me start by saying that Hickman is a good writer. I have read other works by him and they have been good. This is why it is so surprising how this book was written.
As any beginning writer knows description should not be added in place of plot, and yet that is exactly what Hickman does in this book. He uses a lot of unnecessary description (describing things that have no apparent purpose in the story) instead of giving us the action that a book like this demands.
It should have been so easy to please the reader. It is a story about Batman and all Hickman needed to do was write about Batman solving a mystery (here the mystery of who his father really was) and fighting some people along the way and we would be happy. Instead he stops in the middle of an action scene to tell us about Batman's bionic armor; useful information - maybe, necessary to interrupt a fight scene for - no.
If Hickman would have taken the time and thought about it, he could have easily found much better ways to give us the information about Batman's new armor or a more concise way to tell us about the Batmobile than 4 pages of pure description with no action or relevance to the story that the reader can see at the moment. It really feels like the Hickman wrote this book for the money and not the story.
If you want a good pre-origin story Keven J. Anderson did one about Krypton that was decent.
Wayne of Gotham is worth reading if you are a hardcore Batman fan but you will find yourself trudging through the pages. Batman should not be laborious to read it should move fast with a lot of action and mystery.
Also Hickman does have a very limited knowledge of who or what Batman exactly is. It is ok to reimagine a character, but you really should study who he is before you change him into who you think he could be.
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I didn't know about this book or hear anything about it, but purchased it honestly because of the low price, and I like Batman. Tracy Hickman told a very interesting story not only of Bruce Wayne and Batman, but of his parents (more-so his father Thomas) as well. I won't spoil anything, so all I'll say is that if you're a Batman fan, I think you'll enjoy this book. You won't get the standard Batman villains we all know, except a pretty quick cameo from Harley Quinn and The Joker, so don't expect this book to be about them. It's a mystery that involves the Wayne family as well as other families and how it all catches up with Bruce. It's a quick read being just under 300 pages (hardcover) and I think it's worth your time to check out.
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Many of the Batman novels I've read have been quite good, however,I didn't enjoy this one. I usually don't write bad reviews, but I had all to do to finish this book. It went back and forth between Batman / Bruce Wayne and his father's ties to the mob and weird experiments to change a criminal's personality to make them stop committing crimes. It also seemed to make Batman someone in his 40s or 50s, but it wasn't ever clear how old Batman was in the book.
I understand going back and forth in timelines, but I think that if the book started out about his dad, and then moved to the present, it would've been easier to follow. Regardless, it was a tough read for me. I would give it about 2 1/2 out of 5 stars if I had to rank it. However, I checked the rankings on Amazon- which were quite good. Perhaps I just didn't care for the way it was framed, but I'm sure that many others will!
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I admit I'm not an avid comic reader/ fan. That being said, this book is a really good ride. It has everything a good Batman story should have, cool gadgets, crazy villains (many famous ones making a cameo in the book)and Batman having to out think his opponent while trying to come to terms with the dark legacy his father left him. The gripping final confrontation will have you reading under the covers until the early morning hours. This book weaves an amazing tapestry, twisting the threads of past and present of the Wayne family into a colorful and startling picture. Highly recommend for fans and non fans alike. Loved it!
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S'okay. The flashbacks and character development of Thomas and Martha Wayne were pretty cool. But an aging Batman wasn't really what I was looking for. If you are looking for character development this is a pretty good book. If you want bada$$ Batman fighting, not the book for you.
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I am not a huge “Fan Boy” of any comic books, including Batman. However, I am a fan of the first two Batman movies by Tim Burton and the first two Batman movies by Christopher Nolan. I have also enjoyed some of the TV and movie animated offerings and enjoyed them. So, I do not have in depth knowledge of all the intricate details one would gain from following the comics.

With that said, I very much enjoyed the book. The overall plot was excellent, and definitely kept me guessing to the very end. The characters and their relationships were well developed. I liked the fact that batman was older and had to rely more on technology than physical prowess. It made the story more realistic.

I did find that the first half of the book was less enjoyable than the second half. I understand that the author had to provide a great deal of detail in the beginning, but that detail bogged down the story. There were quite a few detailed explanations of the technologies being use by Batman which helped to make the story more plausible but were a bit like reading through an instruction manual. However, once these details were out of the way in the second half, I felt like I was on an amusement park ride all the way to the end.

Ultimately, I would love to this book become a series.
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