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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

`Dragonlance' originators Tracy and Laura Hickman have been publishing game designs and stories together for over thirty-two years - nearly as long as their marriage - and thus started them both on a life of adventure and imagination.

Tracy is a NYT Best-Selling co-author (with Margaret Weis) of many Dragonlance novels including the original `Dragonlance Chronicles', `Dragonlance Legends', `Rose of the Prophet" and "Darksword" trilogies as well as the seven-book "Deathgate Cycle".

Tracy and Laura are remembered together for their role-playing game designs in `Dragonlance' and the `Oasis of the White Palm' series but are perhaps best known for their classic adventure, the original `Ravenloft.'

Life now has provided them the opportunity to fulfill a dream: to write novels together. Tracy and Laura work from adjoining offices in their home and answer questions on their work through their website at

Visit for information on our monthly podcasts.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Morris / Stouffer Industries on July 1, 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angel D. Peterson on July 30, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on September 3, 2012
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I did grow up watching Batman. I never really read the comics but I was interested in the cap crusader. When I saw this book and learned that it was about the past and who Bruce Wayne really was and where he came from, I was intrigued. This is one person that Bruce's past life before he became Batman has been a mystery.

I did enjoy reading this book. In this book, Bruce was more human like versus being the cool demeanor of Batman. This I liked. It helped to bring me more into the story. However, in the beginning, the story felt a little disjointed. Like I had jumped into the middle and then the first several chapters read like little mini stories versus one story. Also, the detailed descriptions, I could do without.

All of the enemies that Bruce/Batman encountered are certifiable nuts. They make for entertaining characters. Mr. Hickman did a good job telling this story. It was like I was in Bruce's shoes and seeing everything that he was seeing and experiencing. Wayne of Gotham will make fans of Batman happy.
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31 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dan Willis on June 30, 2012
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You know what really bugs me?

Name dropping. To my way of thinking, it's just a tawdry and desperate attempt by small-minded, vain, insignificant, little people to artificially raise their stature while basking in the reflected glory of people with real achievements.

I was having this very conversation the other day over lunch with my good friend, multiple New York Times best selling author, and all around nice guy, Tracy Hickman. We hang out all the time. We're tight.

Anyway, Tracy has a new book out and color me green, it's a Batman book. Like most people with the social skills and personality suitable for Science Fiction writing and internet blogging, I love Batman. While you were foolishly out in the real world engaging in such passé things as human contact, I learned everything there is to know about the caped crusader and can readily rattle off the name of all five, yes five, Robins -including the first and still best, Dick Grayson. (No I don't want to argue the point, and no, I don't want to read your fan-fiction.)

That said, Tracy Hickman has done an amazing thing with his brand new book, Wayne of Gotham. It tells the story of Bruce Wayne's doctor father, Thomas Wayne, bouncing back and forth between past and present. Thomas' early life leads him, as the favored son of a wealthy dynasty, into intrigues and schemes, both personally, and professionally that spin a web of lies and cover ups that extend into present day Gotham.

As Batman discovers the threads of his father's past, he begins to see the man who died in his arms as more of a man and less of the monolithic icon he remembers.
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