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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"A fast-paced story line, action-packed fight sequences, and hi-tech gadgetry expected from any Batman story make this a fun read with wide appeal."
—SLJ, (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
“The trickiest aspect of any Batman narrative is getting into Bruce Wayne's head, and [Lu] doesn't miss a beat. . . . An engaging character piece with enough Batman allusions to intrigue fans and newcomers alike.”
—Kirkus Reviews, (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
"Doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” —The New York Times Book Review (for Legend)
"An action-packed love story full of inventive details.” —The Los Angeles Times (for Legend)
"Fine writing and excellent execution." —Entertainment Weekly (for Legend)
"Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue." —PW, Starred Review (for Prodigy)
"By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible."—The New York Times Book Review (for The Young Elites)
About the Author
Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi.
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Marie Lu takes us to Batman's origins with Batman Nightwalker. We get to see the character before he became the infamous Batman, when he was the young 18 year old Bruce Wayne who has just come into his inheritance. A lot of people have felt Lu's rendition is underwhelming, especially when compared to Bardugo's Wonder Woman's installment. All my readers know I love to acknowledge criticisms and either agree or disagree with them. Here, I 100% disagree with many critics. Many people thought going into the story they would see Batman, not Bruce Wayne on the rise to becoming Batman. Their mistake really. Bruce Wayne is dealing with the loss of his parents, raised by his now guardian Alred, and is thrust into Corporate Gotham and his riches. This is a lot to deal with at the age of 18, yet Bruce Wayne navigates these various realms of reality with an intelligent mind and an admirable heart. Bruce encounters various hurdles within the story and his yearning to stop the crime and violence in his city is almost insatiable. As a young adult, we see his head is filled with fanciful yet naive ideals of the world, chock full of ambition and wonderment. Marie Lu does an amazing job capturing a young Bruce Wayne, who is very much flawed but does what he thinks is right and stands by his beliefs.
His ambitions for a better Gotham land him in some trouble with authorities and he is sentenced to community service in one of the worse places in Gotham---- Arkham Asylum. The infamous asylum houses the deadliest and the most cunning criminals known to Gotham. As any 18 year old would feel, Bruce is nervous. However, his run-in with the Nightwalkers which landed him in Arkham plagues his mind. This interest turns into an obsession once he meets the enigmatic and cunning Madeleine. She was by far my most favorite thing in the story. Many have criticized that as well, due to the fact that this story is about Bruce. I say HOOPLAH! Madeleine is the kind of cunning young mind that is fit for criminal activity. She reads Bruce like a handbook and keeps him guessing every step of the way, which of course keeps us guessing too as the reader. She's Bruce's only hope to cracking the Nightwalkers and she will only speak to Bruce, no one else.
The best thing Marie Lu did was her character building. The development of Bruce and Madeleine were amazing. Bruce's changes were more subtle which is due in part by him being kind of set his ways already. Madeleine's character however unravels and with each thread that Lu allows us to see, leaves us with more questions than answers. Her character alone will have you turning the pages so you can see how her individual story will end. I won't give any spoilers but I will say I didn't expect the ending Lu decided for our dear Madeleine. I still have mixed feelings about it.
Batman Nightwalker simmers with intrigue with a high potency. The most challenging thing when embarking on a writing project in the world of Batman is capturing the mind of Bruce Wayne. He's one of the most intellectual minds of all of DC, and seeing that intelligence blossom while young was definitely executed in a well thought out manner by Marie Lu. Lu stays true to the world of Gotham with high action-packed scenes filled with fancy tech gadgets which makes this story appeal to all ages. The story was fast, fun, deeply thought out, but most importantly paid homage to the Batman lore.
Be sure to pick up this book as well as Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman novel. To my knowledge the talented Sarah J. Maas' book for Catwoman called Catwoman Soulstealer is next in the DC Icons series. Sarah is my favorite author out of the holy trinity of authors which entail Sarah, Leigh, and Marie, so I'm super-stoked for the Catwoman rendition. Marie Lu's book has the first chapters for both Sarah's Catwoman story as well as Leigh's Wonder Woman story. Definitely check them out and be on the look out for the rest of the series going forward.
Another strength is bringing this story into the 21st Century time frame from the ubiquitous social media to the looming danger of Commercialized surveillance high tech being incorporated with a militarized police force. And Bruce Wayne finds himself trying to keep his moral integrity rooted as these powerful forces surrounding him become more corrupted by both money and the power it buys.
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