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Wayne of Gotham: A Novel Paperback – December 4, 2012
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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)
About the Author
Tracy Hickman is a bestselling fantasy author best known for his work on Dragonlance, as a game designer and coauthor with Margaret Weis, while he worked for TSR. In all, Hickman wrote more than thirty novels in collaboration with Weis. He lives with his wife, Laura, and their four children.
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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!
The result is a VERY good novel, that captures the Batman mythos appropriately (even with nods to "newer" canon stuff) and shows us a yet unexplored (I think) part of Batman's past: his father, grandfather and their relationship. It is well written and has some cool tech parts, as well as the usual drama that follows and surrounds The Batman.
Even for a what-if story, the whole story and the ending are nice and very plausible. It’s not something that I would not see happening in the canon storyline.
Fully recommended to people who like Batman, and for fans of Mr. Hickman.
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.
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.