Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)by Marie Lu Published 2 Jan 2018
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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.
"Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)" Reviews
“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”
It is these kind of books that perfectly fit the awful (and unhelpful) three star rating. Batman: Nightwalker is a completely fine, average, easy and forgettable read.
It is reasonably well-written, as we would expect from Marie Lu, but I would point new readers towards her The Young Elites or Warcross before urging them to read this one. This new stream of superhero fiction - and we can expect more in 2018 - caters to current market trends, but it's difficult to write a new story in these almost exhausted universes. In my opinion, Bardugo managed it with Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Lu not so much.
Here, Bruce Wayne is a teenager who finds himself caught up in a criminal case that the police can't solve. When his interference in a crime lands him doing community service in Arkham Asylum, he gets up close and personal with some of Gotham's worst criminals. In particular, Madeleine, who is somehow linked to a gang who call themselves Nightwalkers - and are currently picking off Gotham's most powerful and wealthy citizens one by one.
Maybe this book will work for readers completely unfamiliar with Bruce Wayne and the Batman story - though it contains just enough nods to the canon to make me wonder if it will - but for anyone who's seen a few movies or read a few comics, it is not interesting, exciting, or unique enough to elevate itself beyond the fanfiction level.
It's a short book and there are a number of pacing issues. Lu lingers on Bruce's dream sequences and spends too little time building suspense before the action scenes, which are also over too quickly.
Teen Bruce, himself, is too bland, uninteresting, and lacking in common sense. It is a shame that the reader can spot when this teen mastermind is being fooled long before he can. He solves and saves very little, with most answers and solutions being handed to him.
Normally, Bruce Wayne's blandness can be forgiven because it is balanced out by an outrageous and exciting villain, but the Nightwalkers and Madeleine lacked the necessary charisma or delicious villainy to counter a forgettable protagonist. They're not bad but, let's face it, they're not the Joker, or Two-Face, or Catwoman.
This definitely all sounds more negative than positive, but I stand by my decision to give it three stars. It is a super quick, easy read, with just another Alfred to save it from being too dull. Plus, to give credit where it's due, I did not have the teeniest tiniest clue about that twist. Nicely played.
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Yes!!! I loved it!
This is about Bruce who is about to turn 18. He's going to be rich. He has his team that are building things. He takes martial arts. He has Alfred. He has friends. And he's starting to have a purpose in life.
When Bruce helps out the police stopping one of the villains in the Nightwalkers gang, well he has to do community service for helping by crashing his car and what not. A simple thank you would suffice!
He ends up cleaning floors at Arkham Asylum. This is where he meets Madeline who is actually with the Nightwalkers prior to Bruce's fiasco. But things are not all they seen with Madeline. They have a sort of friendship.
"You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything."
Bruce could only look on. How did she know that? Had she heard it in his tone, his words? "What do you mean by that?" he asked her, but she was no longer paying attention to him. Her chest rose and fell evenly, as if she had decided to go to sleep.
Bruce is still trying to find out information about the Nightwalkers.
Gotham City--Blame the virus, not the fever. You are not under attack from the Nightwalkers. You are under attack from your own rich, and their corrupt system of blood money. Now they will bathe in blood. Do not try to stop us. Death to tyranny
I would actually like to see a second book but I don't think they are doing one.
Anyway, Happy Reading!
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"Was he good? He had hurt those he loved before; he had disobeyed orders a hundred times over."
Me in response:
Batman, as we all know, is one of the most morally grey superheroes out there. Practically every incarnation of the Caped Crusader inevitably ends up knee-deep in a moral dilemma, struggling to define justice, wrestling with his inner demons, or likely all three at once. Gotham City doesn't have a prison; it has Arkham Asylum, representative of Batman's internal turmoil. Plus, he literally dresses in black and grey.
Then we have Nightwalker's Bruce Wayne, who's considerate and fair-minded and pure... and basically everything Batman isn't supposed to be. (#NotMyChristianGrey #NotMyBruceWayne)
The DC Icons series is intended to show readers what their favorite superheroes were like before they became full-time superheroes. Their teen years. Bruce may not have been as jaded at sixteen, but some brooding would be nice. A splash of the dark, hairline cracks in the psyche. Instead the Bruce here is a run-of-the-mill Hollywood lead who just wants to do the right thing and gets his flirt on with a mysterious gorgeous criminal, who's just vanilla enough to avoid disapproving tongue-tasks from the moms that drove their sons to the theater and decided to buy an extra ticket.
What I'm trying to say is—Nightwalker Bruce is boring. Bland. As interesting as a brick.
The entire narrative is akin to dragging a spoon across a bowl of porridge. Whenever I tried to focus and read instead of skim (which I confess to already doing very early on) I could feel my attention slipping away like grappling with a wet bar of soap.
Maybe it's me. All I know is I felt like I was reading a well-trodden story with little to distinguish it from the competition. Things happen, but nothing lands; there's no personal emotional impact.
Madeline, I have nothing to say about her. She's generic, a cut-along-the-lines doll.
Writing has the same issue as Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Descriptions are delivered as though lifted straight from a comic panel. I want to read a book, not a novelization of another medium.
If it were anyone except Marie Lu, I would've DNF-ed this book. But I persevered. My reward is the sour tang of disappointment and the bitter hope for something more.
Me: I am so over Bruce Wayne. He means nothing to me.
Bruce Wayne: *smolder and angst*
Batman is better than you.
Batman doesn't have time for your 'If Superman and Batman fight, who wins' theories.
Batman doesn't have time for this s***.
Batman is sexy and he knows it.
Batman is always the most stylish man in any room.
Batman makes angsty look good.
Batman wins at life.
Yes, I am complete Batman trash. I'd go as far as to say that Bats is probably the most interesting character ever - and the only male Superhero I like. Make of that what you will.
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This was a little bit fun, but a liiiitle underwhelming. I really enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer and I LOVE Batman, so I did have high hopes?!? But for some bizarre reason I never seem to connect to Marie Lu books and I was pretty disappointed that this is about Bruce Wayne, pre-Batman days. Like I mean, I get it. ORIGIN STORY. But my eyeballs are upset.
So it was a mixed cereal bowl for me. I loved the tech and the premise and the murdery stuff, but I found the plot unrealistic. It was fun, but it was also a bit like lifting a spoonful of cereal to your mouth and not paying attention and tipping it down your shirt. Not that I would ever do that. Haah ahaha.
Bruce was still cute and winning! Although such a frikkin Gryffindor that my Slytherin bones needed a break from it several times. Wow. He like sees a person and he just gotta save 'em. Anyway he's rich and privileged and nice. Very nice. (I think I'm hurting because I like the Christopher Nolan version WAY better.)
This is like...not dark. *whisper* Cait you need to not sound so disappointed sheesh. I mean it TRIES to be dark and edgy but is keeping it sanitised for the kids so it was a bit weird at times.
I liked seeing familiar names appear. Like Harvey Dent is in there and Gorden is mentioned. And then there's Alfred, aka the light of the world. He’s the perfect mix of father, butler, and teacher with a side-dish of tea and British disapproval. He tells Bruce to slow down while driving and makes him breakfast and says he has 0% sympathy when Bruce does something stupid. Basically Alfred is just a stressed mother, doing his best.
I found the actual plot a little bit unrealistic.
Says me…reading about A MAN BAT. But okay. So this is in the blurb, so not a spoiler, but this is how it goes down:
• Bruce wretchedly saves the day but also technically interferes with police business so.
• SMACK ON THE HAND, BRUCE.
• He gets community service!
• Which he has to serve at…wait for it…waaaait…
• ARKHAM ASYLYM.
• So literally we have this billionaire famous kid moping floors at the worst asylum ever where he’s verbally abused by the inmates all day.
• He is a kid.
• I do find this hard to believe. I get they wanted to make him “learn” but LIKE WHO THE HECK WOULD DO THIS. Especially for such a lowkey offence as he committed. He really should fire his lawyers because they suck if he got landed with this.
• And then he gets all involved talking to this girl inmate whom he’s getting info from and nUNGH NUNGH she’s attractive so of course his little heart beats faster.
• But why would they let him chat with an inmate.
• And they’re like “Now, Bruce, she is a MURDERER and bad and will manipulate you.”
• Bruce: “ok but what if she’s not.”
So all in all: I did have fun, but I also blinked a few times and said, “Mate lmao what.”
But I’m here to have a good time so I won’t lose an eyeball over this. It was interesting seeing little Brucey without his batwings, but not just fell a bit flat for me.