Review | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

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BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (DC Icons, #2) | Marie Lu

Book Specs 

Hardcover: 250 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Synopsis

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. . . more

Revamped Review-2

I love Batman. He is my favorite DC hero and possibly my favorite superhero of all time. So you could imagine my excitement when I discovered one of my favorite YA authors was going to write an origin story for The Batman. Was I satisfied with what I got? Hell yes I was.

The characters are the strength of this story, particularly young Bruce Wayne himself. I have to admit that I usually find Bruce Wayne to be kind of boring, not as the Caped Crusader, but as Bruce Wayne the billionaire playboy. However, Marie Lu manages to improve on his character by making young Bruce Wayne a compassionate and intelligent character with complex emotions and a vibrant personality, ultimately making him a much more interesting and relatable character.

The original source material is drawn upon for certain key facts (i.e. Bruce’s parents are killed by a thug, Alfred Pennyworth is his Guardian, Lucius Fox runs Wayne Tech, etc.) but this story is a complete alternate version. Marie Lu uses these pivotal elements to anchor her readers and to provide us with a new and familiar narrative that feels like a Batman story.

From beginning to end, the entire story is extremely fast-paced and rarely boring. This is mostly because the story is packed into 250 pages, which is also a drawback. The story could have been expanded on in some places. More time could have been devoted to the unraveling of the Nightwalker scheme as well as the individual character development of Bruce’s closest friends Dianne Garcia and Harvey (Dent). They were each great characters without much background story, which is a shame because both have so much potential.

Madeleine was an amazing villainess. The author really managed to capture her eerie yet charming personality in the description of her movements as well as her speech. I also love how Marie Lu kept continued with Bruce’s tendency to be attracted to femme fetales (i.e. Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul)!

There were so many things to like about this book. I do feel as if Bruce’s darker musings about his parents’ death and his sense of justice could have been amplified a bit more, but that’s just a personal preference. And although really short and slightly lacking in secondary character development, this book was thrilling, suspenseful, appropriately dark, and so much fun to read.

My Rating:

4 stars

5 thoughts on “Review | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

  1. Great review for this book Azia. I have to admit I’m not a fan of Batman at all, in fact I think he’s my least favourite superhero, but I am excited for this book because I loved Wonder Woman and because it’s been written by Marie Lu. 🙂 I will also add that because if your review and some of the others I’ve seen I am looking forwards to this one more and more. 🙂
    Nightwalker sounds like a great story, and if Marie Lu managed to improve on Bruce Wayne’s character in this book for you I have a feeling she’ll be able to do the same for me. It’s a shame the story wasn’t maybe as developed in places as it could have been, but it definitely sounds like a fast-paced read. 🙂
    Again great review. I’m excited to get around to this myself and see what I think now. 😀 ❤️

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    1. Oh yeah, I remember you mentioning that you didn’t like Batman haha. I think Lu did a really great job on this one. She helped Bruce become a lot more likable, imo. He’s not as jaded and he’s much more relatable. The story was mostly good and the fast pace helped keep me engaged, so hopefully that will enhance your reading experience once you pick this one up! I can’t wait to see what you think 😀 Thanks Beth!

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      1. It’s definitely something I’ve mentioned before, I know that for sure. But the fact that this was written by Marie Lu kind of outweighs that I’m not a massive fan of Batman I think 🙂 Plus I’ve heard great reviews that highlight how great the characters are which helps.
        That’s all right, and I’ll definitely let you know what I think about this one when I’ve read it as well Azia! 😀

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  2. Wonderful review Azia! I’ve been holding onto starting this one until I get the chance to read Wonder Woman. I was also weary of the small page count but it didn’t seem to hinder your reading experience even with the fast pacing. I’m looking forward to this read & hope to love it as much as you did 🙂

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    1. I was going to read Wonder Woman first, but I love Batman so much, I just couldn’t help it LOL. I really hope you enjoy both once you get to them!! 😀

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