Batman: Nightwalker

Batman: Nightwalker

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...

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Title:Batman: Nightwalker
Author:Marie Lu
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Batman: Nightwalker Reviews

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    This book is exactly what I expected from this series. I have previously expressed my displeasure with the execution of the last book in my review of Wonder Woman:Warbringer as the book felt dragged out and most of the plot happened at the end of the book, but this book was everything I hoped in terms of writing, plot, and characters.

    Marie Lu strikes again with her amazing execution of a rather perfect retelling of Batman. I have been fascinated with Ma

    This book is exactly what I expected from this series. I have previously expressed my displeasure with the execution of the last book in my review of Wonder Woman:Warbringer as the book felt dragged out and most of the plot happened at the end of the book, but this book was everything I hoped in terms of writing, plot, and characters.

    Marie Lu strikes again with her amazing execution of a rather perfect retelling of Batman. I have been fascinated with Marie Lu’s writing ever since I read The Young Elites (and yes, I have yet to read the Legend trilogy) and the writing of this book had all the dark allure of Gotham with a rather charming version of 18 year old Bruce Wayne.

    The gist of the book is that a criminal group called the Nightwalkers are killing the high class personalities of Gotham and stealing all the money to their name supposedly in order to give back to the poor and end tyranny. And of course Bruce Wayne is on the list. As the blurb says after an unfortunate run in with the police bruce has to do community service at the Arkham Asylum which hold all the worst criminals in Gotham. In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeline Wallace, who happens to be the most scarily beautiful girl with a penchant for slitting throats (also a part of the Nightwalkers).

    The infatuation that we all know will ensue takes place and even that is written very well, without overtaking the plot or making the impossible possible in a cliche that would have bored us all to death. Madeline is a very mysterious person with all the charm in the world, but she refuses to speak a sentence without twisting to the stars and back and admits to not being trustworthy, confusing poor Bruce way more than he deserves. The chemistry between them is undeniable but it might just be a relationship that has no way of working out.

    As expected from Marie Lu, the plot was written flawlessly. Every inch of every chapter had something to add the book and nothing was done without any reason. All the characters in the book added complexity to both Gotham city and to Bruce Wayne’s world.

    We see Bruce deal with being stuck in the spotlight ever since he was a child and watching him cope with that reveals a different side of Batman that we never really got to see in the movies. We see him deal with having his every move tracked and judge by cameras and we also get to see it overwhelm him.

    I loved revisiting Alfred in this retelling because, come on, what’s not to love about Alfred. We only see him a few times in the book but we do get to see him act as not only Bruce’s guardian but also one of Bruce’s friend’s guardian because his father is not a good man. We see him attend Bruce’s Graduation and it is adorable.

    I loved everything about it and promptly finished it in one sitting. I would recommend reading this even if you hated the last one as they are completely detached. I give this book 5 stars.

  • Ana

    Me: I am so over Bruce Wayne. He means nothing to me.

    Bruce Wayne: *smolder and angst*

    Me: …

    Me: …

    Me: Dammit.

    So basically...

    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 interesti

    Me: I am so over Bruce Wayne. He means nothing to me.

    Bruce Wayne: *smolder and angst*

    Me: …

    Me: …

    Me: Dammit.

    So basically...

    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.

    I must share this.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    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 M

    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.

    Bruce is still trying to find out information about the Nightwalkers.

    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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  • Khurram

    I did like this story, I would have given it 3.5 stars but thought is deserved a round up. Though I cannot say if this was because of my bias of Batman being my one of favorite characters of all time. Though this is also the reason I would take off at least one star. As good as the story is this is Bruce Wayne's story, this is not quite an origin but a before he was Batman story.

    One of the things that made Batman different from almost every other character is Superman take off his cape and put o

    I did like this story, I would have given it 3.5 stars but thought is deserved a round up. Though I cannot say if this was because of my bias of Batman being my one of favorite characters of all time. Though this is also the reason I would take off at least one star. As good as the story is this is Bruce Wayne's story, this is not quite an origin but a before he was Batman story.

    One of the things that made Batman different from almost every other character is Superman take off his cape and put on the glasses and lives his life as Clark Kent, Spider-man hangs up the mask and faces his unsuccessful attempt to be Peter Parker (I am talking new Marvel Universe Parker here), but Batman is the true identity Bruce Wayne is a resource for him. It is sometimes said Bruce "died" the day his parents did and the creature of vengeance that is Batman took over and everything in his life since them about his mission to stop crime. On the other hand it has also been argued could Bruce Wayne do a better job then Batman, better funding/equipping the GCPD (Gothem City Police Depaetment), or the city in general to remove the root of the problem. This story seems to take the latter apporach, as Bruce has grown up (he is 18 at the start of the book), as a pretty much well adjusted young man. Haunted by the death of his parents but not driven/obsessed by it.

    The parts of the book that were done very well is book showed Bruce's intelligence. He is not just some rich kid getting by on his parents money, going to the best schools because of his family name he is an intelligent young man (still a little naive) doing well at school and shouldering the responsibilities of his company, with good people to help him. He is not as well trained as a fighter, but he has great instincts when threatened he does not flinch away from danger but moves towards it. There some familiar characters and couple of new ones, but I was surprised how little Alfred was used in the book.

    This is a good modernization of a story taking a different direction to the traditional Batman. It fits in perfectly in the modern world. If I am being honest I thing this story would have suited Terry McGinnis more then Bruce Wayne, especially with Technology making up for training (though as Bruce has gotten older he has had to put more tech in his suit to compensate). However it is a likable and a good story, but it needed Batman!!! I did find it funny in the acknowledgments page the author said part of the reason she wrote this is because she could say "I am Batman", but she does not write it in the book, actually Batman is not mentioned in the whole book apart from the title. This story is more White Knight then Dark Knight but good.

  • Miranda Reads

    Whoa Nelly, back up comic books cause Marie Lu has

    A teenage Bruce Wayne must deal with:

    A) the family fortune

    B) his blooming company

    C) friendships falling out

    D) the cell of Nightwalkers terrorizing the city

    Whoa Nelly, back up comic books cause Marie Lu has

    A teenage Bruce Wayne must deal with:

    A) the family fortune

    B) his blooming company

    C) friendships falling out

    D) the cell of Nightwalkers terrorizing the city

    Due to a little tousle with the law (due to his hero tendencies), Bruce is forced to

    time in Arkham Asylum - part mental hospital, part insane jailhouse -

    Who may (or may not) be the ring leader of the Nightwalkers.

    Bruce always thought he was pretty good at reading people but this girl is

    And as he circles closer to her web, he can't help but wonder,

    Wow. Seriously, wow.

    Marie Lu, you absolutely

    with this one.

    I did not think I would ever enjoy a retelling of Batman so much.

    She absolutely humanized such a

    man for me.

    I went in there expecting a

    complex but she did such an excellent job with his story. Truly.

    The only thing that bugged me was that not once does he refer to himself as Batman.

    You'd think

    (titled Batman: Nightwalker) that there'd be

    sort of mention of....ya'know, Batman?

    That and (like most renditions), we never get a concrete answer why Bruce would rather invest in violence and weapons....rather than after-school care, adult education classes, local kids clubs...things that bring together communities and helps prevent further violence.

    But who knows, maybe getting new tires for the batmobile is more important....

    Kidding aside, I did really enjoy this story -

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  • C.G. Drews

    I really enjoyed

    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

    Like I mean, I get it. ORIGIN STORY. But my eyeballs are upset.

    I loved the tech and the premise and the murdery stuff, but I found the plot unrealistic. It was fun, bu

    I really enjoyed

    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

    Like I mean, I get it. ORIGIN STORY. But my eyeballs are upset.

    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.

    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.)

    *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.

    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.

    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.

    • So.

    • 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.

    • Dude.

    • Duuuuude.

    • And they’re like “Now, Bruce, she is a MURDERER and bad and will manipulate you.”

    • Bruce: “ok but what if she’s not.”

    • DUDE.

    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.

  • Emily May

    It is these kind of books that perfectly fit the awful (and unhelpful) three star rating.

    is a completely

    .

    It is reasonably well-written, as we would expect from Marie Lu, but I would point new readers towards her

    or

    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

    It is these kind of books that perfectly fit the awful (and unhelpful) three star rating.

    is a completely

    .

    It is reasonably well-written, as we would expect from Marie Lu, but I would point new readers towards her

    or

    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

    . 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

    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'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,

    .

    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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  • Natalie Monroe

    Me in response:

    Batman, as we all know, is

    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 liter

    Me in response:

    Batman, as we all know, is

    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—

    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

    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

    . 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.

  • Adam Silvera

    HERE FOR THIS, MARIE LU!

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