Rating: 4 OWLS
Batman Nightwalker is the second book in the DC Icons series. The DC Icons is a project that has multiple authors that have teamed up in order to give us a new spin on some of your favorite superheroes. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s rendition of Wonder Woman Warbringer (review), and I couldn’t wait to continue this series with Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu.
What I liked best about this book was that it was not an origin story for Batman; I feel like the origin story was written multiple times over and I was very glad to see something completely different. Batman Nightwalker covers Bruce’s teen years, before he becomes Batman. The story features a young Bruce Wayne who just turns 18 and gets access to his parent’s entire fortune through his trust funds.
The action starts in the first chapter and it continues throughout the entire book. A rush decision on Bruce’s part lands him in Arkham Asylum to serve his community service sentence. The infamous asylum houses Gotham’s deadliest and most dangerous criminals. Marie Lu did a stellar job in Bruce’s characterization and a cast of characters, some familiar and some brand new.
I love Alfred! It seems that it doesn’t matter which iteration of Batman I read and watch, the one constant thing is my love for Alfred. Marie Lu stayed pretty close to the Alfred we all know and love, but she still managed to write him as Her Alfred.
Throughout the book there are TONS of Easter eggs for fans, some very obvious, such as Harvey Dent playing with a coin, and some not so much, but I won’t spoil those. It seems that Marie Lu did her homework and peppered in amazing hidden details that were super fun to uncover and come across.
The villains created by Marie Lu were amazing. The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, they are killing Gotham’s richest and Bruce is next on their list. During his time in Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine Wallace, a convicted killer, who is a complete mystery to everyone. She is definitely connected to the Nightwalkers but no one knows how. She refuses to speak with anyone, except Bruce. Madeleine was a very well developed character, with an amazing back story that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Because Madeleine does not previously exist in the DC universe, Marie Lu had the opportunity to create an amazing character and she fully took advantage of that opportunity.
My one and only complaint about this books is the size. The books is less than 300 pages and I wanted more. With that being said, it is a lot of amazingness packed into such a short book. Batman Nightwalker was a super fun and easy read. As always, Marie Lu’s writing style is amazing, she is an incredible story teller and she proves once again why she is an insta-buy author for me. Overall, Batman Nightwalker was an exciting read that kept me captivated until the last sentence.