Hey everyone! Happy new year! For my first post of the new year, I’m reviewing Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I was sent a copy of this by the very kind people at Penguin Random House so thank you to them!
Before I tell you what I thought, here’s the blurb so you can see what the book is about…
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.
And now for my review!
I thought that Batman: Nightwalker was decent enough but sadly it fell a little short for me after the glory of WonderWoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, which I read last year (wow, first time saying that feels weird!) Now admittedly, Batman has never been a favourite superhero of mine so the fact I enjoyed this even a little is saying something. But I kind of expected more… Batman-ing? Like, there was a lot of mopping floors?? I get that it’s an origin story so it’s before all the action really gets going, but I just found the whole plot a little ludicrous and I struggled to suspend my disbelief enough to get properly on board with it. Again, I want to reiterate that Batman is not my favourite; he’s the brooding silent type and I like a bit more personality than that. So well done to Marie Lu for doing what she did with the subject she had to work with. I’m sure actual Batman fans will love this one.
But it wasn’t all bad! There were things I did like. Bruce’s friends were great and I would have liked them to get a little more page-time. Alfred was a precious dote who brought all the British sass so that was a delight. And some of the techy stuff was quite cool.
I rated this book 3/5 stars. Undoubtedly, there will be readers who love this one but I’m just not one of them in this case. Though don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying this DC icons series! It’s so interesting to see how authors are handling such famous stories. You can read my review of Leigh Bardugo’s take on WonderWoman here.
Thanks again to Penguin for the review copy! Batman: Nightwalker is released in the UK tomorrow (January 4th)!
Has anyone else read this one? Or WonderWoman: Warbringer? What did you think of them?