I’ve always wanted to be Batman when I grow up, so this book is an actual gift.
This is the second in the DC Icon series, following up Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, which I freaking LOVED because a magical island full of warrior woman seems like the smartest idea anyone’s ever had. So I was pretty excited to try Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker! Even though I was a bit cautious because (a) I seem to never connect to Marie Lu’s books (I WANT TO THO) and (b) I fell asleep watching a DC movie once and haven’t tried since. Haha haha.
So Batman Nightwalker ended up being a mixed bowl of cereal for me. I loved the tech and the writing and the mysteries, but I found the plot a little unrealistic. It was definitely 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.
Okay let’s move forward.
- The story is more: Bruce Wayne > Batman.
Which if I’m going to be honest, I find disappointing. I meant the cover says BATMAN not “Bruce Wayne: Nightwalker”. So while we get the Why Does He Don The Suit™ tale, it’s like…the end goal. Mostly we just have billionaire boy Bruce learning to find his way in this world with his heartache and his complex to make ALL THE WORLD A GOOD PLACE. And wow he was so aggressively Gryffindor. All you had to do was point and say: “SOMEONE NEEDS HELP!” and there’s Brucey…flapping over to help them. Hmm. My Slytherin soul just did a double take, but anyway. But Bruce was still cute and winning and I liked him!
- It’s nothing like the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy so don’t expect that.
AKA DON’T BE LIKE ME. #Awkward. That’s like mega dark with a devious and sometimes-cruel Batman and blood everywhere. This is more the kid-friendly version which is a bit fluffy at times and is more here to make you feel good about heroes and being brave and eating eggs for breakfast so you grow up so strong. I EAT EGGS FOR BREAKFAST. I’M GOING TO BE BATMAN, MUM.
- It’s really fun seeing the familiar names come up!
But there ARE new characters too so it’s not overly predictable. But Harvey Dent is in there and it mentions Gordon (!!) and OF FREAKING COURSE the light of the universe, aka Alfred, is there. I love Alfred! 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 like I had 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.
- All up? Fun, but a bit silly, and didn’t have enough Batmanning in it.
But it was really short and I ate through it after being in an annoying book slump so for that I AM PLEASED. And it adorably kept the bloodshed low and even the asylum inmates kept their language ok for the children (very kind of them) and basically it was a quick and fun story of LI’LE BRUCE before he finds his batwings.
THANKS TO PENGUIN AUSTRALIA FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Batman Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu is published January 2018.
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.