Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
I’m a comic geek at heart. Specifically, I’m a DC Comics geek. So whenever there’s something new and interesting about DC’s iconic characters, in any medium, I’m all over it. I actually didn’t know this book existed until I came across it at the library recently. I didn’t realize it was the second in a series, after a book featuring Wonder Woman. Fortunately, I don’t think it was necessary to read her novel to understand the events of this one.
Really, to consider this a book about Batman is somewhat misleading. Bruce Wayne never dons a bat suit in this story. In fact, the name Batman is never once mentioned. He’s just a young Bruce Wayne on the edge of adulthood. But the character that’s written here is classic Bruce Wayne through and through. He’s a kid who’s grown out of the tragedy that so affected his childhood. He has a strong sense of justice and a desire to make Gotham City a better place. However, being young and inexperienced, he’s incredibly naive, which allows him to be manipulated by more than one outside force.
I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu before this. But I like her writing style. It was a quick read and I never got bored with it. I enjoyed the twists that were thrown into the plot, most of which I didn’t see coming. One, I’m pretty sure I called early on. I mean, I didn’t hit the bullseye with that one, but I was on the target.
Look, I won’t lie. If you’re not into Batman or superhero stories in general, this might not be for you. But I enjoyed it.