Author: Marie Lu, Stuart Moore, & Chris Wildgoose // Published: October 1, 2019
A ruthless new gang of criminals known only as Nightwalkers is terrorizing Gotham, and the city’s elite are being taken out one by one. On the way home from his 18th birthday party, newly minted billionaire Bruce Wayne makes an impulsive choice that puts him in their crosshairs and lands him in Arkham Asylum, the once-infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer…and Bruce’s only hope. Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?
Adapted by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, this graphic novel presents a thrilling new take on Batman before he donned the cape and cowl.
Huge thank you to DC Ink for providing me with a gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was pretty excited when I was approved for this title. I’ve read a few of the other DC Ink graphic novels and enjoyed all of them so much. Batman: Nightwalker was no exception.
I went into this with no expectations since I haven’t read the novel this is based on by Marie Lu. The graphic novel did make me intrigued to read the full thing. The art work is perfect as usual. Probably one of my favorite things about these comics. Most of the graphic novel was in grey scale with the occasional yellow coloring. I loved this feature so much, and it made the pages look so pleasing.
The story follows a young Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. Of course that means that the graphic novel felt a little different than the usual vibe that’s associated with Batman. DC Ink is an imprint that’s dedicated to young adult readers so I was expecting this to be different than the usual. I did really enjoy the DC Ink releases so far. I love that there’s a new take to the stories and is something that will appeal to younger readers.
I really enjoyed the storyline and following Bruce’s life as a teenager. I finished the book in one sitting and not only because it’s a graphic novel but because the story was the kind to keep you interested. I kept guessing what was going to happen next and what the outcome could possibly be. The ending felt a little bit rushed but overall the story was really good. I loved Bruce’s character and getting to see him through a different lens.
About the Author
Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.