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Wayne of Gotham

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Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by It Books
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A strange conspiracy is overtaking Gotham, where criminals seem to be under someone else's thrall and vigilantism from ordinary citizens is on the rise. The murky trail seems like it's leading back all the way to Thomas Wayne, the saintly patriarch whose death was the catalyst for Bruce becoming Batman. And as Batman seeks to discover the clues behind this, he just might discover some dark secrets in his family past.

It's a really intriguing idea, and written by one of the authors of The Death Ga...more
There are certain aspects about Batman that the author really got right, but then the actual plot here isn't really that exciting, which makes the book move a little slowly. As for the overall tone of the book, I think the author was spot on. The book feels very melancholy and sad, which I feel like describes the Batman 'world' very well. Another aspect that was done very well was the description of the cars and gadgets. Batman always has some fantastic gadgets and they were all described in det...more
David Musto
Admittedly, I have never read any of his Dragonlance books so that would not be any indication, but Tracy Hickman loves cars. He goes on and on and on about engines and features that your average Batman reader could not possibly care about. Over-description aside, the real crime of this book is the apparent lack of understanding of the Batman psychology. More often than not, Batman is referred to as Bruce despite being in the costume. That, along with the fact that Batman is the man and Bruce Wa...more
I was a little wary when I first started reading this book. The number of absolute terrible Batman books I have read is actually a little sick, and I feared this one might just be more of the same. I was happily surprised. I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and tense, and had an extremely interesting concept carried out in a very creative way. I loved the way the story telling switched between the past and the present, and I thought all of the characters were well written (al...more
This is my first Batman novel (read some graphic ones.) I was a bit hesitant at first as novels like these are usually mediocre and not really that great. I decided to give it a try anyway because I like Tracy Hickman’s work.

I thought it was a pretty good and decent read. I liked how the narrative changed from Thomas’ point of view, then back to Bruce. The mystery involved in the book was good enough to keep me interested. I liked how the story focused on Thomas and Martha Wayne before they got...more
I never read Batman novels. At least not since 1989 when I read the Batman movie novelization. It has always seemed odd when Batman is entirely in print. However, when I saw the author of this book it went on my to read list immediately.

This book will probably get mixed reviews since there are many different takes on Batman. Plus, when he's been around since the 1940s it's hard to get a fresh angle on him. This book manages to find a new angle while combining several past takes on Batman. In th...more
I did grow up watching Batman. I never really read the comics but I was interested in the cap crusader. When I saw this book and learned that it was about the past and who Bruce Wayne really was and where he came from, I was intrigued. This is one person that Bruce’s past life before he became Batman has been a mystery.

I did enjoy reading this book. In this book, Bruce was more human like versus being the cool demeanor of Batman. This I liked. It helped to bring me more into the story. However,...more
Ming Siu
It's best to view this novel as an Elseworlds book (remember those?) - basically, stories set out of continuity. It's the only way to stomach the liberties taken with characterization. Even so, it's still distracting when well-loved characters refuse to behave like you've known them to.

The plot is a little too convoluted, going off in all sorts of directions, and I'm not sure if everything ties together properly at the end. It really does get quite messy leading up to the climax, and it doesn't...more
I have never read a superhero novel before. I have read a few comics in my times but not many. I have always loved Batman. He is pretty much my favorite superhero, so when my brother let me borrow this book I was kind of excited, and nervous at the same time. I am really glad that I read it. It is a darker version that I thought it would be initially, but true to how I believe Batman should be. It brought in a lot of old favorites and even had some of their background information which I didn't...more
SporadicReviews.com (Kevin Bayer)
Not your traditional Batman vs. his rogues gallery book. Batman is aging, relying on technology to enhance his batsuit to keep him at top performance. Interesting use of tech for that purpose in the book, as well as for the new batmobile. We get to know more about Bruce's parents and grandfather, and their lives, we get some information about Alfred's family.

Interesting use of the rogues gallery too, but they're not the main antagonists. No, Thomas Wayne's legacy is the main antagonist.

Michael Ramm
What started out as a good premise ended in a confusing mess of a story that tainted the whole book. It started out as a story that explored the Wayne's life before Bruce was born. Things were happening in present day Gotham that took Bruce/Batman on a journey that paralleled his father's exploits right out of medical school (before he married Martha Kane, Bruce's mother). I was really digging the story and learning about Thomas and Martha and their life in '50s Gotham. That was all ruined in th...more
This was an okay book. I think if it would have had an 'Elseworlds' notation on it I would have enjoyed it more. It is a story about three generations of the Wayne family - we find out the Waynes are not pure as the driven snow; the family has its own dark secrets somebody wants to bring to the light of day.

Fair warning: possibly I should have called the rest of this review 'a spoiler' but I'm not going to do so. If I should have, please forgive me for not doing so. But if I can spare others fro...more
Steven Schaefer
A fascinating addition to the mythology of the Batman. I've been a fan of the Batman since my youth, so the subject of the novel was definitely up my alley. I'm also a fan of Hickman's work, though I must confess mainly his team-ups with Margaret Weis. The few solo novel's I've read of his have been lacking. Here, however, it's pretty hard to go wrong. With almost 75 years of Batman "lore" to draw upon, Hickman does a find job adapting established characters with a new "longer" view of Bruce Way...more
Monica Willyard
This is the best Batman fiction I've read. The plot and character development reeled me in right away.
I listened to the Graphic Audio version, and enjoyed it immensely. For those of you not familiar that is the company that makes audio books with a full cast so each bit of spoken dialogue is read by a different actor, along with someone narrating the action. It's a great way to listen to books, but I do wonder if much gets lost in translation. The narrator doesn't add in the "said with a sigh" or anything like that, it is implied by the actors. I suppose I am paranoid about missing something.

I just have to say this was a good novel. I couldn't put it down. I had to force myself.

The book revolves around a strange conspiracy that is taking over Gotham. Everyone seems to be taken over and at first Batman concludes that Spellbinder is behind it. However, the deeper he goes into investigating he begins to find out more about Thomas Wayne (his father). However, the more clues he discover about his father's past the more he wants to uncover it. There were a few people that didn't like the...more
Batman has many stories and movies about him that twist his life and origin story. This book was good because it not only focused on batman and trying to stop one of his many foes from reaching havoc on Gotham, it also told the story of his father and mother and gave insight into their deaths and why it occurred. The story is told through two perspectives one of batman who is trying to solve an old family mystery that has been brought to his attention by a mysterious women who has managed to inf...more
Bill Sleeman

Wayne of Gotham: A Novel by Tracy Hickman was a fun break from the normal. Most fans already know that Batman is a borderline psychotic who, were it not for the influence of his mother and father (and Alfred), could have ended up as dangerous and creepy as the Joker or Deadshot (oh no, wait, he is that creepy and dangerous) but with his origin locked into a traumatic childhood event that Bruce Wayne/Batman continually struggles to overcome readers and long-time fans have often wondered where on

Victor Gentile
Tracy Hickman in his new book, “Wayne of Gotham” published by It Books gives us a current tale of Batman.

From the back cover: Behind every mask is a real man.

Two men joined by blood but separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered when he witnesses the brutal death of his parents.

The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become the mysterious crusader Batman—the...more
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Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman is an exploration into the Wayne legacy and its role in Gotham’s early days and its current influence on the city as Bruce Wayne dons a cape and cowl and chases criminals as Batman. Through a series of flashbacks to the 1950s, Bruce and the reader learn about his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, and the family secrets. Bruce is clearly not the only Wayne who has kept big secrets from the rest of the family and the outside world.

The parallels Hickman draws between Bruce...more
I've never (that I can remember) read an adult-targeted (i.e. not a child's learn to read book) prose about a traditional Marvel/DC superhero. I didn't like it as much as a graphic novel. This is likely just a predisposition based on having started with these heroes in a visual medium, but, in this case there are criticisms of the writing which contribute.

The amount of time spent describing the technical details of the Batmobile or the Batsuit was off-putting. I don't need those kinds of details...more
Vanessa Wolf
Terrible. Just. Terrible. The version of Batman in this one is much akin to the Christopher Nolen one, which wouldn't be bad, if it was a good imitation. Instead we get a Batman with a love/hate relationship with Alfred and a Commissioner Gordon who feels like a sell-out for helping Batman. And I guess in this universe Batman wasn't around when his parents bit the bullet in person. Weird. So, now we're all just going to pretend Batman is Wolverine in a cape and a dash of emo? WTF?

Look, I get Bat...more
Darren Vincent

I was a bit skeptical when I picked up another Superhero-themed book. I had picked up Superman: Last Son of Krypton with a bit of excitement only to be sorely disappointed. This book is the way it should be done.

I will start in earnest by saying that I am a fan of Batman, but mostly by way of Superfriends when I was younger, the Adam West years on through the Tim Burton and Chris Nolan films, with a bit of comics on the side. I am not familiar with the less familiar storyl...more
I'm not a graphic novel person or a comic book fan, but when the chance to read the new novel, Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman, arose, I took it. First of all, the cover art is spectacular, with Batman overlooking Gotham City on the front cover and Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Manor library on the back, both on a deep forest green background.

The novel tells two alternating stories- present day with Batman trying to save Gotham City from the evil residents of the Arkham Asylum, which leads Bruce to...more
Justice Is blind. In Wayne of Gotham a story unfolds of what made justice blind in Gotham, why that was bad, and how bad that it got. Batman, Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne is at the center of the tale. Secrets are revealed such as why Thomas Wayne was killed and why Gotham is so ridden with strange costumed villains.

I attended Tracy Hickman’s reading at Space City Houston earlier this year. He said that when discussing what book he might write next, his agent brought up the idea of a super hero....more
I guess there is only one Batman story possible, because in Wayne of Gotham we've seen it all before. Batman reopens the Wayne murder case. Again. Thomas Wayne may have been mixed up with criminals, or been one himself. Again. A rift between Bruce and Alfred. Again. The writing is good enough to keep me reading but the plot? Nah. And the characterization? Since when does millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne disguise himself as an invalid and have Alfred push him around in a wheelchair, in the privacy...more
Timothy Pecoraro
I'm usually a BIG FAN of Tracy Hickman and certainly a big fan of Batman. So this seemed like a great book. But unfortunately, while the descriptions and characterizations were pretty good; I felt like this book was held down by the fact that they had to have exposition for EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. Alfred is Bruce Wayne's butler and this is why and how, etc... I just felt that the story, which was relatively short was pretty good if not for these increasing annoying interrupts in the pacing. I a...more
Some Spoilers ahead.

I went into this with low expectations, and it seemed like I may get something better than I anticipated. The premise of the book is pretty intriguing, and I found that although the book had a lot of problems from the get-go, I was kind of getting into it. The more the author explained what it was about though, the less I cared. The premise is pretty much wasted on a story which isn't particularly gripping, nor particularly well paced out, nor very "believable" in a sense. Th...more
Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman

First off, I wanted this book the moment I saw that it was written by Tracy Hickman. Secondly it’s about Batman and being a comic geek I had to read it.

This was a great story. I have never really followed much of Batman storylines outside of Justice League or the Superman/Batman story arches, so I did not go into this book with a lot of knowledge about what Bruce Wayne’s family was like. It was my assumption that it was happy times at Wayne Manor. Wrong! It was v...more
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