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Wayne of Gotham

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,664 ratings  ·  252 reviews
When the Batman begins to investigate the events surrounding his parents' murder, he will also uncover the darkest secrets of his family's past. No fan of the Dark Knight will want to miss this one-of-a-kind window into Gotham’s dark protector in this fast-paced thriller from New York Times bestselling fantasy writer Tracy Hickman. Readers of Kevin J. Anderson’s The Last D ...more
Hardcover, Fist Edition, 296 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by It Books
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Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
David Musto
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Anthony McDowell
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AUDIOBOOK: very awesome audiobook. I love Batman, and this one explores his investigation into his parents death, and also flashes back to Thomas and Martha's relationship early on, really more backstory. Also had some conflict with Alfred, and got an insight into his father's servitude to the elder Wayne's. Also had Thomas's dad in it. Really good.
Avery (ThePagemaster)
The second Batman novel I read AND the second Batman novelization I've read this year was meh....

This story focuses less on Bruce Wayne/Batman and more on his father, Thomas Wayne, and how in his early doctoral days, he was semi-connected to the mob and how his eventual murder, and Martha's, in Crime Alley that one, iconic night was just Thomas' demons coming back.

The couple things I did like was that it was short, almost 'straight-to-the-point' short. Also, we get back and forth narrat
Nathan Reynolds
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This one is just ok. There is a lot of build up towards a climax that doesn't really pay off for the 250+ pages before it. I think it will always be difficult to write a book about a character that is so well known by the audience that pushing boundaries causes distaste and poor reviews. This is what really hung like a cloud over this book: my personal knowledge of the universe and the characters within them not completely lining up with what the author was trying to do. If you want to read an a ...more
Wart Hill
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A tale of Batman written by legendary "Dragonlance" author Tracy Hickman? Who could pass that up? "Wayne of Gotham" is a different kind of Batman story in that it focuses heavily upon Batman's father, Thomas Wayne. The Waynes tend to have little narrative purpose in the Batman universe other than to die and thus set Bruce Wayne on his obsessive quest. "Wayne of Gotham" elevates Thomas Wayne to co-equal protagonist, with his plotline in the past paralleling a troubling mystery that Batman/Bruce W ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
I have loved Tracy Hickman's writting since the first time I picked up his books, which was admittedly the Death Gate Cycle series.

So when I found out he wrote a Batman novel, I knew I had to be all over that.

As it turns out, Hickman did his research and brought forth a very accurate Batman in comparison to the source material: the comics. Near the beginning of the bookcit had a very similar vibe to the Animated Series of the 90s of which I grew up watching. But by the end it felt very much lik
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dnf, superheroes
Set aside. Not good. Disappointed. Moving on.
Joseph Inzirillo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have always been a fan or Mr Hickman starting way back in the 80's when I first read Dragonlance. I have also loved the Batman lore of DC.

This take on Batman is phenomenal. Focusing more on the struggles of Bruce Wayne, Hickman takes us on a journey that true Batman fans will love. Old foes and new histories grow into something sinister with an ending that I never saw coming.

Just a great book in the Batman lore and one that I highly recommend if you love Batman.
João Batista
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se você espera encontrar os pais de Bruce como as estátuas de mármore que fazem deles, esqueça este livro! São mais de gesso do que poderíamos imaginar...
E é ruim saber disso? Bem, se você não quiser ler um romance sobre a história de Batman, tente os quadrinhos ou os filmes, pois aqui o autor começa a trama um pouco depois do original de 1939; ele escolhe falar um pouco de Thomas Wayne e de sua relação com o avô de Bruce, Patrick, em meados de 1953. No Prólogo, vemos um lado sombrio e duro de P
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ming Siu
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Diego Eis
Batman é um dos meus heróis prediletos, não pelo herói em si, mas mais por causa do ambiente melancólico e recluso dos personagens. Nunca havia lido nada sobre o Batman fora dos quadrinhos, por isso o livro foi uma grande surpresa. Há muitos momentos em que o Batman aparece em ação, mas a grande cereja do livro são as histórias contadas fora desses momentos. Como os mistérios sobre o assassinato dos pais de Bruce, quando detalhes são contados sobre a família de Alfred e outras informações intere ...more
Ana  Lelis
I liked the book, but I did not loved it, even though it is about Batman. What happens is that the author was very descriptive in several scenes, he takes several pages just to describe the scene of an escape, whether speaking in detail about the engine of a car. Things I at least didn't want to know. And that made the book very tiring, it takes a very long time reading it, but what kept me going was the mystery of the story. He created a very interesting plot, alternating between the past and t ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars Okay, so I only have a basic knowledge of the Batman history from movies, but I felt the author & proof reader should have done better job before producing this. There was several times Thomas Wayne referred to his "sons", plural. Pretty sure Bruce was an only child. The author kept switching back & forth to another person's spelling of a name, & when Batman was in his batsuit he was referred to as Bruce at times. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, & was kind of interesting ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.

Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book. Not usually a huge Batman fan, but this book was interesting. Got the back story about Bruce Wayne's parents, told in two POV (past and present), we got a lot of detail about what makes Batman tick in this one.
Monica Willyard Moen
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nls, bookshare
This is the best Batman fiction I've read. The plot and character development reeled me in right away.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published by GraphicAudio in 2013.
Multicast Performance.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours.

GraphicAudio has been adapting novels into audiobooks that are performed by 20+ people like an old-fashioned radio play for years. In this case, they have adapted a novel by veteran fantasy/sci-fi writer Tracy Hickman. Hickman doesn't usually write about DC Comics characters, his reputation was made writing books related to the Dungeons and Dragons universe. That being said,
Winston Crutchfield
DNF. I just couldn't bring myself to struggle all the way through this.

Hickman mishandles and mischaracterizes every member of the primary cast.

* Batman is antagonistic toward everyone in his life, and they are resentful toward him. For a lore that is built on the strong relationships Bruce has with Gordon and Alfred, Hickman takes pains to put Bruce at odds with those men. It feels artificial and forced.

* While Batman's gadgets often form an important part of the lore, Hickman goes into great
Amanda T
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

There were some really strange spelling and continuity errors in this novel. For instance, there's a couple of pages where Lew Moxon's name is spelled Lou. Another where the time of day that is recorded just under the chapter title doesn't match the events in the subsequent pages. But perhaps the strangest error occurs closer to the end: a minor character is making an observation that "Bruce" is finally making some headway with Martha because they are dancing together (except that Bruc
Michael Stewart
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good "pop" novel about Batman/Bruce Wayne, and his father Thomas. Thomas had a few daddy issues of his own to resolve. Arkham Asylum also figures into the mix, and that is usually a good backdrop for melodrama.

I quite enjoyed this novel, but don't think Joker fit into it at all, but it's definitely NOT a Joker novel. Alfred is drawn quite well, and I felt that the 3 generations of Wayne men were written acutely, not broadly.

Sometimes it seemed that the Batsuit was a standalone character. The a
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the plot. I thought that it was really good with the shifting of POVs between Bruce and Thomas. I loved finding out more about Bruce's father and mother, and learning more about Gotham's history. I thought it was a good story, but it would have been an awesome story if done better. I really liked the idea of the Apocalypse characters and the way the scientist altered people's biology to make them vigilantes in a very scary way. That was really cool.

I've read Tracy Hickman books before, a
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