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Batman: Nightwalker

(DC Icons #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  13,852 ratings  ·  2,779 reviews
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
Hardcover, DC Icons, 272 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017, fantasy, arc
“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”

It is these kind of books that perfectly fit the awful (and unhelpful) three star rating. Batman: Nightwalker is a completely fine, average, easy and forgettable read.

It is reasonably well-written, as we would expect from Marie Lu, but I would point new readers towards her The Young Elites or Warcross before urging them to read this one. This new stream of superhero fiction - and we can expect more in 2018 - caters to current market tren
Miranda Reads
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The darkness was his ally, not his enemy.
Whoa Nelly, back up comic books cause Marie Lu has completely revamped this genre.

A teenage Bruce Wayne must deal with:

A) the family fortune
B) his blooming company
C) friendships falling out
D) the cell of Nightwalkers terrorizing the city

All without losing his mind or failing classes.
Bruce watched his friend go. Then he glanced at Alfred. "We need to make a pit stop."
Alfred shot him a wary glance. "Lucius would warn you no
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 4/4/19

Yes!!! I loved it!

This is about Bruce who is about to turn 18. He's going to be rich. He has his team that are building things. He takes martial arts. He has Alfred. He has friends. And he's starting to have a purpose in life.

When Bruce helps out the police stopping one of the villains in the Nightwalkers gang, well he has to do community service for helping by crashing his car and what not. A simple thank you would suffice!

He ends up cleaning floors at Arkham As
Natalie Monroe
"Was he good? He had hurt those he loved before; he had disobeyed orders a hundred times over."

Me in response:

Batman, as we all know, is one of the most morally grey superheroes out there. Practically every incarnation of the Caped Crusader inevitably ends up knee-deep in a moral dilemma, struggling to define justice, wrestling with his inner demons, or likely all three at once. Gotham City doesn't have a prison; it has Arkham Asylum, representative of Batman's internal turmoil. Plus, he lit
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like this story, I would have given it 3.5 stars but thought is deserved a round up. Though I cannot say if this was because of my bias of Batman being my one of favorite characters of all time. Though this is also the reason I would take off at least one star. As good as the story is this is Bruce Wayne's story, this is not quite an origin but a before he was Batman story.

One of the things that made Batman different from almost every other character is Superman take off his cape and put o
High Lady of The Night Court
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
"Fear clears the mind. Panic clouds it."

This book is exactly what I expected from this series. I have previously expressed my displeasure with the execution of the last book in my review of Wonder Woman:Warbringer as the book felt dragged out and most of the plot happened at the end of the book, but this book was everything I hoped in terms of writing, plot, and characters.

Marie Lu strikes again with her amazing execution of a rather perfect retelling of Batman. I have been fascinated with
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Gotham City was broken in many ways, but it wasn’t beyond repair. He would find a way to fix it. It was the mantle he’d been handed.”

Let’s get it right out there before confusion even gets a chance to root. This was NOT the dark and revengeful Batman we’re used to from the comics and movie adaptions, but considering that he’s a teen in this book and still so very young I actually liked that particular approach.

I mean in “Batman: Nightwalker” Bruce Wayne just got a grip on his funds and is still
Adam Silvera
Mar 31, 2016 marked it as to-read

♛ may
growing up with older brothers means:
1. always having someone to drive you around
2. being perpetually obsessed with superheros (mainly batman) until like the age of 14

I think I was a batman stan from the very beginning (superman is so boring and predictable, fite me on this
(ง •̀_•́)ง) so I was SUPER excited and also terrified to read this book. Thank goodness marie lu is a queen and loves to slay my existence

- This book was a precursor to bruce wayne’s life //before// he took on the alias of b
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Random House Reader's Circle (RHRC)
Shelves: from-publisher
But looking out, all he saw was an ocean of light, the shimmering heart of Gotham City spread out before him. He didn't know everything his future held for him, not yet, but he knew that whatever it was, it would remain here.

It looked like a place worth protecting.

It looked like home.

It's rare that I start reviewing with a quote pulled directly from the last page of a book, but in this case I found it appropriate for multiple reasons. First, this book is nothing new; we all know the basics of th
Ben Alderson
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to start by saying that Batman is my LEAST favorite superhero.
BUT... Marie Lu has made him a new favorite for me.
I loved this story so much. The writing was clear, well paced and the dialogue fantastic. I flew through this book, dying to know the twists and turns. I adore this world, It really paints Gotham in that cloudly, dark mood that we all know. Marie Lu really knows how to weave a story and make it her own.
I cried... laughed and also screamed in horror at some parts. I loved love
Rating: 1-angry-this-is-not-my-Batman-star. The existence of this book is quite an insult to Batman and this book reads like it was written by some third-ranked comic-script-writer who doesn't know enough of a thing about Batman and what he stands for.

I have a feeling that if Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by a young pretty girl, this version of Bruce would have forgiven her too.

How insulting.

I just won't forgive Marie Lu or whoever else is responsible for reducing Bruce Wayne into a hapl
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Imi (Imi Reviews Books)

This was gifted to me by my amazing, talented, and beautiful friend, Imogen, who I'm forever thankful for!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ★★★

“I can’t think of a story where the billionaire and the murderer end up happily ever after.”

I am not the biggest superhero fan, but I will admit I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Batman. And you all? I honestly loved this. Also, I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu before (I know, I can’t believe it either, honestly) but now I
Everytime I finish a book, I just wanna announce to all of Goodreads THAT I'M BACK BITCHES

But obviously that's a lie. I just have to admit to myself that I am not back yet, as much as I want to be. I still have two seasons left of Keeping of With The Kardashians to binge watch before I return to reading full time.

But anyways, I finished a book! And I have some feelings about it. I will definitely be writing a review in between Kardashian episodes, so keep am eye out for that.

Deborah Obida
Buddy read with Taylor, my Feb tbr twin.

Just another average read, its way too predictable and it being a retelling didn't really help much, we already know that Batman will save the day, a little more suspense would have been better.

The world building is great, Marie Lu did an amazing job depicting Gotham city, I've read the comic, watched animations and movies about Batman and I have to admit she left nothing out, everything fits.

The writing is okay, a major fast read and very comprehensible,
Wren (fablesandwren)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved

As I previously said, I'm not that big of a DC fan. I am a Marvel Girl 100% through and through. In fact, until I started reading Wonder Woman Comics and watching the movie that came out on repeat (hello, women power), I kind of could care less about DC? I mean, I like Arrow and the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow is okay I guess, but none of them were as spectacular as any of the comics, shows and movies that I watched with Marvel. Wolverine, Loki, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Kitty... well, you
the burning dreamer.
I'm sorry Marie, but expectations will be going waaay beyond the roof for this one particularly coz Batman is luv, Batman is lyf.

Dec 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: owned
"I can't think of a story where the billionaire and the murderer end up happily ever after."

This was decent. Kind of exactly what I expected. Gotham City, Arkham Asylum, Tall Handsome Dude With Nice Jawline And Unbearable Need To Save Everybody.
This is already my second Marie Lu novel this year - I read Prodigy earlier this month - and probably not my last either.

I have a confession to make: until last year's releases of Wonder Woman and the Black Panther trailer I had no interested whatsoever
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 2.25/2.5 stars

"People get bored with your grief. They want something new to talk about. So you stop bringing it up, because you don't want to bore anyone"

I can't say that I am satisfied nor that I am disappointed, I went into this not knowing what to expect except that it is a Batman story, and as mentioned before I am not a huge fan, I used to watch the cartoon show back in the days and always liked Alfred more than Batman...
This only approved my love for Alfred and I dedicat
Irena BookDustMagic
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like most of my generation, I grew up with Batman movies and cartoons. I loved watching them even when I was too little to understand them, and his partner Robin was my first love.

I always knew Bruce Wayne had a great tragedy in his life, saw his parents murder when he was a child, but I have to admit, never in my life have I wondered how he was like when he wasa teenager.
Thanks to Marie Lu, I got a glimpse of his adolescent life.

Now I know he was smart, well educated, builted his first laptop a
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, 2018
“Two kinds of people come out of personal tragedy... You're the kind that comes out brighter.”

More like 2.5 stars

Who'd say a story about Bruce Wayne/Batman could be so boring..
I loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer and I had really high hopes for this book then because.. duh.. BATMAN.

This story is about pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. The plot felt highly unrealistic and was predictable af. Because Bruce Wayne gets community service in Arkham Asylum. You see my problem here? He's a kid who does c
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading and loving "Wonder Woman: Warbringer" (the first in this DC Icons series), I didn't know what to expect with this one. I loved the first book in this series and part of me wondered if this novel would be able to live up to that experience. Also, Batman is my favourite 'superhero' (is he a superhero though?) so I was apprehensive and worried that I would have unrealistic expectations or be critical of this story. Luckily enough, all of those worries were for naught! I enjoyed this n ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
If this wasn't a Batman book, it was okay. But being that it was I was a little disappointed in it especially since Marie Lu is the author. ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Batman: Nightwalker was a good book and I definitely enjoyed it, but it just couldn't keep up with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman. What I loved the most about the first book in this series was how unique the story was and how Bardugo had just managed to glue me to my book because it was so grippig. I'd expected the same from this novel but instead many parts of the book were rather slow and nothing really surprised me at all.

But don't get me wrong, I still liked the book even though it couldn't k
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I'll just start with this story has nothing to do with Batman. This is a YA Romance novel with an action sequence thrown in at the end. Bruce Wayne is still in it and his parents were murdered as a child. Alfred is barely in here as his guardian. Those are pretty much where the similarities end.

Bruce Wayne has just come into his trust fund as he turns 18. He's constantly hounded by paparazzi. One night he decides to chase down a criminal in a souped up car that the cops can't catch causing the
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Batman is supposed to be a morally ambiguous superhero - not some prissy 18 year old.

And did we have to have a fucking forced relationship here for no reason and it didn’t add to the bloody plot!?!

Bruce Wayne is about to turn 18, but then he gets probation at Arkham Asylum for doing, but also not doing the right thing. Go figure.

The other 2/3 of the book rescued this from being a 2 star read. The story just felt bland when it was discussing anything but the case and his conversations with Made
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy to participate in a blog tour.

Thanks to JM @ Book Freak Revelations and the wonderful Penguin Random House, I was able to read Batman: Nightwalker months before its release date! Just like Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Batman: Nightwalker is an alternate origin story of Bruce Wayne and we read about his life as he comes of age, inherits billions and WayneTech, and fall in love with someone who may only be using him.

Marie Lu is a masterful writer especially when i
lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”

Well, this was … all right. Batman: Nightwalker is a decent book, I guess. But also a painfully average one. Painful especially, because I’d prefer not to associate words like the aforementioned, as well as “predictable”, “uninspired”, and “mediocre” with anything regarding Marie Lu. But, alas.

There really isn’t much to say about the plot; Batman: Nightwalker tells the story of teenage Bruce Wayne, who—having turned eighteen
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”

Batman Nightwalker is a DC beginnings novel, second in the series but can be read as a standalone novel. In this book we get Bruce Wayne as a teenager, he's just turned 18 and got in trouble with the law. His punishment is he is sent to Arkham Asylum to do manual labor among Gotham's most notorious and dangerous murderers.

There Bruce meets Madeleine, a young girl accused of viciously murdering three people. She's a part of a te
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
I am sorry to say that up to now I had not read a book written by Marie Lu, but I know a lot about Batman , he is my favorite superhero after all. I disliked the take this book gave him , I know she was trying to give the perspective of a young Bruce Wayne but throughout almost all of the book it didn’t felt like I was reading a book about Batman, if this book would have been about any other character it would have been a higher ranked book for me , but when you take on a character with so much ...more
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