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Batman: Creature of the Night

(Batman: Creature of the Night #1-4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Bruce Wainwright, a comic book-reading kid obssessed with the Caped Crusader, loses his parents in a violent crime...and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day.

BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT, written by Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY) and drawn by John Paul Leon (MOTHER PANIC) is a stand-alone story set outside of regular continuity in 1968 Boston, MA. The victim
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh my gawd - and I can’t emphasise this enough - this book was sooooooo boring! You don’t need to read the rest of this review because that’s all you need to know: Batman: Creature of the Night is a pillow book because it will put you to sleep!

But if you wanted to know more about why I think that…

… so years ago I heard about the premise to Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity and laffed because it did not sound good. A real(ish) world alternate take on the Man of Steel’s
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
This is supposed to be something of a successor to Superman: Secret Identity. It's about a kid named Bruce Wainwright who loves Batman comics and has a lot of similarities to Bruce Wayne in real life. His parents are murdered and eventually this spirit Batman comes around to protect him. It's really the plot of Stephen King's The Dark Half except where that book is enthralling, this is boring as hell. I can't emphasize how boring this book is. I know you think you need to read it because it's Ku ...more
Dan Schwent
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-comics
When Bruce Wainwright's parents are murdered and he spends two months in a coma, he discovers the world is an unfair place. But can The Batman make things right? And who or what is this Batman?

I'm a fan of Kurt Busiek's Astro City so I was interested in seeing what I assumed would be a more human take on Batman. Creature of the Night isn't at all what I expected and it's much better for it.

Bruce Wainwright is a young Batman fan on a world not unlike ours. When his parents are murdered, Bruce nee
James DeSantis
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A spiritual sequel to Busiek Superman story, but this time Batman gets the spin of not actually Bruce but a real life bruce who focuses his life on...well Batman.

The character here is a kid who lost his parents in a robbery. It's similar to the way Bruce in the comics lost his parents. Our main character grew up reading all about Batman and when his parents were killed wanted nothing more than for the "batman" to show up. But this is real life, and well, those things don't happen. However, this
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good else world Batman type story. Start off is the "real" world but take a bit of a supernatural turn. One of the quotes I would like to highlight is:

"reading all those comics, I am sure took him to a height reading lever for his age".

As a dyslexic person I can attest to this starting in comics in later life got my reading level up definitely.

Bruce Wainwright is a huge Batman fan. However no Batman fan would wish his origin on anyone. When young Bruce faces his crisis, life moves on and he m
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There’s nothing more reassuring than to imagine the world protected by our favourite superheroes. To know that somewhere out there, there’s a Superman or a Batman who secretly helps law enforcement take down the bad guys and keep us safe in our everyday lives. It’s only as we grow older that we learn that heroes might not come in the form of super-powered alien beings from other planets, that heroes are born out of an unselfish desire to help ot
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not completely sure if you can call this a Batman story...

A young boys parents are murdered, leaving him with a man named Alfred, lots of money and a secret kept alive by his obsession for justice. No, not Bruce Wayne, Bruce Wainwright! So, the story is really about a boy who sees a lot of similarities between himself and the cape crusader. He wants to be like Batman and help save the world. He finds himself his own “Batman” cast and takes flight, leaving reality behind him. It had some good
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: x2018, digital
Well, this is a hard one. Three issues, each with different feeling and viewpoint, but together one continuous story. It starts with a similar premise as Dark Night (but without the "based on the real story"). There is the orphaned kid and no Batman. All completely real. Busiek wants you to embrace the serious real-world setting. Only to start poking and cracking it with the next two issues. Comics like this usually goes from mysterious through leads to reality and explanation. Not this time. Be ...more
Rod Brown
In a world where Batman exists only in comic books, a young fan named Bruce Wainwright becomes obsessed with the character when his own parents are murdered in front of his eyes. Then supernatural stuff starts occurring and Wainwright finds himself connected to a bestial bat creature for several decades -- a Batman that is rather like a genie granting monkey paw wishes.

And none of this is interesting in the least. Ho-ohsovery-hum.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The fourth issue of Creature of the Night has finally arrived after a year+ of delays and it was almost worth the wait. Kurt Busiek tries to capture the same magic that he created with Superman: Secret Identity and he mostly succeeds. The story of Bruce Wainwright hits all of the right Batman notes while also changing things up enough to remain interesting. A huge focus has been placed on Bruce's mental health and it really illustrates problems with Batman as a popular character. This is, perhap ...more
Ola G
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
2/10 stars

The back of the cover says "The boy who loves Batman." I could encapsulate this review by changing this quote to "The man who hates Batman." and that would be enough. Sigh.
Superman: Secret Identity is one of my favorite comics - heartfelt, thoughtful, thought-provoking and unexpectedly emotional. Kurt Busiek tried to repeat the success of this comic with his new take on Batman, but unfortunately failed miserably, confirming only his own prejudices in the process. I wouldn't have guesse
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“But it’s not how I thought it would be. Nothing is.”

That line, from the final issue, sums up this story perfectly. It’s not a spoiler to say this book is not what you’d expect, from a Batman book, or even from the spiritual counterpart to Superman: Secret Identity.

It’s not some normal dude with the name Bruce becoming Batman in a “real” world like with the Superman one. But it is still a meta take on the character. Something darker. Something that extrapolates the pain and emotional trauma on a
Dakota Morgan
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel like readers might enjoy Batman: Creature of the Night more if it was clear from the cover that this is not a traditional Batman narrative. In this book, Batman is a figment of a young man's imagination, a dark creature who manifests as the main character's deep fear that the world is inherently unfair. Creature of the Night is a dissection of Batman's psyche, not a book about Batman beating up criminals (though that does happen).

I liked it a lot. It took some getting used to, but once I
Kris Ritchie
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded down. This was an interesting one, but I could not help drawing comparisons to Kill or Be Killed , specifically with the mental health angle, but I think I enjoyed that one a bit more.
Ryan Stewart
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Jamie Connolly
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Well considering I don't remember any of books 1-3 I'm just gonna give it four stars and leave the reviewing alone. Not sure what the story is with waiting over a year to finish the last book but I imagine he didn't do it just to annoy his fans. He didn't right? 4 stars. ...more
Alex E
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This variation on a "typical" Batman story delves deeply into the psychoses that a person would go through, after a immensely traumatic event such as witnessing your parents murder.

I always say this whenever I read one of his books, but Kurt Busiek is very underrated in my opinion. He knows how to do the superhero story extremely well, one of the best probably, but he's also able to expand from that a bit to something related to superheroes, but not necessarily about them. This book is that kin
Ben Truong
Batman: Creature of the Night is a four-issue limited series published by DC Comics. It stars Bruce Wainwright, a comic book kid obsessed with the Caped Crusader, who loses his parents in a violent crime. Batman: Creature of the Night collects all four issues of the 2018–2020 limited series.

Young Bruce Wainright is a happy-go-lucky only child, who also happens to be obsessed with Batman, as in this world, Batman is just a comic book franchise. When a home invasion gone wrong, it leaves Bruce wou
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10s, batman, dc
What if Bart and Hugo but Batman and meta? What if Bruce Wayne would just take some antidepressants, would he stop being Batman? We have a weird tulpa Batman drawn like a horse/chupacabras, which reminded me of the McKean design in Arkham Asylum. The whole time I was afraid he was going for a Tommy Westphall twist. This isn't the first attempt to psychoanalize Batman, or superheroes in general, and probably not the last. Superheroes are ripe fruit for cheap psychoanalysis since the fantasies in ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment this was, especially having just read Superman: Secret Identity beforehand. The initial premise is intriguing, but Busiek makes a bizarre decision to lean into incoherently supernatural happenings that totally waste anything human about the story. A Dark Half-inspired horror origin story for Batman could be interesting, but not if it’s simultaneously trying to be a grounded, realistic story exploring relatable emotional stakes. Straddling between those two ideas is frustrat ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
The art is spectacular, and as a Bostonian, it was fun for me to see my city drawn so beautifully and accurately in a comic.

The story, on the other hand, is a mess. Overlong, VERY slow to get going, and muddled in its focus and ideas, and kind of questionable in its treatment of mental illness. So much narration. So little action. And, ultimately, no point at all--it flirts with some big ideas but never seals the deal. Is this about redemption? Mental illness? The nature of good and evil? The w
Dec 19, 2019 added it
Initially conceived 15 years ago after the success of Superman: Secret Identity (one of my favorite comics ever), this book is a long time coming. The four issues trickled out over the past two years, and it was more than worth the wait because Busiek and Leon put together a great story here. Like Secret Identity, it takes place in the “real world” where Batman exists as a fictional character. And the protagonist is a guy whose life contains more than a few parallels with his idol: his name is B ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-and-manga
“Batman, at heart, taps into something younger and simpler - it’s a child’s rage at the world for being unfair, and that child’s inarticulate desire to control the world, to make it fair by force of will.”

Someone on Twitter reminded me this comic existed and that's the only reason I finished it, but I'm glad I did. Overall I really like what Busiek has to say about the character, this mirror-like version of Batman, the whole deconstruction and examination of Bruce’s obsession (focusing a lot on
Michael Emond
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a solid series by the master of deconstructing heroes - Busiek. The art is beyond gorgeous and reminded my of Lark from Gotham Central.
The thing that held this back from greatness were two things - the length. I don't think every issue needed to be 50 pages. It started to over-extend itself. And the premise itself got muddy after a while. You can see from the notes at the back of the book what the theme of each book was (obsession...obsession taking over...obsession being overcome) but
Shaun Stanley
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know anything about this book but picked it up because I will buy anything Batman related. I started reading and immediately got the impression this felt awfully similar to Superman: Secret Identity (which is one of my favorite Superman stories). I looked it up and was pleasantly surprised these are written by the same author.

Bruce Wainwright is a young child in a world without superheroes and supervillains who is obsessed with Batman. When Bruce’s parents return home from a night out
Jess Tress
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
The whole conceit of this story is that it takes place in the “real world”, which makes it all the more frightening when Bruce’s comic book hero, quite literally, come crashing into his life. But what is this monstrous batman? A hallucination? The delusion of a traumatized child? Or something else all together? As young Wainwright grows into his inheritance, shepherded by his Uncle Alf, his dark Tulpa does its dark work on the streets of the city. At night, his mind flies on black wings, and tho ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I don't think this hits quite as hard as its predecessor (Superman: Secret Identity), it's certainly a worthy followup. Despite having a similar core concept, things play out very differently. It's nice to see mainstream publishers print works with this level of emotional complexity. There's a lot of ambiguity here, a lot of questioning right and wrong in a world that resists change. This is a character focused story at its core, and that is what makes it compelling, but it functions incre ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc-comics
A creature that looks like he is part bat and part man is terrorizing criminals. Who or what is he?

Let me start by telling you this is a story set in the real world but there are some fantastic elements as we reach the end of the story and are offered answers to who the batman really is. With that said I don't be surprised by how this story can be a bit slow to progress as young Bruce Wainwrite's life is flipped after his parents are murdered in a robbery gone wrong. With a fascination about Bat
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
A sort of spiritual successor to Superman: Secret Identity, in that it uses the fictional nature of a DC hero as part of the backdrop of the story. I remember liking Secret Identity quite a bit more, though. This one felt less focused, dragging on long enough to bore me. Maybe this needed to be shorter? Maybe it needed less viewpoint characters? I'm not sure the Alfred analog added much. Sure, he gave an outside perspective to Bruce's increasingly erratic behavior, but I'm not sure that was nece ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Na-na-na-na-na BATFANS!
Shelves: dc, hoopla
I see this one has been divisive on here, but for me any corollary to Superman: Secret Identity involving DC's other top male character was inevitably going to delve deep into mental illness...because, heightened reality of the DC Universe aside, I think we can all agree that what Bruce Wayne gets up to at night is neither sane nor healthy, right?

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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;

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