For such a big fan of DC in general, I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read any of the DC Icons books! It was a pleasure to pick this ARC up at ALA and finally see what all the buzz is about.
Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Adapted by Stuart Moore
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: October 1
Genres: Action, Mystery
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A new ruthless gang of criminals known only as Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham and the city’s elite are being taken out one by one. On the way home from his eighteenth 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 psychiatric 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?
I have a lot of thoughts that aren’t super connected, which is why I’m going with the bulleted list format today! I should also put out a disclaimer that I never read the original book by Marie Lu. I came in with zero expectations as to what the story might be.
- The art follows a similar style as the other DC Ink books that have come out lately, such as Teen Titans: Raven and Mira: Tidebreaker. Most of Nightwalker is in black and white, though anything relating to the Nightwalkers is in yellow. I thought this seemed to work with Batman’s usual broodiness, though at times it was hard to differentiate scene changes.
- The plot was fast-paced, which I appreciated. There was even a car chase scene! There were a couple of fight scenes, but they ended quickly. The twists were interesting—Batman always needs a mystery, right?
- I’ve always been curious to see what Bruce would be like as a teenager, and I enjoyed this rendition. Bruce is cocky and jaded, but very curious about how certain things work. The other minor characters, Dianne and Harvey (Dent, of course) were good supporting characters. Madeline was fascinating. I wish the graphic novel had been slightly longer so we could really dig into what she’s like (guess I should read the novel, right?) Alfred, is, as always, a beautiful human being.
- I’m sad to say that I wasn’t super into the romance. I think this was an adaption issue. I’m sure the book had a lot more time to flesh out the relationship between Bruce and Madeline, but the shorter graphic novel format sped things up.
- I found it interesting that the author left the ending open for a possibility of a sequel. I was expecting a finished story, but there is definitely a lot more to explore. I will definitely pick up another if it comes out.