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Wayne of Gotham: A Novel
     

Wayne of Gotham: A Novel

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by Tracy Hickman
 

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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.

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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 Days of Krypton and Enemies & Allies will know that comic book characters pack a powerful punch when they enter the pages of a novel. Wayne of Gotham is no exception: as the DC Universe’s millionaire playboy journeys into the dark recesses of his own past, his a journey that could spell the end for everything he holds dear—and the end of the hero he has become: the Batman.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
“Wayne of Gotham truly digs into new ground.”
Booklist
“Much closer to the Burton/Nolan Batman films and the Frank Miller graphic novels than to the campy 1960s TV and comicbook incarnations of the character. An imaginative look at the human side of an iconic superhero.”
Kirkus Reviews
Bruce Wayne, Gotham City's dark knight, discovers that the primeval event of his life--the murder of his parents, Thomas and Martha--may hold clues to the nature of his worst enemies. Industrious fantasy novelist Hickman (Embers of Atlantis, 2011, etc.) turns his attention to the weird world of Batman in this noir-tinged thriller. To assemble his plot, the author has gone back to Batman's well-known origin, doing his fair share of retconning along the way. For the casual fan, the superhero will be just as familiar, armed with Teflon-coated Batarangs and rumbling around Gotham in the pimped-up Batmobile. But the book spends equal time with Bruce's father, Thomas, a doctor who is enraptured with his future wife, Martha Kane. But the good doctor is also using the Wayne fortune to finance research into eugenics, the science of manipulating human populations. Back in the present, Bruce/Batman keeps running into lunatics like Harley Quinn, who seem to believe that they are long-dead contemporaries of Thomas, and that Bruce is in fact Thomas. As Batman, Wayne uncovers his father's part in the creation of the '50s-era gang of vigilantes called The Apocalypse. The conspiracy bits of the book struggle a bit with explication, but Hickman does a nice job of measuring the bleakness of the late-'50s set story with a blend of action, technology and the high-pitched madness that Batman inspires. Neither as grim as its cinematic counterpart nor as byzantine as the current comics, but casual readers and fanboys alike may be caught off guard by this divergent adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062074225
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
452,376
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Tracy Hickman is a bestselling fantasy author best known for his work on Dragonlance, as a game designer and coauthor with Margaret Weis, while he worked for TSR. In all, Hickman wrote more than thirty novels in collaboration with Weis. He lives with his wife, Laura, and their four children.

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Wayne of Gotham 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got a sample very good but sad in the prolouge highly reccomend for teens and adults
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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 married (Martha seems to have gone wild child! haha!) There’s also a mystery surrounding Alfred and I thought that was a really good read. It certainly did deepen the mystery further. The relationship between Bruce and Alfred isn’t what I expected. It’s strained, and cool (yet there are reasons why they’re acting like this). The plot of this book was pretty good. It’s a bit hard to follow as there’s quite a bit of characters to keep track of, but the action scenes are well written and my two favorite villains, Joker and Harley Quinn make an appearance (which was fun reading). The two story arcs of Thomas and Bruce do have a nice way of having it all tie together at the end, and the ending was a great finish. It’s worth the time to read, the plot was well written, lots of characters (most of whom Batman fans will recognize), and a nice blend of action and mystery make this book enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't read comic-book or movie-based books. They tend to follow the old cliche that 90 percent of everything is trash. This book is definitely in the 10 percent that is great. It's an interesting take on Batman/Bruce's past, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The flash-backs work well, and the parallels between Thomas and Bruce are very well done. Batman has always been my favorite super-hero, and one of the reasons is because he does walk such a fine line between protector and destroyer.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
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 look into the circumstances behind his parents' murder and 1958, when his parents began their romance and his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, became involved in an experiment at Arkham Asylum. There is enough action with Batman and all of his toys- the Batmobile, items in the Batcave and on his utility belt- to keep the fanboys and fangirls happy, but the storyline set in 1958 with Thomas and Wayne really appealed to me. We have seen and heard things about the Waynes, but Hickman really delves into their story, and does a terrific job bringing them to life. I mean, Martha Kane Wayne is a wild party girl? Who would have thought it. We also see a much deeper relationship between Bruce and his faithful aide Alfred Pennyworth, one that is sorely tested in this story. The story in 1958 introduces us to Alfred's mysterious father Jarvis, who became a loyal servant to the Waynes, and passed his loyalty down to his son Alfred. There is a lot of story here, Hickman has a lot of balls in the air, and he expertly juggles them to keep the story moving and the reader wanting to turn the pages. He further humanizes Batman, a hero who is not superhuman but only a man. This is a book not only for Batman fans but for anyone looking for a good action/mystery story with intriguing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great lead opens up lots of possibilities
Cliff57 More than 1 year ago
Its a fun read that lets you look at the Waynes like never before.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -shriyans
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Is it love?
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My dad works at comcast it manager my mom stays home. Il get her chocolate theres a wawa near my house ill go in the morning tommorow. She has never seen a good movie in her life . i want to go in to tv movie like directing or something so i talk about like camera angles and she laughs so hard at me because i sound so stupid talking about camera angles. Im not trying to be romantic yet wiith her shes not really into that im like 97% sure of that. And forest gump is good to watch with a her when it gets romantic just yawn and do that stupid thing. Ohh my life its just so fun. Any advice on asking her out/ telling her how i feel?
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AMWilliams More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Tracy Hickman knows his Batman lore and it shows. He incorporates major and minor villains in a plot that will keep you guessing throughout. There were several original ideas that were so "Batman", I am hoping they make it canon in the comics. I look forward to any further Batman novels Hickman pens.
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I really wish they'd do more Batman novels like this!
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riddle: "Once you know me, you'll want to share me. Once you share me I'm gone. What am I?"
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ShadowKing More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of super-hero tales, sadly, I am not a fan of this story. It - is - boring. I usually read books in one or two sittings, but found this easy to set aside in favor of other activities. In the end, I gave up about half way through. Very disappointing. Don't waste you money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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