Wayne of Gotham [NOOK Book]

Overview

Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure in the simple genesis of a mugging gone horribly wrong.

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Overview

Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure in the simple genesis of a mugging gone horribly wrong.

These foundations are shaken, however, when an unexpected guest invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, raising questions about the event that ended the lives of the mother he loved and the father he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable drive to protect and avenge.

To discover his real family history, Batman must face down old foes, his only confidant, and the evil heart of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the new burden of a dark legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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."
USA Today
"Wayne of Gotham truly digs into new ground."
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062074225
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 117,003
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    Really good read

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Prolouge

    I just got a sample very good but sad in the prolouge highly reccomend for teens and adults

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    I'm not a graphic novel person or a comic book fan, but when the

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Creepy!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    ARCEE@YAHOO,COM

    Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Cool book

    A great lead opens up lots of possibilities

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Click here

    Sounds alot like batman begins to me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Its a fun read that lets you look at the Waynes like never befor

    Its a fun read that lets you look at the Waynes like never before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    P

    &pawns

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Catwoman

    *She grabs his hand and Neon barrels through the city, following.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Tony

    Walks the sidewalk and sees batman go

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Awesome!!

    I really wish they'd do more Batman novels like this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Riddler

    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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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Disappointing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Va Very interesting

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    I hate samples

    I want the full version so bad

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Poorly conceived, poorly executed.

    I had high hopes for this novel, but they were dashed quickly. Hickman has no real skill at writing fight scenes, and that is a definite problem in a Batman novel. His attempts at fights went badly, and he didn't make many such attempts. His efforts to make up for the lack of action with a complicated plot (which tries to retcon Batman's past and botches the attempt) and heavy atmosphere only make for dreary reading. I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Raven

    Walks in and looks around.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Dreamer

    *whack* Riddler is hit with a stick *laughs*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Riddler

    Puzzled Batman? Muwahahahahahaha! Riddle me this: how many grains of dirt are in a hole 30 acres all around and 70 feet deep?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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