Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series #2)

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series #2)

by Marie Lu

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This dark and twisty BATMAN in the blockbuster DC Icons series is an action-packed thrill ride from #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.


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. Bruce is turning eighteen and inheriting his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he could ever desire. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will speak only to Bruce. She is the mystery he 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?

Bruce Wayne is proof that you don't need superpowers to be a super hero, but can he survive Madeleine's tense game of intrigue and deception?

"Masterful. . . . A great story for any Dark Knight fan."
Den of Geek

Don't miss the rest of the DC Icons series! Read the books in any order you choose:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399549779
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: DC Icons Series , #2
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

MARIE LU is the author of the bestselling Warcross, the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, and the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @Marie_Lu. She is a DC Icons author, a series in which the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. The series also includes Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, and Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña.

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Batman: Nightwalker 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
When I heard of this series I was HYPE! Especially since Wonder Woman was the first one! I was a bit worried about this one tho because I haven't had much luck with Lu's writing. (Yes, I'm the black sheep...) But after reading this, I realize I didn't have anything to worry about. Bruce Wayne has just turned eighteen and inherited his parent's millions and their technology company. But after a joyride, he lands in the middle of trouble with the police and having to do community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets Madeleine, a girl who could either be really good for him or really bad; he hasn't decided yet. I already knew I would like this a little because of Batman. I've been a long time fan of his forever and it was so cool to see him in this type of story. I think what I loved most about it wasn't an origin story since Batman doesn't really have powers lolol It was just a story of what Bruce Wayne was like before he had the title of Batman. And though that seems miniscule, it made a huge difference. I also really liked the way the little nuggets of information in there. Batman was rich so he was definitely privileged in many different ways and I LOVED the fact that Lu wasn't afraid to say mention all those ways. It made a difference to this African American reader who doesn’t know much about the sort of privilege that Batman (or anyone else for that matter) has. The only thing I didn’t really care for was some of the middle part. At some point the middle seemed a bit repetitive, but in the end I knew it was for a reason. It all added up in the end it all added up and it was obvious that it was needed in some way. This was a bit of a surprise for me, but it reads like some of my favorite tv shows. I know what part of it that I liked so much. I just wasn’t expecting it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were parts that kept me guessing, moments of true insight into the characters, and a story that left just enough wiggle room for more of the Bruce Wayne we know and love. The only thing that made this a 4 star review instead of 5 was a personal dislike for how Madeleine’s storyline ended. However, it was still a fantastic read and I would (and already have) recommend it to anyone looking for a good YA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this hook, more than Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I didn't expect that, seeing as I love Wonder Woman so much more than Batman. There's something about Marie Lu and the way she writes that just pulls me in. Not my favorite book of Lu's but I loved seeing a young Bruce Wayne and the action in this book. The only thing I really didnt like was Madeleine. I couldn't understand the connection they had, and couldnt bring myself to care about her.
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onemused More than 1 year ago
"Batman: Nightwalker" follows an 18-year-old Bruce Wayne, who is not quite yet the Batman we know. After a run-in with the police as he tries to help, Bruce is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum. When he encounters one of the patients, Madeleine Wallace, he feels a disconnect between who she seems to be and what she has supposedly done. Madeleine is connected to the Nightwalkers, a gang which is targeting the rich and famous of Gotham. However, she has been unwilling to talk- until now. Madeleine begins speaking with Bruce, who has immense empathy for her and wants to see the best in her. The police, seeing their opening, use the connection to have Bruce help them learn more about the Nightwalkers. However, Madeleine is brilliant and her motives remain her own- she is pulling the strings on what she says and who will hear. Bruce is learning about himself and the truths of the world throughout this story. As a teenager, his life has been relatively sheltered, and his eyes are opening to the way things are outside of his manor. The depiction of Bruce was interesting, and I found him to be a very sympathetic character. On the flip side, I felt like I did not quite get a great handle on the Nightwalkers, and I would have liked more/earlier events with this to really grasp the threat. Later, we start to really feel the impacts, but most of the book is more of a coming-of-age style story about Bruce. Overall, I found it to be an interesting story with some intriguing characters. It's a solid addition to the DC Icons series and may appeal to passing comic/movie fans who are interested in the pre-Batman years.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Batman: Nightwalker was ok, but there didn’t seem to be a point to it, other than as a pre-quel of sorts. We all know what Batman goes on to be, so seeing how he started didn’t reveal anything about his character that we didn’t know already other than he needs to develop a little hubris. As is often the case with superhero novels, the bad guys are more interesting than the good guys. Madeleine seems too intelligent to have landed in Arkham Asylum, so uncovering her mystery outshone anything Bruce Wayne may have been able to accomplish. The end of the novel was kind of anti-climactic, so other than a check mark that I’ve now read this book, there wasn’t a whole lot of enjoyment gained. Was it horrible though? No. Not really. It was just kind of blah. Not what I was expecting from Marie Lu, that was for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy superhero novels. I’ve probably read more than 200 of them—some amazingly good and some worthless pieces of excrement. This one ranks among the best. It is marketed as a Batman novel, but Batman doesn’t exist yet in this book. Instead we have eighteen year old Bruce Wayne who has not yet settled on his obsession to fight crime as the Batman. Wayne has just come into his billions when he tries to help the police in a high speed chase by using his sports car to stop the bad guy. They thank him by charging him with interfering with the police and he is sentenced to probation and community service—which he has to complete mopping the floors in Arkham Asylum. The novel than takes a turn toward Silence of the Lambs or Broken Time. An eighteen year old murderer, believed to be connected to the notorious Nightwalkers, will speak to Bruce when she’s refused to speak to anyone else. So the detective in charge of Bruce’s probation tries to use him to draw her out and the whole situation gets out of control. This was a hard book to put down. While Bruce at eighteen is not what I imagined, he was a likeable character I could relate to. And having people like Harvey Dent showing up in the book really added to the enjoyment. This is Bruce before he’s lost to his life’s mission as the Batman and we get to watch him move closer to that vocation as the novel progresses. Hats off to author, Marie Lu, on a novel very well done.
WhatANerdGirlSays More than 1 year ago
I think I’d mentioned when I read and reviewed Leigh Bardugo’s Warbringer that one, I’m not a huge DC fan and two, I tend to avoid extended universe books but I don’t think they tend to be very good books. But as was with the case of Warbringer, I had to read Nightwalker, as I’ve been a huge Marie fan since first reading Legend back in 2013 and who doesn’t love a good Batman story…especially teen Batman? What I love almost immediately about this book is that this isn’t Batman. We don’t get Batman for many more years. This is Bruce Wayne the teenager, orphaned, immensely rich and privileged, a path laid before him in running Wayne Enterprises but wanting something more than that. I think we see that in the very beginning when he uses his brand new Aston Martin to stop a criminal from escaping. It gives way to the building blocks that will take Bruce Wayne the teenager to Bruce Wayne the masked vigilante. The story is so so good. Most Batman stories that I know, movies and cartoons, makes Bruce sort of dark and mysterious and held down by his parents death. We don’t know Bruce, we don’t get to know who he is and we get so much of that in this book. I love seeing the relationship he has with Alfred and Lucius and with his friends, Harvey Dent (loved it!) and Dianne Garcia (fantastic original character). I loved to see that, yes, he was privileged and a little spoiled but he also was a genuine person, loyal to those he cares for, and determined to do the best he can to uphold what his parents believed in. I even liked watching him struggle to have relationships with those who would use him for what he can offer. Marie made him a complex and genuine person and it’s the first time I’ve felt an actual connection with Batman or Bruce Wayne. I also loved Madeleine. She’s an incredibly antagonist. She’s complicated and incredibly hard to figure out. She’s done these terrible things but she doesn’t seem to get sadistic joy out of it. There’s more to her than what is on the surface. It’s what draws the reader in, it’s what draws Bruce in. I love a good female villain and we don’t get them often and Marie rocked at giving me one. I especially loved that when we do learn more, when we do get the twist, it’s definitely not what I had expected in the slightest. I 100% recommend this book, either as a Batman fan or not. I think it’s a well done prequel to the Batman that we are going to know in the future, whatever incarnation is your favorite, and it’s also just a good thrilling novel, with some seriously fantastic character studies. Must must read!
BooknerdJackie More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors of all time and I was very excited for this book, but ultimately I was let down. The beginning was quite slow and I wasn't really invested in the plot until we were already 100 pages in. I liked that the book was so short because it was quick to binge read and the end got pretty exciting! Nevertheless, I felt that the book lacked the action that I liked so much in Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Overall, it was a good book with lovable characters, but it did not live up to my expectations.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“‘Bruce Wayne’ she said softly. Her eyes were strangely warm now, the hazel shining brightly through. ‘Two kinds of people come out of personal tragedy, you know? And you’re the kind that comes out brighter.’” This book was done perfectly, with a mixture of darkness, and levity that suits a young Bruce Wayne. I especially loved seeing him deal with high school dynamics and having Alfred as an adult guardian. My only small complaint is it felt like the book was cut short and could have gone a little deeper and further. I give this book 4 stars and think it is perfectly entertaining for any superhero fans or batman lovers out there.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
Fear clears the mind. Panic clouds it.“ This Bruce Wade is an 18 year old orphan, caught between graduation and College, living in Wayne Manor as the ward of Alfred Pennyworth, a tech geek’s fascination with computers and how things work, and a strong sense of justice. After crashing his company’s latest tech into a criminal’s van, he’s sentenced to probation working at the local Asylum, where he meets Madeline, a young woman in the high security “ward”. It seems his age has given him an edge over the cops as he gets her to talk after the police have struck out numerous times. She takes major advantage of him as the Nightwalkers wreck havoc in Gotham City. Needless to say, good wins over evil- it IS Batman after all, and although this is part of the DC Icons 4 Book series, it ends as it should, with a huge window of opportunity left open..... I really have loved this new series of “teen aged super heros”, BatMan being the second. Marie Lu has developed a wonderfully well rounded all American teenager with enough money to change the world, and enough sense to do it differently. Highly recommended 5/5
paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
This was incredibly... underwhelming. I will start by saying that yeah, I’m pretty picky about Batman. But I was really willing to love this book, and it just didn’t happen. Which is sad because I love Marie Lu! In my opinion she’s one of the most consistent YA authors out there right now. So what happened with this book? Well, for starters, it didn’t feel like Batman. And yes yes, I know, it’s an origin story. So by the end I should have been like, “This dude is so gonna be Batman someday.” I didn’t feel that at all. There was a bit of forced Batmany imagery at the end that I guess was supposed to evoke all the Dark Knight vibes? Didn’t work for me. This Bruce Wayne was adorable, yeah. But he couldn’t even figure out the very obvious bad guy plots and twists. His character just felt too sweet and nurtured and naive to spawn The Batman. I’ve always love Lu’s writing, but for this book the pacing was horrible. I trudged through it, and it’s only 250 pages. The buildup to the climactic fight scene wasn’t enough to get me excited- and this also may have been hindered by the predictability of it all. I do think she wrote the character of Madeleine Wallace well, and I wish her character could have been drawn out a bit more. Bruce was well written if I just think of him as a smol cupcake with cool tech. Overall, I think some people will enjoy Batman: Nightwalker. Maybe not die-hard fans of the Dark Knight, but if your just looking for a super hero kick before the next Batfleck movie? Then this is the book for you.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Na-na-na-na-na-not the Batman book I was looking for. There is no denying Marie Lu is a batastic writer. This was simply a breeze to read. I've been still struggling to combat a three month reading slump, and I simply flew through this book, well, like a bat. Her writing was quick, easy to understand, and superhero-ish as usual. The writing was not an issue at all - it's, well, the other things that I found to be quite lacking. I suppose my biggest issue with this book was with the characters. Bruce was our main character, and while I did like him, there was never a strong, strong connection to him. Yes, he's usually a pretty chill, broody individual, and I totally got that from what I read, but I never really supremely felt for him. He was just okay, and him and Alfred were the characters that I actually enjoyed the most. The problem is with the other characters. The supporting characters like Dianne, Harvey, Richard, Detective Draccon, and more just felt...well, they just felt like the cartoon characters in the background. They were just there? At times, I honestly forgot Bruce had friends and that they had real life problems. And then there was Madeleine. I read 250 pages about her, and I still don't fully grasp her as a character/villain/antihero. I simply don't get her. I read another book blogger's post the other (I AM SO FORGETTING WHO IT WAS AND I AM SO SORRY) about how YA struggles with antiheroes. By the end of the book, if you have any slightly villainish character that is doing anything immoral or evil, it usually gets explained away to make them "dark, complicated, complex" but ultimately squeaky clean. I didn't enjoy her as a love interest, a character, or a villain. I never fully got her motives and motivations, and I so didn't feel the ship between her and Bruce. Honestly, Alfred and Bruce had the best chemistry, and it should have just been about their epic platonic love story. If you're looking for a story with a lot of Batman action, it's quite light on all things bat and action and Batman. It's his origin story and basically it's more psychological on how he gets to the superhero stage. I definitely didn't mind that at all, and it was quite intriguing and entertaining to see how Bruce Wayne might have grew into the Dark Knight that he is. There is some action, but I swear this book felt like a weird hour TV series episode focused on trying to add in a little bit of this and a little bit of that instead of the big action sequences you might be looking for. The setting was quite intriguing, too. I loved Arkham, and the glimpses that we saw of Gotham was done nicely. If you're looking for a light, easy to read Batman book, this is it. If you're looking for an easy to read book period, this is it. It doesn't have an extremely strong superhero story feel to it, so if you're not usually into superhero stories but enjoy action and some psychology, this could be for you. It never really fully dives down deep, but I mean, Batman and Marie Lu are here for some fun. It just wasn't really the holy hit show I was looking for when I picked this up. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book you need to read it.