Arc Review: Batman: Nightwalker The Graphic Novel by Stuart Moore & Marie Lu

Hey everyone! How is everyone’s November going? Mine is actually going by really quickly, and I can’t believe all the stuff I am getting done. Today we have a DC Comic review! I read Teen Titans: Raven a little while back and realized I really want to dive more into the world of comics.

Thank you to DC Ink for sending me a copy of this in exchange for a review!

Batman: Nightwalker

Title: Batman: Nightwalker (The Graphic Novel)

Author: Stuart Moore (adaptor), Marie Lu, Chris Wildgoose (Illustrator)

Pages: 208

Format: ARC paperback

Genre(s): YA Graphic Novel, Comics

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the publishers. All thoughts are my own. Thank you DC Ink.*

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life the dark mysteries behind the gates of Arkham Asylum. Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and 18 year-old Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

Bruce Wayne is turning 18 and inheriting his family’s fortune. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads him to Arkham Asylym, the infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeline Wallace, a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope. Madeline 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?

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

This graphic novel adaptation from New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu and artist Christian Wildgoose is a dark, action-packed thrill ride!

  • The story – I thought the story was okay, following Bruce before he really kind of became Batman. It wasn’t like a mind shattering story, but it was still decent enough.
  • The writing – I thought the writing was good. It was easy to follow along, not rushed or anything. A pretty good pace for a graphic novel.
  • Everything clicked in the end – I love it when re-tellings kind of help bring the entire picture together. Like when everything starts clicking into place with the story you’ve known for ages. Basically, when you find yourself saying to yourself ‘ohhhh that’s how that came to be’. That’s what I love in re-telling’s or prequels to the actual stories.
  • The romance…??? – Okay this romance was soooo stupid. I mean honestly, what the hell was going on here. I hated it from the second it started to lean that way and hated it throughout the entire book. Just, no. It didn’t need it!
  • The artwork was pretty dark – I don’t know if this is just a common theme with comics and I’m just now catching on but… why the hell was everything so blue? Literally the main colors used in this book were blue, black, white, and maybe a tinge of yellow. Is this common in comics? Someone please educate me asap.
  • Not that much action for a DC superhero – I could’ve used just a little bit more action in this. It was all talk and then the fight scenes were only really a few pages long. Most of the book was just talking.
  • Asylum as community service? – I’m sorry but this was just a little too weird for me. Like, oh, you get in trouble for trying to take down a Nightwalker?? How about as your punishment we make you work at an insane asylum WITH NIGHTWALKERS IN IT. God, it’s like they just asking for more problems! Plus, who gets community service… IN AN ASYLUM???


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