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review 2018-03-11 19:22
Batman Nightwalker Book Review
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu

I read this in under two hours and it wasn't bad or anything just not very memorable. I don't think I'll remember the plot in a year or even a few months. 


Marie Lu is a good wrriter, I enjoyed her series but couldn't even finish Warcross-- it bored me. With Batman its just another YA about a teen who lost his parents meets a girl and falls in love with her. Just add Batman to the mix and its a DC series. 


So fun, and a quick read but nothing special. 

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text 2018-03-10 00:40
When you want to finish this
Batman & the Justice League, Tome 1 : - Rodolphe Gicquel,Shiori Teshirogi

And can't find it.  I remember where I had it last, and can't find it there.   Grrr.   I'll continue looking a little tonight, then forget it until I have less homework coming up.

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review 2018-02-09 22:57
Overall a fun read about one of the most iconic superheroes; needed a bit more action and emotional insight
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu

I couldn't wait for this book to come out, having enjoyed the first book in the DC Icons series, 'Wonder Woman: Warbringer', and because it was author Marie Lu that would be taking on the task of the story of the origins of the Dark Knight. I think that anyone taking on such an iconic character outside of graphic novels is pretty brave, but massively exciting! After reading 'Warcross' it seemed like Marie was primed to take this on.

First of all, as a reader of a story about such a notorious character as Batman, I needed to remind myself going in, that this wasn't the character with the mask and the cape and the gadgets. This is about a teen called Bruce Wayne, with his teenage friends, who still has the sad backstory of his parents being brutally murdered in an alleyway in Gotham City, and he is primed to now inherit the family fortune. He has barely realized his desire to rid the streets of the 'bad guys' yet, and he hasn't developed the emotional 'shield' that we witness in various popular incarnations of his character. It's like reading a fresh and quite naive version of the young Batman/Bruce Wayne we have all come to know, to the point that we are wondering if it's the same guy...until about the last quarter of the book, where the action picks up for young Bruce Wayne.

The novel seems pretty slow because from most of our recollections of this character, where he's usually busy doing what he does best: hauling in the crooks for the police department in Gotham City. In 'Nightwalker', Bruce Wayne is doing community service work inside Arkham Asylum (as you do), mopping floors, and talking to a mysterious and beautiful criminal called Madeleine (so there's quite a bit of talking and mind games, honestly). You get the sense that Bruce has a lot of personal work on himself to do, and has a long way to go before he's going to be a kick-ass crime-fighter (this girl really knows how to pull a fast one on him). But you see the beginnings of the Batman that eventually emerges and how his personal relationships are a vital catalyst for him. It's fun to read his interactions with his butler Alfred, and I'd love to have seen more of that, but that's probably out of familiarity that I say that.

Overall, it's a fun read, but low on action content (I hoped for more!), and I wanted more insight and a deeper window into his personal and emotional world; there could have been more development with his friends, especially given his age. This fits in pretty nicely after 'Warbringer' and I enjoyed reading the snippet of the Catwoman book at the very end; I have high hopes for that one too, even though I know less about that character. My son's biggest complaint (he's just ten), is that these well-known YA authors (to me!) are not doing his favorite Marvel Icons as well. Captain America, Adam Silvera?

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review 2018-02-09 16:55
Batman Classic: Starro and Stripes Forever: With Superman and Wonder Woman - Gina Vivinetto,Rick Farley,Kanila Tripp
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, a good story. I liked that this book included Wonder Woman and she actually had a role in the defeat of Starro.

Kind of an advanced read for children. The pictures are pretty simple and not super-cartoony so probably better for older children who are interested in superheroes. For younger superhero-enthusiast, I think the Super Hero Squad books would be a better fit. Yes, I know there's a whole DC vs. Marvel thing going on there, but it's my point of reference. Any of the Lego Batman ones would probably work for DC fans, but I have not read any of them.
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review 2018-02-07 18:59
Wonder Woman, Batman and The Gentleman
Batman (2016-) #39 - Tom King,Jordie Bellaire,Joelle Jones,Mikel Janin

Wonder Woman and Batman get stuck in an alternate universe, fearful they won't get back at all because they can't without the man they set free.   Another hero, but the time works differently in the two worlds and after a couple hours in the 'real' world, and ten years for Batman and Wonder Woman, well...


I'm very hopeful that this is going to be the end of the marriage, though...

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