Lu's 'Nightwalker' is another entry in the DC Icons series, which is a set of books by well-known authors who each take on one particular hero of the DC universe. If you couldn't tell by the cover, Lu has Batman himself. I've read a few of Lu's books (her 'Legends' and 'Young Elites' trilogies) and wasn't thrilled. But Batman is my favorite comic character and I was curious to see what this take on him would look like, especially since I understand that Batman was considered to be a candidate for the 'Smallville' TV show premise. That idea was spiked and it switched to a young Superman-to-be instead.
I knew this certainly wouldn't be something like 'Smallville' but I was curious to see what was going on here. Gotham City has been plagued by a group (known as the Nightwalkers) killing off members of the elite rich: they're trapped in their houses by their gadgetry and tech that is supposed to make them safe. Bruce (who is about to turn 18) has a run-in with some trouble and must do his service in...Arkham Asylum. There, he meets a young woman who has ties to the Nightwalkers and we watch as he tries to untangle the the ties of the Nightwalkers to this young woman to prevent the next killings.
It sounded interesting....but it wasn't. I was willing to suspend belief and go along with whatever Lu thought a young Bruce, pre-Batman would look like and I found him...generic. Although I didn't expect a bunch of cutesy nods to continuity or meta references or whatever there wasn't anything here that told me that this version of Bruce Wayne would become the Batman. As villains the Nigthtwalkers were kinda blah.
There was still enough to keep me curious about how this story would go and how it would end (although you obviously know the basic facts if you're familiar with the character since Bruce has to become Batman and everything) but I began skimming after awhile. It was nice to see certain aspects (a dry and sarcastic Alfred, Bruce's need to be alone, etc.) here but I'm not sure there's much that really stands out.
I liked this much better than the 'Wonder Woman' book but I don't know if it's a genuine matter of like/dislike or how much other factors such as my familiarity/like for Batman, lowered expectations based on the WW book/Lu's previous work, etc. were a factor. Will probably skip the rest of these books unless they there's an entry that seems especially compelling. Borrow from the library.