ARC REVIEW: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

NightwalkerTitle: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
Pages: 208
Published by: DC Ink
Publication date: 1st October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A ruthless new gang of criminals known only as Nightwalkers is terrorizing Gotham, and the city’s elite are being taken out one by one. On the way home from his 18th birthday party, newly minted billionaire Bruce Wayne makes an impulsive choice that puts him in their crosshairs and lands him in Arkham Asylym, the once-infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeleine 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?

My review:

I had no idea they were making this a graphic novel until a few weeks ago and I instantly knew I had to read it. I loved the book so much, it was actually my favourite out of the DC Icons series and my review for that is here if you want to check it out. Safe to say, I absolutely loved this adaptation and I really hope they’ll be doing the same for the other three (Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Superman).

I don’t read many graphic novels and this was my first Batman one. After reading this, I definitely want to check out others! It was such a fun and quick read. If you’re stuck in a slump or don’t have a lot of time to spend reading, I’d definitely recommend checking out something like this because it really didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s so easy to whizz through and when the plot is as good as this one, it especially feels like you’re flying through it! I was almost disappointed when I finished it because I didn’t want it to end!

This graphic novel essentially follows the same plot as the book except there’s very little dialogue and there’s no descriptions since it’s all illustrated. I think they did a fantastic job with the illustrations – everything is incredibly detailed and I loved the facial expressions of each character. The comic itself is black and white with splashes of yellow throughout (Batman’s signature colour, of course) and at first I wasn’t sure I’d like it being in black and white but I actually thought it worked pretty well! The black and white matches the dark and mysterious threat hovering over Gotham City, while the splashes of yellow makes the action scenes more exciting and it’s also used to draw your attention to certain objects which I thought was a great touch.

I loved seeing how the artist interpreted the characters compared to my interpretation of them. Some of them were quite similar but I pictured others like Madeleine very differently. Madeleine comes off as quite a cruel character and you can definitely see that in her smile. She’s dangerous and a threat but then towards the end you can definitely see changes in her as she battles her conflicting emotions. There was other things I pictured differently as well like the outfits the Nightwalkers wore or Bruce’s mask when he first starts hunting them. Even though I interpreted some things differently, I still thought the illustrations were absolutely superb and very compelling. It’s great how they’ve taken the main parts of Marie Lu’s story and created this exciting and fast paced story. I was pulled right in from the start and actually read it in one sitting. I loved it so much!

Overall, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this graphic novel but I think I knew I’d love it! I’m impressed with how it turned out and I think everyone did such a great job with it. I hope they are adapting the others as well and if they are I can’t wait to see how they turn out. It was great being transported back to a younger version of Bruce before he became Batman since all we see is the brooding adult he has become. If you’re looking for a fun and fast paced graphic novel, definitely check this one out!

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