Many people know about Batman, but not many know about his past. Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu is about Batman in his teenage years as he tries to become a crime fighter, to avenge the death of his parents. He is sent to do work at Arkham Asylum, where his interest in stopping the Nightwalkers begins. He begins his investigation by meeting Madeline Wallace, a member of the Nightwalkers. His investigation is very difficult for him, but with help from Detective Draccon and his friends, he can crack the case. This book shows how Bruce Wayne grew from a reckless teen into the hero we know as Batman very well.
At the beginning he is very reckless when fighting crime. “If Bruce had been hoping to avoid news coverage after the flurry on his eighteenth birthday, slamming his brand-new car into a criminals vehicle was not the best way to do it.” - (29). In that excerpt Bruce Wayne was trying to stop a criminal, but he accidentally crashed into him. This shows his reckless behavior.
He slowly learns how to become a good detective from Detective Draccon and learning. ““We couldn’t have accomplished any of this without your help.” “Well done,” Gordon said” - (263). In that excerpt the police commissioner; Gordon, was thanking Bruce Wayne for stopping crime very well.
This book shows how Bruce Wayne grew from a reckless teen into Batman very well. It has a very smooth transition from Bruce Wayne being reckless and angry to him being a great crime-fighter and detective. Marie Lu uses her writing skills she used so well in Warcross and perfectly transitions it to the Batman: Nightwalker. This book was written very well with lots of foreshadowing and allusions to Batman’s mythology. This book is great for young readers who want to read about Batman. 5 stars.