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Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Action-packed graphic thriller spotlights young Bruce Wayne.

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The consequences of trauma are difficult to predict, but this bare-knuckles thriller cleverly shows how a hero is made, not born. With Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel, author Marie Lu clearly loves her Bat-lore and is having fun imaging Bruce Wayne's formative years. The book, however, miscalculates the appeal of its main villain. Madeleine has her interesting quirks, but she pales in comparison to most of the other antagonists in Batman's rogues gallery. The other Nightwalkers are mostly just ciphers.

Still, there's enough suspense generated to propel readers to the climactic confrontation, which is well choreographed and full of surprises. Stuart Moore neatly adapts the tale to the graphic novel medium, and Chris Wildgoose's art is vibrant, dynamic, and clear in its storytelling choices. Teen Batman still needs to grow up a bit, but Nightwalker is an intriguing look back.

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