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Bruce Wayne has just graduated high school. He has come of age to access to his trust fund and to take over Wayne Enterprise. On his way home from a benefit he spots a police chase, instead of standing back Bruce pursues the car. The police wasn’t so happy to have him interfere so he is sentenced to community service in Arkham Asylum.
I am not sure how I feel about this. I love Batman and have been a huge fan of DC for years. Nowadays it seems like we have a new incarnation of the Dark Knight every few years. I was really excited when this YA book companion book series was announced. I absolutely fell in love with Leigh Bardugo’s version of Wonder Woman.
This story didn’t win me over. There were many elements that I liked. I love the reference to several important Gotham villains and heroes.
But this didn’t feel like Bruce Wayne. He felt so bland. I wanted to see more of his tech savvy side and his training. Bruce was alway a highly intelligent man and he just made so many stupid decisions in this book.
What really irritated me was that our villain Madeleine was just as bland. This is Gotham City we have such extra villains like the Riddler, Scarecrow and Mad Hatter. They are truly devious, over the top and filled with such charisma. Madeleine felt so flat.
I hated that she was used as a tool to motivate Bruce all along this book while she wasn’t given a lot of depth. She didn’t feel like a three dimensional character until the very, very end when it was almost too late.
This book was just a disappointment to me.
I gave it a D.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.