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Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure in the simple genesis of a mugging gone horribly wrong.

These foundations are shaken, however, when an unexpected guest invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, raising questions about the event that ended the lives of the mother he loved and the father he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable drive to protect and avenge.

To discover his real family history, Batman must face down old foes, his only confidant, and the evil heart of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the new burden of a dark legacy.

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Wayne of Gotham
Average rating
4.3 / 5
Overall An Excellent Read
August 8th, 2015
I grew up on Hickman's work, so when I saw he had written a Batman novel, I instantly picked it up. From the first page to the last, Hickman nails the caped crusader and Bruce Wayne, his issues (especially with getting older), and his own inner conflicts with his parents. Hickman's writing style for this book works extremely well and his years of writing experience shows immensely. The action flows from one scene to another and the fight scenes are masterfully crafted. A lot of the technology is explained with enough science as to be believable in how Batman uses it, and coupled with Hickman's description of how Batman's body is slowly breaking down due to his age and lifestyle, it creates a very realistic Batman/Bruce Wayne. Now the one area the novel sort of flounders is in Hickman's depiction of the recognizable villains. Though he tends to get their tone generally right, characters like the Joker just don't hit the proper beats. (unlike, say [book:Batman: No Man's Land|107105] which nails the Joker on the nose) Now, I will admit that the task of putting Joker to paper and having him come across as himself is a bit... challenging, and Hickman does a fairly good job of it, so this is less of a crit and more of a nit-pick. But enough of one to help make this a 4 star book over a 5 star. One character that Hickman did an impeccable job with is Alfred. Alfred was everything I expected him to be, and all of his behaviours and actions fell exactly in line with who is as a character to me. I was greatly impressed and highly enjoyed reading him within these pages, which makes Bruce's behaviour towards his butler seem that much more harsh. In the end, as a comic book fan, this book was right up my alley and I greatly enjoyed it. If you are a comic fan, or more so a Batman fan, I can't suggest you pick this book up enough. Unlike No Man's Land, this book offers a far more personable Batman and delves into Bruce's family history, a place not many things seem to delve. Overall, a book well worth picking up.
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Must read for Batman fans
October 2nd, 2014
If you are a fan of Batman read this book
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Good but not great
August 11th, 2013
Enjoyed the book on my vacation not one of Tracy's best.
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