This action-packed graphic novel based on the New York Times bestselling book by Marie Lu transports readers to the shadowy gates of Arkham Asylum, where Gotham City's darkest mysteries reside...and which now threatens to imprison Bruce Wayne. 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 Asylum, the once-infamous mental hospital. There he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer...and Bruce's only hope. Madeleine 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? Adapted by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, this graphic novel presents a thrilling new take on Batman before he donned the cape and cowl.
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In an effort to teach Bruce a lesson, Draccon, the detective on his case, forces him to do community service at Arkham Asylum. Although he is just supposed to be cleaning up, a Nightwalker who is imprisoned there begins to speak with him. Since she has not spoken to anyone else, and the police need answers about the rest of the group, they reluctantly agree to let him try to speak with her for information. Even though they pull the plug pretty soon, Bruce is becoming attached and keeps trying to speak with Madeleine. As things escalate, Bruce finds himself in a web of the Nightwalkers' making.
What I loved: The illustrations and pace are perfect in this graphic novel adaptation. This is a pretty fast read, and having read the novel it is based on, I appreciate the inclusion of all the important scenes from the novel. The images really bring the story to life in black-and-white with some yellow accents. The text is easy to attribute to the character speaking and spaced well with the images. This is definitely a story which is seen and not just told.
What left me wanting more: While the graphic novel does add a lot to the visuals of the story and brings it out of the words, we also lose some of the internal discussions/feelings of Bruce in particular. Some of these are included, but it was harder to connect with him and feel for his connections to Madeleine in the graphic novel format. This was a relatively small point, but I would recommend also checking out the novel if you enjoy the storyline.
Final verdict: With great illustrations, clear text, and a fast pace, this graphic novel adaptation does a great job of converting Lu's story into something that is also seen in addition to read. Highly recommend for anyone who loves graphic novels, YA fiction, and backstories.