Marie Lu has had a string of hits with her techno-savvy thrillers, so its a good call to give her the lead on rewriting Batman for the new generation. Bruce Wayne and his friends live in the modern world with its terrorism, identity theft, and paranoia. Gotham is currently under siege from a gang known as the Nightwalkers, who aim to execute the city's elite and seize their bank accounts.
When Bruce Wayne, still a teenager, interferes in a police action against the Nightwalkers, he is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum. He is drawn to the only Nightwalker captured alive, a girl named Madeleine who is his own age. With her help he may be able to solve this mystery and save some lives, but can he trust her? This was a capable thriller that matches Leigh Bardugo's 'Wonder Woman: Warbringer'.
The DC Icons series is setting a high bar for future licensed novels. It should go over well with younger fans and perhaps win new ones, but I don't know how other entrenched old nerds like me will take it.
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