Wayne of Gotham: A Novel

Paperback | December 4, 2012

byTracy Hickman

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Behind every mask is a real man.

Two men joined by blood but separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered when he witnesses the brutal death of his parents.

The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become the mysterious crusader Batman—the genesis of a simple mugging gone horribly wrong. The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure. But these foundations are shaken 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 true family history, Batman must face down old foes, confront his only confidant, invade the evil heart of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the terrible new burden of a dark legacy.

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Behind every mask is a real man. Two men joined by blood but separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered when he witnesses the brutal death of his parents.The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to beco...

Tracy Hickman is a bestselling fantasy author best known for his work onDragonlance, as a game designer and coauthor with Margaret Weis, while he worked for TSR. In all, Hickman wrote more than thirty novels in collaboration with Weis. He lives with his wife, Laura, and their four children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062219863

ISBN - 13:9780062219862

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an awesome Batman story!!!! The past meets the present in a perfect story! Loved it! Must read for Batman fans!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall An Excellent Read 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 <I>No Man's Land<-I>, 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.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read, with a Twist I am a big fan of the Bat; everything from the movies to the "Detective" comics, so I was excited to receive this for Christmas. I had never read any of Tracy Hickman's work before, but I think I will start looking into it now. The plot was great, giving the reader a look at who Thomas Wayne was, and also a look into the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. I liked how the POV kept switching back and forth between Thomas and Bruce's timelines, and kind of blurred the line between father and son a bit. Kept me engaged right to the last page!
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for Batman fans If you are a fan of Batman read this book
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great Enjoyed the book on my vacation not one of Tracy's best.
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Turned out to be a good read! This is my first Batman novel (read some graphic ones.) I was a bit hesitant at first as novels like these are usually mediocre and not really that great. I decided to give it a try anyway because I like Tracy Hickman’s work. I thought it was a pretty good and decent read. I liked how the narrative changed from Thomas’ point of view, then back to Bruce. The mystery involved in the book was good enough to keep me interested. I liked how the story focused on Thomas and Martha Wayne before they got married (Martha seems to have gone wild child! haha!) There’s also a mystery surrounding Alfred and I thought that was a really good read. It certainly did deepen the mystery further. The relationship between Bruce and Alfred isn’t what I expected. It’s strained, and cool (yet there are reasons why they’re acting like this). The plot of this book was pretty good. It’s a bit hard to follow as there’s quite a bit of characters to keep track of, but the action scenes are well written and my two favorite villains, Joker and Harley Quinn make an appearance (which was fun reading). The two story arcs of Thomas and Bruce do have a nice way of having it all tie together at the end, and the ending was a great finish. It’s worth the time to read, the plot was well written, lots of characters (most of whom Batman fans will recognize), and a nice blend of action and mystery make this book enjoyable.
Date published: 2012-08-29

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“Wayne of Gotham truly digs into new ground.”