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Pencilled by Eddy Barrows
Inked by Paulo Siqueira
Cover by Eddy Barrows
Size: 32 pages
The last time Nightwing came out I gave it the tagline: “How you do a tie-in issue right”. Because Kyle Higgins story was so well balanced and the art was pretty solid I found it to be a nice companion piece to this ‘Night of the Owls’ event. Now it might be ‘essential’ to the story, but at the time it was an entertaining issue and probably the best issue overall for this series since the relaunch.
With this issue I cannot say the same thing. Now I did enjoy it for the most part, but if we’re talking about ‘quality’ then this issue is not better then the last. I think the problem is now that the balance just isn’t there like before. I found the backstory of this Talon to be much more interesting then in the fight. Higgins is just great at writing ‘Old Gotham’ and its characters since ‘Gates of Gotham’ so seeing the tragedy of this man go from riches to rags to torture was intriguing to read. The fight itself in the present is okay, but the payoff to finish it just fell flat for me. Considering this man has lived for hundreds of years you’d think he would have learned a thing or two about Gotham’s infrastructure. A nitpick, but it still bothered me.
The art though by Eddy Barrows is still strong and again I am starting to fall for his work like so many others. If anything, the fight is at least gorgeous to look at. The two page splash of Talon and Nightwing falling into the streets was jaw droppingly good. The flashbacks are great to look at too but if I’m honest I think his crazy layouts weren’t necessary for that portion of the comic. He’s mimicking Neal Adams when it comes to these layouts but I don’t remember Adams going this crazy with talking head sections….Well when Adams WASN’T crazy I should say.
So on the whole I will say this issue is a bit lacking unlike the last issue. Even though the fight in this is gorgeously drawn by Barrows I was much more interested in the flashbacks then the action pieces writing wise. It’s still a solid tie-in all around and I am glad this series has improved since I started buying the book. It’s probably been saved from being dropped actually…and from a tie-in arc that is quite amazing to think.
Art: 5 - Excellent