Review by: TheNextChampion

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Plot by Tom DeFalco & Kyle Higgins
Script by Kyle Higgins
Art by Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, & Eber Ferreira
Cover by Eddy Barrows

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

So the Tom DeFalco era begins…

Well luckily the era hasn’t started fully yet. Sorry if I’m being a downer on the guy but I gotta admit I am not a big fan of his. He’s had a long career and his older work is pretty good. The last couple of years, well maybe decade to be honest, his work feels outdated. So when I hear he is taking over an arc of Nightwing replacing Kyle Higgins I find it real annoying. This zero issue does not help.

The issue says that Higgins did the script for the issue while DeFalco helped him with the overall plot. I can never tell if the credits are true because when you have two writers on board it is hard to tell who the voice of the issue is. What I can say is that there feels to be more DeFalco in this issue then Higgins. This issue is just another origin for Dick Grayson and nothing much new comes from it. It treads the same ground with no new insight and considering Snyder/Tynion IV did an amazing job with their zero on rejiggering the origins it’s disappointing not to see anything new here. What makes me think this is more DeFalco than Higgins is the pacing of this. One moment we get the origin of Dick then the next minute Lady Shiva is fighting him. They had to shoe horn in the start of the next arc for DeFalco and that really makes this issue suffers. Hell, we didn’t even get a resolution to Dick’s parents getting killed. Why did they just ignore that aspect? The dialogue also feels very stilted which screams DeFalco to me.

Thankfully, Eddy Barrows and his team is on art duties in this issue so at least it looks good. Barrows goes overboard with his technique of showing Dick jumping all over the place and leaving ‘shadows’ behind him. But I loved that technique from the beginning so it wasn’t that big of a deal. What was a big deal were some of the faces in this issue. Barrows have always drawn some creepy grins in his work but it’s unsettling here in some panels. The one panel of Dick’s mom getting her gift made her look more like a mannequin then a human being. Everything else about the issue though looks quite good so it practically balances itself out in the end.

Very disappointing zero issue for me. With this being Tom DeFalco’s first issue on Nightwing it doesn’t give me confidence for his arc. Even with Kyle Higgins doing the actual dialogue in here this issue is very clunky and offers no new insight into Dick Grayson’s origin. The art by Eddy Barrows is the only saving grace even if some of the smiles on these character’s will give me nightmares. I don’t want to skip an arc of a series just because a particular writer is coming on board for a short time. But I’m seriously considering it if this is what DeFalco is bringing to the table next month.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. I didn’t find it as bad as you did but I agree it’s off of where Kyle Higgins left it.

    I’m looking forward to his return with the Death of the Family arc in a couple of issues. He’s said on Twitter that it gets pretty horrible for Nightwing.

  2. I thought the resolution to Dick’s parents’ deaths was the conversation with Alfred at the end contrasting Bruce’s not letting go with Dick’s ability to move on. But if you mean that the killer was never caught, then yeah, that’s left for another story.

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