Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Kyle Higgins
Art by Eddy Barrows, Geraldo Borges, Eber Ferreira, & Ruy Jose
Colors by Rod Reis
Letters by Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, & Rod Reis

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Nightwing has been one of the most interesting titles I’ve bought off of DC since the relaunch. It’s written by, at the time anyway, a brand new writer for DC and has been drawn by a guy I wasn’t a fan of. Now? Well it’s slowly, but surely, become a sleeper hit for DC and I’ve started to grow fond of Eddy Barrows work. The one thing this title hasn’t had, and also with Kyle Higgins solely, is a Pick of the Week nod by yours truly. Well all that’s about to change right now…

What I like about this comic is that Higgins is putting a nice balance of Nightwing and Dick Grayson in this. This isn’t just a twenty page comic of a superhero beating the crap out of bad guys. Higgins is telling a nice, ongoing story of Dick trying to bring the past back to normal in his life. The Circus is still apart of this book and now we might get a grand return of a largely ignored section of Gotham. Plus Higgins is also bringing back the Zucco story line from Scott Snyder’s ‘Detective Comics’ run. I know this series isn’t connected because of the relaunch but I like it that Higgins isn’t ignoring that story and bringing it back here. But we do get a good mix of action in this with Nightwing fighting some cops and the new group of cult hitting the city. This isn’t a downgrade on the issue but for some reason I thought Higgins was reintroducing Anarchy to the DCU. He didn’t, but one can hope in the future.

What’s funny is that while I am getting into Barrows artwork now this series is now splitting art duties. We have Geraldo Borges helping with the pencils and two inkers with Eber Ferreira and Ruy Jose. While you can tell at points who is doing what, I do have to say that the differences isn’t that jarring. Borges isn’t as dynamic as Barrows with the layouts but he’s awful close. It might not be as inventive as Greg Capullo or Chris Burnham but these guys are doing justice to a B-level Bat book right now.

It took a while, and two Court of Owl tie-ins, but this series is FINALLY gelling with me. Kyle Higgins is doing a wonderful job with this book by mixing in a nice balance of intriguing action and Dick Grayson melodrama. (How long will it take for him to get into bed with Sonia? I give it an issue.) Even with two artists on this book this is a great looking issue and you can hardly notice the change within the pages. This is getting a good amount of pulls on this site but I hope it’ll get even more pulls in the near future. Again it’s a sleeper hit for this series and I think people will really love this series if they give it a chance. This is a perfect arc to jump on and see what I’m talking about.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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