NIGHTWING #2

Review by: glcfarmboy

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Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

While Dick Grayson’s time wearing the cape and cowl was great, my comic reading pals and I knew it would eventually have to end. The question we ended up discussing was this: once he’s been Batman, what do you do next with this beloved character?
This new series deftly answers the question- send Grayson back to his past. Send him back to the circus. Genius!
One of the real highlights of the New 52 for me has been the resurgence of the Batman family of titles, and particularly some of the ancilliary titles such as this, Batgirl, Batwoman and Catwoman. In each case my interest in the characters has been re-energised by smart stories and for the most part terrific artwork. Nightwing is no exception. Kyle Higgins has dealt with the “what does Dick Grayson do next?” question with aplomb, sending him off in a direction that makes so much sense I’m wondering why no writer thought of it before (although I confess I haven’t read a Nightwing book since Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel ended their classic run way back when, so this approach may not be as fresh as I’m thinking). I find myself looking forward to next month’s installment with baited breath.
The other component that makes this book such an attractive package, though, is some absolutelyt phenomenal art by Eddy Barrows. To my eyes, Barrow’s work has been greatly influenced by another of my favourites, Bryan Hitch, but he’s developed that influence into his own unique style much as Hitch did with his initial Alan Davis influence. These dark, moody pages, bursting with action, are a joy to pore over, giving readers more bang for their buck than many of the other, possibly higher profile New 52 books.
This is great, great stuff. I’m so glad to be back in the Bat-Universe!

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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