With all the changes and new jargon that has come out of the Omniverse and Linearverse, the one thing that’s always present is superheroes! That includes Nightwing.
Courtesy of DC Comics, we have an advance review of Nightwing #78 which is out March 16th. The only SPOILER I will give you is that this issue will sell out, so if you’re on the fence about it or even thinking of leaving Nightwing I would urge you to stay.
The first time I learned about Nightwing in a comic was in some back issues of Batman, issues #436-439 as known as Year Three, and the first time I remember Robin was in Batman: The Animated Series. It was quite the adventure to put it all together and learn about the history of Dick Grayson, from his tragic origins to his heroic rebranding. Being able to witness those moments in a character’s history are amazing and this issue is one of those.
I’ve got a degree in math and I can tell you that Tom Taylor + Bruno Redondo = a hit comic. But then add them to Nightwing, and now you have a smash hit. I read this comic twice before writing up this piece to convince you to get an issue or stock your store with issues for the rush of those who missed the bus. It is just the perfect launching point for the next era.
Let’s talk about the art, which is just perfect. The way the characters move about shows us their personalities in the body language and connections between each other. When Dick stops to read, for instance, really stop and soak in those panels. And get the tissues handy.
Massive credit to colorist Adriano Lucas for bringing the light. I love this change in tone, as we know Nightwing is a Bat-Family member and the darkness is there, but these pages shine and pop. We get to see it all from different seasons to parts of the daylight and night, and the dynamic blue really pops off the costume.
Now, let’s talk history: Tom has added some new moments to the past, but they work perfectly and add to the relationships that we know and love. I can say my favorite Dick Grayson relationship was shown here — and I’m not talking Barbara, either!
The new pieces that this creative team brings to the world of Nightwing are exciting and heartwarming. I’m sure you’ve seen from the advanced art by Redondo, but the new style of Escrima stick is just an excellent throwback to Dick’s history and totally makes sense. It’s crazy it took over 80 years to bring that new “signature” to this device.
The villains you’re going to see here are a great choice. Longtime fans might get a bit hung up on the idea, but I say give it a chance. Yes, there are some changes to them, but the story potential they can bring is going to be well worth the wait between issues. Plus, that cute dog is here — you can’t say no to a hero and their best friend.
This was a great introduction to a long-standing character. I can think of some moments in my time as a comic book collector that can be associated with the beginning of this run — the first time I read those Year Three back issues as a kid and discovered Dick Grayson, when I missed out on ordering Hawkeye #1 by Fraction and Aja, and when I picked up Daredevil #1 by Zdarsky and Checchetto. These are tales of heroes that can inspire us to dig deep and stand up.
Taylor, Redondo, Lucas, and the whole team have done Dick Grayson and his history justice. This being a high-profile launch, I can see why DC didn’t need a new costume or a #1, because the story sells itself without the hyperbole. Get this book as best as you can; I promise you won’t be let down by the adventure inside this big top.
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