It has been a while since I’ve read an issue that was just pure fun the way Nightwing #83 is. But truth be told, that is thanks to just one of the moments in this comic. With Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo coming about this volume of Nightwing as writer and artist, respectively, they have done some incredible feats as a creative team. Their debut issue made it to a third printing, and issues #79 and #81 went to a second printing. The new creative team has produced a refreshing era for Dick Grayson and fans, as he has made his return from Ric Grayson and has his memories back.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Nightwing #83!
In my opinion, taking the entire story that Dick Grayson has been through and using it for character instead of continuity is one of the strengths of Tom Taylor, and why this story feels so impactful. Not only has he considered the arcs of the story — he has also added to the legacy with Dick’s new sister, as revealed in the last issue. Don’t forget the cute new addition of a rescue dog, Haley! I have been a Nightwing fan for some time, and this is a fascinating era.
The art inside by Bruno Redondo and Adriano Lucas is stunning, and perfect for catching the eye of a new fan to get them hooked on this series. I will state again that Adriano Lucas’s colors are perfect for adding temperature to the pages and scenes. I love how the colors inside Melinda Zucco’s apartment are very cool, but the light from the outside windows is hot. That works perfectly to showcase that Dick and Melinda have this covered, but at the same time, the danger outside is real and corrupt. When Dick makes his escape off the rooftops, it is incredible to see how his escrima sticks are incorporated into his acrobatic history. The way he takes over the helicopter is just a feast for the eyes.
The best aspect of the issue has to be the guest appearances by family. Some of them are small bits, like the moments for Leslie Thompkins, the Titans, and Lucius Fox, but it drives how many people are there and believe in Dick Grayson. The guest appearance that gets the most coverage is Superman’s, and this has to be my favorite meeting of theirs. The main reason for that is I know Tom Taylor is a huge fan of Superman, and it is such a joy to see him write these two classic characters together.
Their discussion shows admiration and respect for each other. I know these two are usually better paired with Batman, but honestly, it is worth more attention when Dick and Clark team-up. Those two have a relationship with trust; Bruce is more of a family person than he thought, but with Dick and Clark, they care about their family, making it meaningful. The conversation that Dick and Clark have is excellent as you can feel the respect the two have for each other, but it was also great because they both call on each other.
This new creative team’s first arc concludes, and it is a smash hit! This is a great example of what DC’s Infinite Frontier should be about: embracing character and history. Dick Grayson once again feels like an important character, even when outside the costume. The love and adventure appear while entertaining all types of fans!
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