The hottest superhero comic on the stands today is back this week with Nightwing #92. In the latest issue, Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo take us back to when Dick Grayson was Robin, Blockbuster continues to put pressure on Nightwing, and some super-friends make appearances! Sounds like a win-win to me, especially with Redondo on art!
As the preview shows, Nightwing #92 opens with the Boy Wonder rushing to save an innocent man from a bunch of violent rioters. Though Batman is tactical and asks him not to help the man, Robin can’t help himself and rushes in. Batman may be the master tactician, but as we saw even when Nightwing was a boy, he can’t help but do the right thing always.
This flashback also has a great scene with Alfred and integrates Batman into the story. This plays well into the rest of the story, as Nightwing’s big plan for a community space called Haven opens up. No spoilers here, but there are some familiar faces that show up that remind us Nightwing always has friends nearby.
This issue features plenty of super fun sound effects. There’s even an entire panel of them ala the old Batman TV show with Adam West. Redondo also plays around with layout structure at times, and when you pair those innovations to his opening scene rendered as if from old comics with the old style of coloring with dots, you have a delightful visual experience.
Adriano Lucas colors the issue well too. There’s a good blend of realistic and colorful that feels just right for comics. A beautiful double-page splash of Nightwing diving down off a tall building is proof of that as pinks and purples grace the face of buildings. There’s also a great double-page layout of panels piling up on each other that is aided quite a bit by the color choices to distinguish the panels from each other.
If this issue had a message to send, it’s that Dick has a good heart and one of his superpowers may even be that he’s going to do the right thing even if it means sacrificing himself. That’s a theme we’ve seen conveyed a few times in the series, which makes a chunk of this book feel repetitive if you’ve been reading every issue. The plot ultimately moves pretty slowly with a major development on the last page, but a lot of this book is biding its time. It bides its time with great art, though, so really it’s not a loss.
Nightwing #92 continues to be one of the most electric comics on the stands. Blending superhero vibes with innovative art, you can’t go wrong with Nightwing each and every issue.
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