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Nightwing #100
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‘Nightwing’ #100 is a must-read love letter to the character

It’s clear Taylor has big plans for Nightwing, and this is only the beginning.

The wait is over: Nightwing‘s 100th issue is finally on the stands, and it is huge. Not just in size or in the number of famous creatives helping on the issue, but in what it means for the future.

The dust has settled and Dark Crisis is over. That left us with Nightwing being set to lead the heroes of the DC Universe into the future. But does any of this matter in relation to the story in front of us? The answer to this may or may not surprise you. If I recall correctly, when he set out to write Nightwing, Tom Taylor noted the importance of considering Nightwing as an A-List hero, similar to Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. In this heartfelt anniversary issue, Taylor partners with Bruno Redondo, Scott McDaniel, Rick Leonardi, Eddy Barrows, Javier Fernandez, and Mikel Janín for a story that sets up Nightwing as just that.

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There are two big premises within the story. Nightwing has been asked something; something big enough for Batman and him to be standing over the grave of Alfred Pennyworth to discuss it. That’s certainly not something you picture every day, is it? Without giving anything away, those of you who read the finale of Dark Crisis may have a sneaking suspicion about what is being asked of Nightwing. It’s a somber moment that prepares readers for the roller coaster of an issue they’re about to embark on together.

Nightwing #100
I wonder what they’re talking about?
Credit: DC Comics

The primary focus of the issue, however, is the battle for Blüdhaven. Taylor has built up to this for nearly two years, and it starts with an explosive move by Heartless. It seems he’s making his big play for control over the city and wasting no time in starting the party. It’s a chilling start to the issue that straps readers in for the payoff many have been eager to see unfold between Nightwing’s new nemesis. One can only hope he’s up to the task.

The issue has half a dozen of Nightwing’s most famous artists lending their pen to Taylor in this story. It’s a trick I’ve seen big anniversary issues do from time to time, but none done as seamlessly as in this story. There’s a plethora of talent in the issue that makes it hard to even notice when one artist switches from the prior. Bruno Redondo is simply at his best here, lighting up the city with vibrance and expression. Scott McDaniel and Nick Leonardi pick up like they never left the title as both offer readers a modernized rendition of art from over a decade ago that continues to evoke a nostalgic feel to the character.

Similarly, it’s always a treat to see Eddy Barrows back on the title. Bringing back this popular New 52 artist who spearheaded the series about a decade ago feels like the right choice as his attention to detail and ability to bring the world to life further intensify the story. Javier Fernandez returns as well with his gritty and painterly art style, creating a gritty atmosphere for the ensuing battle. Lastly, Mikel Janín returns with his irreplaceable skill to bring a story to life through realism and simplicity. Overall, this issue is overflowing with talent that shows how much love each contributor has for the character and the world around Nightwing.

Tom Taylor has built up to this issue since he joined the series on issue #85, and has shown a lot of growth in the city of Blüdhaven, both in its atmosphere and supporting cast. In that time, we’ve seen Dick Grayson start to make some big changes, as well as get some help from friends and family along the way. However, it’s clear his goal has been to make Nightwing the best he can be by spearheading the changes needed to support the city. Not only are readers able to see the totality of the last two years of hard work Taylor has put into the series, but similarly, they can see glimpses of what lies ahead. It’s clear Taylor has big plans for Nightwing, and this is only the beginning.

Nightwing #100 is a masterful anniversary issue that is a love letter to the character. This issue is a must-read for Nightwing fans, as it works to bring everything together while offering a look into the future. From cover to cover, Taylor, along with his all-star artist lineup, brings a stellar issue that incentivizes readers to stay on board for what’s to come.

Nightwing #100
‘Nightwing’ #100 is a must-read love letter to the character
Nightwing #100
Nightwing #100 is a spectacular issue that brings together everything necessary for a perfect anniversary issue that is the ultimate payoff for readers.
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Great storytelling that hat answers many questions
Phenomenal art that brings out the best in all involved
An overall love letter to the character that flies by
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