Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review the DCnU: Nightwing #1

Prior to the relaunch I was a little worried about what they were going to be doing with the Dick Grayson character.  Because to be honest I really liked him as Batman.  But I knew that they were going to be turning him back into Nightwing complete with a new outfit.  Grayson has always been one of my favorite characters so I've been curious to see what they do with him.

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by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

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One of the key things that this creative team had to handle was how to deal with the fans that had really grown to like Grayson as Batman and were worried that perhaps DC was going to retcon that part of his life away.  One of the first things that were done in almost the first panel was to address just this.  Higgins formerly stated that yes Grayson had been Batman but he had decided to go back to Nightwing to grow as his own person.

This first issue established that Grayson is glad to be done with wearing the mantle of Batman and that though he is no longer Batman he has learned a thing or two from his time spent under the cowl.  Grayson has become a greater crime fighter because of his stint as Batman.
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The first issue really just focuses on how Grayson has come to terms with his past and grown as a hero and a person because of the various experiences in his life.  Higgins does a good job addressing all aspects of his life from his parents death to his most recent stint as Batman all while showing how it has shaped Grayson into a better man.

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Barrows does a great job here with the artwork.  The dark atmosphere that is Gotham looks phenomenal and the use of double page spreads throughout were well done. The acrobatic movements of Grayson are captured perfectly here as well.

This was a pretty solid debut for the new Nightwing series.  Could it have been of course, but it was far from being bad and quite enjoyable actually. I think all the fans of the character are going to enjoy it and have their fears set at ease once they put this book down.  This is a series that I think is going to do great things for a very popular character.

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GRADE OF NEW TITLE: This book gets a very strong B from me.  I thought the book did a great job telling us who Grayson is and the artwork was top notch.  The only thing the book didn't do well was establishing what was really going to be happening with Grayson in the first arc until maybe the last 2 or 3 pages.

WILL IT SUCCEED: Nightwing is a very popular character in the DCU and there is no doubt that this book will succeed.  The creative team seems to have a firm grasp on the character and the book is really well done from the plot to the art.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: Again I can easily say Grayson is one of my favorite characters and when done well can tell great stories.  I think that outside of Batman, Richard Grayson just might be the most popular character in the Batfamily.

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