Nightwing the New Order #1
OK, maybe you’re writing New Order as just another needless Elseworlds tale right before Metal goes into some bonkers crazy territory. Maybe you think you don’t need to add another DC title to the pull list. You’d be very wrong.
With New Order, Nightwing writer Kyle Higgings takes a fascinating premise with everyone’s favorite sidekick. From post-Crisis to new 52 and now Rebirth, Nightwing has always had that most likable and relatable hero status within the superhero community. New Order flips that with Dick Grayson being the hero responsible for a worldwide shut down on powered individuals.
To maintain order, metas are given medicine to suppress their powers with Grayson and his Crusaders squad putting them down. Higgins adds in a fun mystery with the tease that the treatment didn’t take on some stronger heroes — with close ties to Nightwing — one is disrupting Grayson’s plans.
New Order works as it shifts Grayson’s people pleasing from his fellow heroes to the regular people. The story has an unexpected narrator in Dick’s son, Jake, as he recalls his childhood and rectifying learning his father is no hero. The final twist lays the groundwork for what should be an exciting story.
Trevor McCarthy’s art is sharp and fits the story nicely. McCarthy crafts a solid amount of backgrounds and does a great job in capturing Grayson’s charm despite being 20 years older.
This book kind of came out of nowhere, but it’s definitely a title I’ll be following closely through its run. DC might not venture into Elseworlds territory too often these days, but a book like New Order makes it work checking out.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The Flash #28
With his powers on the fritz, Barry Allen can’t trust himself to become The Flash, which has led to one of the more exciting Flash arcs in the Rebirth era.
I like all the different avenues writer Joshua Williamson is exploring here. Barry had taken his powers for granted and it’s costing him dearly. With his altered powers causing massive destruction, Barry has to limit their use. They’d come in handy as he tries to crack a case involving missing evidence at the crime lab.
This subplot has been interesting and the dynamic with the rest of the investigative team has been strong while expanding the supporting cast.
The only hiccup here was the contrasting art styles of Pop Mahn and Christian Duce, who share art responsibilities.
Mahn uses a grittier, detailed style compared to Duce’s more classic take. That leads to some inconsistencies like a battered and bruised Barry looking fine hours later. Duce’s thicker line work is well suited for the shady, investigation scenes. Neither is bad though and would be welcome fill-in artists.
Negative has been a positive story overall for The Flash as it’s not playing out like the standard Flash story. I like where it’s going so far.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10