Nightwing is basically at the point each month where it’s just a matter of how writer Tom Taylor, artist Bruno Redondo, colorist Adriano Lucas and letterer Wes Abbott remind readers it’s the best comic book out these days.
It’s rare to find such a tremendous combination of an aspirational hero, snappy and authentic sounding dialogue and dynamic action in one comic. When Taylor has cameos from the Titans and Superman it feels like natural day to day aspects of Dick Grayson’s life not stunt guest appearances. For so many years writers have stated Nightwing’s importance to the DCU. This run has done an amazing job of showing why Nightwing needs to be treated with the same reverence as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as one of DC’s most important (and fun) characters.
After escaping Blockbuster and learning the truth about his half-sister, Dick sets in motion a plan that should change everything for Bludhaven. It’s exactly the kind of thing Dick Grayson would do given this kind of opportunity. Taylor gets how every DC hero should sound and every appearance so far has been perfectly in keeping with the most iconic portrayals of the characters. That’s not easy, but Taylor makes it look effortless.
Redondo’s art flows so smoothly and every page is ridiculously breathtaking. There’s some panels in this issue that really warrant replicating on the big screen or at least the HBO Max Titans series. Redondo conveys so much emotion with his characters as well from small smiles to a tender moment of appreciation between Batman and Nightwing. Lucas’ colors also bring out the warmth of these moments quickly shifting from an intense heated action sequence to the relaxing darkness of a bedroom after an exhausting battle.
No company is putting out a better book than Nightwing right now. The creative team hasn’t been on the title for a year yet, but it’s already shaping up to be the definitive run on the character. This is a special series that’s redefining expectations for Dick Grayson and how great DC comics can be with the right team in place.
Rating: 10 out of 10
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