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Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

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He is perhaps best known for the DC Comics series, DCEASED, NIGHTWING (nominated for 8 Eisner Awards), SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, SUICIDE SQUAD, EARTH 2 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN as well as Marvel's FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, ALL NEW WOLVERINE, X-MEN: RED, DARK AGES and SUPERIOR IRON MAN. When it comes to Robin, Batman’s sidekick, Dick Grayson is the first and most iconic to take on the mantle, even though he hasn’t been the Boy Wonder for a long time. To them, Dick is a mere nuisance and there is a certain lack of stakes that goes hand in hand with that. The best thing about this volume by far is the terrific art by Bruno Redondo, with coloring by Adriano Lucas. In general I don’t read current DC comics, but Taylor does a wonderful job of not making you feel like you’re missing out on anything.

This long process of possible romance, stringing us along, is of course typical in comics and tc, and so on. Gone are the days of beating up pickpockets; now we’re asking why this rich city has so many people starving for cash.It’s a soft reboot at its core, throwing Dick into a new situation and given a problem he can’t solve via his usual methods.

The book wastes no time showing us what makes Dick Grayson such a great hero, as it doesn’t open with him beating up a costumed villain Batman-style, or brooding in a dark alley, or saving the multiverse, but instead rescuing an abused puppy from a group of thugs in broad daylight. Taylor has written for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Wildstorm, 2000 AD and Gestalt Comics. Tom Taylor does a great job juggling all these things and Bruno Redondo does a awesome job on art duty. He is perhaps best known for the best-selling DC Comics series Injustice: Gods Among us, Earth 2, Batman/Superman, and his many Star Wars series. To be fair, I like the on again/off again Barbara Gordon-Dick Grayson struggle through friendship/romance, though it apparently has been going on for a long time.What I’m less endeared to is his narrative spinning plates as Dick works out what he wants to do with his money. This arc is about a man given an opportunity to fix a problem in a way he hasn’t tried before and figuring out how best to do it. But protecting Blüdhaven is no small task, especially now that it's being menaced by Nightwing's most terrifying foe yet—a mysterious and murderous villain with a penchant for stealing his victim's hearts, known only as Heartless. The man's got his heart in the right place and his sense of humor is pretty great but if he wants to make a point or a political statement, he makes it so the back rows can see it. The smaller scale ultimately works, even if I would’ve liked for our villains to have a more coherent, and intimate plan.

It has stakes, fantastic art that elevates the script instead of highlighting it’s flaws, and an actual endgame for Dick Grayson’s character arc. And then there is the big reveal in the end of how Dick plans to use that money and the team up with Superman was awesome but the big thing is the art and omg its so good, some panels are so creative and this partnership reminds you of Snyder-Capullo days and here too its so well done and you really feel for the characters! I think this approach often creates problems, which is why he has Dick mention his aspirations to do more than just punch people.Suddenly now the richest man in Blüdhaven, Dick is hoping to do more than just being Nightwing, but other forces have sinister plans for the city. I haven't been interested in keeping up with DC lately, but this is one title that I'm glad I didn't miss out on.

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