Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Last of the Flying Graysons

Last of the Flying Graysons
Reviewing Nightwing #1
By: Andrew Hines

     Holy big top, Batman, the original Boy Wonder is back! That's right, the other half of Gotham's City's original Dynamic Duo is back with his own title. The original Robin is once again leaping across the rooftops of Gotham City. Now using the moniker, Nightwing, and doling out justice to the innumerable villains of his city, the surviving member of the Flying Graysons is as fun to watch as ever.  After his parents were killed by the low-level mobster Tony Zucco, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne. Soon, he was donning the cape and tights as the first Boy Wonder. After a few years as Robin, he stepped out from under the Dark Knight's wing and made a new name for himself as Nightwing. Last year, due to Bruce Wayne's "absence*" he took up the mantle of the bat. 

     With Bruce having just returned, Dick is once again Nightwing, albeit with a few minor costume changes. We also get to see some more writing from Kyle Higgins who wrote last week's Deathstroke #1. Higgins even brings back Dick's old home under the big top.  For the first time in several years, Haley's Circus is back in Gotham City.  Higgins moves into the meat of the story cautiously.  By the end of the issue, we have one question: Can Nightwing save Dick Grayson?

     The artwork from Eddy Barrows is fitting of the story in it's entirety.  Clearly showing the athleticism and acrobatic skill of both Dick Grayson and the new villain, Barrows is a very visual story-teller.  You could almost figure out the narration just by seeing the panels. JP Mayer's colors are pretty cool, giving just enough shine to the more metallic parts of his costume. The two also gave us a great cover, one that is fairly memorable, though not exactly epic.

I'm hoping for something more in the next few issues, but for now I give it an 8.0 out of 10.

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