Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reunion under the Big Top: Review of Nightwing #6

A tribute to Dick Grayson's parents is about to become a night to truly remember.

Since the beginning of this title in September of 2011, Dick Grayson & his alter ego have been doggedly pursued by a killer named Saiko. In that time, Dick was called the "fiercest killer in Gotham" by Saiko. After reuniting wis old friends from Haly's Circus, he began a casual relationship with his childhood friend, Raya. Leave it to the former Boy Wonder to get involved with a redhead. Shortly thereafter, Mr Haly gave him the reigns as the new owner of the circus.

As the writer for the series, Kyle Higgins dives right into the type of action that defines the members of the Batman Family. Just when we think the story is going to go one way, he cease right onto a hidden dirt road that nobody saw coming. Such is the case when a beloved character from Dick's early years in the cape shows up in a cameo. He leaves little room for red herrings, which would have made the story slightly more interesting. As it stands though, plot and pacing generally make up for this.

For the sixth issue, regular artist, Eddy Barrows teams up with Geraldo Borges. It's been a while since I've seen Borges' art. I almost didn't notice as it blended so seamlessly with Barrows' penciling. Their work shows much more dynamic motion than we typically see in monthly comics. They also do a bang up job with the complex facial expressions in this issue, which are very easy to gloss over.

The whole team deserves shout outs, but hopefully this will do. The creative team behind this one earns a 9.2 out of 10, leaving me in desperate need for issue 7.

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