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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Nightwing #19

April 19th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: Kyle Higgins

Pencils: Brett Booth

Inker: Norm Rapmund

Colors: Andrew Dalhouse

With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Batbooks the past few months, I have to say Nightwing 19 was like a huge breath of fresh air. It has Dick Grayson in a new city, with a new mission (and also ‘new’ costume?) and a chance to start over. One of the things that had me grinning through the entire issue was some of Grayson’s humorous one-liners, something that I think has been missing recently wherever the character shows up. Even the minor characters introduced kept me interested, especially the character of Lisa/Mali. However, her effectiveness as a ‘mimic’ seems a bit lost since we can’t actually hear her speak. But hopefully both she and Johnny Spade make appearances in the future.

Even if I didn’t like what Higgins was setting up with the storyline, Booth’s art would have sold the issue for me regardless. The cover and first four pages in themselves were spectacular, so credit to the entire art team for the eye candy they created. And the style went perfectly with the bar fight/helicopter scenes. While I’m pretty indifferent to the modifications made to the Nightwing uniform in the New52, I found Dalhouse’s coloring of it fantastic. And man, does Grayson’s hair look great throughout.

I was just a little disappointed that there wasn’t more to do with the Prankster in this issue, given he was on the ‘WTF’-side of the gatefold cover and mentioned throughout the issue. But that’s just a minor thing, really. It is the beginning of a whole new arc, after all. I think I might just be being a little picky.

Overall, Nightwing 19 is something I think Bat-fans have needed for a while, not to mention a really great jumping on point for the series.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.