Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Will Conrad
Published by DC Comics
This issue ends the Prankster arc, but does it call for the end of Dick Grayson in Chicago too?
I know I’ve said his use of humor and sarcasm is one of my favorite things about Higgins’ characterization of Nightwing, but I also really enjoy his inner monologue. Watching him change opinions on what he really wanted out of being in Chicago was engaging and fun, another reminder of why I love this character so much. I think my favorite page has to be when the police are taking Tony into custody, with Nightwing narrating. His thoughts, mixed with that last ‘silent’ panel, really did wonders.
Will Conrad knocks it out of the park once again. I love how differently he draws faces, how fluid his body motion and language is, and those landscapes! The subtle angry violence in Nightwing’s attacks was awesome, and I found myself starring at that flashback page much longer than I probably should have. That building in the first panel was downright gorgeous, and nothing quite beats the creepy factor of a child’s masked Halloween costume.
It was a solid wrap-up of this arc, though a few things seemed kind of rushed. A lot of untied up ends, but that makes sense for future arcs. I want to know so much more about the Prankster, and I hope this isn’t the last we see of him. And why do I get the feeling Tony’s family didn’t actually run out on him?
This creative team continues to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
4.5 out of 5 nerds