Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Published by DC Comics
This is one of those issues where it’s much more focused on the introspective monologue than the story, and that’s perfectly a-okay.
I’ve said from day one that writers who have a fantastic grip on the characters they write are my favorite. That’s probably why I enjoy reading Kyle Higgins’ stuff so much. Better than the action, or even the quips, I like how awesome of a grasp Higgins has on Grayson’s mindset. This is one of those retrospective issues – and with Bat-characters, those ones can be very repetitive and morbid – that I felt myself really resonating with the main character, and I love stories like that. And even though this was a very internal story, the side story of the little girl going after Zsasz was perfectly mixed with the monologue, though may have been a little cut-and-dry.
Russell Dauterman was on duty again in this one and he does a pretty spectacular job. My favorite parts of his work have to be his full-page layouts. I love how he melded all of the characters and situations into one big picture, with details of the surrounding images. Though, that first spread of Nightwing doing a fancy flip was very simple, but equally beautiful.
This was Higgins’s last issue on the title, and he went out with a bang. It was a quiet, uplifting bang, but a bang nonetheless. With some turmoil and shady stuff coming up for Dick Grayson we can only hope that the next writer can meet the pretty high standards that Higgins set.
4.5 out of 5 nerds