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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Nightwing #29

March 17th, 2014 by Sarah Barclay Comments

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

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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.