Writer: Kyle Higgins
Pencils: Brett Booth (Inker: Norm Rapmund, Colors: Andrew Dalhouse)
Right off the bat, I have to say, Nightwing has become such a fun book again. I’m so glad there’s no involvement in any sort of cross-over or a lingering darkness/depression from previous arcs. And you can really tell that there’s a huge love there between writer and artist.
Dick Grayson’s tenure in Chicago continues as this story picks up right after the helicopter scene in the last issue. I love the supporting cast of characters Higgins has created in both Grayson’s civilian and costumed life. The balance is wonderful too, between Grayson’s life, Nightwing’s activities and the little snippets of the villains we see. Nothing seems to be going on for too long or short of a time. And I’m even surprised to find myself wanting more of the moments of Tony Zucco, after his talk with the mayor about his family.
What can I say about Booth’s pencils that haven’t already been said? Clearly, he had us ladies in mind for this one (to which I give a hearty thank you!). But really, the layouts and compositions of some of the pages were absolutely breathtaking, made even more so by Dalhouse’s colors. My only complaint is that the woman from the apartment, Joey, just looked too much like Mari from #19. If that was purposeful, then hooray! If not, it kind of threw me for a loop, as before they said her name, I actually though it was Mari.
4.5 out of 5