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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Nightwing #23

August 16th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: Kyle Higgins

Pencils: Will Conrad

Published by: DC Comics

We pick up the story, it seems, a while after the last issue’s cliffhanger ending. The Prankster’s crew is wreaking havoc across Chicago as everyone waits for Mayor Cole to make his move. Nightwing, meanwhile, is just trying to save as many people as he can with as much sarcasm as possible.

It’s probably weird to say, but I’m really enjoying Higgins’ supporting characters like Joey and Michael. As fabulous and fantastic as Dick Grayson is, it’s nice to have something else to focus on throughout an arc, with little tidbits pointing in other directions from time to time. And I’m kind of excited that Sonia’s been brought back into the story, if only for a page.

As for the story itself, I’m fascinated with how the loose ends are starting to connect to each other, like with how Zucco potentially knows who the Prankster is. Those are fireworks waiting to happen, and I can’t wait to see them explode, with our beloved Nightwing right smack in the middle of it all. I just have a real hard time believing that Zucco has no idea who Nightwing is, unless he’s orphaned a lot of somewhat high-profile children in his past. Not that that has anything to do with Higgins’ writing, but just a casual observation from some of the story’s dialogue.

Conrad continues to shine, blending masterfully with Andrew Dalhouse’s colors. More than anything, I love his diversity in how he makes his characters. You will never mistake one of the characters for any other, and that gives it a bit of a sense of realism, in my view.

In case none of you have noticed, I love this book a heck of a lot. The creative teams are doing an amazing job to the point I almost don’t want this arc to end!

4 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.