Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nightwing #24 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Will Conrad
Cover price: $2.99
Release Date: October 9, 2013

Easy like a Sunday Morning

The best thing that has happened to the New 52 Nightwing was his move to Chicago.  Dick Grayson left the familiar confines of Gotham to confront his Parent's killer, Tony Zucco.  After arriving in the Windy city, he became embroiled in a cat and mouse game with tech-villain, The Prankster.  Nightwing #24 is the finale of the first Chicago story arc and unfortunately it's not as satisfying as I'd hoped it would be.

I don't have any problem with the action.  This book is wall-to-wall action scenes.  We get fights, chases, explosions and more fights.  Will Conrad does a great job keeping up with the breakneck speed.  His art fits the pace perfectly.

It hurts me to say that the worst part of the issue is Kyle Higgins story.  I've loved Nightwing since issue #1 and consider Higgins one of the stars of the New 52.  Moving Nightwing to Chicago was genius and the issues since have been great.  The problem here is that all the buildup and tension is thrown out the window.  The Prankster has been a mysterious villain that is one part tech wizard and other part urban evangelist.  He has gathered an army of rebels that desperately want to be him.  He has gadgets galore that have kept Nightwing on the losing end of the fight.  In this issue we get one lousy gadget and a few measly followers.  Nightwing gets some help saving the day, but it all wraps up too quick and easy.  It could have been so much more.

We also get The Prankster's origin story and again, it's disappointing.  There is no air of mystery or intrigue.  We get a kid looking for revenge.  Yes, it mirrors the Zucco-Nightwing story, but that makes it even more cliche. 
Bits and Pieces: 

I know it seems as if I hated this issue, but I didn't.  I was just disappointed.  I love Nightwing, especially this Chicago arc.  This issue just ended too quick and easy.  Great looking and action filled, but still too quick and easy.


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