Sunday, January 19, 2014

Nightwing #27 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Will Conrad and Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 15, 2014

Identity Revealed part one

Nightwing tries to help the psychotic Marionette battle the Mad Hatter, but who really needs helping? Dick may need to go house hunting soon, but a roommate with OCD is the least of his problems and the people of Chicago find out the ills of cell phones first hand.

Nightwing #27 continues the Mimic/Marionette story and it's a pretty good one.  Kyle Higgins writes Nightwing so well and it's issues like these that I enjoy the most.  It's not the action, art or even the story that impresses me most here.  It's the way Higgins makes me care for Dick.  He is such a good guy that you can't help but like him.  Unfortunately, good people like Dick Grayson often get taken advantage of and this issue is no exception.

I was wary of the Mad Hatter being introduced last issue and though I didn't like him in Nightwing's world, he wasn't as annoying as I feared.  The real villain was Mimic/Marionette.  With her, Higgins gives us a sympathetic villain that toes that grey area between good and bad that comic villains often don't.  I like her and hope to see her more in the future.

That leads me to my first problem with the book...the future.  Forever Evil is not being too kind to Dick Grayson.  Kyle Higgins announced he has been dropped from Nightwing after issue #29.  What is the future for Nightwing?  I know that shouldn't change my view of an individual issue, but I can't help it.  Everything that happens to Dick seems anticlimactic.  The end reveal would have been pretty big if not for knowledge of what's going to happen in the near future.

The art duties are split between Will Conrad and Ciff Richards.  The transition is pretty jarring and I'm not a fan of Richards' Dick Grayson.  Conrad's pages are real good with the great action scenes being the selling point as usual.

Bits and Pieces:

Kyle Higgins and Dick Grayson can't catch a break.  Higgins' Nightwing has been a highlight of the New 52, but due to events of Forever Evil, the book seems like an afterthought.  Nightwing himself is heading towards a Forever Evil disaster that will change (or kill?) his world forever.  What the reader is left with are a couple issues before everything collides.  Is Nightwing #27 worth reading?  For Nightwing fans, the answer is yes.


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