Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nightwing #28 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Russell Dauterman
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 12, 2014

The End is Near

I'm assuming that most readers are at least a little familiar with what's going on in Forever Evil.  If not, let me just say that things aren't going great for Nightwing.  Moreover, Kyle Higgins recently announced that he was leaving Nightwing after issue #29 and the book is canceled after issue #30.  So, Higgins has been saddled with the job of finishing his book, but ending it so it leads cleanly into Forever Evil.  I have always had complete faith in Higgins when it comes to Nightwing and this issue proves that my faith is well founded.

Poor Nightwing.  Out of all the Bat Family he is the most caring and unselfish.  Yet, he keeps running into trouble.  Nightwing #28 begins with him fighting an old enemy back for revenge.  It's a good scene that cleverly pits Dick against various DC characters, while poking fun at his near future fate.

Nightwing in Chicago has been so good mainly because Kyle Higgins has used it to show Dick struggling with real life.  Being a superhero is hard enough, but mix that in with worrying about the rent and you really have problems.  This issue has real life problems in spades.  Job, rent, old kind-of-girlfriend whose father killed your parents...Problems.

Then if that wasn't enough, a disaster happens that turns Dick's world upside down.  I didn't see it coming and while I was shocked it makes perfect sense and really sets the book up for next months ending.

I have always liked the art in Nightwing, but Russell Dauterman's art in this issue is some of the best the book has had.  Everything looks great, even Dick himself, something I couldn't always say.

Bits and Pieces:

Nightwing #28 is the beginning of the end of Nightwing.  Kyle Higgins not only sets up the end, but gives us one of the best issues in a long time.  I'm sad the book is ending, but Higgins is giving readers an end that is worthy of the great character he loves as much as us.


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