Review: Nightwing #1

NTW_Cv1_dsBatman taught Nightwing everything he knows—but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez.

Nightwing is another title that’s looking like its goal is to understand its roots, but at the same time setting it off on a path to make it stand out from the other comics in its family of comics.

This first issue in many ways feels like Dick Grayson’s previous series Grayson, though instead of Spyral and spying, the comic has Nightwing within the Parliament of Owls to take it down from the inside. The concepts are very similar, but writer Time Seeley replaces the settings and characters Nightwing will be interacting with. That’s not a bad thing at all as the previous series was a hell of a lot of fun.

The comic does a really good job in its transition. It has Dick revisiting friends and in some ways reflecting on his past. It also moves him forward setting the stage for a character to come out from under the shadow of his mentor Batman.

Artist Javier Fernandez’s art is solid. The look of the characters is cool and the comic flows nicely. What I’d like to see more of is Fernandez breaking panels and really showing off Grayson’s acrobatics on the page. As is, much of the comic is laid out in a blocky way and the panels aren’t broken enough. It’s conservative in its layout.

This first issue is a good one in it builds off what’s come before and sets us upon a new adventure. It’s a good start, though maybe not great. Still, it has me wanting to come back to check out the next issue and see where it goes.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Javier Fernandez
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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