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Comic Review: Nightwing #27

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:27 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Will Conrad.

Cover by Will Conrad.

Written by Kyle Higgins

Art by Will Conrad and Cliff Richards

Colors by Pete Pantazis

Published by DC Comics






Nightwing #27 picks up right where the series’ last issue left off;  The Mad Hatter has successfully tracked down our hero as well as the mysterious Marionette, a woman with the ability to master new skills after seeing them done just once.  Early on we learn that Marionette, or Mali, as she refers to herself, was once the “Alice” of the Mad Hatter, and he desperately wants her back, going so far as to give her an addiction to a drug called Kanium that he supplies.

Scribe of Nightwing since the title was relaunched alongside the New 52, Kyle Higgins (Gates of Gotham, Batman Beyond 2.0) knows the character of Dick Grayson better than anyone since Chuck Dixon, who wrote seventy-seven issues during the first volume of Nightwing.  Higgins has a strong understanding for pacing, a skill he no doubt picked up from his film background.

I left Gotham for this?

I left Gotham for this?

Art is credited to the team of Will Conrad (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Birds of Prey) and Cliff Richards (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wonder Woman), which leads me to believe one of two things. They either each inked their own pages that they provided to the book, or they work so closely together that they prefer not to differentiate themselves as penciller and inker but as artists.  Not that it matters; the art is well done and suits the nature of the book.  I’m inclined to believe that Will Conrad did the art for the “Nightwing” pages and Cliff Richards provided the art for the “Dick Grayson pages.  The only thing that bothers me about the art is that towards the end it appears that Dick has chosen a shirt that is a bit too big for him.  Maybe that’s an artist issue, maybe that’s a Dick Grayson issue.  Who knows?

Coloring work was done by Pete Pantazis (Trinity,  Justice League of America).  Pantazis’ muted color palette does a fantastic job of adding depth and definition to Nightwing, without distracting the reader from the story at hand.

These are my angsty eyes.

These are my angsty eyes.

Higgins builds this issue on a solid foundation and keeps the ball rolling right to the last page.  While I love Nightwing (he’s been one of my favorite characters since before I actually read comics), there hasn’t been an ending to an issue I’ve appreciated or has gotten me as excited as this one has. Sadly, it has been confirmed that this arc will be Higgin’s last, ending at issue number twenty-nine.

Story: 8/10

Art: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

Nightwing #28 is scheduled for release by DC Comics on February 12th, 2014.

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