Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Russell Dauterman
Colors by Pete Pantazis
Published by DC Comics
Nightwing begins winding down in the Windy City this month in Nightwing #29 from DC Comics. In this penultimate issue, Nightwing must track down Jen, a recently-orphaned girl, Jen, as Jen leaves to find her parents’ killer. Oh, and Jen knows Nightwing’s secret identity as Dick Grayson, and the man she’s after is Victor Zsasz, a serial killer who carves a tally mark somewhere on himself for every victim.
Written by Kyle Higgins (Gates of Gotham, Batman Beyond 2.0), it’s evident that the scribe of this series since the beginning of the New 52 put his heart and soul into his final issue. The entire issue is a kind of recollection over Higgins’ run, from his battle at Haly’s Circus and his heritage as a Talon, his fights with the Joker, to tracking down Tony Zucco in Chicago, the man who killed his own parents. Dick narrates this, and the story he tells is a reflection of himself, presumably Higgins’ own feelings on the book, and the feelings of the fans of Nightwing. It’s an emotional and nostalgic ride that really could not have been told any better.
Drawn by Russell Dauterman (Superbia), Dauterman’s flashback pages are true pieces of art. Able to take what was likely written as four or five panel pages and turn them into one seamless flow, Dauterman’s art is nothing short of stunning. A relative newcomer to comics (only 25 issues under his belt according to comicvine.com), the sky is the limit for Dauterman and I’m excited to see where his career takes him.
Adding his own flavor to Dauterman’s lines, Pete Pantazis’ (Trinity, Justice League of America) color work adds a nice layer to the story. The flashback sequences are told using one-color art. The red bursts through the page, leaving the rest a combination of heavily muted grays, blues, and greens.
Overall, this is Kyle Higgins’ best issue of his series. While it’s sad to see him leaving the title, let alone see the series end next month, Higgins’ is certainly leaving the book on a high note with a great story that will move fans of the series. I’ve been anticipating this issue for the past few months, knowing that the series was coming to an end at that this would be Higgins’ last issue, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint. Higgins would make Dick Grayson proud.
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