The GeeksverseNightwing #7

Nightwing #7
Published on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by

At least the Bat-corner of the New 52 works together.

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Penciled by: Eddy Barrows & Geraldo Borges
Inked by: Eber Ferreira & Paulo Siqueira
Colored by: Rod Reis
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by: Barrows & Reis
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

So far Nightwing has been middle of the road. It’s been decent. I’ve liked it. But nothing about the it has really stood out. The opening arc has been interesting, seeing some more development with Haly’s Circus. Which I think was needed. It’s always been this entity in the past, a setting but never given real definition.

Higgins has spent seven issues giving it a bit of a backstory, giving Dick Grayson’s past some much needed meat. It’s the last half of this issue that the past really comes into play and all that backstory starts making sense. All the build-up and all the clues led to here and make for a very interesting new take on the origin of Nightwing, as well as Batman. And Higgins does an excellent job tying the Court Of Owls into it all.

This is what books in a shared universe, especially a shared corner like the Bat-books, should be like. They should be seperate, stand on their own, but at the same time they should be interconnected. This issue ties Nightwing fully into the current storylines in Batman. But it’s not the standard “he was Robin so he’s connected”, no, this is something new and it helps make Dick Grayson his own man, not completely dependent on Batman.

Parts of the story weren’t as strong. Batman striking Dick comes out of nowhere and seems extremely out of character, it doesn’t even fit the tone of the story at that moment. It makes no sense. There is no reason, logical or illogical, for Batman to do that beyond creating a dramatic moment, which passes too quickly. Batman strikes him and Dick doesn’t care?

I hope the revelations in this issue get explored more. It’s an interesting look at what happens when fate intervenes. And it begs the question, was the death of Grayson’s parents actually a good thing for the world?

The art by Barrows and Borges is solid. There’s some interesting layouts, where Barrows really shines. Interesting perspectives and use of panels. The rest of the work is technically sound. It looks good, but nothing overly exciting.

Nightwing #7 receives
4 out of 5

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