REVIEW: ‘Nightwing’, Issue #87

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Nightwing #87

Nightwing #87 brings our hero back to Bludhaven, just in time to dodge literal bullets. This issue is written by series regular Tom Taylor, and Bruno Redondo keeps innovating in art duties. Adriano Lucas brightens the issue with colors while Wes Abbott positions letters into the perfect position. DC Comics has quieted down at year’s end, as Nightwing returns home after ‘Fear State’ and gets back to business as normal. Namely, trying not to get killed.

A hit has been put out on Dick Grayson for daring to reach out and help the poor and afflicted of Bludhaven. Grayson gets the notice from Barbara Gordon, the wonderful Batgirl/Oracle, just as hitmen take the offensive. What follows is a near-continuous spread of sequence photography style illustrations paired with easy-to-follow lettering that is simply eye candy. Every seamless piece of art looks as if one page runs into the next; while the words are as quick to follow, one might think this issue came with a bouncing ball hopping over every word. 

This issue delivers a straight-up story of action where writing, art, and words are fluidic; Nightwing’s thoughts are perfect homages to who the character is. Considering the plot (assassination attempt), the feel is light. The style chosen by Redondo encapsulates the acrobatics of a hero whose mantra is one of constant motion, and every image of Nightwing is chosen at the right moment to highlight his ease of gymnastics. There are good touches of humor, action scenes move at a breakneck pace, and it’s great to see Batgirl is right beside Nightwing during this pursuit, as they seem like a couple (hopefully, they stay that way).

Taylor has delivered an excellent end-of-year tale that wouldn’t be hard for a new reader to pick up and comprehend what’s going on and what this title represents. Nightwing is clearly hammered out. We know in this one issue who he is, what he represents, and enough of the character’s life is on display to understand his existence. If I had to recommend an issue for a new fan to get into this book (besides the recent Leaping Into The Light trade), it would definitely be this one.

Nightwing #87 is a stunning work of art and lettering. When I think Redondo, Lucas, and Abbott couldn’t get any better or engineer a cleaner scene, they figure it out. This entire issue is a testament to professional art that not only offers simplicity in terms of following the narrative, but the architecture of Bludhaven is made the star of the show. It gives the impression of modernism, makes the city appear worthwhile, and showcases Nightwing’s superiority in maneuvering around her corners and scaffolding. Coloring remains vibrant even during the fade-outs. Lettering bubbles up and down to the harmonic rhythm set by the pencils. Astounding work. This is yet another notch on what is surely a fully marked belt for Redondo, Lucas, and Abbott. 

Nightwing #87 is an enjoyable ride back into Bludhaven after a rather tedious romp back in Gotham. This issue epitomizes what the new creative team is about: great art, humor, well-rounded characterizations, and solid storytelling.  I recommend Nightwing be put on your pull list. It’s simply put a fine example of how good a comic book can be.

Nightwing #87 is available now wherever comic books are sold.


Nightwing #87
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TL;DR

Nightwing #87 is an enjoyable ride back into Bludhaven after a rather tedious romp back in Gotham. This issue epitomizes what the new creative team is about: great art, humor, well-rounded characterizations, and solid storytelling.