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Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

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After taking the dog home to his apartment, Dick is reunited with his old flame Barbara Gordon, who hands him a letter from the late Alfred Pennyworth.

I read this because I am somewhat committed to reading a few/a lot of the Eisner 2022 nominees, and this is one I hadn’t yet read. Who knew that the recently departed Alfred invested his salary and pretty well so he died a billionaire and gave it all to Dick. Nightwing has to get to the bottom of this Heartless character whilst also snooping on the new mayor Zucco, but the info he’s going to find is the last thing he’d expect. However, those willing to dedicate time to a long-form story will find these six issues make for an extremely compelling beginning to Dick’s journey to save Blüdhaven. I’m picky when it comes to political matters in comics, especially when they serve to remove the mystique and otherworldliness of comic book worlds and this includes “Earthbound” cities such as Gotham and Metropolis.I haven’t read Nightwing in years - apparently he recently suffered head trauma and thought he was someone else for a spell? His style focuses a lot on motion, and the different ways to display that in comics, and I feel like it’s a perfect pairing for the character of Nightwing. The book wastes no time showing us what makes Dick Grayson such a great hero, as it doesn’t open with him beating up a costumed villain Batman-style, or brooding in a dark alley, or saving the multiverse, but instead rescuing an abused puppy from a group of thugs in broad daylight. It’s all once again top notch work that is a must read for any fan of Nightwing, or like in my case, if you’re trying to get into the character. Nightwing looks great, the splash pages are outstanding, and I love how Dick’s movements as he soars through Bludhaven reflect his trapeze artist beginnings, so he moves like an acrobat.

He's tried to save Bludhaven before, but has only ever really scratched the surface - now, he's really trying to enact systemic change, in the best way he knows how; acrobatics and hitting people. The color palette isn't as subdued as Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run but Adriano Lucas understands that less is more in most cases.Some readers should be aware that Tom Taylor uses this arc to set up a variety of plot threads and themes that are mostly not paid off by the end. Also, if the cute dog that is eventually named Bitewing isn’t the first sign of that influence, then I don’t know what is.

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