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Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

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Considering the darkness that we usually expect in Batman comics, but once you step outside of that world and show someone else from the Bat-Family living his/her life, you get a different perspective and the first volume of Taylor and Redondo’s Nightwing delivers one that is hopeful and optimistic. When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn t send herself, they realise Oracle s system has been hacked! And the overall storyline introduced here is interesting as well and ties into Nightwing’s arch-enemy Blockbuster and Dick’s tragic past. It also has hilarious details like that Dick hangs around his apartment in a Black Canary concert t-shirt. He is perhaps best known for the best-selling DC Comics series Injustice: Gods Among us, Earth 2, Batman/Superman, and his many Star Wars series.

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. You’re given an answer to that dilemma by the end, but the surplus of villains within these pages mostly linger on the fringes of the narrative. He’s a young man, perpetually stuck in that nebulous transition into adulthood where living on your own and forging your own path is only the start to becoming who you are meant to be. 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.Melinda Zucco seems more promising although that storyline ends up playing out in a soap opera-y way. But protecting Blüdhaven is no small task, especially now that it's being menaced by Nightwing's most terrifying foe yet—a mysterious and murderous villain with a penchant for stealing his victim's hearts, known only as Heartless.

The color palette isn't as subdued as Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run but Adriano Lucas understands that less is more in most cases. This arc is about a man given an opportunity to fix a problem in a way he hasn’t tried before and figuring out how best to do it. Plus without spoiling them, those few moments where Batman actually shows up are terrific and speak to the strain on the love between them.

In general I don’t read current DC comics, but Taylor does a wonderful job of not making you feel like you’re missing out on anything. I need to read more comics), there’s someone going around the city stealing peoples hearts and a new mayor has been appointed that Nightwing believes works for Maroni.

The strongest part of this series is by far Tom Taylor's writing, as he nails the character of Dick so well, and also does a good job of writing the bat family. 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.

Along with Adriano Lucas’s vibrant colouring, Redondo brings a fluidity to his action with his panel layouts, as well as the double page spreads that uses intricately detailed collage work that show off Nightwing’s acrobatics. Gone are the days of beating up pickpockets; now we’re asking why this rich city has so many people starving for cash.

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