Nightwing #8

#1 Posted by inferiorego (21228 posts) - - Show Bio

Note: Read Batman before this issue! Yes, this may be the prelude, but chronologically, this issue takes place AFTER the events of Batman #8. Trust me.

Also, there's going to be some black bars here. We don't want to spoil anything for you, unless you really want to know.

The Good

Where to start? This is a brilliant issue. The issue is split between Nightwing trying to save the Mayor from the Talons and the life of William Cobb, Dick's grandfather. The flow of this book is great, and I loved the back and forth between Dick and William. As with Batman 8, we start to understand what the Court of Owls is planning on doing, but not so much what they plan on doing afterwords.

The Talons are incredibly awesome. We've seen them before, but this issue, along with Batman, we start to understand how horrific these men can be. We have some decapitations and an epic sword battle between Dick and the Talon.

These guys not only have the numbers, but they are incredibly hard to kill since they also have regeneration powers on top of being highly trained. It's over-whelming for Dick, and I have a feeling the Bat Family is going to come out of this very different and maybe even with some losses.

The art team of Eddy Barrows (Pencils), Ruy Jose & Eber Ferreira (inks), and Roo Reis (colors) did a beautiful job on this issue. It's incredibly solid work, and there's a few pages that stand out. Two pages, towards the end, feature Dick and the Talon going at it, and they are set up wonderfully. One of them pages features Dick kicking the Talon in the face, and there are three panels on the top and four on the bottom of the page featuring some close-up action. The next page contains distorted panels as the fight concludes and the composition adds to the chaos on the page. Amazing work.

I loved how this tied into Batman 8. Just like with Batman 7 and Nightwing 7, we get some cross-over dialogue, but then the book goes off on its own. These books truly define what a tie in is and should be.

The Bad

Nothing here. I loved this issue.

The Verdict

Court of the Owls is starting off with a bang and is a story that every comic book fan should read. It redefines Nightwing as a character and what makes him the man he is today. This is a fantastic issue. I loved how this issue ties into the Batman issue and the story is so cool.

The Talons are a wonderful villain and this issue has some great fight scenes as well as some insight into the history of one particular Talon.

I loved the art in this issue, especially how the pages were laid out towards the end of the issue.

Overall, go out and buy this book. It's amazing, and it will make you into a Nightwing fan, no matter who you are.

#2 Posted by longbowhunter (6764 posts) - - Show Bio

I really loved the Old Gotham flashback sequences. It was Higgins involvement with the "Gates Of Gotham" miniseries that led me to picking up Nightwing in the first place. I screwed up and read this before Batman too.

#3 Posted by Cavemold (1676 posts) - - Show Bio

Agreed with everything you said. The chopping off the was awesome as well

#4 Posted by Dernman (14731 posts) - - Show Bio

hmm if Dicks grandfather was a Talon and Nightwing was meant to be. What about his father and if he shared the Court's views would Dicks father consider him a traitor also?

#5 Posted by Trodorne (2572 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone else notice the Great Grandmother was a red head? i mean im not the only one who notices this right?

#6 Posted by Mattlutn (4 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dernman said:

hmm if Dicks grandfather was a Talon and Nightwing was meant to be. What about his father and if he shared the Court's views would Dicks father consider him a traitor also?

i've thought about that too. i think the court just observed haly's circus and when the time came to farm another talon recruit they did it away from the rest of the circus folk so as not to arouse suspicion. the court is still thought of as a myth after all. the owner might have been in on it but i think the graysons were oblivious.

#7 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

I hate myself for dropping this book, I picked up this issue, read it, then punched myself in the face for my earlier lack of faith

#8 Edited by djotaku (441 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor: don't hate yourself too much. The last arc while overall good, had a lot of lackluster issues.

#9 Posted by IAMGROOT (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor: Lack of faith in Mr. Grayson!?!?!

To paraphrase Dr. Zaius, "ComicBook Heresy!" jk but no it hasnt been bad, but nothing outstanding, like Scotts Batman.

Really great issue though!

#10 Posted by Mucklefluga (2513 posts) - - Show Bio

Luuurrrvvveeddd this issue!!

#11 Posted by htb106 (1641 posts) - - Show Bio

regenaration powers hmmm....

maybe they're all time lords

#12 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

VERY nice issue. Back on my pull

#13 Posted by sinestro_GL (3050 posts) - - Show Bio

The only bad thing about this issue is: I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER FREAKIN' MONTH TO READ ISSUE #9

#14 Edited by Queso6p4 (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mat: I agree with everything you said. I especially loved the opening scenes with Nightwing's investigation, his eyes just stood out so much to me. It was also good seeing him take care of business in the way only he can.

@BlackArmor: I'm sure we've all done that so no worries.

#15 Posted by MorlockMartyr (66 posts) - - Show Bio

No disrespect to Dick Grayson, but Tim Drake and Jason Todd have a real touching, character developing moment in RHATO...

#16 Posted by yo_yo_fun (641 posts) - - Show Bio

@Trodorne said:

Does anyone else notice the Great Grandmother was a red head? i mean im not the only one who notices this right?

Nope you're not the only one, I noticed that too!;)

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