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Nightwing #10 - The Tomorrow People Review

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Remember how Nightwing was sort of framed for murder? We're about to find out more. We also see a new villain as well as Dick Grayson's new plans for his life.

The Good

With the very first page talking about Gotham City's "historic district," you know we're going to be in a treat. As Kyle Higgins demonstrated in GATES OF GOTHAM, there's a lot to the city and the city's past that should not be ignored. The idea that Higgins could be touching on more of the history is fascinating. There's a lot that could be explored. There is the question of how much of "Old" Gotham still exists but that mainly relies on whether or not Cataclysm has occurred in the "New 52."

The second bit I loved here was Nightwing continuing his investigation into the murders that resulted from the victims being beaten by his escrima sticks. We've often wondered what happens with all the Bat-toys that get thrown about. How many Batarangs are out there? Do they each have some advanced tech in them that allows them to be tracked and retrieved later? Aside from possible fingerprints or DNA (which Bruce has made sure will not lead to anyone in the Bat-Family), it's a great minor detail that just gets overlooked. Why someone would be trying to frame Nightwing is the big and interesting question.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in this issue. There's also more on what's next for Dick Grayson in terms of his future. Before the "New 52," he had determined Gotham was his home. Then with this series, he inherited Haly's Circus. His next decision is a clever one. If all that wasn't enough, we also see the return of a character that played a role in Dick's life before the "New 52" as well. You gotta love it.

The Bad

I'm willing to have an opened mind but I'm a little unsure of this new foe for Nightwing. There could be a lot for Dick to deal with and that could be a good thing in giving him some well deserved foes of his own. Without knowing more, there's a feeling that what is going on might be too big for no one (i.e. Batman) to have known about. It's possible this Paragon just arrived in town but he's set himself up in a pretty big way. The way he describes himself in relation to the city also has me a little concerned. But this is the introduction so we'll see what happens next.

The Verdict

I've been enjoying this series since the relaunch but there was something here that really made it stand out. It could be the hints of a bigger past for Gotham City or some closure on recent events and what Dick wants to do with his future. We're also finally seeing more on the investigation into the murders by his escrima sticks. It felt like that had to be put on hold because of Saiko's vendetta and the Night of the Owls crossover. Some of the decisions made here made me happy and seeing a character from before the "New 52" was great. It reassures us that we still have some of the stories that happened before in continuity. Nightwing gets a new villain here but we don't get the background on the character so it's hard to make a judgement on him. There's a lot going on and it's great to see Nightwing in the capable hands of Kyle Higgins. I feel like we're about to enter a new era for Nightwing.

14 Comments
Posted by zachkastner

Nightwing's loft, which I want to call The Nest, is awesome. Having multiple stylistic versions of his own suit is very cool, and makes me think somewhere in there is the ol' black and blue.

That makes continuing the transition from old DCU to New 52 even smoother in this neck of the Bat-verse.

Posted by primepower53

Considering picking this up...

Posted by cc1738

This series is epic! Nightwing is my favorite DC character, so I glad this good. I wish they would keep one artist on the series though. I hate when they change artists in the same issue.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I've been loving the series it's great! :D

Posted by Cap10nate

This is a great book. It is one of my favorite DC books right now with Batman and Swamp Thing.

There sure are a bunch of secret societies that no one knew about popping up in Gotham with the Court and now this group.

Posted by KnightRise

@zachkastner said:

Nightwing's loft, which I want to call The Nest, is awesome. Having multiple stylistic versions of his own suit is very cool, and makes me think somewhere in there is the ol' black and blue.

That makes continuing the transition from old DCU to New 52 even smoother in this neck of the Bat-verse.

Ha i was literally about to post the exact same things! I remember his loft from the animated series was sometimes called "The Nest".

I got excited by the cotume with the extended red pattern, I'd be satisfied with the change to red if he would get the finger stripes back. The idea of Nightwing having his own base of operations really helps him stand out as an A-class hero. Great issue, hats off to Kyle Higgins.

Posted by Cavemold

Great issue paragon looks pretty cool !

Posted by Suprman

Kyle Higgins has been hitting home runs practically every month with Nightwing. He understands the character so WELL and every story has everything I want and more from a Nightwing book. I love Nightwing and I hope Higgins or Barrows doesn't leave the series anytime soon.

Posted by longbowhunter

I was totally ready to call it quits with Nightwing after the "Court" stuff. For some reason I decided to pick this up anyway. Over all a good issue. I hated a lot of the on the road with the circus stuff. Seemed like pointless filler. Glad to see Dick settle back in Gotham. I like where he's taking Haly's and buying the amusement park. Also liked seeing Sonia Zucco again. After her appearance in "Black Mirror" I've thought she could be the perfect Nightwing villain. Or perhaps an ally?

Posted by Aranduriel

I'm also uncertain about this new villain but we'll see. Hopefully this won't be the start of a boring arc.

Edited by SmoothJammin

Fan service issue longtime in coming. I can't help but feel like Kyle was frequenting the Dick Grayson forums for inspiration as I read this.. You're the f___ing best. Every major concern I had was shot down :)))

DL'ed my issue on comixology

Posted by circusrock

I'm happy to be a wingnut again, time to tell outstanding nightwing stories(not Batman tie-ins)... looking forward to this upcoming arc.

Posted by SmoothJammin

@circusrock said:

I'm happy to be a wingnut again, time to tell outstanding nightwing stories(not Batman tie-ins)... looking forward to this upcoming arc.

I've often felt like the incessant tie-ins and bat crossovers in pre-Flashpoint history were harmful to his character and severely devalued him. Nightwing's star power in the industry is such that he can produce epic tales without the crutch of Batman to lean on. There were instances in the old Nightwing comics where he felt more like a supporting cast member than the leading man!(Devin Grayson run ring a bell?) Dick's a huge draw all on his own as NIGHTWING. If he were still Robin the Boy Wonder than it would be a different case. Young Justice Invasion is a good example of this. There is finally hope for Gotham now that the Aerial Avenger has returned home.

Posted by IronAngelX