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Nightwing #17 - The Long Week Review

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Nightwing survived the Joker's attack. What about everyone in Haly's Circus?

The Good

I've commented on the numerous Death of the Family tie-ins and how we were getting Joker overload. That isn't to say all the tie-ins were bad. We saw Nightwing attacked very close to home. Due to his nature, the big question will be how he'll handle what happened to the members of Haly's Circus.

Kyle Higgins delivers a great opening scene and Juan Jose Ryp captures the essence of what's going on. You can see the pain and turmoil Dick is going through, whether he's ready to admit it or not. It's important to have issues like this. We need to see the aftermath from a major event. Too often they're glossed over or happen in another title. Dick has always been a caring person and you have to believe that what he went through will have an affect on him.

We get a lot of nice cameos in this issue. Dick is well liked and it's great to see he does have a network of supporters. It's a testament to his character. When Batman suffers, there aren't too many that would even attempt to console him. That's what makes Dick different. Let's just hope the recent events don't turn Nightwing into a darker character.

Ryp's art captures the essence of what happened. We get to see Nightwing in a beaten and tattered costume, again, something that is rarely seen. Usually we'd see the hero immediately in a new suit in the next issue. His style brings a haunting look as Nightwing and Dick go from place to place assessing each situation.

The Bad

It was great to see how Dick reacted to everything and how the story played out. It's not really a spoiler since he's on the cover and solicit but having Damian as the 'voice of reason' was a little odd. I love that it touches back on their time together as Batman and Robin when Bruce was "dead" but Damian just didn't seem capable before. Guess the little kid is maturing.

I really dug Ryp's art, especially during the Nightwing attack scenes, but in the panel similar to the cover, Damian doesn't look right. He's supposed to be a ten (or eleven) year-old kid.

The Verdict

NIGHTWING continues to be one of my favorite DC titles. He's a great character and you can just tell that Kyle Higgins loves the character and understands him. Seeing the aftermath of the Death of the Family issues was great as this sort of thing is often overlooked after the major events. Dick Grayson is a caring and emotional character so this could have some deep impact on who he is and what he does next. Seeing cameos from those close to him was fitting and the conversation with Damian, while a little odd for him, was a great reminder that they went through a lot together after Batman: R.I.P. You can feel that some changes are coming up and we get an interesting tease at the end that guarantees you'll want to return for the next issue.

18 Comments
Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

I'm really excited that Nightwing is moving to Chicago! I feel like every superhero is based out of New York! We need love in the midwest too!

Posted by Mucklefluga

Is that X-O Manowar on the cover? ;D

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Red Hood and the Outlaws has a Death of the Family: Aftermath banner but this Nightwing issue doesn't?

Posted by darkwingdan

@Mucklefluga said:

Is that X-O Manowar on the cover? ;D

That was my exact thoughts!

Also, great review

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

The conversation with Damian made sense to me. They have a history, a bond, and Damian knows Dick just cause of their time as a duo. Even a kids his age can have wisdom of an adult, but adults just don't admit that or are obivious to it.

Posted by doordoor123

I have been feeling underwhelmed a little bit by this book and I'm not sure why. Hopefully Chicago gives this book a shot in the arm.

I also really didn't like this art at all. I almost couldn't read it because I didn't like the art so much. My eyes were burning -- as was my wallet for spending money on a book with art this terrible. BUT it is subjective.

Edited by BatWatch

I'm not with you on Damian's demeanor being out of character. He has been showing a lot of development in his own book, and Damian's always had a soft spot for Grayson. Also, he had a lot of time to compose his thoughts and figure out what Grayson needed to hear.

I thought this was a really great issue. I loved that Higgins told a story which really made you feel the effects of Death of the Family.

The BatWatch Review is up.

@darkwingdan said:

@Mucklefluga said:

Is that X-O Manowar on the cover? ;D

That was my exact thoughts!

Also, great review

Ho! It really does look like him. (grins)

Posted by longbowhunter

I thought this was a good epilogue to DOTF. Damian, Sonia Branch and the Dealer all harkened back to Dick's time as Batman. I felt we didn't get quite enough of those stories so to see that revisited here was nice. Also anytime Juan Jose Ryp is on art the product is the better for it.

Posted by noj

This was a good issue but I do feel Damian's characterization was just a little off. Not the way he cared for Dick and gave him a bit of a pep talk, that was totally in character. It was more the way he sounded.

On another note I REALLY hope someone reviews Red Hood and the Outlaws. Now that was a great issue and follow up to Death of the Family.

Posted by Jawshco

@G-man I also loved that tense little moment between Dick and Barbara where she questions him about his recent love interest. She's right that odd pairing really epitomizes who Dick is as a person. It's what makes him different than any other member of the BatFamily.

Posted by RoastedRay

I didn't enjoy this art all the faces just looked really off to me. But besides that great issue!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I may be really stupid but why did night wing attack those guys and what were they doing wrong?

Posted by Nightwing_Beyond

@AllStarSuperman: They worked for the Dealer if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Love Ryp art, can't get enough of his work on Clone, love the detailing. Hope DC puts Ryp on a book for a longer period of time.

Posted by soumya

I really like Higgin's work on Nightwing.As it seems he is now creating Nightwing's own rogues gallery by bringing up "the Dealer"..

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@Nightwing_Beyond: oh okay thanks, im gonna reread the issue to fully understand it.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Ryp is never one I'd think of a stepping in as a fill-in artist for this book. But hey, sure was pretty stunning work.

Posted by sheldipez

The art was pretty average for this one; Damian looks massive and barely recognisable in some panels