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Nightwing #28 - Butterfly Effects Review

5

Nightwing battles an old foe and finds that another one is in his city.

The Good

First and foremost, I hadn't heard of artist Russell Dauterman, who worked on BOOM!'s SUPERBIA prior to this, but this guy is fantastic. This guy had me mezmorized from page one, which is a beautiful splash page of "Batgirl" and Nightwing falling towards the pavement, from high above. His second page, and quite a few other pages within the issue, are laid out in the most peculiar manner, and it works oh so well. The panels are a bit skewed, and he leaves a nice chuck of empty space between panels, which we don't see too much anymore. Dauterman is a very contemporary artist that pays homage to classic comic book style in a way others aren't. On top of everything else, his close ups are downright brilliant. I haven't been floored with how an artist weaves a writer's story in... well ever. Also, the colors of Pete Pantazis add a ton of depth to Dauterman's work. His shading work is seemless, and this creative team is fantastic.

As far as the story goes, we're slowly coming to a close where Nightwing has been taken by the Crime Syndicate, but before we get to that, writer Kyle Higgins has some fun along the way. The book opens up with a fantastic fight scene between Nightwing and Spinebender. From there, Higgins slowly starts to tie up some loose ends in a very natural way. Sadly, this book is on borrowed time, but Higgins does a fine job at making this book feel like the clock isn't ticking away. It's a very smooth read. Higgins is making the best out of a rough situation as Nightwing is busy being DC's whipping post in FOREVER EVIL. There's a lot of Dick dealing with his relationships and building friendships, while off in Chicago, something I would have loved to see continue into the future.

The final page of this book not only looks fantastic, but it will get the reader super-pumped for the next issue. Obviously, since we know about where Dick was before he got captured in FOREVER EVIL, it deals with Mr Zsasz. Why Nightwing is hunting him is what really makes this final scene fantastic, which we will not spoil here.

The Bad

No real complaints about the issue other than it's coming to an end soon and it was never really given much of a chance to grow, but when it found its own voice, it was cancelled. The Nightwing fanboy in me is screaming at the top of my lungs.

The Verdict

While it's a huge bummer that this book is coming to a close very soon, Kyle Higgins is taking it out in style. We have a very solid issue here that is a ton of fun to read, which starts to wrap up all the loose ends. It's a very satisfying read. Dauterman's work is someone of the best we've seen in this series, which is saying a lot since this book has, for the most part, had top notch artists involved. While it sucks to see NIGHTWING go, I can't wait to see how Higgins and Dauterman close this one out. I highly recommend this issue.

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Edited by AllStarSuperman

I cant wait to read. I hope we see or hear of Saiko again.

Posted by Al_capOWN

I cant wait to read. I hope we see or hear of Saiko again.

;)

Edited by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman said:

I cant wait to read. I hope we see or hear of Saiko again.

;)

We see Saiko dont we?!!!? Now i am pumped!

Edited by Alak

Did anyone else get chills when Joey said, "Th-they said he cut himself. A notch for every person he's killed."? I'm really excited for the next issue!

Posted by consafo80

This is a book I always meant to start getting as the few I've read. Court of Owls tie-ins, Zero Year etc. I've enjoyed. Was gonna start after my pull list cleared up post Forever Evil but alas it wasn't meant to be. Still I may pick up these final issues if they lead into Forever Evil.

Posted by inferiorego

@alak said:

Did anyone else get chills when Joey said, "Th-they said he cut himself. A notch for every person he's killed."? I'm really excited for the next issue!

I almost started giggling like a fanboy

Posted by MisdirectedFantomex

I just got into comics a few months ago and this title really clicked with me and now that it's ending I don't really know how to feel, like I'm losing a part of me haha, still glad I gave it a shot.

Edited by Krypton-115

I'm gonna be so pissed if Dick gets killed off.

Posted by detective38

Cancelled!? why cant this series just follow dick post FE? Those ads for the "final fate of nightwing" remind me of the "final fate of the flash" from COIE so that doesn't bode well

Posted by Bezza

What?? No more nightwing??!

Posted by Jicanwin

Hopefully they dont kill off the character but he takes on a new identity as a talon and his story continues, it would be very sad to have to go with a nightwing series. Additionally a new teen titans serious wiith the newly introduced wally west, nightwing, blue beetle and other recently used mishandled characters.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@al_capown said:

@allstarsuperman said:

I cant wait to read. I hope we see or hear of Saiko again.

;)

We see Saiko dont we?!!!? Now i am pumped!

wtf man? i didnt see Saiko? am i missing something or you just fooling with me, lol

Posted by mak13131313

@alak said:

Did anyone else get chills when Joey said, "Th-they said he cut himself. A notch for every person he's killed."? I'm really excited for the next issue!

Yes! I can't wait till the next issue!