Nightwing #54 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on December 05, 2018

Writers: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Garry Brown and Will Conrad
Colourist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: Andworld Design
This book is still impressing me. I truly never would have thought that a Nightwing book would be one of my favourites at DC. It's really shocking.
My major gripe with this is that it's very artistically inconsistent. We had Travis Moore and Patrick Zircher swapping art duties last issue, and now Garry Brown and Will Conrad trade off some pages. All of these artists have very unique styles and they unfortunately don't blend together very well. Their own segments are quite good, though. Brown's work is amazing here and Conrad does a serviceable job with his scenes. I just wish that this book was monthly, and that Travis Moore drew it. He's the best new artist DC has right now.
We learn a little more about these new vigilantes, and so far they seem really interesting. There's a brother and sister duo who are cops, and their dynamic was really fresh. They're both trying to do their father, a former cop, proud and they each have different thought processes about joining the new Nightwing. Lobdell and Nicieza also focus more on the Jonathan Crane side of things. This part of the story is the least compelling for me, mostly because I don't understand what's going on. He seems to have a particular motivation and even gassed some of his patients in the last issue, but his proclamation at the end of this issue seems to contradict everything he's doing and I just don't get it. I like the slow burn aspect of the story but a solid foundation goes a long way.
This book is still worth checking out. This, along with BATGIRL, are the surprise hits of the year when it comes to the Batman family of books. They're telling good stories and they're under the radar right now. Get on this while you can, this looks like it'll be a long ride.

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