Nightwing #51 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on October 17, 2018

Writer: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Travis Moore and Garry Brown
Colourists: Hi-Fi and Nick Filardi
Letterer: Deron Bennett
The ballad of the new Dick Grayson continues, or should I call him Ric Grayson?
No, I'm not joking. Yes, this story is inherently goofy. But I'm enjoying it, and that's all that matters at the end of the day. We know why these stories happen; they don't happen because some shadowy figure has it out for fans of a certain character. These stories happen because comics are cyclical and need to tell fresh stories in order to stay relevant. Taking away Dick Grayson's memories and turning him into an effectively different person is an interesting move to get readers to care more about Dick himself. It's tragic in a way.
I do think there's a bit of a discrepancy between this issue and the previous issue. Clearly there's a new writer on board, two in fact: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza. As far as I know Nicieza is assisting Lobdell with dialogue. I don't think the character progression between #50 and #51 is as smooth as DC wanted it to be. I got the impression that Dick was done with the crimefighting life and didn't want anything to do with it at all. Yet here the writers are shuffling him back into that lifestyle, whether the character wants to or not. I won't deny that DC was eventually going to move the character back into the slot of a reluctant crimefighter; I just thought there'd be more of a progression instead of it happening all too quickly. Clearly the writer change messed things up, and I would have loved to be a fly on the wall of the meeting that decided the fate of this book. The inclusion of Garry Brown screams last-minute story changes to me. I don't see any other reason to get a second artist since this is all one story. Benjamin Percy's story must not have been a hit at the DC offices.
By far my favourite element of this story is Travis Moore. He's a relative unknown as far as I know, but this guy's going to be a massive star. I know it. His style is so fresh and clean and is perfect for this book.
I do think this is an enjoyable story. People are flipping out about this very unnecessarily in my mind. Just wait and see how the story is going to play out; in the meantime, enjoy the stunning Moore/Brown artwork.

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