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Nightwing #16 Review

After a fantastic Valentine’s issue, Tim Seeley is clearly setting up a relationship for Dick Grayson that’s going to be hard to resist. That relationship continues this week, but is it good?

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Nightwing #16 (DC Comics)

So what’s it about? The summary reads:

Hate is coming to Blüdhaven, and it will tear Nightwing’s world apart! Try and keep up as Dick Grayson spans the globe to piece together clues and uncover the mystery of who wants Nightwing dead!

Why does this book matter?

Seeley is writing a very strong Nightwing with captions that put you right inside his head. He’s also fleshing out his very recent relocation to Blüdhaven which adds a level of newness that’s refreshing.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

I think she means his penis.

There are a lot of elements in this issue–Robin looking for a fight, Nightwing’s developing relationship, a gang of horse masked jerks–that come together wonderfully by the end. The pacing and plotting is simply perfect and you won’t find a single page that’s boring or filler here. It all opens with Nightwing and his girlfriend Shawn kissing while suspended upside down. There’s a quip in there about blood flowing out of your brain, and then a promise that Shawn has something to tell him as he swings away. In two short pages you feel the romantic connection, the sexual tension, and the problems with dating a superhero. Next, we get a scene with Robin at the Titans tower and here Seeley uses a Twitter stand in (It’s called Chirper) to set up Robin’s ire with Nightwing. From there the issue wraps them into the plot well, adds lots of kicking and punching, and masterfully sets up a cliffhanger you did not see coming.

The dialogue and captions continue to be on point. I’m curious if Seeley reads all this stuff out loud as it sounds very legit and realistic. Even when Nightwing is punching and kicking some villains his voice is read loud and clear.

Artist Javier Fernandez is quite good at what he does and is a solid artist for a book like this. That’s because Nightwing is the type of hero who needs to feel like a spring coil filled with tension as he hops around. His acrobatics are on point here and you get the sense he’s ready to react quickly because of it. This issue has a darker tone which fits the setup of darker times in Blüdhaven. Expressions are very clean throughout which helps the dialogue feel that much more natural.

That’s pretty funny.

It can’t be perfect can it?

It’s hard to say–aside from nitpicking, it’s pretty damn close.

Is It Good?

Nightwing #16 is excellent issue and a great beginning to a new story arc. Tim Seeley is on fire with this series as it’s well paced, well written, and feels incredibly fresh. It even manages to make the hero fighting hero element interesting! Nightwing is the character drama you never knew you needed!


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