Review: Nightwing #79
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Wes Abbott
Reviewer: Tony Farina
Dick Grayson has inherited Alfred’s fortune, a puppy, and a whole lot of questions. Who is Mayor Zucco, and what is her relation to the man who murdered Dick’s parents? What sinister plans does Blockbuster have for Blüdhaven? What kind of dog food is best for a three-legged puppy? To answer these questions, Dick’s going to need a little help from his friends—past and present.
Nightwing #79 is so full of adjectives that it almost seems silly to use them all here. No book can be amazing, spectacular, heartbreaking and hysterical can it? Well, case in point, is this month’s installment of the man who would be the Bat. Richard, please don’t call me Ric, Grayson is back and better than ever. I want to spoil this, because I want to talk about it, but I don’t because I really, really want you all to go read it.
This comic captures the heart and soul everything I love about the character. Of course, Taylor knows to whom he should pay his respects and so we are treated with a lovely little Easter egg when he and Babs go get Pizza.
How great is that. Check out the guy serving the pizza too.
In addition to the brilliant storytelling, this book is gorgeously drawn. I love a good sequence where we see where Dick has been as he goes across the page and Redondo gives me just what I want. He gives Dick all the action he craves and shows us all the emotions that he wears right on his skin tight sleeve on his face. While he can keep his emotions in check when in the suit, he sure shows us what he is thinking when he is not in it. Just beautiful.
There’s nothing wrong with this issue, except that it is over too quickly. I know, I know, comics are not long, but if there was ever a team capable of pulling off two 64-pagers a month, it is this team.
Nightwing #79 is almost exactly what I hoped for with this new run on Nightwing. Honestly, I wanted Dick and Babs to do a hard traveling heroes kind of thing, but this is a pretty close second. Dick is the only person, real or fictional, with whom I would trust billions of dollars (real or fictional) and this book shows exactly why. The jokes are excellent. The action is breathtaking. This book is just perfect.