Nightwing #78 Review

Nightwing #78 Preview Synopsis:  Nightwing is back—and his drive to keep Blüdhaven safe has never been stronger! But his adopted city has elected a new mayor with the last name Zucco. When Nightwing enlists Batgirl’s help in investigating the politician bearing the same name as the man who murdered his parents, she unearths details that will shock and fundamentally change the hero. The New York Times bestselling team of writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Injustice) and artist Bruno Redondo (Injustice, Suicide Squad) are about to take Nightwing to the next stage of his evolution as a hero!

written by TOM TAYLOR

art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO

variant cover by SKAN

ON SALE 3/16/21

$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

Finally! We’ve finally made it to something I’ve personally been waiting for forever it seems. A new voice, a new direction, and possibly a seat at the big table for Dick Grayson?? Is Nightwing the “A” list hero that new writer Tom Taylor claims he is or is he at least on the so-called path to greatness? Let’s head to Gotham, or Bludhaven, or wherever the heck Tom Taylor wants to lead us on this new adventure!

I’m not sure how many fans stuck with Nightwing through the whole ordeal that lasted the last several years, but count me as one who grinded through every one of those issues. Let’s be honest, the book needed a fresh start, a new creative team, whatever you’d like to call it.

DC hit a home run when they landed Tom Taylor as a writer, and the hype has been steadily building ever since. I haven’t read any advance reviews as I didn’t want to get caught up in the hype and be let down.

Well, the hype was deserved and justified! This is one heck of an issue. Our title and art on the title page say it all. Gotham and/or Bludhaven have never looked better. Dick, yes that’s his name, and Taylor does a fantastic job of making light of it, is one of my favorite heroes because he isn’t a jerk. He doesn’t have trust issues and is dark and brooding. He’s the best part of the Bat-Family in my opinion. Adriano Lucas’s coloring brings the pages to life! The colors or lack thereof in places add SO much to Bruno Redondo’s pencils. It’s hard to describe. It just needs to be seen. Plus when you throw in a puppy, who doesn’t love that, right??

Taylor checks all the boxes in a fine fashion in setting up his story in his debut issue. We’ve got some flashbacks, some set up for the story, some fighting, some family moments, and some moments that may have even made me a bit teary-eyed. And did I mention a puppy??

While Tom Taylor is a household name for sure, I think writing an in-continuity ongoing book may be the perfect spot for him. If they aren’t, DC should perhaps get him on an exclusive contract!! This book has everything that makes me love comics. Great art for sure, but also a great story. Great character moments. Things happen that make me care and want to make me read every Bat-book that coming out! And God knows there’s A LOT of them!!

Final Thoughts:

Believe the hype! It’s real, and it’s deserved. Drop what you’re doing and go to your LCS or online comic store and buy this book! Trust me, you’ll love it. It’s quite honestly the best single ongoing comic issue I’ve ever read.

10/10

If you’ve been really digging the recent NIGHTWING run, click HERE to snag related issues and trades. If you’d like to snag NIGHTWING #78, click HERE! Maybe you’re a huge Tom Taylor fan? If so, click HERE to see some of the other amazing things his written! And finally, if you’re looking for something else to read, check out my Amazon Online Comic Shop by clicking HERE. Thank you all for the read and continued support. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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