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Nightwing #50 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on October 03, 2018

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artists: Travis Moore, Chris Mooneyham, and Klaus Janson
Colourists: Tamra Bonvillain, Nick Filardi, and John Kalisz
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
 
Nightwing's heading in a new direction, one that looks interesting but is worrying me with potential boring story possibilities.
 
As everyone and their mother knows, Dick Grayson was shot in the head in Batman #55. As we see in the events of this issue, he's suffering from amnesia and has lost all of the memories and experiences that made him into the Dick Grayson that we all know and love. It's an interesting and fresh premise, I will admit. Obviously this is going to be temporary and whoever thinks it's permanent should perhaps do some rethinking. From where we are right now, with the involvement of Barbara Gordon and the rest of the Batfamily, it's clear where the story is going. Whether or not it's going to be interesting is a whole other story.
 
This issue is gorgeous. We get some brief interludes by Chris Mooneyham and Klaus Janson, which are nice enough to look at, but Travis Moore is the star of this issue. This guy appeared out of nowhere; he drew Batman #38 a while back and if he's as new to the industry as I think he is, then he's a rising star. His character work and details is just fantastic, and I love his layouts and character acting. The version of Dick Grayson we get in this issue probably would have looked and seemed a bit more obnoxious with a different artist, but Moore infuses a calm but hardened bad boy attitude into him which strangely suits the character quite well. His art, coupled with Tamra Bonvillain's colours, make for the most fresh Nightwing artist since Mikel Janin four years ago.
 
This issue was interesting, fresh, and won't matter in less than a year. I'm not sure about the long-term storytelling this issue will support, but I liked this issue enough and look forward to reading more. Pick it up for the art alone!
 

Our Score:

7/10

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