Friday, 2 August 2013

Nightwing #16 Review

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Eddy Barrows

This has overall been a very good series, and one of my favourite out of the Bat titles. Kyle Higgins has really done a terrific job, and although the series hasn't always been brilliant, it has been fun.


This issue sees Nightwing rush to Haly's Circus where he finds Joker, and dug up former members of Haly's Circus.


This was a very good issue, and Higgins did a great job. Although this issue was very fast paced, it was still very good, and written brilliantly. For a two part story, Higgins has really done a fabulous job of utilizing the most he can get out of it, and has kept the tone of the series the same,whilst adding the psychotic element that comes with Joker. What I've liked most about this story is that it's centered around Haly's Circus, which has been a big feature in this series. It makes he story twice as personal for Nightwing, as Joker isn't only attacking the Bat-Family, but also Haly's Circus, that Dick has started to see as a second family.

The art in this issue is fantastic, and Eddy Barrows continues to produce some fabulous work. He's done a brilliant job throughout this series, and I will be sad to see him leave, but I do look forward to seeing him work on Teen Titans, and also look forward to seeing Teen Titan artist Brett Booth join this series. Barrows art in this issue is just as phenomenal as any of his other artwork, and it really makes the issue look fabulous. There are ton's of detail in his artwork, and it's hard to fault any of it. The way Barrows draws Joker is also fantastic, as he really makes him look gruesome, whilst still looking realistic.

I really enjoyed the suspense in this issue, and how Nightwing was confused at certain points. Higgins did a really good job of this, as it felt like something Joker would do, and although it wasn't as surprising as some of his other antics, it was handled brilliantly, which made the sequence better than most of Joker's other plans. The shock on Nightwing's face at certain points also added brilliantly to the atmosphere of the issue, and showed just how impaired he was.

I don't really want to talk much about the rest of the comic, as to avoid spoilers, but it was very dramatic, and had some amazing action sequences, which Barrows made amazing. Rod Reis also did a fabulous job with the colours in this issue, and really made some of the action sequences look even more amazing than they already were.

It was also nice to see Sonia Zucco make an appearance in this issue, as it showed that Dick, and her story is far from over.

Like Batgirl #16, and Batman and Robin #16 the ending was both good and bad. I won't spoil the ending, but will explain why I think it was both good and bad. The ending itself sets up Batman #17, which is the finale of the Death of the Family crossover. This was nice as the ending of Batman #16 was brilliant, and looked like it would involve the rest of the Bat-Family in the finale, but at the same time it leaves this part of the crossover ending unfinished, which may not suit the few people who have been reading Nightwing, but not Batman.

Final Verdict

This was an amazing issue, and one of the best final issues of Death of the Family so far. I would highly recommend this issue, as well as most of this series, and especially the Death of the Family tie-ins (this issue, and the last).

Rating: 4.5/5