Nightwing #72 isn’t the guide to learn if you happen to’re in search of a terrific Dick Grayson story. There’s a brand new establishment occurring right here, not only for Dick himself, however for the collection’ personal identification. The “Joker Warfare” has absolutely taken over Dan Jurgens and Ronan Cliquet’s Nightwing. With the Joker’s look absolutely upgraded from cameo to predominant villain and Punchline herself figuring into the plot, Nightwing is now a derivative guide that’s on the mercy of DC’s giant scale imaginative and prescient. Surprisingly sufficient, Nightwing #72 is a stronger subject than final month’s chapter, even with Dick himself as soon as once more thoughts managed.
Anybody who has caught round with this collection up till now is aware of the drill. Dick hasn’t been himself ever since being shot within the head nearly two years in the past and neither has his personal collection. We’ve seen him reject being Nightwing, turn out to be a vigilante on his personal, then get brainwashed by the Talons and eventually now’s brainwashed by the Joker. Dick’s lack of company has been a significant subject within the collection these days and Jurgens’ script right here doubles down on that drawback. Nonetheless, if you happen to let this chapter function by itself accord, Nightwing #72 has its fair proportion of pleasure and creeping dread that makes it an interesting learn.
There’s a sensible time soar from final month as we first see Bea create a makeshift bat sign to get assist after Joker’s assault on her bar. Barbara, after taking off her bat go well with, responds to Bea’s sign and provides help. Bea and Barbara working collectively is a superb crew up because the potential for drama is excessive resulting from Bea being Dick’s girlfriend and Barbara’s barely jealous narration. This opening scene works extraordinarily nicely and shortly will get Barbara again into the storyline with out a lot of a hiccup. Bea recounts the aftermath of Joker’s assault whereby we see her perspective. Regardless that the reader is aware of Joker efficiently brainwashed Dick, Bea doesn’t since she was knocked out. The next flashback is plenty of enjoyable as we see a clearly brainwashed Dick attempt to assuage Bea’s worries and impulsively make pancakes. Ronan Cliquet’s pencils on this sequence additionally shine resulting from his excessive expressions for brainwashed Dick who has a ludicrously vast smile the whole time. Nick Filardi’s colours create a delicate, however efficient haze over the scene and casts all of it in a menacing purple glow. Jurgens’ dialogue right here works nicely as Dick’s strains are simply out of character sufficient to be eerie however not solely implausible. Merely put, it’s essentially the most enjoyable the collection has had with a brainwashed Dick and invitations a little bit of goofiness into the overly dour tone of earlier arcs.
Cliquet’s artwork manages extraordinarily nicely with this lighter content material. His faces look extra unfastened together with his often wide-set eyes only a tad wider than regular, but it surely works with the virtually surreal nature of the story. The one web page that outright doesn’t work on a script or artwork degree is the one web page devoted to Hutch and Colleen on the hospital. The element on their faces is sorely missing on what needs to be a extra intimate scene as they await information of Sap’s destiny. The compositions on the web page don’t do a lot to reinforce the drama as nicely. All the pieces is pulled too far again and hesitant to stand up shut and the scene ends earlier than something can develop. It feels extra like an obligation to verify in on the opposite Nightwings extra so than it being really essential to the plot.
The second half the guide is much less efficient as nicely, however options some good motion sequences. Barbara units out on her personal to trace down Dick and see what precisely is improper with him. The preliminary encounter fares simply in addition to Bea’s flashback with him and options suitably comedic, but tense dialogue as Dick acts simply barely out of character. Up till this level, Jurgens’ script felt like a real Nightwing guide, even when Dick himself is essentially a secondary character. All the pieces within the collection nonetheless revolves round him and his reminiscence associated plight.
Nonetheless, as soon as Punchline comes into the scene and assaults Barbara, Nightwing #72 now seems like a “Joker Warfare” tie in subject. Punchline’s arrival was really thrilling as I didn’t see it coming regardless of the quilt spoiling her look. Cliquet understands motion and whereas his work isn’t absolutely sequential, the beats land nicely from panel to panel with acceptable impression. He additionally pulls off an extremely creepy second when Punchline smears blood onto Dick’s face to create a Joker smile. Cliquet’s rendition of a brainwashed Dick may be very eerie and his full grinning second with blood on his face is legitimately terrifying. It’s an thrilling ending, however appears to spell an finish to the collection remaining grounded inside its personal confines. Joker’s arrival on the finish solely serves to solidify my worry of Nightwing being on the service of Joker in each plot and advertising.
Really useful if…
- Final month’s cliffhanger have to be resolved.
- You don’t need to miss any plot factors main as much as Joker Warfare.
- You’re a fan of Punchline and need to see her in motion.
Nightwing #72 might barely be an precise Nightwing subject, however as a narrative by itself phrases it succeeds. Joker Warfare has absolutely taken over this guide and whereas it’s unlucky Nightwing’s final return will probably happen in a narrative not his personal, I discover his plight as a Joker henchman just a bit extra fascinating than him as a Talon. Barbara’s arrival is a welcome injection of freshness into the collection, however hopefully Bea and the opposite Nightwings aren’t solely phased out of relevance within the coming months.
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