Sophomore Slump (Nightwing #51 Comic Review)

Nightwing #51 Review

Writer: Scott Lobdell w/ Fabian Nicieza

Artist(s): Travis Moore and Garry Brown

Letterer: Deron Bennet

Cover Artist: Mike Perkins

Variant Cover Artist: Howard Porter

Note: First issue written by Scott Lobdell following the departure of Benjamin Percy

Summary

Following the conclusion of the previous issue, where our protagonist, now called Ric Grayson committed arson by lighting his superhero hideout on fire, this issue continues the new life on Grayson. We see Grayson having recurring dreams of his experience as a vigilante, but he has no idea how to deal with the info his brain is feeding him. Near the end of the issue, we learn that being shot did not rob Grayson of his reflexes or physical prowess as he dispatches two would-be muggers.

Thoughts

I think the worst sin of this issue is that it was just sort of boring. I understand that being a follow-up to the start of a new arc, it most likely won’t be as exciting as its predecessor. However, this issue feels like more of the same without adding anything exciting to the mix.

The art in this issue seems to be going for a sort of emulation of Scott McDaniel’s run on Nightwing, back when the character was given his first ongoing, there are pages that do this wonderfully, and there are others that come across strange looking at best.

The action scenes, in particular, are off-putting. For the past two issues Nightwing has not been a very action-heavy book, but when fight scenes do occur they often look ugly and one might even say lazy, compared to a lot of the other stellar art in the more dialogue-driven scenes. While Dick Grayson may not be in the tights anymore, Nightwing is still a mainstream superhero comic and it isn’t too much of me to request that the superhero-ing look good.

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Will Sweval

Will Sweval

Shoot the Breeze Comic's #1 Robin fan coming at you with such hot takes as the 2003 Daredevil movie wasn't that bad and Cyclops was right since 1997.
Summary
This issue isn't particularly awful, but it isn't very good either. I was correct in my guess that Scarecrow seems to be the main arc for this villain. Perhaps Dr. Crane has something to do with our protagonist's nightmares? Why is Dick Grayson so bad at burning things? Are we going to be treated to a copycat Nightwing story similar to One Year Later?
Good
  • Nice to see continued cameos from Batfamily
Bad
  • Art is Inconsistent
  • Does not move plot forward
5.25
Average
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Shoot the Breeze Comic's #1 Robin fan coming at you with such hot takes as the 2003 Daredevil movie wasn't that bad and Cyclops was right since 1997.

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