Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

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Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

Nightwing 1: Leaping into the Light

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Even the more comedic moments nail the landing due to Redondo’s expert ability in rendering character “acting” and portraying a sense of ease and comfort between Dick, Barbara, and Tim as they investigate the various criminals of Blüdhaven. Taylor's story is heartfelt, and pitched perfectly for the period of life that Dick currently finds himself in. Meanwhile, Dick inherits all of the money Alfred had saved up over the years as Bruce's butler, and now he's a billionaire who can actually exact change. It’s a good thing he has such a great supporting cast, and hopefully together they can make real change to the city he claims as his own. After taking the dog home to his apartment, Dick is reunited with his old flame Barbara Gordon, who hands him a letter from the late Alfred Pennyworth.

In many ways, Leaping into the Light demonstrates how theme, character, and world building can often be as fulfilling and exciting as a tightly wound narrative that puts a character through the wringer.And as if that wasn’t enough, there were more than a few surprises nestled into this one like an unknown backstory, and the introduction of both a possible new ally and a new villain. It’s not a badly-written book, it’s just mostly very easy to put down because nothing that gripping is happening - until that final chapter, which has a great scene where Dick escapes Blockbuster and takes down an attack copter.

And while some of my complaints are geared toward Dick’s mission to create a safety net for Blüdhaven’s poor and needy, I do like that there isn’t a city destroying threat at play. Although they could’ve easily made Batman a main player here, Taylor is very conscious of telling a story of Dick, who is looking back on his history, which includes reacquainting with the current Robin, Tim Drake, and more importantly, a possible romantic rekindling with Barbara Gordon. One of the best Nightwing stories in years, carried by the duo of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, who are honestly up there with Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips as a creative team who manages to constantly elevate one another. Taylor understands that even the brave heroes of the DC Universe need to be able to lean on those close to them to fulfill their potential. However, those willing to dedicate time to a long-form story will find these six issues make for an extremely compelling beginning to Dick’s journey to save Blüdhaven.It’s only a little unfortunate that Leaping into the Light focuses much more on pulling at heartstrings than manufacturing tension as Dick figures out the best way to help the citizens of Blüdhaven. And then Taylor went and did the old lazy trope of giving a major character a previously unknown sibling, and well, I just hate that crap.

On one hand you have Blockbuster leading the organised crime scene and wanting control of Bludheaven.This was so good - all the right amounts of action, friendship, family, grief, romance, and hope put together to show exactly the type of man Dick Grayson is. On top of that the serial killer is stalking the streets taking from people who have nothing to lose. Overall, Nightwing, Volume 1: Leaping into the Light is a decent beginning/leaping on point/soft relaunch of this title and I hope it becomes even better as it goes on.

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