Nightwing #106 by DC Comics
Creative: Tom Taylor, Michael Conrad (Breakfast for Dinner), Steven Byrne, Serg Acuña (Breakfast for Dinner), Adriano Lucas and Wes Abbott
Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!
For this entry, we’re checking out the return of the 2023 Eisner-award winner for regular series via DC Comics!
Ever since taking over the writing reigns, Tom Taylor has made the life and times of Dick Grayson into must-read adventures every time out.
Now set to start a new epic tale, it’s a perfect time for new readers to jump on board and see what all the hype is about!
Nightwing #106 by Tom Taylor, Michael Conrad (Breakfast for Dinner), Steven Byrne, Serg Acuña (Breakfast for Dinner), Adriano Lucas and Wes Abbott puts Bludhaven’s protector on a path of danger and mystery. Let’s dive in and see where this new arc leads readers now, shall we?
*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***
The story begins in Bludhaven two years prior. A man is being followed walking down the street. When his trailer catches up with him, the assumption is the man in question is Dick Grayson. However in this case, he is not. This is RIC Grayson. In case anyone isn’t familiar, Ric is the amnesic persona that emerged when Dick was shot in the head by the KGBeast during Tom King’s run on Batman.
Ric is being followed by a man who claims he was in the circus with Grayson when he was a kid. He hands Ric an envelope. At the Prodigal Bar, Ric starts up conversation with Bea, the bartender/owner about places to hide the envelope. The story jumps two days later where a man known as the Quartermaster offers a place to stash the mysterious object: the Hold. Ric writes a name down on the ledger for someone to claim it: Nightwing.
Now jumping to present time, Dick Grayson focuses his attention back on a clue told to him by a sailor a wile back. Why is his name written on a box in the Hold? As Dick begins his investigation, a few familiar “friends” have already made their way to the Hold. The pair of Heartless and Tony Zucco have forced their way inside the cave. However when they arrive, what they see isn’t expected.
What is found when they go inside? Nightwing arrives on the scene but what happens next, readers won’t see coming. Behind the action comes a swift ending that is sure to please fans as a welcoming return to Mr. Grayson’s world hits the marks.
There’s also a small back-up story called “Breakfast For Dinner” which teams up Nightwing, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown up facing a looming foe.
Taylor jumps right back in with a solid introduction chapter. The character of Ric Grayson is extremely polarizing amongst DC Comics fans. However, Taylor’s usage of the character for this story works very well. Seeing Dick retrace a past he doesn’t remember is a great twist to open this chapter with.
The character of Heartless provides a great foil to Dick. Some feel the cat/mouse game they’re playing has gone on too long but I disagree. Keeping Dick on the chase builds up the credibility of this deadly villain.
Heading into the latter half of the issue, Taylor gives fans a well-timed action sequence to break the dialogue up. It is vintage Grayson which fans will be excited to see.
The final leads to a strong cliffhanger ending which plays into why this book gets so much praise. Just when you think you know the answers, the questions get reshuffled. That’s always a win for readers.
Byrne steps in for Bruno Redondo for this issue and readers will see the standout introduction of Heartless to this story. The panels move briskly as the villain wastes no time making an immediate impact.
This all builds toward a hall-full page panel showing where he and Zucco got with their plans. Meanwhile, Byrne gives readers a steady dose of action sequences featuring Nightwing, building off a solid full page motorcycle panel. The final moments swing things back to the story with mounting tension. The parting image closes with a noteworthy full page panel to say goodbye for now, but not for long.
FINAL POINT: 8 OUT OF 10
The next chapter in one of Comics’ best series starts off with an excellent starting point. Taylor, Byrne and the team mix in superb writing and fine artwork to give readers a welcome to what is sure to be another hit arc on this fantastic series. Don’t miss this on New Comic Book Day!
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