The Root of All Evil…. (Nightwing #83 Comic Review)
Nightwing #83 Review
Writer: Tom Taylor
Letterer: Wes Abbot
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Cover: Redondo & Lucas
Variant Cover Artists: Max Dunbar & HI-FI
“Leaping into the Light Part 6”
Coming off of one of the biggest reveals of his life, Dick Grayson does what any sane person would do when told that he has a sister he never knew about; he decides the fate of a city!
The issue starts with Dick and Melinda’s conversation coming to a head as the police arrive at her home. We witness yet another dazzling act of heroics from the first boy wonder himself before he makes his way back to the safety of his home and friends. While Dick recovers, things are set into motion and Dick makes a very important decision for his future and that of Bludhaven. With a montage of Dick visiting those he trusts in order to help make his vision a reality, we are given a glimpse of many different interactions and wonderfully unexpected cameos. As dick’s planning comes to a head and we witness the fruits of his efforts, something sinister waits in the wings in a way only the protege of the Bat could be expected to have to deal with.
How much is Dick Grayson willing to risk to be the hero Bludhaven needs?
“Leaping into the Light Part 6” is is a logical, yet still surprising continuation of an already-star-quality story. Taylor’s run continues to give readers what they need yet it does so in a way that has us wanting more. The issue is powerful and emotional for long-time fans, particularly recent readers of DC, yet its impact does not alienate those who just started back up with this soft reboot. Every bit of space and every word is important to this issue, nothing being underutilized as we build to an even bigger climax than the Zucco reveal gave us. With readers receiving as many questions as they did answers, this issue is sure to keep fans drooling for the next installment.
Taylor’s writing has not stopped being phenomenal this run. His writing pushes forth so much emotion and originality for each character while still not pulling the reader from the intensity of the story surrounding the characters. Taylor’s grasp of Nightwing and Dick’s shared, yet different, personalities is awe-inspiring for fellow writers and for casual fans alike, highlighting Nightwing’s brilliant mind while also showing Dick’s heart.
Again, as with the rest of this run, Redondo and Lucas continue to knock the art and coloring out of the park. As if Taylor’s writing wasn’t enough, Redondo and Lucas elevate the emotion and intensity with every scene. Redondo’s linework for the characters portrays every emotion that Taylor’s words portray, giving readers further visual support to the already impressive attention to character personality while the coloring from Lucas captures the mood of the various scenes in each panel whether it be almost joyous to something sinister. The emotion of the scene and the characters within are easily apparent.
Summary Nightwing #83 feels like the culmination of a full arc yet gives the reader more to look forward to. With yet another masterful performance by Taylor, Redondo, and Lucas, Nightwing #83 is sure to give readers the feels they deserve and the taste in their mouth that will leave them begging for more. Yet another must-read from Taylor.