These Boots were Made for Walking (Nightwing #84 Review)
Nightwing #84 Review
Writer: Tom Taylor
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Artist: Robbi Rodriquez
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Cover: Redondo & Lucas
Variant Cover Artists: Jamal Campbell, Kael Ngu
“Fear State Part 1”
Nightwing has his hands full since his big decision in Bludhaven. Though even with a new Foundation to run and care for on top of being a superhero, Dick still has time to help out family.
The issue starts with Nightwing being introspective about his recent choices before he suddenly receives an encrypted message. Once he deciphers it, he is asked to go to Gotham and not respond; communications may be compromised. After making sure Haley has a home while he’s gone, Nightwing makes his way to Gotham to see what he can do, acknowledging that with everything that happened recently it is strange for him to walk away from Bludhaven. Dick makes his way to Gotham and takes in the sight of Skybase while commenting about the city’s existence being what he wants to avoid in Bludhaven. After arriving, events are set into motion that only would occur for members of the Bat-family.
Is Nightwing ready once again to save Gotham?
“Fear State Part 1” is a heavy change of pace from recent installments of Nightwing. Taylor gives the readers a breath of fresh air with quite a bit of tonal differences between this issue that previous issues. With a heavier focus on action, this issue still gives the reader plenty of information to keep them equally entertained and thinking. Taking time away from Bludhaven gives us a chance to breathe and really let the potential impact of Nightwing’s decision last issue resonate with us. While reading this issue, one gets a solid insight into the state of Gotham and by Nightwing’s own words, the situation that Bludhaven is working to avoid.
Taylor’s writing has melded perfectly into the Fear State scenario and Taylor has lost not a single step when shifting gears to match Tynion’s work in the series. This crossover does well to remain faithful to both runs and Taylor makes sure to give all the characters involved justice.
The art in this issue was nothing short of phenomenal. The shift from Bludhaven to Gotham was abrupt and decidedly efficient. Rodriguez captures the essence of both cities and really helps you understand just how different they are. His work throughout the issue once we arrive in Gotham keeps you on edge and really builds the emotion between each character. The facial expressions really stand out the most as you can tell what a character is thinking and feeling from those alone. The art compliments the dialogue in such a spectacular way and the style change from past issues, while easily noticeable, does not detract from the story at all, instead really solidifying for the reader that we are not in Bludhaven anymore.
Summary Nightwing #84 follows its predecessor with a refreshing change of pace that succeeds in changing the direction of the story and allowing the reader to see the world outside of Bludhaven without removing the importance of Dick's new home. Watching Nightwing balance his responsibilities and his interactions with family is always an attention keeper. The writing and art keep us thoroughly informed and entertained while at the same time making sure we are not over-exposed. Another winner for Tom Taylor and company. I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the OG Boy Wonder. Get this issue asap!