Comic Vine Review


Nightwing #21 - Co$t of Living


In order to escape the Chicago Police Department, Prankster and Nightwing need to work together.

Spoilers ahead...

The Good

The Chicago PD, who don't take too kindly to masked men, but Nightwing and Prankster need each other's help in order to escape. In addition, Prankster knows where to find Tony Zucco.

Man, I love the opening to this issue. There was one problem with it (see below), but I love the set-up of this character [Slipstream]. It's a cool introduction to what Chicago was like a few years back, when there actually were a few "capes" running around, which ends with this very sad but fantastic scene.

This issue didn't have as big as an impact on me as issue #20 did, but it's still a great read. I love seeing Nightwing do his detective work and come closer and closer to his goal. That's something that writer Kyle Higgins hits right on the head, the detective aspect of this book. Sometimes, you have to work with your enemy to solve the mystery. Sometimes, you have to seem like you're letting your guard down. We've seen a lot of great development with Nightwing and Dick Grayson, as characters, since Higgins rebooted the book. As a long time Nightwing fan, I couldn't be happier with what Higgins is doing with this character.

Maybe I'm over-analyzing here, but we get to see a darker and creepier side to Dick Grayson in this issue. Towards the end of NIGHTWING #21, after Dick finds out where Tony Zucco is located, he breaks into his house to confront him, but Zucco is gone. Dick isn't very stealth-like here. He's looking for a confrontation. He's looking for vengeance. Again, maybe I'm looking way too into this, but this looks like a mission in which Dick won't be able to hold back on. I think this is an a fantastic development. I love seeing a darker side to this character.

Sorry, no epic butt shots by Brett Booth in this issue. However, this art team of Booth (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), and Andrew Dalhouse (colors) puts together an insanely beautiful comic. It's consistently great from start to finish. If only Brett Booth was on this book forever. His work, on the past few issues, has been the best work on Nightwing, ever. That's right. The best artist to ever work on NIGHTWING (including Pre-52 issues) is working on it right now.

The Bad

I feel like I'm missing something. I loved the opening to this issue, but I don't see the connection to everything else here. If it serves nothing more than to show that Chicago tried to do the whole "super-heroes" thing and failed, that's fine, but this feels bigger than that.

The Verdict

Another awesome issue of NIGHTWING. This series, especially since Nightwing went on his own to Chicago, is one of my favorite super-hero books. The writing and art are top notch and this story is incredibly appealing to NIGHTWING readers new and old. While this issue didn't grab me as much as the last issue, I'm still loving the direction. I loved the fact that this decades old character continues to develop and become deeper, as he hunts down his parent's killer. This is a must have series and issue.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.