A Nightwing #96 Micro-Review – The Anti-Batman

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Nightwing 96, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #96
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Caio Filipe (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue really encapsulates what I’ll call the “Anti-Batman” spirit Taylor, Redondo, and the gang have created with their run on Nightwing. Meaning Dick lives his live with hope, draws people together instead of shutting them out, etc. There’s even a line in this issue about Dick having to “fight a lot of Bruce’s more toxic programming.”

That quote comes from a pretty great scene between Dick and Barbara. This Taylor/Redondo run has done more for them as a couple than any other story in more than a decade.

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A Nightwing #95 Micro-Review – Calling in Favors

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Nightwing 95, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #95
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Caio Filipe (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dick calls in some favors in this issue. As such, Redondo and Lucas get to (albeit briefly) show us a whole bunch of DC heroes together. That’s pretty damn cool.

Batwoman also has a decent-sized role in this issue, which is fun.

The plot thickens as it relates to Dick and Blockbuster…

Have we reached the point yet where we can formally acknowledge that Taylor, Redondo, and this team are turning in one of the all-time great Nightwing runs? I say we have.

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An Aquamen #6 Micro-Review – Go Figure…

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Aquamen 6, cover, 2022, Travis MooreTITLE: Aquamen #6
AUTHORS: Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown
ARTISTS:
Max Raynor, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters). Cover by Travis Moore & Lucas.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Go figure. They create an Aquamen title starring Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde, only for Arthur to die (supposedly) in the pages of another book.

The cover for this issue makes it seem like it’s about the fall-out from what happens in “The Death of the Justice League.” In truth, that reaction only gets a few pages. The vast majority of the book is essentially business as usual. That’s fine for regular Aquamen readers. Not so much for Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths readers hoping to jump on.

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A Nightwing #94 Micro-Review – Corruption and Catharsis

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Nightwing 94, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #94
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Geraldo Borges, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Bruno Redondo.

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Geraldo Borges tags in for Bruno Redondo on interior pencils and inks here. I’d call the transition pretty smooth, aided by colorist Adriano Lucas.

It feels like Tom Taylor is getting a measure of catharsis in writing Nightwing taking down corrupt cops and public officials. Not that I blame him.

This issue introduces a couple of Metropolis characters into the series. Their inclusion could dial up the intrigue, so I’m curious to see what Taylor does with them moving forward.

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A Nightwing #93 Micro-Review – Corrupt Cops and a Stupid Villain

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Nightwing 93, Pride variant cover, Nick RoblesTITLE: Nightwing #93
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Nick Robles.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is something of a feel-good issue. Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon take on corrupt Bludhaven cops. One of those parties gets their comeuppance. I’ll let you guess which one.

Heartless, a new villain for Nightwing that was introduced at the beginning of the Taylor/Redondo run, makes a really stupid mistake in this issue: He underestimates Blockbuster. Like, it’s so stupid that it’s almost out of character. Though I can’t officially say that, as we don’t know who’s under that mask yet…

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A Nightwing #92 Micro-Review – Gorgeously Vintage

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Nightwing 92, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #92
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s opening pages have a gorgeous vintage look to them, complete with classic costumes for Batman, Robin, and Batgirl.

George Perez and Marv Wolfman have a background cameo in this issue. That feels more than appropriate in the wake of Perez’s passing. Those two did more for Dick Grayson than perhaps anyone since his creators.

There’s a beautiful two-page spread here of Nightwing leaping from the cityscape, silhouetted in the light of the moon. Hat tip to Redondo and Lucas.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 Micro-Review – Not Ready For a Pedestal

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Superman Son of Kal-El 9, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #9
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Wade Von Grawbadger (Co-Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: March 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Bruno Redondo and Adriano Lucas always do great work. So it’s nice to see them get this guest spot on Superman.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this story’s portrayal of Jon Kent and Dick Grayson as a new World’s Finest team of sorts. I prefer Jon with Damian Wayne.

I do like the respect Jon has for Dick, though. Taylor writes some nice chummy chemistry between them. The team does work. I’m just not ready to put them on a pedestal.

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A Nightwing #88 Micro-Review – Subtly Provocative

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Nightwing 88, 2022, variant cover, Jamal CampbellTITLE: Nightwing #88
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letterer). Variant cover by Jamal Campbell.

RELEASED: January 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Both my wife and my local comic shop guy did a double take when they saw this cover. This isn’t an overtly sexy image. But it’s subtly provocative. It’s certainly eye catching, which I suppose is the point.

We get the Flash, Starfire, and the rest of the Titans in this issue, and Superman is advertised for next issue. So we’re heavy on guest stars for a couple months. But for Nightwing I don’t mind that as much, as he’s got such an open heart, and has so many connections across the DC Universe.

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An Aquaman: The Becoming #3 Micro-Review – The Road to Aquamen

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TITLE: Aquaman: The Becoming #3
AUTHOR: Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Scott Koblish, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Adriano Lucas & Alex Guimaraes (Colorists), Andworld Design (Letters). Cover by David Talaski.
RELEASED: November 16, 2021

So now we know we’re building to an Aquamen ongoing series. That’s a little disappointing for yours truly. I was hoping they were doing something similar to Superman: Son of Kal-El, where the classic hero steps aside so the younger hero takes over. That would give Jackson a nice spotlight for himself. But apparently it’s not to be.

The Atlantis vs. Xebel political side of things isn’t really doing it for me. The more this story zeroes in on its main hero, the better.

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A Task Force Z #1 Micro-Review – Zombies and Mr. Freeze

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Task Force Z 1, cover, 2021, Eddy BarrowsTITLE: Task Force Z #1
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 26, 2021

I’ll say this much: Red Hood leading a bunch of zombie supervillains throws a hell of a wrinkle into the traditional team dynamic. It’s clever, though I’m skeptical of how much longevity they can get out of the concept.

Oddly enough it’s Mr. Freeze, who is not one of the zombies, that steals the issue. Eddy Barrows draws a really cool action sequence between he and Hood. He also draws the hell out of the zombies. It’s a great looking issue overall.

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