Nightwing Vol. 2: Night of the Owls (The New 52) (Nightwing (Graphic Novels)) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/7/30
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Dick Grayson must face his past and a deadly adversary in the present as he learns of his connection to the mysterious Court of Owls. But even if he's able to stop an undead, unstoppable assassin, he'll still have to deal with the rising forces of the anti-Gotham City army and its leader the mysterious Paragon
"Dynamic art and a story that draws upon the history of the character."—The New York Times
"Stellar...a solid yarn that roots itself in Grayson's past, with gorgeous artwork by artist Eddy Barrows to boot."—IGN
"I think a new generation is going to fall in love with Nightwing..."—MTV Geek
Writer Kyle Higgins has done an amazing job on this series getting me to love a character that I was merely indifferent about before. A lot of writers don't adapt well to having their comic being forced to crossover with others. Trying to make a crossover fit into a comic series is often akin to hammering a square peg into a round hole. I'm pretty sure that the main plot points about the Court of the Owls were laid out in meetings somewhere, but Higgins is the one that took the ball and ran with it. He not only made the Owls fit organically into the Nightwing series, he made them vital to Dick Grayson's history. The whole book is good, but the first two issues here, #8 & #9, are great. Higgins' writing gets 4.5 stars and makes me want to rush right out and pick up volume 3.
Eddie Barrows returns as the main artist on the series. His work here is just as awesome as the in the previous volume. His art is defined by nice, clean lines and lots of detail. His settings look great, but in no way overshadow the characters. Nightwing looks cool, but it the normal people that stand out the most to me. Jim Gordon is one that comes to mind. Dick Grayson not in the Nightwing suit is the best drawn of all though. Not only do the people look good standing around, but he draws action very well. Barrows receives 4.5 stars for his art.
Andres Guinaldo pencils an issue and a half. His art is nowhere near as good as what Barrows provided. I wouldn't even know who his Dick Grayson was if not for the context of the story and word bubbles. I've seen worse art in a few other New 52 titles, but this is the worst art of the series so far. 2.5 stars for Guinaldo's art. 4.16 ended up being the average score for the art.
The art and writing scores ended up averaging out to 4.33 stars. For this site, I rounded that down to 4 stars. I'm loving this series so far and I'm really looking forward to volume 3. If you like Dick Grayson, pick this up.
Dick goes from being Youthful to being Older on a whim, somehow. Not sure how the artist manages that, not sure if it's on purpose. But his age can appear to vary by a few years from book to book. No, it's not time travel. It's just the artist. It doesn't detract from the book at all.
Overall, I love the Series and I love Nightwing. If you're reading The New 52 you're not doing yourself any favors by missing this one.