Title: Nightwing: Rebirth
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Yanick Paquette
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
It is rare that a sidekick to step out of the shadows of the main hero, yet Dick Grayson is far more the exception than the rule. He started off as Robin when he was just 8 years old, eventually moved on to being Nightwing, taking on the mantel of a Kryptonian superhero and when the family needed him, he eventually put on the cape and became the Batman. He even spent most of the New 52 as a super spy as Agent 37, but all those various incarnations, Dick Grayson was always himself, even when he was learning who he was as a man.
Nightwing: Rebirth is a well told story by Tim Seeley that takes us through Grayson’s journey from the past few years, transitioning from Agent 37 to Nightwing after having faced off with what has evolved from the Court of Owls into the Parliament of Owls, who still think Grayson sold out Batman by saving Robin’s life after they implanted an explosive in Damien Wayne’s head, which thanks to the Midnighter, that was resolved.
Although, Yanick Paquette’s artistic style is not one I prefer, his darker stones with the Parliament of Owls and time is the Bat-Cave are far more appealing then the earlier pages when Grayson and the junior Wayne are out are out in civilian clothes.
This story is one of the few one-shots that I have enjoyed in setting up the Rebirth world as I feel preludes slow down the story, especially with a character that has been around since 1940. However, this one works and because of that, Nightwing: Rebirth was a good read once I got past the art.
Nightwing is finally back and with that we can finally get down to superheroing business.