Nightwing follows the pattern set by Detective Comics when it comes to being a ďtie-inĒ to Batman R.I.P. It might seem important to the overall scheme of the story with the huge banner on the top of the cover including a bloody bat logo, but donít let this fool you. The only tie it has to the big Batman event is a couple of name drops and a reference to Batmanís current deranged state and new Technicolor outfit. However, once you get over the fact this was an obvious money grab on DCís part, Nightwing #147 still packs a good story on its own right.
The story starts with yet another skydiving adventure for Dick Grayson, used as heavy allusion towards something big in the near future, when a make-shift Nightwing logo pops into the New York City skyline. It seems Harvey Dent has called upon Dick to protect a New York district attorney; a previous lover. Of course, Nightwing is hesitant of Harveyís true motives, but innocents in peril outweigh his skepticism and Nightwing takes the job. What follows are multiple assassination attempts that Nightwing obviously thwarts. But by the conclusion of the issue, things arenít looking good for Dick Grayson.
Peter Tomasi has already proven he can write the hell out of Dick Grayson and issue #147 is no slouch. He has the perfect voice for the character; witty and playful, yet strong and head sure. Tomasi has once again given me a reason to love Dick Grayson, proving why he is such a vital character to not only the Bat-family, but the DC Universe as well. Tomasi also excels at showing Dickís significance to the overall universe by having him finally tussle with some A-list villains. Some might call me out on that, saying Dick needs his own distinguishable rogues gallery. However, I rebuttal with; if Nightwing is such an important character to the overall universe, shouldnít he be dealing with the biggest threats every month, not a bunch of no-name novelty criminals? Thatís just how I like my Nightwing soup, and Tomasi delivers it to me every month. I really couldnít be happier with the loving care Nightwing is finally getting as itís been too long, I say.
Then there is Don Kramer, handling art chores this month. Since Tomasi picked up writing duties, Nightwing has rotated between Kramer and Rags Morales for pencil work. While I prefer Moralesí loose and energetic work, Kramer is still considered top tier talent in my book. The confrontation between Two-Face and Nightwing at the start of the issue is magnificent. Harvey actually looks sincere while still being visually disgusting. And while I prefer Nightwing with longer hair, a trait that makes sense for the character as he constantly tries to distance himself from Bruce in both appearance and attitude, Kramerís depiction with a shorter cut still looks great.
If I wasnít already a monthly Nightwing reader I wouldíve initially been rather pissed that I bought it for the R.I.P. tie-in that wasnít there. I mean, not only does the book not tie directly to the big event, but when it does, its allusions completely screw up the timeframe of events and will probably do nothing but confuse readers of R.I.P. even more than they already are. However, if youíre currently picking up Nightwing regardless of R.I.P., or just looking for a good story, Nightwing #147 wonít disappoint. Iím hoping that a bunch of people will give this series a shot solely for the advertised tie-in. Then, once getting over the frustration of being lead on, will be able to enjoy the issue none-the-less and be onboard for future installments based solely on the merits of the writing and art. This is another solid addition to Peter Tomasiís Nightwing saga. Check it out.
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