I thought it was impossible to duplicate the suspense of Batman (Daredevil notwithstanding) with another character, but ye olde ward Dick Grayson AKA Nightwing has it going here in Nightwing #10.
The noir detective feeling abounds in this tense tale by Kyle Higgins. It hits all the right notes, leaves the proper red herrings and tips its hat properly to its parent book all in the space of one issue.
The skinny? Well, Nightwing is on the trail of killers after a double murder in Old Gotham (has this city ever known such attention as since the relaunch?). The thing that disturbs Dickie G. most? A part of his own costume features as evidence!
I love it as DC is introducing new characters and concepts to work along with the rebooted properties, and Higgins has a good one here with the Republic of Tomorrow and their leader, Paragon. If played right, Paragon has the potential to become Dick’s Joker, from where I sit.
Of course, adding to the mood of the script is the excellent art by Eddy Barrows, Geraldo Borges, Eber Ferreira and Ruy Jose. The layouts and angles are all handled with excellence and, to this reviewer’s mind, there seems no shocking break in the art with so many creators on the issue. Special kudos to colorist Rod Reis for his consistently excellent color palette that seems to handle any mood or environment well.
This is an all-together gripping beginning for a new Nightwing arc.