Book Review – Nightwing vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes (New 52)

  • Title: Nightwing vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes
  • Author: Kyle Higgins
  • Artists: Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica, Geraldo Borges, JP Mayer, Paulo Siqueira, Eber Ferreira, Ruy José, Trevor McCarthy, Rod Reis, Allen Passalaqua, Guy Major, Carlos M. Mangual, Wes Abbott
  • Line: New 52
  • Characters: Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
  • Collection Date: 2012
  • Collected issues: Nightwing 1-7 (2011-2012)
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 12/31/2014

This is the first volume in the New 52 version of Nightwing. It explores Dick’s past with Haly’s Circus and has Dick confronting some old secrets (if you read Batman Vol. 1 in New 52, you know what those secrets are way before Dick does.) I read this first before reading Batman vol. 1 and found it a little hard to follow. Having read it after reading Batman vol. 1 – I found I was impatient with Dick figuring out what had happened back in his past. I don’t think Dick Grayson is dumb, so I figured he should have been a bit quicker on the uptake. I also found it weird that he fell for his old girlfriend from the circus so fast. He left Haly’s when he was eight, so too young for a girlfriend. And yeah, that has the predictable result you might expect. Not sure if it was amusing or annoying the girl was another redhead, and in scenes between her and Barbara Gordon it was difficult to tell them apart.

I also don’t like the new costume. Nightwing’s old blue and black costume fitted him perfectly – the red, especially against a black background, is too harsh. I’m sure the artists were trying to make Dick fit in with the rest of the Bat family: Red Hood (Jason Todd), Red Robin (Tim Drake), the new Robin (Damien Wayne), but Dick’s always been his own person.

So why the high-ish rating? Because it is Dick Grayson, one of my favorite ancillary characters in the Batman books (I also really love Alfred), and the story moves along fast. In fact, it moves so fast, I immediately started volume 2. I just have an issue with all of New 52 – they are missing out on the characterization that made DC superior in the past.

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