Wow, this week felt a lot like Christmas, minus the family.
Some of the reasons are strange little quirky things that only mean something to me like the fact that the company I'm at currently was the place I was working at last year over the holidays, and our weather here in LA this week has reminded me of the yearly shift in temperature that takes place (roughly) around the holidays. I'm also a little excited because I ordered an e-reader this week that I think will be really cool (the Amazon Fire) so there's the excitement that comes with getting a gadget or toy that is usually associated with the holiday.
That and I got my box of comics this week.
Ever since I moved to pre-ordering books from the Diamond catalog I've been ordering a lot more than I had in the past, and although my pace of reading the books didn't really change, the amount of books I wanted to read did. This of course led to quite the backlog, and is apparent in the fact that I'm just now about halfway through Brightest Day, the DC bi-weekly series from last year/early this year. WIth DC re-launching their books though I'm happily trying out a bunch of new stuff, but three or so months ago when I was picking the books I wanted to order, I only ordered about 10 or 15 of the books that really piqued my interest. Since then, I've more or less jumped on the digital bandwagon (as I've covered exhaustingly before and the other reason I'm excited to be getting the Amazon Fire), and tried out even more books, like JL, Action Comics, and Wonder Woman (I really should talk about those soon...).
However, since the place I order from ships me all my books once a month, it happened that all the DC relaunch books I ordered initially (and was most excited about) all came together in one lump shipment. So, I was more excited than usual when opening up my comics box, knowing I had Snyder's Batman and Swamp Thing, Lemire's Animal Man, DnA's Resurrection Man, Cornell's Demon Knights, Fialkov's I Vampire, All-Star Western, and more awaiting me within.
I've been happily tearing through these tittles, none have disappointed me so far, but I wanted to talk a little bit about a title in the Bat-verse that may have fallen under the radar…
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Eddy Barrows
Nightwing #1 was a solid opening issue that I hope (excuse the pun) will take flight as the series goes on. Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows introduce us to Mr. Grayson back in his post-Robin (and now post-Bat) duds, and for me the transition was a little bit jarring. This was due to the fact that I just recently concluded Scott Snyder's masterful Detective Comics run, and to go from that where Dick is firmly entrenched in the role of Gotham's Dark Knight to this new status quo with no bridge was a little disconcerting, but thats ok, because in this case I think Higgins took the right approach by making it a clean accessible jump on point for fans of Nightwing. Dick's previous time as Batman is mentioned (apparently he was in the cowl for one year before Bruce's return, its interesting that in this new continuity, Batman has only been operating for 5 years - does that mean since he was gone for a year, that all the previous events fit into a 4 year window? Bruce must have been busy… probably better not to think too hard about it though).
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Higgins delve deeper into the emotional core of this character, and tell a great story while doing so. Only time will tell how Nightwing will deal with the worst that Gotham throws at him, while confronting his own demons of the past.
Definitely worth reading for those Bat-fanatics among us.