Nightwing: The New Order #2
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Trevor McCarthy
Nightwing The New Order #2 picks up right where #1 left off. We find Dick Grayson, the first Robin and once proud Nightwing, dealing with the fallout of discovering that his son Jake has superpowers. Dick tries to form a plan to help his son through the system of laws that he himself has helped create. But things don’t always go as planned and Nightwing finds himself suffering for it.
I love deep, emotional stories that get you right in the heart and creates a connection with the characters and this story delivers on that in spades. The interaction with Dick and Alfred is particularly very good. Here is essentially a father and son having to solve a problem and Alfred being Alfred does not hold back in his honesty about what should happen with young Jake. It’s a really strong story that draws the reader to feel true sympathy for Nightwing because he’s just a father trying to do what is best. I don’t do spoilers but there is a tragedy in this story and it is powerful so powerful in fact it just might change the course of our hero’s actions from now on.
The art is beautifully done and adds a depth and emotion to the characters. The art needs to have a bit of an edge to it and it is delivered here. The colors don’t pop off the page as would, say a Superman book, but they shouldn’t in this story. The world has lost its superheroes and the art reflects that greatly as well as tying in with the story on an emotional level.