Review – Nightwing: The New Order #2 (DC Comics)

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Art: Trevor McCarthy
Release Date: 27th September 2017

One thing is certain about Nightwing: The New Order – it’s definitely engaging.

While the first chapter set the scene well, leaving the reader with more questions than answers, this second issue teases us with more of the reasoning for Dicks’ betrayal. Dicks’ son Jake explains the scenes leading up to the present day in a few short panels, but in this short time you can already see the depth of Kyle Higgins’ story.

What Higgins is doing here is using Nightwing, one of the most prominent figures of humanity, empathy and justice in the DC Universe, as a catalyst to discuss many issues in the real world around us. The use of super powers is a clear metaphor for gun control. A large portion of society has become so desensitised to atrocities like school shootings or gang warfare that they simply accept it and get on with their lives, but this series asks the question – what if someone had the chance to change that?

This is just a brief snapshot of the intriguing story that Higgins is showing us here, providing a hook which makes you instantly want to know more. The art of Trevor McCarthy works perfectly in tandem with the storyline; the look of the characters seems intentionally archetypal so that we instantly recognise our beloved characters in this different world.  One personal highlight for me was the beautiful centerpiece of the final battle, a battle royal with every character imaginable, classic-looking with the recent modern spin on the costumes. Grayson has the look of mid 90s Nightwing, sporting his blue stripes and black mane, serving as a sharp contrast to an aged Dick conflicted by the events of the last issue.

We’re seeing the toll that the decision is having on Dick. The internal conflict of holding on to the rapidly fading hope that he did the right thing against the backlash of his own son potentially suffering because of that decision. We’re starting to see his world crumble under the weight of repercussions, by the end of the issue with tragic consequences.  My only niggle is that not much progressed in what seemed like a shorter issue, but this is outweighed hugely by the magnitude of the world Higgins and McCarthy have portrayed here.

I put down this latest issue craving my next fix and angry that I have to wait for more answers. The New Order is well worth the read for any Grayson fans, or anyone who likes a story that shines a light on current affairs.

Rating: 4.5/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Indiana “Indy” Marlow
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