I told myself DC was dead to me after this rebooting garbage, except for Fables. But I've always been a big Nightwing fan, so I was curious to see if this book was any good, so a friend of mine let me read his copy of this issue, plus the Legion and GL books.
Well, the GL books were bad, IMO. The Legion books were okay, had some good moments, but also had some flaws.
The gem of these new books though as far as I'm concerned is Nightwing. I was really surprised at just how good this book was. Eddy Barrows is a very underrated artist, who puts a lot of detail in his work, and this issue was no different--it was amazing. I love how he shows Dick jumping and somersaulting from one rooftop to another across the city, and the fight sequence was cool. It reminded me of what Frank Miller used to do with DD. And his panels flowed very well with Higgins' story.
Higgins' writing was good, but not great. I'll explain. His characterization of Nightwing was pretty much spot on with one exception that I will get to in a minute. Obviously he is a fan of Nightwing or he did his homework. I love how Higgins writes Dick in the beginning pages. Dick explains how much his role as Batman changed him and you can tell that he is a much more confident character. More than he ever has been. But there were a few moments that stood out to me that were kind of hokey.
When Nightwing fights this new villain, the fight begins with Dick in plain clothes on the street and the assassin's target is Dick, not Nightwing. However, after getting away from the villain for a second when a couple of cops interrupt it, Dick ducks around a corner, and after a quick change of clothes, Dick emerges in his Nightwing garb and re-engages the villain, who has no idea that Grayson is Nightwing. How does this assassin not know that this is the same guy who he was just trying to kill, but in costume now as Nightwing? Same hairstyle, same moves, and Nigtwing even quips "All right, new rules". Wouldn't that give the guy a clue and a half that this was Dick?
Also, when Dick did his quick wardrobe change, the villain kills the two cops and Dick would never have left those cops to fend for themselves in a dangerous situation like that. He would have drew that assassin's attention away from the cops to keep them safe.
Overall, I would give this book an A-. I highly recommend it and I'm definitely going to continue reading it. Oh, and I love the new costume