Title: Nightwing: The New Order
Writer(s): Kyle Higgins
Illustrator(s): Trevor McCarthy and Dean White
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 8th 2018
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
Author who kicked things off for the New 52 Nightwing comic book run, Kyle Higgins, returns to write an Elseworlds story featuring Dick Grayson himself at the heart of a brand new world. In this brilliantly plotted story, thanks to artist Trevor McCarthy and colorist Dean White, the family theme is explored within an authoritarian setting with unprecedented ingenuity. In under six chapters, Nightwing’s character is put under a whole new spotlight that sheds light on a much more darker and morally-complex character than what fans are used to from him.
The story takes place in 2040 where Dick Grayson is the commander of the federal paramilitary organization known as the Crusaders. Branded as the hero of the world after an unimaginable crisis event, he no longer wears his costume and actively hunts down any individual with powers in order to medically inhibit, incarcerate and cure them of their abilities. The world in which they now live in is hence stripped of a huge majority of metahumans and is now under this new order that is being enforced from here on out. However, the once-known-as Boy Wonder is about to face the biggest obstacle in his life that will slam him against a wall in agony as he’s forced to reflect on the decisions that were once made and the ones he now needs to make.
Throughout the story, countless different heroes appear and make a memorable entrance that will inevitably trigger a smile on you. What the years within this new world have done to them is fascinating and where they position themselves on Dick Grayson’s perception of the world bolsters this story’s ideas in epic ways. How Kyle Higgins uses these characters to further explore themes of family and free will is phenomenal. With constant throwbacks to past events to help readers further comprehend the history of this reality and to further see what happened to some of their favourite heroes turns this story into a very immersive and addictive read.
The artwork is really well-done and detailed, especially with the meticulous focus on the emotions. There isn’t a moment where you don’t pick up on the atmosphere and spot all the tension between certain characters. While some are driven by their vision of the world, others are blinded by theirs, and the artwork helps spot the characters who fit in each category. It was also really nice to see the flashback sequences being draw differently, with horizontally-long panels being put one under the other. It was definitely a nice story-telling structure that gave more room to portray the bigger events of the past.
Nightwing: The New Order turned out to be one of the better Elseworlds story imagined and drawn up today. The dystopia in which it is set in is cleverly conceived and everything in it helped give a hand in portraying a future with scary implications for both the heroes with no powers, but also for those who do or once did.
THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA FOR SENDING ME A COPY FOR REVIEW!
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆
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