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Nightwing: Freefall (Nightwing (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – November 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Nightwing (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219659
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Tomasi is the writer of the acclaimed miniseries The Light Brigade as well as having written stories for Outsiders and JSA Classified.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hully on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
The only thing keeping Freefall from getting five stars is the weird plan that Talia and the Doctor have. I won't give anything away, but it's a bit far fetched (let alone creepy). Still, in my opinion, Tomasi did a good job with Freefall. If you found any bit of potential in this (or possibly even if you didn't), then you'll really like his next arc, The Great Leap, which features a struggle between Dick and Two-Face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on December 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure what's worse, a story that's thoroughly bad from the word go, or one that begins with promise and goes nowhere. This trade is a disappointing example of the latter. Peter Tomasi's debut on Nightwing starts out auspiciously enough, both with his writing acumen in general and intriguing storyline involving the mysterious thefts from the grave of the bodies of former villains. Unfortunately what follows afterwards is a mixed bag of excessive guest stars compounded by an over the top plot that is too fantastic for a NW tale. Evidently Tomasi's use of guest stars, among them Wally West, Red Arrow, Superman, Tim Drake, and various members of the JSA to name a few, was to illustrate Dick Grayson's wide ranging circle of friends and overall esteemed stature in the DCU. While this is commendable, many of the scenes involving them, plus yet another love interest, come across as pointless filler, and may even accomplish the opposite, giving the impression that Nightwing is not dynamic enough to carry the show himself. Another debatable point is whether the use of Batman's rogues, such as Talia al Ghul and later Two Face, is the proper direction to go in as well. In this instance, Talia is the main heavy and, to no big surprise, is once again portrayed in a different manner than her other appearances, this time as a cold hearted harpy arguably more detestable than her nefarious father. Add in the unrealistic plot elements, many too sci-fi for a story starring any member of the Batfamily, and things begin to unravel quickly. Normally at this juncture we might ponder new directions that Tomasi may take the character in, but with the recent surprising announcement of the comic's cancellation, that point is moot. What the future holds for Nightwing, and indeed the entire Batfamily due to RIP, remains to be seen, but one thing appears quite clear. DC doesn't adhere to the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Peter Tomasi starts his short-lived run on Nightwing with this graphic novel. Dick takes up the mantle of historian (really?) in NYC just as someone starts stealing the buried corpses of long dead heroes from their graves. Mad scientist Randall Creighton (ostensibly working for Talia al Ghul to help protect her against her dreaded father Ras) is reanimating the bodies of dead meta-humans to create his own winged army of the night. Highlight: the invasion of Creighton's secret laboratory. Low point: yet another inconsequential love interest for Dick. Several high-profile guest stars appear, but only Robin plays a significant role in the story. The art was technically pretty good, but somehow I didn't find myself warming to it. By this time the title was already slated for cancellation, in order to clear the character for the on-coming Battle for the Cowl. Three and half stars.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CConn on February 16, 2009
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Nightwing has been a title that seems to have lost its sense of direction ever since acclaimed Batman writer Chuck Dixon left the series some 5+ years ago. Since then, Nightwing fans have been treated to a tirade of mediocre-to-bad stories by writers ranging from Devin Grayson, to Marv Wolfman, to, finally, former DC editor-current DC writer Peter Tomasi.

Tomasi's goal was pretty obvious; to breath some new life into the Nightwing series. And get back to telling some good old fashioned vigilante stories featuring everyone's favorite Robin, Dick Grayson. Basically, do what the past three Nightwing scribes have failed to do.

I would love to tell you that Mr. Tomasi achieved his goal with flying colors. That he wrote a classic Nightwing story that was fresh and an invigorating reboot of the title. Unfortunately, Tomasi only partially succeeded in his goal. He does bring Nightwing back to a more acceptable and classic style. And gives Dick some of the best characterization since Dixon left the title all those years ago. But outside of that, Tomasi has crafted a very forgettable and stale adventure in Freefall.

There is no invigoration in this story, there is nothing new and fresh to this story to bring new fans in, and keep old fans hanging around for more. By the final chapter of Freefall, I couldn't help but feel it was all rather pedestrian, and ultimately boring.

Truthfully, the longer Nightwing goes without a obvious purpose and direction, and the more writers I see try and fail to craft new, fun stories for the character, the more I agree with DC's recent decision to cancel the series.

I don't blame Tomasi for the shortcomings of this book.
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