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Product Details

  • Series: Nightwing (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401246303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401246303
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Higgins and Booth delivering the goods."—IGN

"I'll be back for more."—CBR

About the Author

Kyle Higgins is an American comic book writer best known for his work with DC Comics. Higgins' knack for dynamic action scenes and pacing make him one of the best up and coming talents in the industry. His previous works include the limited series BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM along with best-selling writer Scott Snyder, as well as BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS. He is currently writing NIGHTWING as a part of DC Comics - The New 52

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The story is very action packed.
Jae Duk
Nightwing will also find a few new enemies to add to his rogues gallery as well.
The art is masterful, and the story is pretty deep, and the tone works great.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knight on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I really like the story being told in the pages of Nightwing. In the latest volume, Second City, Kyle Higgins has taken Dick Grayson to Chicago after he received some infomation that Tony Zucco, the man who killed his parents, was there. What follows is Grayson's search to finally confront and take down Zucco, thereby avenging his parents' deaths. Along the way, Grayson runs into the Prankster, a vicious villain (or is he) who wants to destroy the mayor of Chicago.

Unlike the other cities in the DC Universe, Chicago is a real place. What this means is that many landmarks make an appearance, including the Hancock Tower, Navy Pier, Millenium Park, and the El train. This serves to ground Nightwing in reality much more than some of the other heroes. It also adds a dimension of fun for people familiar with the city.

Another bonus from having Grayson move to Chicago is the new cast of characters he is surrounded with, including two roommates. Grayson has lost his fortune, and due to his current relationship with Bruce Wayne, he really doesn't have any access to money. This puts him in a new position, with the potential to explore new facets of his life.

Storywise, Second City is strong. Grayson's search for Zucco comes to fruition in an unlikely manner. Additionally, his run-ins with the Prankster form a solid plot (although a little reminiscent of the movie The Dark Knight) for Higgins to begin Nightwing's career in a new city.

I think my favorite part of this collection, though, are all the hints about what happened to Chicago's masked heroes. Sometime in the near past, someone killed all, or nearly all, of the masked vigilantes working in Chicago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalLifer on July 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Nightwing is my #1 all time favorite super hero so this review may be extremely biased. You have been warned.

This volume hurts me as much as it makes me happy.This is by far the best Nightwing graphic novel I have read. In "Second City" Nightwing finally becomes his own hero. It only took moving from Gotham to Chicago but this is actually extremely refreshing and shows Nightwing's true prowess as a super hero. This actually saddens me because DC built Nightwing up so well in the New 52 and then they dispose of him and make Grayson instead. This Volume showed how much potential Nightwing had at being a big name in the DCU. The art is phenomenal in this volume as well as the story. It had a lot of unexpected plot twists and it was action packed. I also love the costume change in this volume as well; not that his earlier outfit was bad though.

"Second City" gives Nightwing not only a whole new location, but it also features a whole new life for him. Nightwing will also find a few new enemies to add to his rogues gallery as well. Having Tony Zucco in this novel really made it an amazing read. Watching him grow is one of the reasons why you should not miss this one. Another fine addition was the Prankster who will keep you on your toes the entire read. The Prankster is a really well done villain who really pushes Nightwing to his absolute limits and the city of Chicago to the brink of destruction. Adding the Prankster into Nightwing's rogues gallery is a nice touch that really sets Nightwing apart from the rest of the Bat-family.

All in all "Second City" is an excellent addition to Nightwing in the New 52. This novel features some of, if not the best art you will find in a graphic novel, as well as some of the best story telling and action packed scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
Nightwing, under the penmanship of writer Kyle Higgins, has been a solid series since the very beginning of the New 52. The writer has brought a new fan base in the New 52 having Dick Grayson own his own circus going around the country, finding out his family history, and losing personal friends from his confrontation with the Joker returning to Gotham. But for the most part, Higgins has used most of the stories based around events of Scott Snyder's work being the Court of Owls and Death of the Family arcs, with the first volume really being his own work. Now that the crossovers with Batman are over with, Higgins can tell his own story of Nightwing and this is a shining example of a Dick Grayson story done right.

NIGHTWING VOL.4: SECOND CITY collects issues #19-24 and see's Dick Grayson head to Chicago on the surprising reveal that Tony Zucco is still alive, the very man responsible for murdering Dick Grayson's parents, who everyone thought was dead. Now Grayson must snoop around Chicago looking for leads into Zucco's whereabouts, while also putting up with a crazy vigilantly named Prankster, who has the city in an uproar over his acts, AND someone is mysteriously killing costumed heroes around town. Grayson has a lot on his palette in Chicago and it doesn't look like he'll be leaving anytime soon.

The boldest thing about this tale is that this is the first time since starting the New 52; Nightwing is actually on his own. He's in Chicago, not some fictional city. There are no cross-over's/tie-ins with other comics, and no cameos from the Bat-family. This is truly a Dick Grayson/Nightwing tale that I get the feeling Kyle Higgins was waiting for and/or wanted since the start of the series and it truly shines.
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More About the Author

Kyle Higgins is a New York Times Best Selling writer whose past work includes BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM, SUPREME POWER, DEATHSTROKE, and NIGHTWING. After spending two years at the University of Iowa, Kyle transferred to Chapman University where he co-wrote and directed a superhero noir titled THE LEAGUE, about the 1960's superhero labor union of Chicago. The film opened doors at Marvel Comics, where Kyle co-wrote his first two books with Alec Siegel (CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: PRISONERS OF DUTY, and AVENGERS ORIGINS: THE VISION). Kyle is also the co-creator of The Nightrunner (with David Hine), whose story was featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart. At present, Kyle is working on BATMAN BEYOND 2.0 and BATMAN ETERNAL for DC Comics, as well as his new Image series, C.O.W.L. (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis).

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