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Nightwing, Vol. 2: Night of the Owls (The New 52) Paperback – July 30, 2013

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"Dynamic art and a story that draws upon the history of the character."—The New York Times

"Stellar...a solid yarn that roots itself in Grayson's past, with gorgeous artwork by artist Eddy Barrows to boot."—IGN

"I think a new generation is going to fall in love with Nightwing..."—MTV Geek

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd ed. edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240271
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it comes to Kyle Higgins Nightwing, I think the young writer has a solid voice for the character of Dick Grayson. It's fun and interesting to see Batman's first pupil come into his own and dealing with his own problems away from Gotham City. The thing is, at the end of volume 1, Nightwing returned to Gotham with his circus with bad results and learning a big secret about upbringing. Now it appears that Nightwing's presence in Gotham leads him to know a lot more about himself then ever before.

NIGHTWING VOL.2: NIGHT OF THE OWLS collects issues #8-12 and #0. Issues #8 and #9 is part of the "Night of the Owls" event/story, issues #10-#12 is the 3-part "Republic of Tomorrow" story, and origin of Nightwing is in issue #0.

The 2-part Night of the Owls story is during the Batman family cross over from Batman: Night of the Owls (The New 52), which deal with Nightwing fighting the current Talon for the Court of Owls and finding out Dick Grayson and the Talon have far more of a connection and history then Dick ever imagined. And the 3-part Republic of Tomorrow story deals with a shady cult group that claim to be Gotham's true savor and wants Nightwing dead for a murder he's framed for by unknown forces.

Kyle Higgins key theme in this volume is the inner workings of Dick Grayson's history growing up and the connection he has with Gotham. The Night of the Owls 2-parter is one of the best things about the event and for Nightwing himself. We get a good look at the family history of Dick Grayson's ancestor and his inner workings, as well as the origin of Dick Grayson's last name. It gives the conflict with the Talon and Dick a strong emotional story and payoff.
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Kyle Higgins really understands Nightwing. He really gets it, and surprisingly the Court Of Owls crossover makes total sense here, and is rather engaging. You MIGHT want to read Batman Volume Two first, but it's not necessary really.

Dick goes from being Youthful to being Older on a whim, somehow. Not sure how the artist manages that, not sure if it's on purpose. But his age can appear to vary by a few years from book to book. No, it's not time travel. It's just the artist. It doesn't detract from the book at all.

Overall, I love the Series and I love Nightwing. If you're reading The New 52 you're not doing yourself any favors by missing this one.
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For Christmas, I received volume 1 of this series. A good while before reading that volume I read Batman: The Night of the Owls. That collected edition of The entire Night of the Owls story contains 2 of the issues that are in this Nightwing volume. Upon reading Night of the Owls, I wanted to know more about what happened to Nightwing/Dick Grayson leading up to that event. I've read plenty of comics with Dick Grayson in them before, but I'd never read a single issue of Nightwing until that Owls book. I like the character and have read plenty of Batman issues through the years that he was in. Some of those go all the way back to when he was still Robin. Others were Teen Titans issues with him. I had always seen him as either a sidekick or part of a group and was never interested enough to read some of his solo books. Night of the Owls changed that. That's why I asked for volume 1 of this series for Christmas and here it is the beginning of March and I've already bought volume 2.

Writer Kyle Higgins has done an amazing job on this series getting me to love a character that I was merely indifferent about before. A lot of writers don't adapt well to having their comic being forced to crossover with others. Trying to make a crossover fit into a comic series is often akin to hammering a square peg into a round hole. I'm pretty sure that the main plot points about the Court of the Owls were laid out in meetings somewhere, but Higgins is the one that took the ball and ran with it. He not only made the Owls fit organically into the Nightwing series, he made them vital to Dick Grayson's history. The whole book is good, but the first two issues here, #8 & #9, are great. Higgins' writing gets 4.5 stars and makes me want to rush right out and pick up volume 3.
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In the beginning of this volume, Nightwing is battling against a talon that has a close connection with him (trying not to give any spoilers in case you are just starting the story) during the Night of the Owls.

After that night ends, Dick begins to work on a private project to improve a certain area in Gotham that has been decaying for a long time. He does not have enough money for the project on his own but does not want to as Bruce for help. So in order to get the money he needs for this, he has a meeting with a certain bank employee to apply for a loan which will put him in a very awkward spot.

On the following night, Nightwing investigates why one of his escrima sticks was found at the scene of a murder. One detective believes that Nightwing is the murderer and begins pursuing him in order to arrest and unmask him. Luckily, Nightwing will find allies in unusual places that will aid him in their own ways so that he can find the true killer.
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