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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 160

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a one-off issue of Nightwing that was ranked #11 on the Greatest Chuck Dixon Stories Ever Told! – Nightwing #25 by Dixon and Scott McDaniel!

Enjoy!

The set-up for this one-off issue of Nightwing (set during the strange little period between the Gotham Earthquake and No Man’s Land) is easily explained, as we’ll see on these next few pages…

That’s the set-up for the rest of the issue – Nightwing and Robin, Batman’s two “boys,” hanging out on a train blindfolded talking.

Dixon was the writer on the titles of both characters at the time, so he definitely had each of their “voices” down pat, and he could reference stuff that perhaps a writer not as familiar with each character would miss out on (like Robin’s girlfriend, Stephanie Brown, being pregnant at the time).

In any event, that’s what the issue was – a lot of strong character work, like when Robin teases Dick about the women he’s dated…

Dixon also makes sure to throw in some active danger, and McDaniel draws it well (he is a great action artist), and Dixon does a nice job explaining the point of this seemingly silly exercise…

Later on, they also encounter some thieves, just so there’s SOME fighting in the issue – but otherwise it was just heartfelt discussions between two characters who really did not get as much of a chance to interact in the comics.

And the issue ends with a major change in Dick Grayson’s life – making it a proper ending to a 25th issue.

This was a strong issue.

8 Comments

a nice issue for always thought chuck dixon was perfect doing night wing for he knew the character so well. like a glove. and love robins reaciton when Dick revealed he and the huntress had a fling. plus also learning night wing was married. a surprise there .

Annoyed Grunt

June 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

Right around the same time he wrote an issue of Detective that was an issue long conversation between Dick and Bruce that I remember being really good.

I loved Dixon and McDaniel’s run on Nightwing and this was probably the issue i reread the most. Just a fun, fun comic.

I must confess I’m not much of a Dick Grayson fan, but it seems like it wouldn’t be a bad idea to track down some Nightwing stuff to read. Any TPBs recommended? :)

Hey! What was the change for Nightwing? i think that i have this issue, but i can’t remember what happened. Anyone?
DFTBA

This only reinforces Nightwing’s general awesomeness for me!

Yep, Nightwing was married, if only for a short time. I think it was in Devin Grayson’s first work with the character, and she was credited as either D. Grayson or D.K. Grayson on the cover. How could one resist a Nightwing book written by D. Grayson?

Anyway, the marriage was to root out a suspected black widow killer. It was a fun enough issue. I can’t say that it foreshadowed anything quality-wise regarding Grayson’s later run on Nightwing that was so reviled in the fan community.

Not bad. But I can’t believe Robin II was number 2 on that best Chuck Dixon stories. Ugh. I wasn’t bad but when it came to cleaning out my comic collection I didn’t bothering holding onto those issues (even with the shiny hologram covers). I always liked Chuck Dixon’s work on Alien Legion even if I haven’t always liked Chuck Dixon.

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