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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 313

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 comics posted so far!

Today we look at another Huntress mini-series, this time Nightwing/Huntress by Devin Grayson, Greg Land and Bill Sienkiewicz!

Enjoy!

When Devin Grayson got the Nightwing assignment, I was excited, as I thought that she had done a lot of good work with the characters. This mini-series was one of the more notable examples.

The series begins with an intriguing premise – what if a superhero comes across an alibi for a bad guy while staking the bad guy out? That’s what happens to Nightwing…

However, the Huntress is on the case, as well, and she doesn’t know that the bad guy has an alibi…

Things are complicated even further when we learn that the “prostitute” murdered was an undercover cop…

Nightwing and Huntress team-up together to solve the case, and it gives rise to a lot of good character work between the two heroes…

Things take a MAJOR twist halfway through the comic…

Pretty major twist, eh?

The rest of the series shows the couple dealing with their new entangled situation while trying to clear a bad guy of a crime he didn’t commit (while hopefully taking him down for the crimes he DID commit) and find out who the REAL murderer was.

This is compelling stuff, and oh boy, the artwork by Land and Sienkiewicz is quite good. I liked the style Land used back here over the style he uses today, and obviously, any time you get a chance to be inked by Bill Sinekiewicz, you’re going to take it. Sienkiweicz did some stand-out work on this series.

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I’m sorry…my brain is still exploding over the concept of Sienkiewicz inking Land…

Bill Sienkiewicz can make any artist look good!

Bill Sienkiewicz can make any artist look good!

In fairness to Greg Land, his art style was actually good at this time and different than what it is now, so he does deserve some of the credit for the art looking good too. It’s weird, Land started out very gimmicky and terrible, as a 90s Image style artist, got pretty good, although in retrospect it seems a lot of his “good” period was due to emulating the Dodsons heavily, then he went back to being gimmcky and terrible, but a new type of gimmicky and terrible than he was before. He went full circle.

A few things, I’m surprised you thought the kiss was such a major twist. I thought it was a telegraphed cliche from early on in the series (they hate each other, bicker, but under it all they can’t resist each other, blahblahblah). It was a very well-executed cliche and I have no problems with it, but I just didn’t imagine that many people being caught off guard by it.

I remember reading this series, and I really liked it, but looking back I can now see clues and hints of Grayson’s fixations and writing tics that would resurface and be pushed over the top in her Nightwing run to ill effect.

cool for always liked the team up of night wing and huntress including her calling dick on not wanting to work with her because she is like batman.

It’s funny, skimming through the pages I was thinking, this art is kind of fugly. Strange that it’s probably the best stuff I’ve ever seen come out of Land. His style with Sienkiewicz’s does not mesh all that well imo.

Yeah, Land did some good work around this time. Good call on the Dodson influence T. That blonde female cop in the first panel of the third page shown here looks like she came straight out of a Dodson page.

I also liked Grayson’s work around this time. I really remember enjoying the Arsenal mini-series she did with Rick Mays.

Yes, Grayson’s Arsenal mini was GREAT. Especially when you compare it to recent dreck like Rise of Arsenal. Between this mini and the Arsenal one, it seems Grayson’s forte was miniseries more than ongoings. I remember being a big fan of hers based on her minis, but being disappointed by her ongoing work on Titans, Nightwing and Gotham Knights.

Rick Mays is a great artist, I wish he’d get more mainstream work.

How tall is Huntress? She must be 5 ft tall because Richard Grayson is no more than 5′ 11”

She also did a pretty decent Ghost Rider mini that is impossible to fit into continuity.

A few things, I’m surprised you thought the kiss was such a major twist. I thought it was a telegraphed cliche from early on in the series (they hate each other, bicker, but under it all they can’t resist each other, blahblahblah). It was a very well-executed cliche and I have no problems with it, but I just didn’t imagine that many people being caught off guard by it.

I mean for the series in general. At the time, it was quite surprising that Nightwing and Huntress would have sex together (which is a pretty significant thing) in a story outside of Nightwing’s regular book by a writer other than Dixon.

I liked her Black Widow and User minis, as well as her No Man’s Land issues. Some Gotham Knights issues were way better than others, the ending of the Scarecrow issue being among my favorite climaxes and twists ever. It’s a shame her Nightwing run went so far off the rails, as she did a lot of enjoyable comics before it.

Land/ Sienkiewicz would never work today, but the Nightwing/ Huntress mini seemed to find both artists at the perfect place for their styles to mesh.

Really enjoyed this minseries even though I generally have little time for Nightwing.

AverageJoeEveryman

November 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

“She also did a pretty decent Ghost Rider mini that is impossible to fit into continuity.”

I would call it a pretty awful Ghost Rider mini. That thing was brutal. It was right at the beginning of Marvel Knights and I seem to remember that she was planned to do a different series for them but switched with the original writer of the GR mini because she loved bikes so much. And man did it turn out awfully for fans of GR.

Ah, Greg Land before he started tracing pron magazines…

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