Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes (The New 52). (Anglais) Broché – 16 octobre 2012
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"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
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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Eddy Barrows (SUPERMAN)!
Haley's Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, makes a stop on its tour in Gotham City - bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. To uncover more clues as to why a mysterious assassin is targetting him, Nightwing joins the Haley's Circus tour in order to find more clues and protect those he loves. But as Dick becomes closer acquainted with the big top he grew up with, he discovers there's a much deeper, darker secret to be discovered.
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NIGHTWING VOL.1: TRAPS AND TRAPEZES collect issues #1-7. Dick Grayson, AKA Nightwing, as returned to his former title after spending time as Batman while Bruce Wayne was out of town (Batman: The Black Mirror and Batman: Gates of Gotham for example). Grayson is happy enjoying his current life and identity again in Gotham, but Haly's Circus is back in town, which is Grayson's old traveling circus as a boy, and things suddenly start happening. A masked assassin shows up by the name of Saiko wanting Greyson dead, a woman enters his life, Grayson inherits the circus, and the past comes back to haunt him. Now Grayson and his circus travel around the country, while he's off to solve this case.
New comer writer Kyle Higgins made a decent name for himself in Gates of Gotham, and gave a reasonable portrayal of Dick Grayson as Batman. Now that he has reign over Grayson in his old Nightwing persona, he gets to let loose and it makes for a good comic. Beyond the conspiracy Grayson is tracking down this assassin, we get a nice natural feel of Grayson's values, beliefs, and yes: witty, sarcastic humor. The ingredients I think we all enjoy for Nightwing. Much of the better wording comes from the banter and a special guest from the Bat-family. And further exploration of Dick Grayson being the Robin that was positive and looked ahead is a good character study as well. Overall, it's a good book for new readers, even if you've never read any of Grayson's previous stint as Batman (though it's recommended).
And the prime reason I picked it up (and maybe for those people as well), being some of the ties to The Court of Owls storyline. I will say that it's not essential to the Court of Owls, but the story plays a reasonable role in Nightwing that works very good on its own, as well as a better perspective of Grayson's point-of-view from BATMAN #7. Well done there.
Eddy Barrows art is amazing. His art looks so close to Aquaman artist Ivan Reis I confuse the two sometimes, because they both draw so well and similar. Fill-in artist Eduardo Pansica and Geraldo Borges are not as strong as Barrows art, but they handle the narrative fairly well when it comes in. And special fill-in artist Trevor McCarthy does issue #4, which is quite comedic, but might throw off some readers of the narrative from the art change. But overall, no biggie.
Some faults include the mentioned art changes in between issues, as well as issue #5 introduces an odd, super-natural plot device that just doesn't feel like it belongs here. Other then at, the book holds up on its own.
NIGHTWING VOL.1: TRAPS AND TRAPEZES may not be ground-breaking or sticking out among some other Bat-books, but it does hold up as a good and fun title for Nightwing fans, new and old. It also holds up as a solid story for Dick Grayson that organically crosses over with Batman #7 and The Court of Owls/Night of the Owls arc. Here's to more Nightwing in the future.
I'm glad I gave that first issue a chance and immediately became addicted to it. A new graphic novel collection of the first seven issues entitled "Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes" gives new readers a chance to jump on board now.
Haley's Circus returns to Gotham City, bringing with it a trail of murder, mystery, peril, and supernatural evil. Dick Grayson / Nightwing rejoins the traveling show to uncover the truth behind sinister deeds that haunt the greatest show on Earth. He uncovers more than he bargained for when a mysterious costumed assassin calling himself Saiko appears with an obvious taste for vengeance against either Grayson or his alter ego.
Writer Kyle Higgins takes the reader on a cross-country adventure filled with plenty of action and engaging stories. He does a great job incorporating some familiar faces into the pages and even getting one involved in the heavy duty crime-fighting workload Grayson has taken on. Higgins is also unafraid of going into supernatural territory, which many current Bat-Family writers avoid.
Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica, and Geraldo Borges handle the penciling for the book. Each of their styles is similar enough to where it isn't distracting. The illustrations lean towards realism. There's one flashback towards the end that stands out more than anything else. The difference in drawings gives the section a surreal feeling like we're in a dream.
"Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes" is an entertaining read from start to finish. There's something for everyone within its pages. We get a realistic storyline and a paranormal tale all within its pages. Nightwing is all grown up and is more than capable to carry his own monthly series as reflected in this graphic novel collection.
I like Nightwing a lot. I like his good attitude. No matter what happens between him and Batman, him and Batgirl, or anyone else, he never loses his good nature or loses his cool--he maintains composure even when under duress. He is a staunch professional vigilante crime-fighter who every bit deserved to wear the cowl of Batman while Bruce was indisposed (see Batman RIP and The Return of Bruce Wayne).
In these first 7 issues, we get the origin of Dick Grayson again, and it's a bit overkill, unfortunately--almost worth a star rating, but I won't... Yes, he and his parents are acrobats in Haly's Circus, and yes, they fell and died when he was a child, and yes, Bruce Wayne adopted him. That is kind of told to death (forgive the pun), but then, so is the story of Bruce losing his parents, so I can forgive it on that precedent. What really impresses with this story is just how important Haly's Circus (and Nightwing) is to the Court of Owls story in Batman main. Without actually mentioning the word "Owl" anywhere in this GN, it is masterfully tied in with the Court of Owls nightmare that Batman goes through--and nearly dies from--in that story.
The revelation that "Grayson" means a Gray Son was a creative tie-in, if a bit of a stretch. (For additional background on this bit of history, see Talon and Western).
I like the romance, which is fun and funny at times, especially the scene where Barbara has run-in with Dick's current girlfriend, and they look almost like twins. Awkward!
Among all of the Bat-series, (and I read them all), I put them in this order by preference:
Batman and Robin
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Birds of Prey
Dick Grayson is back to being Nightwing, after he spent at least a year as Batman while Bruce Wayne was out of the picture. He remains in Gotham City fighting crime. The old circus he use to perform for called Haley's Circus, is back in town for the first time since his parents were murdered there. Plus there's a killer by the name of Saiko hunting Dick Grayson and not Nightwing. Grayson seeks to learn the identity of this killer and why he's hunting him. -summary
In the mid to late 2000's, DC really did make moves towards developing more interesting story lines in the aftermath of Final Crisis. While that event was poorly handled by Grant Morrison, people can't deny that DC really tried to capitalize off of it with some interesting twist. One of those twist was the "death" of the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, at the hands of Darkseid, and Dick Grayson picking up the mantle during the Battle for the Cowl storyline. Grayson becoming Batman in that way had to be his crowning moment to me. It was the elevation of the character proving he can really move on without his mentor. It was handled well for the most part. Eventually Bruce came back to Gotham, and once the New 52 set in, Grayson became Nightwing once again and part of me sees it as some type of demotion, but hey, Bruce was back and to me he is Batman. Well, Kyle Higgins doesn't exactly re-introduce Nightwing, he instead just moves forward with him. This TPB collects Nightwing issues 1 - 7. On a side note for those whom still may be out of the loop. When DC reset their universe with new #1 titles, they really did erase all past continuity, except in regards to Batman and Green Lantern's worlds; those two remained the same even acknowledging the final storylines before the end of Flashpoint, which was the event used for the reboot.
Kyle Higgins begins this storyline with a bang, by roping the reader into Nightwing's world with his and Gotham's development through some engaging inner monologue. If you read Batman: Court of Owls, you will notice that Gotham City itself was a character being developed in the same manner. It was treated as if the city was an entity that actually played a role in people's lives. Higgins uses this same form of development, but not exactly on such a high level as Scott Snyder; it probably wasn't his intention here. Anyway, it's clear Nightwing also believes that Gotham has an agenda involving his life, and he explains how the city has made him stronger in Batman's suit surviving all of its monsters and test. I like this part of the development, because although it feels as if Grayson took a step back becoming Nightwing again, he has grown enough to move forward, in which moving forward is the strongest running theme in this story.
The first portion of the story is very well paced introducing what appears to be key story elements, with one being the killer Saiko making a bold claim, that Dick Grayson is the fiercest killer in Gotham City. The suspense began to build because if you read Court of Owls in which this ties into, you're getting smaller pieces of that story. Plus a girl from Dick's childhood Raya, whom is also a part of Haley's circus makes an appearance as a possible love interest. And quite frankly, this is just when the story begins to play seesaw with my interest. The middle portion is nowhere near as interesting as the beginning.
DC and Marvel are both guilty of this; they love to make adjustments in characters origins with intentions on making their pasts darker. Sometimes that's not always a good thing and in the case of Dick Grayson, it's a very bad thing completely. It was established in Court of Owls that there was a connection between the Owls and Grayson. Here it links to the circus horrible secret history involving raising children to be killers, and this is my problem. Part of Grayson originally being able to function as Robin and later Nightwing, was due to the tragic death of his parents and the circus being remembered in a positive light. Like Batman, it gives him reason to go to war against crime, but if the circus he was living in clearly had evil intentions from day one for him. Then was it really a bad thing for events to play out how they did? Batman actually saved his life because he probably would have become just another murdering psychopath, whom could have been spending his life in prison, or being killed and remembered as a heartless villain. Although it was sad for his parents to die, it was still a good thing. Higgins is obviously aware of this, and he tries to patch up the tarnishing of Grayson' past, with him being able to make his own choices. It's all types of wrong, because the only reasons he's a hero is because of Tony Zucco killing his parents and Batman taking him in. This reworking of his origin is horribly developed and is definitely the lowest point of this story.
I have a problem with the breaks in the main narrative with some pretty bland enemies for Nightwing to face, that even takes a step towards the supernatural. It's your basic superhero action, unfortunately it's not as interesting as the whole fiercest killer thing. Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon makes an appearance here to clear up a misunderstanding between her and Grayson. It's nice to see them being able to move on, but this was just filler that could have waited. It's only purpose was to tease a love triangle that I never came close towards getting into; and as a heads up, for those whom remember last seeing Barbara Gordon disabled in a wheelchair playing the role of Oracle, you can read her book Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection for those details plus her confrontation with Nightwing.
Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica, and Geraldo Borges handles the artwork, and outside of some inconsistency with designs looking more cartoony and less refined than others, there really isn't much to complain about. Nightwing's new design with the red insignia is a cool twist. It definitely reflects his personality plus love for redheads. I like how he has a certain amount of build to him, as if the artists are pointing out he gained some size taking over as Batman. I remember so many books where he appeared to be way too skinny and not the least bit intimidating. There are certain moments when the backgrounds manage to stand out, with the gargoyle statues through out Gotham providing this ominous feel as if something is watching and anything can happen. It works well into the atmosphere especially in the next panel over, when people are being knifed to death by another psycho. The action panels will hold most people's attention, and it's not over the top violent as some other books in the New 52.
Perhaps I'm letting my long time knowledge of the character sway my judgment here quite a bit; but I think DC could have worked the Owls into this a different way. I really feel Grayson's past has been tainted, despite the great potential here for something outstanding later. I also felt this story was too by the numbers and this opening never felt too promising. I haven't been following the single issues that closely, so I'm unsure of any type of improvements at the moment. In any case, I can imagine newbies and casual fans enjoying this book a lot more. It does have the tools to rope in newer fans and that was DC's intention from day one. So, if you're enjoying the New 52 and missed this book, then give it a shot anyway.
Pros: Has moments it can be really good, solid artwork
Cons: Don't care for altering in origin, some messy plot points