A Talon Waiting In The ‘Wings: Nightwing #63 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Rolling blackouts have struck Blüdhaven, and the Nightwings are the only thing standing between the city and chaos. We join Ric Grayson and Nightwing Blue as they stop a museum robbery. It goes well, but there is someone watching Ric as he does this–it’s a Talon of the Court of Owls. The blackouts return to the city the following night, and it’s all hands on deck for the Nightwings, and this forces the team to split up so they can answer multiple crises. Unfortunately, that means Nightwing Blue is on his own when the Talon ambushes him.

Nightwing #63 cover by Bruno Redondo
Nightwing #63 cover by Bruno Redondo

Nightwing #63 finds the team spread to its limits as they deal with the blackouts spreading throughout Blüdhaven on a nightly basis. There is almost certainly something or someone causing this, and it’s almost certainly linked to the Talon that is stalking the Nightwings.

I’m still not a fan of “Ric” Grayson as a character, especially when I know that he could be plain old Dick Grayson. That said, the Nightwings are finally growing on me. They are a charming team with some fun personalities and interesting backstories among them.

The Court of Owls are a really cool villain organization, and it’s nice seeing them resurface in DC. I’m curious where this is leading and if the Court is on the rise again.

Nightwing #63 art by Ronan Cliquet and Nick Filardi with letters from Andworld Design
Nightwing #63 art by Ronan Cliquet and Nick Filardi with letters from Andworld Design

Ronan Cliquet does a damn good job on this issue. His style lends itself to movement and action, which is especially needed in a Nightwing comic. The costumes look quite good too, and Ric’s in particular has gotten a visual upgade.  Nick Filardi’s vibrant color art gives a big boost to the energy and explosiveness of the comic too. Filardi works quite well with Cliquet’s line work.

Nightwing #63 is one of the better issues to have come out since the big shift in Nightwing #50. It’s fun, fast-moving, and the new Nightwings team is starting to become a fairly engaging team. As such, this comic earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Nightwing #63 comes to us from writer Dan Jurgens, artist Ronan Cliquet, color artist Nick Filardi, letters from Andworld Design, cover artist Bruno Redondo, and variant cover artist Warren Louw.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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