Comic Review: Nightwing: The New Order #3

It seems like it's been awhile sense I reviewed the first comic in this series. Maybe now is a good time to catch up and see what future Dick Grayson has been up to.

Oh... Oh.. My... Just when this series couldn't get heavier.

Dick is now in custody and Jake is in holding while Kate Kane (former Batwoman and now working at the Pentigon) is on her way to interrogate Nightwing as to why he was aiding and abetting and meta-human. Never mind that it was his son. Never mind that he was the one who created the world in which they lived. The Law is the Law, and everyone needs to follow it; including an old, washed up superhero.

Dick decides to go to the one Robin that he seemed to have least in common with... Time Drake. Tim has a family of his own now, and doesn't want to risk the heavy hand of the government coming down on him. He will help Dick find out where they are keeping Jake, but after that, Nightwing is on his own. Dick need's to make a stop first.

Dick grabs what he needs from the sub, sub level of the Batcave (which is now a museum) and heads out to rescue his son. But Kate is smart enough to know what her former crime fighting partner will try to do. She needs to intercept him before anything else can go sideways. That's why she sends John Stewart to bring him in. 

But Batman had a gadget for everything, and Bruce Wayne was always paranoid of the members of the Justice League, so he devised a gauntlet that could penetrate a ring slingers constructs. Dick lays down a Green Lantern for a two count, but space cops can take a beating and Nightwing soon finds out that he is outmatched... until his old buddy Flash intervenes.

So, there we have it. Like I said in my original review... I was skeptical about this series. I now love it. Kyle Higgins pulls all the right chords to make this an emotional roller coaster for all the people involved. I love that he has Jake narrating everything... so we know Jake is going to turn out okay... one way or another... but I feel that Higgins is building up to a climatic denouement with Grayson dying for his son. 

The art is completely fitting, as I said before, and I enjoy Trevor McCarthy's depictions of aging heroes. I can see why some might not like the dark and blocky panel work or the continuous character blurs depicting motion (even when they are walking), but it works so well in this format that I think it's forgivable.

In the end, I can't wait to read what Higgins has in store for us next month. Who else from the Bat-Family will come out and play?

Rating: 8.5/10 Wonderful Toys