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If you didn't already know, I am a HUGE Spider-Man fan! This photo from the upcoming 2012 Spider-Man film. It wasn't what a lot of people expected, but I love it! I especially like how skinny he is! It's about time one of our super heroes looks like a real guy. Besides, Spider-Man's strength comes from his powers more than his muscles. I couldn't be happier, but if you want to know what others are thinking, check out the following link at Marvel.com.
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Ahhh...Nightwing! I am trying to learn more about DC Comics (I grew up with Marvel), and one of the first characters I started with is Nightwing. I love Batman, but he has a long and complicated past. While Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the original Robin) has quite a past as well, the Nightwing series gives a newbie like me a good jumping in point as Dick takes on a new identity and starts a new life on his own. "Year One" provides a glimpse into how Batman and Robin split up, and how Robin becomes the much better dressed Nightwing.
The Highlights: Fabulous writing and art! I love what the writing team does with Dick Grayson's character, delving into what makes him tick without skimping on the action or using a bunch of flashbacks. The dialogue is also pretty funny at times. It has appearances by a lot of great heroes and villains, but the focus stays on Nightwing. This story also doesn't require a lot of previous knowledge of the DC Universe, but those who are familiar won't be disappointed either. Let me just say that I LOVE Scott McDaniel's art! It stands out from the typical superhero art. It's a little more stylized and cartoony, but in a very, very good way. His page layouts are also very refreshing and unique compared to the norm.
Things to Consider: If you're picky about art styles, check out some of McDaniel's work before you purchase this paperback. The cover doesn't give the full effect. Some other reviewers felt that Dick Grayson's character didn't match his characterization in the Teen Titans comics. I haven't read any Teen Titans, but I have read other Nightwing stories, and I love what they do with the Dick Grayson character in his own series.
I loved it! If you're not into Batman then this might not be your thing, but if you want fun and interesting stories with some classic Batman characters then I highly recommend this book! It's great to see how Dick Grayson sets out on his own to become a superhero that I find just as interesting as Batman.
My Rating: Definitely worth checking out. I'm tempted to rate it even higher, but I think your enjoyment of this book depends on your interest in the subject material.
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If you want more Nightwing, this should be your second (or maybe even first) place to look. Nightwing Vol. 1: A Knight in Bludhaven, is the beginning of Dick Grayson's move to Bludhaven, Gotham's sister city and an even bigger mess. Scott McDaniel does the art for this one as well. I highly recommend it!