Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Friends in High Places
Written by: Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty
Penciled by: Scott McDaniel
Inked by: Andy Owens
Colored by: Gregory Wright
Lettered by: Phil Balsman
Editor: Nachie Castro
Publisher: DC Comics
Well what we have here is one of my favorite writers working on my all time favorite comic book character. So yeah, I’m probably a bit biased. I’ve been waiting for this story for a while, and thus far, it’s been a hoot. It’s not doing anything mind-blowing, it’s just telling a good story. It’s nice to have a bit of a break from the current Nightwing story, as it got a little heavy towards the end. And it’s great to have the original team back on for a few months.
So what do we get? We get the origin of Nightwing. Dick Grayson has been fired as Robin, and he’s out looking for some guidance. So who would he go to? Superman of course. And Superman helps him out. He lets him know of the first Nightwing, who was a Kryptonian. This story was pretty much already told in Nightwing’s Secret Files book a few years ago, but it’s just as enjoyable now that it’s in context.
This comic is gonna work for some people, and for others it’s not. Since Dixon and company know they have 6 issues to tell this story, they are taking their time with it. So far, we don’t have much to go on, but so far, it’s a lot of fun.
I can’t tell you much else, other than giving you a blow by blow of the panels, but if you are a Nightwing fan, you’ll dig this story. We haven’t been given much of a glimpse into this part of Dick’s life before, so it’s quite nice.
McDaniel’s art is stunning as it always is. It’s not for every book, but his style works great with the energy of the character and this very action oriented chapter.
So wait for the trade or pick it up now, you’ll have a good time with it either way.