Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

Traps and Trapezes Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes

by Kyle Higgins (Writer), Eddy Barrows (Artist, with Geraldo Borges, Eber Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica, Paulo Siqueira, JP Mayer, Trevor McCarthy)

Trade Paperback, 160 pg.
DC Comics, 2012

Read: January 20, 2015

So all the New 52 Teen Titans were checked out of my local library, so I grabbed this to continue dipping my toe into DC’s experiment.

Nightwing and I go way back to my days reading The New Teen Titans, I read the issue where Dick unveiled his new identity something like 1.6 million times, and spent a lot of time following his solo title.

This was a different take on Dick’s return to the circus home of his youth, revisiting his parents’ death as well as other tragedies. Naturally, a costumed assassin comes after him and drops some bodies. Leading to Dick learning a lot more about the circus’ present and past (changing the way he had to look at many things).

There were a couple of brief detours from the hunt for the assassin. One was a brief supernatural story in the midst of all of this — it felt pretty strange in the context, but it worked. The other was a quick team-up with Batgirl to take down a shapeshifting thief. I really liked that story and the relationship between Dick and Barbara there.

Barrows art was fine — sometimes really good. Some of the other stuff? Eh, not so much (some of it was really nice, though). I thought it was an interesting choice to make the Flying Graysons’ costumes look like older versions of Nightwing’s costume, I remembered them being more classic Robin-y, but this worked for me. I’m not crazy about the red instead of the blue on Nightwing’s costume, but I can deal with it, I guess.

On the whole, there was nothing really “New” about this “New 52” Nightwing — Barbara as Bat-girl was nice, maybe some of the revelations in the last couple of pages — but basically this was a Nightwing story. Nothing wrong with that.


3 Stars


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