When you’re a comic book fan holidays mean a little bit more because our favorite characters celebrate them too! Dick Grayson is in a decidedly Valentine’s Day issue this week, but is it good?
Nightwing #15 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our exclusive preview to find out more!
Why does this book matter?
Nightwing’s life is changing rather quickly now that he’s in Blüdhaven and that includes a new love life. Tim Seeley writes a clever story here as we witness their relationship via a counter counting down the days.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Looks like somebody got lucky.
The issue opens with the denotation “68 days ago” and counts down to the present, which is a clever way to make the narrative cohesive, but also increase your anticipation of a budding relationship. Seeley does a good job showing how the relationship has grown, from a kiss, to sleeping over, and finally to expressing your feelings to those closest to you. The issue as a package will make you believe Dick is truly in love, the relationship is very real, and it’s going to be an important part of his life. The fact that it ends with a disheartening cliffhanger is all the more proof Seeley knows what he’s doing.
Nightwing #15 is also adult in theme, not pulling any punches; the issue reads like a very realistic relationship, right down to eating pizza and watching TV chill time. This is what Dick said he wanted to open the last arc and it looks like he’s finally getting what he wanted.
Artist Minkyu Jung does a good job and her stuff is reminiscent of Marcos To’s work. Chris Sotomayor colors this issue to perfection too; there’s a nice use of pop here and there (like in the purple background in the image below) and Shawn’s depiction looks great too. When things get steamy, Jung draws a killer panel with Shawn reaching up Dick’s costume, or the two getting out of bed naked. It’s tastefully done and handles Dick’s new love life very well.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Those expecting a ton of punching and kicking will be sorely disappointed. There’s a lot of talking and captioning going on. Speaking of captions, the final three pages may have too many of them. The words in the captions are great, don’t get me wrong, but they compete with the dialogue and make it tough to understand. I ended up reading the captions first and going back to read the dialogue to better understand what Seeley was trying to say.
Love is in the air.
Is It Good?
Low on action, high on love and relationship building, this is the perfect Valentine’s Day comic. Tim Seeley and Jung handle Dick’s love life in a very respectful and adult way that builds this character even further and reminding us he’s not a kid anymore.