I’m glad I gave that first issue a chance and immediately became addicted to it. A new graphic novel collection of the first seven issues entitled Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes gives new readers a chance to jump on board now.
Haley’s Circus returns to Gotham City, bringing with it a trail of murder, mystery, peril, and supernatural evil. Dick Grayson / Nightwing rejoins the traveling show to uncover the truth behind sinister deeds that haunt the greatest show on Earth. He uncovers more than he bargained for when a mysterious costumed assassin calling himself Saiko appears with an obvious taste for vengeance against either Grayson or his alter ego.
Writer Kyle Higgins takes the reader on a cross-country adventure filled with plenty of action and engaging stories. He does a great job incorporating some familiar faces into the pages and even getting one involved in the heavy duty crime-fighting workload Grayson has taken on. Higgins is also unafraid of going into supernatural territory, which many current Bat-Family writers avoid.
Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica, and Geraldo Borges handle the penciling for the book. Each of their styles is similar enough to where it isn’t distracting. The illustrations lean towards realism. There’s one flashback towards the end that stands out more than anything else. The difference in drawings gives the section a surreal feeling like we’re in a dream.
Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes is an entertaining read from start to finish. There’s something for everyone within its pages. We get a realistic storyline and a paranormal tale all within its pages. Nightwing is all grown up and is more than capable to carry his own monthly series as reflected in this graphic novel collection.