Nightfall: Michael's Awakening #1 Review: A Truly Talented Voice

This very clever indie comic may have some mild technical and pacing issues but Nightfall: Michael's Awakening #1 shows a truly talented voice developing work with a distinctive style.

Nightfall: Michael's Awakening #1 Review: A Truly Talented Voice
The cover of Nightfall: Michael's Awakening #1. Credit: Animation Comics & Entertainment
A college football quarterback has the world on a string — spotlight-stealing performances that outshine his lackluster team, the love of a beautiful woman, and a supportive family. It wasn't always easy — his mother struggled with mental illness which saddled young Michael with a lot more than his younger days should have been, but he has overcome through hard work and character.
Here's the gag: Dwayne Robinson Jr. wrote, drew, lettered, and (near the end, for thematic reasons) colored this comic book. First, wow. Robinson's linework is pretty, like, really effective in showing emotion in facial expressions and detail in crowd scenes, which is no easy feat. There's a very clever moment when the book switches from black and white to color at a crucial moment which was very clever.
Unfortunately, the characterization is a little flat and the twist at the ending was a little forced. There's also a very frustrating grammatical typo which spell check wouldn't catch, and it takes the reader out of what was intended to be a touching moment. Also, there's not really a clear antagonist, so that leaves this with no sense of urgency.
There's room for this title to develop and it's surely nice to look at, but it's not quite ready for prime time. RATING: MEH.
By Dwayne Robinson Jr.
Nightfall: Michael's Awakening is a story about a college football quarterback named Michael Vash who's life gets turn upside down when he finds out the devastating truth about him and his family and learns there a difference between walking the path and knowing the path.

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About Hannibal Tabu

Hannibal Tabu is a writer, journalist, DJ, poet and designer living in south Los Angeles with his wife and children. He's a winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, winner of the 2018-2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, his weekly comic book review column THE BUY PILE can be found on iHeartRadio's Nerd-O-Rama podcast, his reviews can be found on, and more information can be found at his website, Plus, get free weekly web comics on the Operative Network at
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