When we ran an article looking at the close relationship between the current Nightwing run by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo and the Hawkeye run by Matt Fraction and David Aja, Whether using the comics-style of instructional manuals…
… or showing scenes by way of comics as building plans, tiered panels matching floors of a building as people move through them, or all at once.
It's a visual language that seems perfect for comic books, but does require a modicum of effort. The likes of Acme Novelty Library, Young Avengers, Tomorrow Stories, and others have followed this route as well but a) it's rare and b) much appreciated when we get it. We also get a better look at the position of the bed, and the couch. So when the police start suggesting that Dick Grayson is guilty of murder, he is able to call on a trump card. The daughter of former Gotham Police Commissioner, Jim Gordon.
Cue Gotham's finest slinking away with their handcuffs between their legs. And no that is not an official DC Comics T-Shirt (yet) but Senior Publicity Manager at DC Comics, Clark Bull, bought a knock-off version for himself.
See? Nightwing #80 is published by DC Comics today.
NIGHTWING #80 CVR A BRUNO REDONDO
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Bruno Redondo
Dick Grayson's always had a big heart. From protecting those persecuted by bullies in his youth, to combating evil alongside Batman as Robin, to pledging his newly inherited wealth to enriching Blüdhaven as Nightwing—his kindness and generosity have always guided his life. But now a new villain stalks the back alleys of Blüdhaven, removing the hearts of the city's most vulnerable. Who is this terrifying new menace named Heartless, and will he be able to resist plucking out the biggest heart in all of Blüdhaven? Read this (literally) heart-wrenching issue to find out! Retail: $3.99
I bought my copy from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.