TYPICAL BACHELOR PARTY
“For Richer or for Poorer”
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain
Nightwing vs. Hush #1 continues these side stories leading up to Batman’s big day. They also seem to be setting up what began in Batman #49 with The Joker and his role that will may or may not be played in the wedding. Both these sides issues have been great, but one thing continues to remain the same—the ‘B story’ continues to be the most interesting thing about the issue.
Nightwing vs. Hush #1 also seems to take place the night before Batman’s wedding, though doesn’t technically place it in the exact timeline. That being said, there’s a lot of interesting things happening in this issue; as well as a lot of details being dropped. This issue is also worth reading twice; there are tidbits you pick up more on once you know the full plot. Much like Robin vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1, the ‘B story’ in Nightwing vs. Hush #1—Bruce’s friendships; specifically with Dick—is incredibly interesting. This issue is also a throwback to Tom King’s Superfriends arc (Batman #36 & #37) that explored Batman and Superman’s relationship.
FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
I really enjoyed this issue. It had a bit of that Superfriends feeling that may be my favorite arc in King’s run thus far, but it, like the other prelude issues, doesn’t focus on Batman. This issue examines two of Bruce’s friendships; Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Tommy Elliot (Hush). While in a pocket dimension, we discover that Bruce’s onetime friend is jealous that he’s not the best man. He’s jealous that Nightwing was at the bachelor party, only to find out that Nightwing is Bruce’s onetime ward, Dick Grayson.
There is a nice reveal that I won’t spoil here, but shortly after Hush’s discovery, Nightwing is pulled out of the pocket dimension by Batman and Superman. It’s these next few panels and pages that I really love. With just a few words, we see how far these two friends have drifted from one another. It’s unintentional, and there’s a vow to fix that between the two, but it’s a heartwarming moment between the two.
A major reason I like tie-in material is that I get to discover new talent. Tim Seeley is an exceptional writer. And while I would love to see him take on the main Batman run one day, I love his work with Batman adjacent characters. He harnessed King’s energy from the Superfriends arc for the start of this book, and then went in new directions while still telling a compelling, heartwarming story about friendship.
Travis Moore’s art is incredible in Nightwing vs. Hush #1. While reading this, I couldn’t help feel like I was looking at something that was inspired by both Tim Burton’s Batman and Bruce Timm’s Batman The Animated Series. A lot of the issue is set against a dark background which makes Tamara Bonvillain’s coloring and Moore’s details pop. I had the chance to read this on 13″ tablet and it was the next best thing to physically holding the issue. Pure magic.
This team delivered a great issue here. It’s all about friendship and we get several points of views on it throughout the book. Through both Nightwing and Hush, we learn a lot about both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. I really hope that we get another Superfriends style of arc between these two down the road as that friendship deserves some TLC.
Images courtesy of DC Entertainment
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