Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FACE-OFF: The 6 Best Nightwing Artists Ever (Up Until Now)

Dick Grayson is easily my favourite aspect of the 'Bat-universe' - he's the super-hero I grew up alongside and when he's written right, the not-so-dark daredevil of Gotham is also the one I'd pick to split a few beers with, you know, if that DCU portal ever cracked open.

Now to fill the wait between Dick's current turn as a Batman and his imminent return to his own role as Nightwing (fingers crossed), I thought I'd mark the history of the sidekick who realised if he stepped to the side he'd cast his own shadow, with this; The Best 6 Nightwing Artists Ever (up until now).

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6) George Perez When I was reading New Teen Titans I thought Dick had found the artist that should follow him for life. That's how good George's Grayson was and still is.
5) Patrick Zircher This one surprised me. I don't normally find Nightwing works with art that looks a little more 'Vertigo' in style, but Patrick's run was stunning stuff.
4) Jim Lee What can you say? It's Jim Lee. He draws a character for even five minutes and the result is iconic. It's the way he works.
3) Scott McDaniel Scott nailed the right balance of dark and light for the character, pulling off amazing camera angles and Grayson's acrobatic prowess in his own trademark way.
2) Dan Jurgens Sometimes you turn a comic page, see the artist handle a character and go 'Yes! That's how 'x' should look!' This is one of those moments.

As for the number one artist, well you're just going to have to click through for that...

1) Nicola Scott The Secret Six is one of those books that sadly will be better thought of in hindsight than it is in the present. An awesome read month in month out, it also has carried the trademark pencils of some of DC's best. Nicola Scott stands at the forefront of that list.

Seeing her take on Nightwing makes you realise when Dick Grayson does step back into his own suit and title, Nicola should be the first one offered a crack and making him fly.

Who is your number one Nightwing artist? Is it someone I have missed?

10 comments:

  1. I love Nicola Scott's work, which makes her fanged hobbit treatment of Gar Logan all the more painful.

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  2. Hey ToB! Thanks for the comments, glad you are in keeping with the top pick too.

    I saw the fangs on the cover to her first issue of Titans, but thought that might just by the one pose? Guess not. How does she go on the others?

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  3. It's all great, really great, except for Gar (mind you I am a big Gar Logan fan, so my view of the matter is probably skewed). Cassie looks much, much better; so does Raven.

    Here's an upcoming cover
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/dccomics/201102/superman_batman/TT_Cv92.jpg

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  4. Wow you are right ToB - that does look like a fine looking Titans.

    Cyborg's not part of the line-up? Hopefully whatever DC have planned for Gar they save him some time to hang out with Vic - those two are one of DC's best buddy teams!

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  5. I hadn't heard that Cyborg was going anywhere. Man. Now I'm going to go spend half my day rereading back issues for hints. And yeah, I agree completely with ToB. I do not like the fangs. I was trying to rationalize it in my head, that maybe Gar was doing it on purpose, but he'd never kept any animal characteristics before. But I love that shot of Nightwing she drew that you have up. Any time an artist draws a character and I can spend more than half a second glancing at it, I'd say they're pretty darn successful. The only reason I'd put George at number one is because...well. He's George. And I grew up with him. And when I close my eyes that's the Nightwing I still see, with that scene of him coming down the stairs to see Jericho for the first time in his Nightwing outfit. But that's just my personal opinion, and I admit it has more to do with sentiment than anything else.

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  6. Hey RH - sorry I'm just guessing from the cover art Cyborgs not in the line up... I'm not sure myself. Hopefully - he's the best Titan.

    George definitely left a huge mark on the character. Oddly enough when I close my eyes the Nightwing I see is Phil Jimenez's take on the character - and I forgot to add him to the list!

    ...I wish people advised me when me memory started leaving.

    Thanks for the comments.

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  7. They probably did, you just don't remember.

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  8. I hadn't heard that Cyborg was going anywhere. Man. Now I'm going to go spend half my day rereading back issues for hints. And yeah, I agree completely with Tod. I do not like the fangs. I was trying to rationalize it in my head, that maybe Gar was doing it on purpose, but he'd never kept any animal ...I wish people advised me when me memory started leaving.

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  9. I am love Nicola Scout's work, which makes her fanged hobbit treatment of Gar Logan all the more painful.them....................

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  10. Thanks for stopping by Brugge - you're right - Nicola does great stuff!

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