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To QUOTE Dick Grayson: 'It's always been about catching people when they fall'.
Life can make you do some really strange things at times, Jen. One minute you can be the sidekick to a darkly hued hero. And the next minute you can be chasing after a kid who wants to avenger their parent's deaths.
So don't do it, Jen. Trust me. I know all too well what it feels like having someone snatched away from you because of an act of just one man. So please, Jen, believe me when I say that your life isn't over yet. Don't go after, Mister Zsasz. He isn't worth it. Leave that murdering b*stard down to me. You're pal. Dick (Nightwing) Grayson.
Overall this penultimate chapter of 'Nightwing' worked for me on so many different levels.
On a creative level it reads like a final farewell helmed by its erstwhile creators, Kyle Higgins and Russell Dauterman. And in many ways sums up what they felt about Dick and what they experienced whilst writing his adventures.
On narrative level it's a tale about Nightwing trying to stop Jen from going after Mister Zsasz. Complemented greatly with a number of poignant segways that very much defined who Dick is as a hero, a character, plus what path he took in life prior to getting to where his is today.
Furthermore, on yet another yet level, this comic is a really great comic too. And for me personally, it almost brought a tear to my eye when I finally sat down and read it all. Especially that final scene between Dick and Jen... as... as...
Ops! I can feel myself sobbing now. Sob!
The only slight gripe I had with this story is that it wasn't properly explained how Jen found out where Mister Zsasz was hiding. Apart from that though -- nahh -- it was an amazing read. No problems with it at all.
One of the main reasons I'm musically pairing-up this tale to the Bee Gees classic, 'I've Gotta Get a Message to You', is because from my perspective that is what is at the very heart of it -- Getting a message of hope across to someone in need.
Without giving too much a way I'd say it would be very appropriate of me to compare this adventure to Dick Grayson's mother's gold bracelet. If you want to know why, please check out this escapade for more details, Ha!
Dear Dick Grayson.
Hello. My name is David Andrews, I'm a big fan, and I would just like to thank you very much for being the hero you really are.
Now I'm sure there are some people over at DC Comics who don't really understand what you're all about or what your role is within comic book mythology. But then again, they haven't been around for over seventy years, have they? Or transformed themselves from underage urchin, to teenage tearaway, leader of the Titans, and hero in their own right!
You're a first, Dick. You are the first ever hero to walk this path in comic book history. And no matter how many times your series will be cancelled or creators will change your name or costume, at the end of the day you will be Dick Grayson -- the first, the best, and the one who leads away.