Of all the 0 issues DC has released this month, this is the best one I’ve read so far. The only time I’ve seen this story before is in Batman Forever and needless to say this is vastly superior.
This does an excellent job at summing up various events that lead Grayson towards becoming Batman’s first sidekick. At the same time, there’s plenty of room for emotional character development and tragic sentimentality. Even before Batman began training him, Robin shows plenty of potential as both a detective and a fighter. This comic also does a great job at showcasing how similar yet different Batman and Nightwing are.
One particular emphasis was on Nightwing’s ability to read people and body movement. It makes total sense considering as an acrobat, you have to know where your trapeze partner is going to be and when. I’ve read a few complaints that this should be Cassandra Cain’s ability, who isn’t allowed to show up in the new dc universe as of now. I see no reason why an acrobat shouldn’t also have similar abilities through training.
The art isn’t as good as the story, but it’s good enough. The backgrounds are complete enough that you always know where each scene takes place. The fighting is well drawn and easy to follow. On the down side, characters often look calmer than they should be. It’s this apparent emotional distance that holds back what should be an emotional story. Otherwise, I can’t think of any complaints about the art.
If you haven’t seen Robin’s origin story beyond Batman Forever, this is an easy recommendation. If you have read it before, read it first and decide for yourself. It’s a great comic, but as a new DC reader I don’t know how it compares to the original story.