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  • This issue goes back and covers the origins of this incarnation of Nightwing and Flamebird
  • There's an interesting parallel between the mysticism of Flamebird and the scientific take on Nightwing, who Chris channeled after tampering with some remnants of Brainiac


    • by David Finniss

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      This issue goes back and covers the origins of this incarnation of Nightwing and Flamebird. I’m not too familiar with the characters, I just know that they were guardians of Kandor. Here, Flamebird is shown to be a mystical entity, sort of like the Phoenix. There’s talk of prophecies and destiny.

      The comic opens with Brainiac invading Krypton and taking Kandor. This issue, much like the Brainiac arc in earlier issues, shows the horror of the event


      and how it traumatized everyone involved. Zod’s army attacks, but soon gets its rear end handed to it. Among the survivors is Thara Ak-Var, who soon begins having strange visions.

      We also see how Chris aged. The comic is still unclear, but offers a variety of theories as to how he got older while in the Phantom Zone. Desperate and alone, he sneaks into the prison and befriends Non, who displays compassion for the boy.

      There’s ...


      • an interesting parallel between the mysticism of Flamebird and the scientific take on Nightwing, who Chris channeled after tampering with some remnants of Brainiac.

        Ursa, once again, gets a chance to pummel Thara though Non helps them in the end. It was a good issue. The art was well done and the narration, while frequent wasn’t overbearing or unwelcome. It was a big issue, both in scope and general size, giving the buyer more bang for their

        buck. I don’t know why they reset the annual count. Clearly Action Comics has been around for more than 12 years. I’m also fairly certain that they released annuals even through the silver age so the number’s wrong and it’s not like other titles where Action has relaunched, that much is clear by the high issue number. I don’t know.

        Overall, a good issue. Though I’m still pretty indifferent to Nightwing and Flamebird, this was a good read.




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