Are you a Dick Grayson fan who enjoyed his run as Batman, checked out of the New 52 for obvious reasons, and came back because you heard good things about Grayson and find yourself asking “Hey what the heck happened in the *thirty* issues of comics in between these two series?” Well Nightwing: The Prince of Gotham Omnibus is here for you! And now you may ask yourself, “Dope but…are these many pages of comics…good?” and dear reader you are in luck because I have the answer for you in a resounding…eh. Nightwing’s New 52 era was a run helmed by writer Kyle Higgins and mostly consisted of three main artists over the 30+ issues: Eddy Barrows, Brett Booth, and Will Conrad along with a handful of fill-in artists and collaborators.
New 52 Nightwing’s biggest sin is being sandwiched in between two huge swings with the character of Dick Grayson. Grant Morrison had just electrified the character by having him step into the role of Batman and creating a strange psycho-pop Gotham for the Bright Knight and his surly Boy Wonder, Damian Wayne to traipse through. Immediately after this run Tim Seeley and Tom King took Dick out of Gotham and into the world of psychedelic espionage in another fresh and radical take. And unfortunately in the middle child is Nightwing, a mostly standard Batman family comic with a largely forgettable supporting cast and constant derailment from crossovers that it felt hard for any of the interesting things it had going for it to stick.