Of Tumblers and Dragons – A Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2 Review
“Well, Barbara. Welcome home.” Convergence’s second month brings Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle to a stunning and heart-warming close. Filled with action, twists, and happy endings issue #2 is the long awaited climax years in the making. Spoilers ahead! If you still haven’t read the issue go get on that!
At the end of Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #1, Dick, rejected by the love of his life, went off to prepare for the final fight. Equally heartbroken, Barbara had to put aside her feelings and come up with a plan to defeat Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Now, with the fate of the city at stake, Oracle and Nightwing must rise to the occasion against the militant Thanagarians.
For only two issues, there’s been an excellent amount of build up to the final fight. The stakes are high and feel real, which is sometimes hard to convey in comics. It’s easy to say the fate of the world is at stake, but the actions that follow should reflect those stakes. It takes a great artist to bring what the writer is conveying to life and Jan Duursema does not hold back. The fight between Nightwing and the Thanagarians is simply epic. The art showcases the best of Dick and Barbara’s abilities, and Duursema nails the energy and emotion of two sides fighting with everything on the line. It’s an awesome, climatic battle.
While I knew how it would it end, it never felt one-sided. Barbara and Dick were triumphant not just because of their physical skill, but because of their wits and a little Canary magic. As Barbara puts it, “Before I was anything else, I was smart.” If it wasn’t for Barbara’s meticulous planning, the Thanagarians would have won. It was so cool to see Barbara turn Hawkwoman’s own system against her, and it was equally cool to have Black Canary show up to even the playing field.
Barbara accepting Dick’s marriage proposal made me cry a bit. It’s something that’s been a long time coming, yet felt completely authentic. Barbara realizing her own fears and Dick accepting and understanding them is a testament to a friendship and partnership that’s developed in the comics for years. Gail Simone hit the mark on Dick and Barbara’s relationship and this scene is a reflection of two people who have complete faith in the other no matter what happens.
Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2 was a phenomenal issue for a number of reasons, but it’s Gail Simone’s dialog that brings everything home and successfully underscores the best of Barbara’s character. There are never limitations for what Barbara can accomplish. It’s one of the reasons her character resonates so well with fans, myself included. No matter her doubts and no matter the obstacles Barbara triumphs over it. I said this in my last Convergence review, but Barbara is the strongest character in the DCU and Simone puts out all the stops to show us why. Both issues are a celebration of Oracle, Barbara, and all the dragons she’s defeated over the years. This issues feels like a goodbye, but I know it’s not the end of Barbara’s story and I’m glad Simone and Duursema were able to bring this chapter to a happy end.
There aren’t enough nice things to say about Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2. I’ve never felt so satisfied with the ending to a comic. This issue is proof that superheroes can have endings even if they’re fighting bird people!
What are your thoughts on Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2? Did you cry? Also, be on the lookout for the Midnighter preview at the end of the issue!
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