Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Comics Rant: Nightwing #1

Nightwing #1
Written by Tim Seeley
Drawn by Javier Fernandez
Colored by Chris Sotomayor

Look, y'all. It's Nightwing, and he's back! Now that he's no longer doing the whole "James Bond" routine he can go back to rocking tights. The story is told in three parts. The first part is Nightwing is working in Europe for the Court of Owls. Man, I mean, I really forgot about those guys. They are holding over his head that if Nightwing doesn't do what he's told, they'll kill Robin. Didn't Robin die and come back a few months ago? Does that even still exist in this universe? I admit I'm lost, so I'm just gonna go ahead and say no.

So, Nightwing is the Court of Owls' errand boy. Nightwing is really doing just that, running errands. Telling powerful people that the Owls are watching said powerful politician. Which really does what, I don't know. This make the Court of Owls unhappy that Nigthwing won't  just turn into an out and out Talon, but hey, thems the breaks.

Nightwing goes back to the US to talk with Batman. The Dark Knight decides that it's better if Dick went on to be his own man, despite the fact that he's still funding Nightwing's operation against the Court of Owls overseas in Europe.

Dick drops in on Batgirl. He thinks it's a date, she thinks it's a work thing. Who could blame them. Just the many problems of living a double life. I wonder if Batman ever shows up to a corporate in a three piece suit while still wearing his Batman cowl. Shit, I bet he would if Kevin Smith wrote it.

Batgirl tells Nightwing to come back from his battle in Europe against the Court of Owls in one piece, seeing as how he just came back from being "dead" and reclaimed his mantle as a costumed hero. Once in Europe, Nighting runs into his new Court of Owls training partner, Raptor. Huh. He looks like a Talon reject, fo real.

Raptor kicks Nightwing's black and blue ass. Then Raptor tells Nightwing that everything Batman has taught him is wrong and stupid. Okay, well not wrong and stupid, but just wrong. I enjoyed the artwork. It was grounded in realty. All the heroes are fit but not super bulky. The story was long but felt a little too long, like they stuffed in too much. I know some modern comics are too short, but sometimes, like now, it went on too damn long. Tim Seeleey has got to work on that. But it's still a strong effort.

-Tash Moore

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