Written by Tim Seeley
Drawn by Javier Fernandez
Colored by Chris Sotomayor
It's like Pulp Fiction, as in a tale showing the ending then confusing you then moving right to the beginning. That's what happened in this issue of Nightwing. Back in issue 2, Nightwing decided that it would be a much better idea to get closer to his new tag team partner, Raptor, (stupid name) and find out what the Court of Owls is hiding. He did this at the expense of going on a date with Batgirl in Japan. Moron.
In Turkey, Nightwing and Raptor are looking for a guy who designed the Court of Owls' labyrinth home base; he also builds his own home to resemble a maze. Think the hedge maze in the Shining.
Since she got stood up, Batgirl has joined Nightwing and Raptor for the trek through the maze like house. Batgirl doesn't trust Raptor, but Nightwing feels like he can. Throughout the issue, Babs takes potshots at Raptor but Raptor keeps telling her he's better than Batman. Seeing as how he teaches Nightwing to follow his gut as opposed to some moral code.
After taking turns solving the house's puzzles, such as a room where the ceiling comes down foot by foot while you solve a tile puzzle and a door that leads to a closed off hallway, they find the owner of the house, but tragedy and the plot has stricken!
Raptor has killed the poor guy to keep the Court of Owls hideout's plan from being widely known and Batgirl thinks that Nightwing has allied with a total heel. But things can be deceiving. While the architect isn't really dead, he's alive and he's given Nightwing and Raptor the plans they need, Batgirl isn't comfortable with the path our former boy wonder is going down and she leaves in a huff, leaving Nightwing to question if he's playing Raptor or if he's the one being played.
From the way the story is written and presented, I really can't tell. While I love Nightwing, I felt a little bit like this book is hit or miss with me. Love the art but I don't know how much longer this can go on as a twice a month book. I get the feeling that they are trying to squeeze too much into one title. I'm pretty sure I'm going to drop this book after the fourth issue. No bad but still has some kinks to work out.