Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Marcus To
I’m not going to lie, the first page of this issue kind of confused me. Maybe it’s meant to show us the reason for Dick going to Bludhaven? Maybe. We see Robin calling off of a rooftop “To me, my Titans!” and getting caught off guard by Batgirl who sneaks up on him. I didn’t think anyone could sneak up on the Grandson of Ra’s Al Ghul, but that’s just little details. Batgirl is wondering where Dick is since she hasn’t seen him since Tim’s funeral. Damien informs her that Dick was under the impression that she didn’t want to hear from him and that he should go to hell. Damien finishes with a joke about Dick not having to go very far south to get there.
This takes us to Bludhaven where we are introduced to Paulie, a shipping worker who is talking on the phone about a shipment over the phone, when he hears the back door buzzer. While answering the door we see him get pulled through and the phone drops to the floor as he disappears. Not completely sure what went down here, but hopefully we find out.
Finally, we see Dick, who is at the Haven Community Centre having an interview. I’m not sure what’s going on with the art in these day scenes, but I’m not a fan. Too simple, lacks detail and the colors are boring. Especially on the page where Dick is answering a question about why he wants to volunteer there. There is barely any color whatsoever. Maybe we’re supposed to see this as how Dick see’s the world when not in costume? Bland and boring? But he does end up getting the job in the end, because of the history with his parents and being an orphan himself. Which makes a lot of sense. The interview is over when James Nice needs to talk to Dicks interviewer, Ms. Tsang, about them needing to wear the costumes tonight. This raises more questions about what’s going on.
Dick continues to move into his new apartment and tries to find himself by doing all the things he enjoyed doing before becoming Robin. He read’s some books, watches some TV and even has some snacks before he hears sirens outside that he just can’t resist. He suits up and swings into action following the police, who call to inform him of a murder. He find’s the suspect who turns out to be Gorilla Grimm, who informs Dick that he’s being set up. Gorilla Grimm claims he moved to Bludhaven because he’s trying to stay clean and that Dick should talk to Shawn Tsang. Full circle! When Dick tracks down Shawn Tsang to her apartment, he finds her dressed as... The Defacer!
I really enjoyed the story in this issue. It worked as a good introduction to this story arc showing us how Dick plans on going about his life in Bludhaven as well as what kind of city Bludhaven really is. The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the art in any scene that took place during the day. The colors were boring and detail was nowhere to be found. The night scene panels were better though, especially the first page with Robin and Batgirl on the rooftop and the last few pages with Nightwing.
High Holy: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Brandon Reid | Nerd Church Radio