Artist: Marcus To
Mr. Not So Nice...
So the issue starts out with Shawn and Detective Elise Svoboda on their way to find Mr. Nice with Nightwing hiding under theIR car. This is because of the checkpoints that have been set up for extra safety after the Mayor was attacked. While they're making their way to their destination, Mr. Nice has Cherry (who has been working with him and is the one responsible for the Nightwing billboards) and plans on taking her. Doing so with a mask of her on his face. Kind of creepy. Luckily she has an energy drink that she throws into his eyes and manages to get away.
Mr. Nice vs. Nightwing...
As Cherry is making her escape she runs into Nightwing and Shawn. Here we find out that the billboards were a cry for help. She was working with Mr. Nice but had a change of heart and couldn't find a way out if the situation. I thought this was interesting because the billboards have been very front a center through this arc. Nice to see it have a bit more reason.
Now Mr. Nicr shows up, jumping out of his secondhand portal device. A little battle begins between Nightwing, Mr. Nice and Defacer (Shawn). Mr. Nice eventually transports himself and Nightwing to the site of his wife's death. The site of his origin. Mr. Nice goes on a rant about how no criminal can be saved and that him and Nightwing are very much alike showing him his reflection. Kind of cliche, but still enjoyable. Detective Elise Svoboda shows up and how she knew where they went confuses me a little. I guess because Mr. Nice was her first case, she put 2 and 2 together? Either way she also got there kind of fast... comic book logic. She shoots towards Mr. Nice blowing up the mirror in his hand which explodes into his face making him momentarily blind. He then falls over the side of the bridge. But of course Nightwing catches him and that's pretty much it. The issue ends with a figure with long hair and a red Nightwing suit claiming there's not enough room in Bludhaven... for two of him. Excited!
As much as I've been enjoying this story arc, I'm happy that it's finished. A lot of the story seemed cliché, and I knew who the villain was ages ago so there weren't any big surprises, until that cliffhanger! I can't wait to see how the next arc goes. As for the art I still don't find it to be anything special, very hit or miss. The panels with Nightwing look good, but as soon as he's in civilian clothes the art is just boring.
Brandon Reid | NCR