Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Javier Fernandez
The Dr. is In
Dr. Hurt has used Pyg to get to Nightwing. Now he has Robin and by the looks of it, Nightwing maybe too late. Meanwhile Deathwing is having an existential crisis, and the kind Shawna decides to stay by his side. Just a side note: this Da Vinci cover was badass!
Love is in the Air
There is a lot of energy into making the reader really like Shawna as Nightwing’s new love. I think Seeley is doing a great job making her into a likeable character, and a good partner to Nightwing. He’s also focusing on showing the reader how much Nightwing cares about her. I also think no one can replace Batgirl and Nightwing, at least to me. So even as I read this, there’s a sliver of hope that this relationship won’t last. I know, I’m a horrible person.
I really love the Deathwing plot. Superhero stories can easily become redundant, and I feel like this plot brings a fresh and exciting story to the pages. All the characters involved are getting fleshed out really well, and you find yourself sympathizing with even the antagonist. There’s also an air of mystery around Dr. Hurt’s intentions, making the book more exciting. Other than the Ravager storyline, I think this is Nightwing’s best arc so far.
There’s a lot of important factors that are happening in this arc. Nightwing has a new love interest, who might be carrying his baby! Fatherhood could mean the end of Nightwing, or at least a dramatic change in him. Not only that, but Robin’s fate is in the wind. As comic readers we are very distrustful when it comes to a character’s death. Yeah they look dead, but they probably aren’t, or they’ll be back. These thoughts are always in our head when we see a “death.” So no, I’m not too worried about Robin at this point. I am curious to see if we will be getting a Batman cameo, since it’s his son.
Ariel DuPey | NCR