Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nightwing #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Get Your Blud Up

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

After Superman's advice.......... or more like him just saying that the Nightwing from his world lived in Bludhaven in the previous issue, it looks like our hero is packing his bags and heading for the Blud.  We've kind of seen this before though in the New 52 Nightwing series, where Dick made his home in Chicago and while I dug the premise........mostly because Chicago sounds way less menacing than Bludhaven does, it was short lived due to Nightwing's outing as Dick Grayson when Forever Evil started.  Hopefully, this time around, our hero can stay away from any series damaging events and we can see how he fairs off on his own in a big bad new city, where he can finally make his mark as not only a solo hero, but as Dick Grayson as well.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Dick's move is going.  

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Dick getting a job of sorts and I say of sorts because what he's actually doing is volunteering to work with troubled kids, which means no pay, no benefits.......... pretty much, Dick Grayson needs a goddamn hobby outside of super heroics because with him being in a new city, with no paying job........ well, his savings are going to be running a bit low and sadly, he's not a hero for hire.  So yeah, get a job Dick and maybe after you figure out your finances then you can go and play with your whole volunteering thing.  Anyway, after Dick leaves his interview with Shawn Tsang about the position, Shawn is met with the city budget analyst James Nice, who by the conversation Shawn and him have........... Well, it doesn't look like either of them are on the up and up and since we saw a nogoodnik get murdered right off the bat in this issue, I'm saying that either they're playing hardcore vigilante or they're going to be next on whoever's list.  It could go either way really, I'm just throwing out speculation because this is the first issue to this arc.

Once Dick gets back to his apartment and he tries to rediscover who he really is without the mask....... well, he realizes that he's boring as shit and can't wait to suit up and leap out his window once the police scanner talks about a murderer on the loose.  This is very fortuitous for the city in the way that they've been trying to re-brand themselves as a tourist spot because while yes they have people getting murdered, which is nothing you want to advertise on your brochures, but now that some TV cameras spotted Nightwing taking down Gorilla Grimm as the murder suspect, it looks like Bludhaven can now advertise about they're very own costumed superhero.  

In the end, after Nightwing takes Gorilla Grimm down, the ape tries to tell our hero that he was setup and that he never killed the guy they're claiming he killed and that he should go and talk to Shawn Tsang to prove his innocence........ which is pretty goddamn convenient for Dick because he's only met two damn people in the city so far and Shawn happens to be one of them.  As our issue closes, Nightwing goes to confront Shawn about what Gorilla Grimm said to him and he finds her all done up in a costume and apparently he knows her alter-ego, which he calls "Defacer".  Yeah, I have no idea who Defacer is, but by the reaction that Nightwing has, it seems that they have met sometime in the past like he alludes to with Gorilla Grimm. 

That's it for this issue of Nightwing and for as much setup as we got here, what with Tim Seeley having to introduce us to a whole city and a whole new set of problems for our hero, this was a pretty enjoyable issue that gets me excited for Dick's further adventures in Bludhaven.  Plus, it never hurts to throw in a gorilla character to get me chomping at the bit.  I liked the art and colors in this issue and enjoy this new Bludhaven for what we've seen of it so far and really look forward to see who Dick Grayson is going to be in this new city outside of his superhero persona.  The biggest problem that I have with the issue though is the convenient way that the one person who Dick has really met in the city turns out to be someone rocking a costume as well.  Just a little too forced.

Bits and Pieces:

Yeah, I haven't really enjoyed this series so far, but I find myself hopeful with this issue about what it will become now that Nightwing is in Bludhaven again.  I like the setup and find myself eager to get to the next issue and that's new for me here.  The art is better than it's been in this series and Tim Seeley might have just pulled me back into the world of Nightwing with this issue.



  1. I think this issues sets us up for some good stories, let's see if they can follow through. I chuckled a little when Dick was thinking about being more independent as he is unpacking a box labeled "Master Dick's Things"

  2. I agree, this was a solid issue, and the kind of thing I was hoping for when I picked up issue #1. Hopefully we keep going up and getting better as the series goes from here.

  3. I found it hilarious that it took him 10 mins to go from bored to completely bored out of his mind. Hoping the excitement picks up again I'm loving the series so far.