Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Nightwing #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Face The Facts

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Man, Nightwing just can't catch a break.  Not only does his day job description only read "Volunteer", but he's also caught himself up in a murder conspiracy concerning former D-level villains from Gotham.  Now, there's no time for him to have a look deep inside of himself and find out who he really is on his own terms because he's too busy playing hero again with a bunch of criminals who desperately need his help in finding out who's murdering folks and framing them for it...... and why.  As we ended last issue it looked like we finally got the why, after learning that the men being found dead were all involved with running illegal guns, but it seems that the killer hasn't made himself known yet because while Nightwing was busy taking on Orca....... who really had no point to this story, his best suspect and lead ran away and went and got himself killed.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Nightwing and the Run-Offs can find this masked man setting them up for murder before he strikes again.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Nightwing and the Run-Offs finding the body of Forsythe, but to their amazement....... he's still alive.  Yeah, that doesn't last long, but before he goes and croaks, he tells Nightwing the name of their silent partner that the killer is probably after next......... Mayor Madrigal.  Too bad that the Run-Offs have had enough though because with this new murder pointing towards Thrill Devil, they figure that no matter what, their criminal pasts will be doing the talking as far as the cops are concerned and they leave Nightwing as they........ possibly leave Bludhaven.  We'll have to wait and see on that front.  We still have Nightwing though and he'll have to make his way to City Hall to see if he can stop the murderer before he gets to the Mayor.

While he does that, it seems that Detective Svoboda has noticed somethings about the crime scenes that are way too similar for separate people to be involved and it has to do with the turning of the victims' heads towards a wall, which she recalls from years prior when she first got on homicide........ and it seems her hunch is going to require working with DeFacer for it to payoff......... Which leads us to City Hall, where Nightwing gets there just in time to see that the killer has on a Nightwing disguise and is about to toss the Mayor out the window.  Thankfully, Detective Svoboda let DeFacer out to play and she catches the Mayor, while Nightwing keeps his fight up with the murderer........ Who we discover is Jim Nice and has a suit and a set of masks that have allowed him to look like and have the strength of everyone he's framed.  Too bad he gets away though and leaves our hero looking like the culprit when the police arrive.

In the end, Nightwing tries to get away as the police give chase and thankfully he's met by a friendly face when DeFacer shows up.......... but, she may not be there to exactly help our hero because she acts as more of a distraction as Detective Svoboda moves up behind Nightwing with a gun pointed to his head.  Don't worry though, it seems that Svoboda is on the up and up and will probably reluctantly work with our hero to get to the bottom of this murder spree.

That's it for this issue of Nightwing and while I wish that the Run-Offs would have stuck with our hero in this issue, I still had a decent time reading this and am curious to see where it goes now that we have all these characters out and about and where we lose the Run-Offs, we might just get a friend in Detective Svoboda for our hero to have dealings with in the future..... kind of like a Batman/Gordon relationship.  The reveal of Jim Nice, while it seems obvious now that the character was just floating about, came off a little lackluster and even the art that I've loved throughout this arc felt a little off here, but that might just be a coloring problem because it seemed that they didn't know if they wanted it to be night or day in Bludhaven as it kept switching back and forth.  Overall, this isn't a bad issue, I was just kind of expecting more than the most obvious character we had waiting in the wings the whole time and who's name wasn't "Nice" because as Jim's told me, you can't ever trust someone named "Nice".  

Bits and Pieces:

Our killer is revealed in this issue and while I've been waiting to find out who's behind this conspiracy to set up the Run-Offs, I found it to be a little lackluster here, not to mention that our hero doesn't really have much to do but get to one part of the city to the other.  This isn't a bad issue though and even with the art being a little off in my mind, I still had a decent time here and look forward to the next issue.


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