Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nightwing #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Raptor's Delight

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 4, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that we've got our book back and it's done being hijacked by Metal and its tie-ins, it's time to get back to Bludhaven and hopefully, more of Blockbuster.  In our previous installment to our regular series, we were told on the last page by Tiger that while Mr. Minos was in control of Spyral he let Raptor out of his cell and while I don't think this completely lines up with Raptor's appearance in Deathstroke and with where we left the character, it seems that he's going to be coming back to the Nightwing series in a big way........... I just hope it's a good way because as of right now, I don't like Raptor very much.  That being said, let's jump into this issue and see if there's any ramifications from Shawn seeing Dick getting busy with Helena Bertinelli.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

For this issue of Nightwing we move fast from scenario to scenario because either Tim Seeley has a lot to set up for what he plans on doing with the character........ or this issue just has a serious case of ADHD because we start out with Dick on his way to a robbery at a fundraising event for the Mayor and while he's on his way there, we have to jump over to Blockbuster and see that all of the criminal elements in Bludhaven aren't happy with the man who sold them the Second Hand's weapons that don't work now and after using brute force to put them back in their place, we move back to Nightwing, who is battling Kobra troops at the fundraiser, who seem to be working for Raptor, who wants to take the Mayor out for screwing over the lower-class citizens of Bludhaven............ Yeah, that's a lot of shit right there.

It seems that Raptor's rules have changed though because while Dick believes he knows this particular thief, Raptor goes against what he would normally do and puts a waitress in danger so that he can distract Nighting, allowing him to escape.  With the Mayor almost being killed, he plans on being harder on crime and shutting down Rec Centers and shelters....... because somehow that equals crime and Dick and Huntress are still hanging out, but Dick seems to be pushing her away and Huntress doesn't seem to mind that much.  All this and Detective Svoboda tells Nightwing that she can't work with him anymore because it could cost her her job............ A lot of stuff here.

In the end, Dick goes to the Run-Offs for help, but they're still pissed at him for Giz' death so obviously they want nothing to do with him and as our issue closes, Nightwing ends up going to Blockbuster for help in tracking down Raptor.

That's it for this issue of Nightwing and goddamn do we move through a lot of little things in this issue without really tackling anything.  This seems to be an issue to set the stage for what Tim Seeley has in mind coming up, but it's so fast and loose that it really just ends up coming off disjointed as hell.  I do love the art in this issue though and that's something because the last arc was really rough. but art alone isn't going to save this issue from itself because overall, all we really get is Raptor being back in town and the idea that he's not playing by his usual set of rules.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue suffers from page progression ADHD because it doesn't seem to know what it wants to tell us and jumps around a lot, but covers very little.  The art though is great, I just wish the story seemed more focused.  



  1. Wow , that is some cool art there .

  2. While not a lot happens in this issue what does happen is my favorite part of comics. Character building. We get moments with Orca, Blockbuster, Kobra soldiers, Raptor, Senator Pollito, Huntress, Detective Szoboda, The Runoffs and most importantly The city of Blüdhaven. Yes, I had to look up how to make an umlauted “u”. Yes I also had to look up what an umlaut is.
    I've always loved comics that show the floor plans of the Fortress of Solitude or the control panel of the Batmobile. This issue shows the unique neighborhoods of Blüdhaven. Yes, I had to look up how to make an umlaut again. I really liked Dick's tour of his beloved city. The fictional cities of this universe is one of the reasons that I make mine DC.
    I was really interested in this set-up and look forward to where it's going. Miguel Mendonca's pencils are great especially the cityscapes, which I personally find so difficult to draw. I really liked this issue and have mostly enjoyed Tim Seeley's run on this book. 7/10 for me.