Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Nightwing #58 Review

Da Bomb

Written By: Scott Lobdell, Zack Kaplan
Art By: Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain, Andworld Designs
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 20, 2019

Let's head back on over to Bludhaven so that we can see how the new Nightwing team, with Ric Grayson being involved are doing now that the Joker's Daughter has come to town to make the rich suffer for how bad they've treated the poor and downtrodden of the city.  Really though, I'm just looking for one good encounter from Joker's Daughter because everything since the New 52 started has been kind of nonsense in my eyes.  Let's jump into this issue and see if that all changes.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Nightwing, we see some progression in Ric Grayson becoming more involved with his new team in the way that he realizes that him and his former identity of Dick Grayson have more in common than he previously thought in that they both can't see someone in trouble without putting themselves in the middle of it.  This is cool on two fronts in my opinion because while I like seeing this new version of our hero becoming the actual hero of this book again, people who have flat out hated this change may be able to hope that "their" Dick Grayson will be coming back soon and all he needs is a few heroic jogs to his memory for that to happen......... and while that may be the case, this issue seems to be putting Dick Grayson on the back burner more than anything, especially since this looks like the people who wanted Dick Grayson back are finally coming to terms with his new persona.

In this story we deal with the continued threats of Joker's Daughter and what she's doing in Bludhaven, but really, this seems to take backseat to Ric's continued acclimation to the Nightwings team and so that we can see how each of the new Nightwings are feeling about the job they're doing.  The biggest problem that I have with the issue is........ now bear with me here, this may come off sounding stupid....... It's doing too much, while not doing enough of the small things.  Ya get me?  I mean we see Colleen doing her detective job, while the other characters go after Joker's Daughter, but I want to know more about these characters and with the big super villain threats that we get each arc, I don't know if we'll ever have the time to really explore who these new Nightwings are past a surface level looksie. With that though, there's a enough in this book to keep current fans happy, I just wish that super heroes would start going after their villain more vigorously because now if there's a brief moment that the villain gets out of sight, the heroes just chalk it up as "oh well, she got away" and that's been getting a bit frustrating.

All in all, I love the art in this issue and love the progression of this team, that's actually working as a team here, I just wish we had time to fully explore who these characters are and maybe I'll get my wish as this series progresses and we'll take the time to dive deep into their back stories beyond a one-off line that refers to something we never saw.  Also, we have to stop letting villains getaway, it's getting ridiculous with how easy our heroes give up.  With that though, I still continue to enjoy this series and hope that Lobdell and Kaplan have something special planned for old and new Nightwing fans with this iteration of the first Robin.

Bits and Pieces:

The Joker's Daughter is upping her game in Bludhaven and letting us all know that she has a lot planned for this city, while we also see our heroes working more as a team which is nice.  I just wish we knew more about them at this point, but maybe patience is the key there.  All in all, the art is great and I can't wait to find out more about these new characters and this new iteration of our classic hero.


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