Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nightwing #62 Review

Totally Exposed

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 17, 2019

Lex Luthor's offer has made its way to Bludhaven this issue, but beyond that we'll be stepping back into the Blud to see Ric Grayson's continued evolution from drunken cabbie to hero and hopefully for many fans, remembering the Dick of it all and making his way back to being Nightwing.  Right now though we still have the Nightwing squad to deal with so let's jump into this issue and see what Dan Jurgens has for us this issue.  Let's check it out.

While I'd love to say that we're getting some major progression out of this book now that Dan Jurgens has come onto the title and has completed his first arc, where he introduced the villain Burnback, instead what we get this issue is a place for new readers to jump on because goddamn this issue really does spend the majority of its page count to reiterate what Ric Grayson's been going through and who he knows after taking a bullet to the head from KGBeast.

Now I know that I could just sit back and bitch during this review and say that we're just treading the same water here that we have since this new status quo started....... because we are, but on top of that we do get a new costumed look for Ric Grayson that I enjoy, besides for the fact that we're keeping the grease paint mask thing going and on top of that we see Ric doing things a little different from the way he would have done things when he had his memory intact because from everything he can see, he doesn't want to be the person he once was and this development in the story is really interesting and I can't wait to see what drama will come from it going forward.  The only problem is, this is a really small part of the book and once that's out there, it's off to the Offer, which thankfully feels like something that could be a big game changer for this book and make it a must read for Nightwing fans once again......... Hopefully.  

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this book and the small bits of Nightwing that we got out of it, but this constant restating to catch new readers up really gets on my nerves because of how constant it is in this title.  Yeah, you want to let people know that this isn't your classic Dick Grayson, but it's always presented in such a way that it takes over the entire feel of the book.  There's some fun things in this issue though and the Offer here feels like it could lead to some big ramifications going forward so I remain hopeful that Nightwing will find its way back to reader's hearts with the character their developing with Ric Grayson........... or this is just the start to getting Dick back.  Either way, I'm still enjoying this book for the most part and this issue did enough to keep me interested.

Bits and Pieces:

I love the art and I'm interested in the story going forward from the Offer that was presented at the end of the book, not to mention that there's some character development here that feels like a cool direction for the character.  It's just too bad that a lot of this issue was just recapping Ric's amnesia in a way that felt like it needed to beat the idea in my head again and again.  It's also too bad that the Nightwing Squad had so little to do that they stood around and just reiterated what they talked about last issue.


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