Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Nightwing #64 Review

Freaks Come Out At Night

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

It's back to Bludhaven we go so we can check in on Nightwing and his new crew of heroes, who are doing their best to take up the mantle of the city's former hero, but they may have bit off more than they can chew now that William Cobb, Talon has come to town with a few days to kill.  In our previous issue we saw William Cobb seriously injure Nightwing Blue, Zak Edwards, before going to the Prodigal Bar, where he met Ric Grayson's lady love Bea Bennett.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Ric's love life will continue to suck even with his new identity.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Nightwing we see a more of the same out of this series that you've come to expect since Dick started calling himself Ric and hanging out with a bunch of wanna-bes.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, I mean a lot of recap of what's come before, while the rest of the Nightwings question our hero's abilities.  That being said....... this still somehow manages to be fun, which I've also come to expect from this title that spends most of its time filling people in on what regular readers already know.  

We see Zak Edwards hurt for the third time since he started being Nightwing Blue and the idea that the rest of the Nightwings might begin to hang up the costumes because things are getting too real for them in a city that has gone berserk with constant blackouts.  This aspect is only seeded here as William Cobb begins his endgame in revealing himself to his Great Grandson, but for the life of me I still don't know what Lex Luthor could have offered the Talon to get Ric under his wing because as of right now we just see him targeting people who Ric cares about, this issue being his girlfriend Bea.  

All in all, there isn't much to this beyond Talon going ham on some looters and Ric showing off some of his muscle memory moves in order to go to Bea's rescue, but like I said at the beginning, this issue still somehow continues to be fun, but that doesn't mean that it isn't recap heavy, which just kills me each and every issue.  I love the art here and still enjoy the inclusion of these new Nightwings, but I'm really going to need this series to get beyond what it's currently doing for this series to be a standout, even if it's still enjoyable for what little progression we get each month.  

Bits and Pieces:

Ric Grayson confronts his past and the awful people of Bludhaven this issue and while the tension is ramping up with his friends being attacked by William Cobb, it's still bogged down with the over the top recap that this series has relied on to fill out its page count.  There's still fun to be had with some awesome art, I just wish we could get more progression with each issue.


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