Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Nightwing #67 Review

When A Talon Strikes

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

Back to Bludhaven we go to check on Ric Grayson now that we've found out that his whole amnesia thing was a plot by the Court of Owls after he got shot to finally acquire they're wayward Talon.  With the planning of Ric's grandfather and William Cobb, we saw our hero forced into brainwashing goggles last issue, where his missing memories of Batman and Robin and pretty much all the Bat Family were replaced by new memories that included William Cobb raising Ric and training him to be the best assassin he could be.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Ric's first Talon assignment goes when he's told to take out his former teammates, the Nightwings.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Nightwing we that the other members of the Nightwing team who aren't Ric Grayson aren't really up to the task of taking on someone like a Talon because boy do they get their asses handed to them this issue.  Thankfully though, we have a agent of the Global Surveillance Ops, Condor Red show up to save the day.  

With the skies going dark all over the world it seems that there's still some agencies left that Leviathan didn't take out that are using their agents and resources to monitor the Doom sigil in the sky and try to see if there's anything changing or not changing around the globe and in Bludhaven we have Condor Red monitoring the situation, who feels compelled to go against his orders and get involved with our heroes and try and take down the Talon formerly known as Ric Grayson.  Even though this issue is a big ass fight scene through the majority of the issue, there is a really cool aspect that goes with what's going on in Justice League, where the dark skies start to go away as the Doom sigil is replaced by that of Justice and while this doesn't do much (as far as we know here) to our story, I appreciated seeing Nightwing playing in a larger sandbox than he usually does, where one thing affects another.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art this issue and thought that Condor Red, while yes, he did just come out of nowhere to save the day, which feels kind of forced, I ended up thinking that the character was cool and liked that he was just willing to be a hero in this dark time, even if it went against his orders from his agency....... and really, we did need someone to be able to stand toe to toe with Ric because our regular Nightwings weren't up to the task.  With that though, this is a quick issue that's just full of fighting, but even with that we ended on a cliffhanger that felt intriguing and I can't wait to see what happens to our hero next.

Bits and Pieces:

With excellent art throughout you get an issue that shows just how deadly Ric Grayson is as a Talon, but it won't last too long because boy does this issue move by fast.  While I would have liked a less forced way for our hero to be kept occupied here so that he didn't kill his teammates, in the end I had a good time here and look forward to the next issue.


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