Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Nightwing #103 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Travis Moore, Vasco Georgiev
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: April 18, 2023

Nightwing #103 finds the Titans invading Hell to stop Neron's designs on Olivia. Will they succeed, or will a mission of mercy turn into an eternity of suffering?Is It Good? 

I can't tell if this is a terrible comic or if it's so silly it verges on amusing. The extremes represented in Nightwing #103 defy explanation, but I'm going to try anyway.

When last we left the Titans (for all intents, this is a Titans comic), they realized Olivia, Blockbuster's daughter will never have peace as long as Neron has a claim to her soul via the contract signed by Olivia's father. Now, the Titans stroll through Hell to Neron's headquarters, while Neron is luckily visiting Earth, to get a hold of Olivia's contract and look for a loophole.

What follows is superficial demon fights, eye-rolling jokes about Neron's office computer system via Cyborg, and a mildly clever loophole that ends in a weirdly desperate attempt by Neron to work out a new deal. Some bits work really well. The bits that don't are painfully frustrating. Put together, the net result is an average comic with spikes of hot and cold.

What's great? The Titans are great. After the lackluster Lazarus Planet event and before the Titans title launches, it's good to see the team stretch their legs, show off why they work well together, and enjoy what they're doing, even if the challenge is dangerous.

What's not great? Neron's archaic computer system, and the corresponding jokes about it, come off as silly and deflate any dramatic tensions surrounding the fact the Titans are in Hell. The ease with which the Titans get Olivia's contract also deflates any dramatic tension. And Neron's desperate attempt to overcome the found loophole makes little sense when killing Nightwing would simply eliminate the loophole.

In other words, the parts that are fun are canceled out by the parts that are dumb, leaving readers with a wildly uneven comic.

How's the art? Technically, it's fine. Thematically and dramatically, it's emotionless and flat. There's no life or energy to Moore and Georgiev's delivery because the characters largely all have the same static look on their faces, so it's visually pleasing but not exciting.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Nightwing #103 is a baffling mix of Titans team goodness, and flat-out-dumb plot moments. The overall plot is moving in a direction, but neither the script nor the art conveys any urgency, drama, or emotional range.


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