I don’t normally care for the Nightwing comic. Dick Grayson has never held any special place in my comic book heart, and for the life of me I cannot fathom why he is popular enough to constantly have his own series. But he does.
Nightwing is of greater interest to me than an average issue of this book, because it contains the second chapter of Night of the Monster Men, a big crossover series running through the Batman books, which had its first chapter in this week’s issue of Batman.
In truth, Nightwing isn’t even really featured in this issue. Oh he’s around, and on most of the pages. But Batman remains the driving character of the story, and most of the really good scenes belong to the other cast members.
The heroes are still coping with the death of Tim Drake, and this is most noticeable with Spoiler. Harvey Bullock comments on her personality change, becoming much less optimistic, since Tim’s death.
The art on this chapter is decent, although not quite up to par with that in the Batman issue. Still, the monsters are effective. They have a certain level of comic ludicrousness, but not enough to reduce how terrifying they are.
It’s the second chapter of a larger story, which means that there are some explanations, and some set-ups. A fair bit of action, and Nightwing does get to be the one to discover that there will be four monsters in total. But for me, it was Spoiler, and Gotham Girl, who stole the show.