By Koppy McFad
October 5, 2008 - 03:29
Nightwing has been drugged by Two-Face and now fights his way through a nightmare where he is surrounded by all of Batman's worst enemies. This is one of the bloodiest mainstream comics in recent years. DC Comics probably thinks they can get away with it since this is partly all a hallucination so they can show Dick Greyson up to his knees in blood, clubbing and bashing people to death. On the other hand, Two-Face mentions that his hired gunsels are going after Nightwing in real life too, so evidently there are real people getting their skulls crushed. Guess they had it coming.
This issue gives Nightwing a chance to shine, to prove how formidable he is, even in the worst conditions. Maybe these isn't really Batman's rogue's gallery that he is fighting, but they are close enough and his showing here proves that he is not DC Comic's resident jobber.
Just to show that this is not your typical smash-em-up, there are some truly surprising twists in the story that make the reader wonder what is going on-- in a good way.
The art however is very irregular. It starts off very well, frightening, yet fluid (and not just because of all the blood.) But then, somewhere in the middle, it turns scratchy and rushed. Finally, at the end, the art regains its original intensity. What happened?
By the way, this issue is suppose to be part of the whole "Batman RIP" storyline but aside from the absence of Batman, there seems to be no real connection to that tale. It is part of a wider story about Two-Face and a woman he once loved. It has been an intriguing tale so far but it already risks becoming tiresome. Hopefully, the next issue will give us a suitable finale.
Rating: 8 /10