Nightwing #32 is an interesting
character study, reminding me of the classic encounter between Sherlock Holmes
and Professor Moriarty. Both men are quite brilliant, each knowing the other so
well that they can psychologically anticipate their own conversation. So it is
with Nightwing and Raptor, as they play blackjack and psychoanalyze one
another. One points out the other’s individual shortcomings, desires, sins and
motives for redemption.
applies the Sun Tzu strategy of knowing one’s enemy, while Nightwing thinks
more like a detective, building a narrative for events based on evidence and
testimony of witnesses. But rather than serve as a 21-page conversation,
additional layers are added to the overall story, in the form of asides with
tourists and casino employees, as well as a sub-plot involving the Run-Offs.
Over-used and under utilized as the team is, it appears they have finally made
a conscious effort to let their actions define their identity, rather than the
I am very
impressed with this story, and am convinced that ongoing writer Chris Sotomayer
can uncover literary gems in his writing. However, he has rarely done so in the
time I’ve been reviewing Nightwing. Perhaps that his own limitations, or having
to follow the editorial edicts of DC Comics. I couldn’t begin to guess, but as
a reader, I would like to see more.
Eaton, Mendonca, Faucher, and Egea seems excessive, having four artists on a
single issue. But with the breakneck speed of the Rebirth titles,
all-hands-on-deck seems necessary to meet the goals DC has set. If it takes
that many hands to meet the publication schedule, I’m in favor of it. It’s a
business, after all.