is committed to his revenge against Nightwing, for having embraced the ideals
of Bruce Wayne over his. Like a lover spurned, Raptor’s intent seems far and
away absurd given how little he has to do with the legacy of Nightwing (despite
what DC Editorial may want us to believe). I mean really, of all the people who
have had an impact on Dick Grayson’s super-hero career, I fail to see Raptor
very high on the list.
insanity has driven Nightwing straight into a partnership – tenuous thought it
may be – with Roland Desmond, AKA the new Blockbuster. Desmond sees himself as
the true protector of Bludhaven, and when Raptor uses Desmond’s own serum to
turn his casino patrons and employees into hulking monosyllabic beasts, it
becomes clear to Blockbuster he and Nightwing have a common enemy.
has a partner of his own: the downright laughable social justice super-villain
known as the Pigeon. But she’s upped her game and has joined in Raptor’s plot
to poison the city. It all leads to witches brew of heroes, villains and former
sidekicks who will now doubt clash in a big way next issue.
Fernandez returns to the drawing board as the sometimes go-to artist for Nightwing. It’s a good match, though
somewhat inconsistent as artists rotate in and out of story arcs – shall we say
– less than satisfying results. It seems the wiser plan would be to feature the
same artist for the duration of the story arc.