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Review: Nightwing #55
By Philip Schweier

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:08

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza
Artist(s): Chris Mooneyham, Garry Brown
Colourist(s): Hi-Fi
Letterer(s): Andworld Design
Cover Artist(s): Chris Mooneyham, Nick Filardi; Tyler Kirkham


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The Nightwings continue to fight crime in Bludhaven, while Ric Grayson continues to sit on the sidelines. But the underworld has increased by one, in the form of Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow. His fear gas now has a reverse effect, removing all fear and anxiety from its victims, coupled with an all-consuming urge to prove one’s courage.


This particular chapter seems somewhat of a place holder (or padding, if you prefer), as the narrative inches slowly toward the finish line. Former Robin/Nightwing Ric Grayson insists he’s no longer the super-hero he once was (as he did last issue). Jonathan Crane’s plot against Bludhaven continues to unfold (as it did last issue). Detective Sapienza continues to lead his fellow vigilantes into battle against the forces of evil (as he did last issue).


Quite honestly, I’m ready for the next major plot development. Perhaps one of the Nightwings will die, prompting Ric Grayson to suit up once more. And don’t think I won’t be disappointed if that is EXACTLY what comes to pass. It’s not as if we don’t have Nightwings to spare, and something needs to push Grayson onto the field.


The artwork for this issue is lackluster as well, as if drawn in haste. It has a Jack Davis flair to it which I might enjoy in a less serious storyline. But here it just seems rushed and unpolished. Perhaps it’s time for Nightwing to go monthly, instead of prolonging the Rebirth strategy of bi-monthly.


Rating: 3/10



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