City Ablaze concludes this issue, a
pleasant adventure story without too much being made of the fact that Ric
Grayson is no longer the Nightwing.
It’s enough that it reminds readers that the Nightwing they’ve come to know the
past several decades is gone, but doesn’t dwell on the fact. Instead, it
focuses on the problem at hand: Backburn, a living fire menace that Ric and the
Nightwings must subdue.
As for the
creature’s true origins, it’s a bit of a deus
ex machina, but in the world of comic books, you forgive a lot. It’s enough
to say that it’s an entertaining story handled by professionals. Dan Jurgens
has long been associated with Superman, but that may change, as he continues to
build upon the mythologies of both Nightwing and Batman Beyond.
of the current program of a team of Nightwings is it allows for them to be
injured from time to time. It seems one is constantly nearly killed fighting
the good fight on the streets of Bludhaven. With four in costume, I have to
wonder how long it will be before one of them does become a victim of the crime
they constantly battle.
title is Nightwing, I can’t help but
wonder if it might be time for Ric Grayson to step off-stage for a while, and
leave the crime fighting in the hands of those who now wear the costume.
Perhaps a story that reinforces them as a team, or maybe something with a bit
more individual character development.
One key is
that we have cared about Dick Grayson, but we haven’t had much opportunity to
become familiar with the newbies, and grow to care about them. Why not soon?
Granted, they may be placeholders until Grayson is back in his usual costume,
but when that happens, it may make they’re eventual departure all the more
dramatic. Just sayin’