FROM THE PUBLISHER: There’s a new team in town who will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn’t mean you’re cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed Nightwings are forced to deal with a fiery threat they never saw coming, reluctant recruit Ric Grayson has to make the choice between a carefree life without capes or answering the call that’s been ringing his entire life—the call to be a hero. Join Ric Grayson and the Nightwings as they learn what it takes to be a team—and what happens when you fight who you truly are.
So, I like Dick Grayson. I believe he is a great character and has evolved accordingly over the years. I even liked him when he wore the Batsuit for that short period which is a lot for me to say considering I don’t approve of anyone other than Bruce as Batman,
I’m looking at you John Blake.
With that said, I’ve been keeping an open mind about this whole Ric Grayson thing. I’ve kept up with the basics of it and I was interested enough to dig into this book. The issue begins a new story arc for Nightwing as we see him training with a member of the Nightwings in the opening pages. I was instantly pulled in by that alone because it’s a well written scene, the dialogue works and the action is easy to follow. The art though? Eh. I’ll get into specifics momentarily.
Check out the synopsis from DC up top. I want you to read that, because I don’t find it completely accurate. The issue is actually just as much about Ric, I hate calling him that, as it is about his new Nightwing partner. Here’s the funny thing to me, I was far more interested in this new character than I was Ric himself. Malcom Hutch, the mentor and partner, came off as much more real whereas I know this version of Dick is simply a gimmick. Through the pages of this story, we see a glimpse of Hutch’s life and learn just a little about him. He’s a proud fire fighter with an unfortunate past doing his best to protect Blüdhaven and moonlighting as one of the Nightwings when he can. Cool, right?
Then you’ve got the Ric stuff and beyond the training parts, there’s not a lot of him here. Ric reminds me of Bruce Wayne in Scott Snyder’s Superheavy story here. He’s going through the motions realizing he’s more than just an average Joe and he wants to help people. But, it’s very clear that he’ll regain his memory and return to status quo soon enough. It works fine here, it’s just that we’ve seen this before and it worked better then. Again though, it’s not like he has a lot to do in this issue anyway.
So, let’s talk art. I’m not a fan of the book’s look at all. It reminds me of the Spawn books from the 90s and not in a good way. Christopher Mooneyham tries to create a moody atmosphere using shadows to his advantage and doing his best to make this LOOK serious but it just doesn’t work for me. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion of it. You may love it and say I’m crazy, who knows. I may even get used to it and review the next issue saying I don’t mind it as much. We’ll see.
Overall, I enjoyed the Malcom Hutch bits much more than the Grayson stuff. I think Dan Jurgens did a stellar job on the former and that alone will get me to read the next issue to see where this goes. They’ve got both my curiosity and attention at this point. Plus... DC has been tinkering with Nightwing and Dick lately starting with that time he faked his death and became a mole in a spy organization. Let’s hope this pays off better than that, shall we?