Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javier Fernandez
Colourist: Chris Sotomayor
Dr Simon Hurt has Robin. Nightwing is entranced. Deathwing sits broken with Shawn. How will Nightwing survive?
It must be said that this issue felt a little underwhelming. It’s mixed, there’s definitely some great moments in here. It’s just a tad predictable. Seeley has proven himself as a great writer particularly with this series. He understands the character and throws him into tough situations. Unfortunately this ending just feels rushed.
The way Nightwing fights through is a little generic but it’s also similar to how Batman would handle the situation so in that regard this is fitting. Everything’s just very convenient. The struggle that has permeated the series so far, along with the coming of age aspect of the story, disappears slightly while Nightwing stumbles through all the tension with the help of his friends.
On the other hand the good moments of this issue are very satisfying. The arc has felt a bit like a love letter to Grant Morrison and this issue specifically emphasises that. While the plot may take a small hit the intertextual references are still fun. The Batman and Robin vibes are at their strongest, so if you are one of the many readers who loved that series then this issue will surely please you.
Plot aside, Javier Fernandez’s art is stunning. Every page is drawn beautifully. His crosshatching is some of the best. Likewise the colouring of Chris Sotomayor works well to contrast the red and blue throughout the story.
Recommendation: Pick up the issue – if you’ve been reading the series then this is well worth picking up.