Trapped with some of the fiercest villains in the DC Universe, Nightwing must escape Tiger Shark’s boat.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Colourist: Chris Sotomayor
With the most action-packed issue of the series so far, Seeley injects some classic comic book fun into his relatively young adult Nightwing.
It’s a classic superhero story. Trapped in a small space with a series of villains. This isn’t quite his Serious House on Serious Earth but it’s a fun nod towards the classic trope. In places the issue fell into the trap of writing Nightwing like Spider-Man. It definitely felt very Spidey when Nightwing used his jokes to distract his foes while he thought of a way out.
Regardless of that, this is one of the most fun issues in recent months. You’d be hard pressed to find a problem with it. If I was to try hard I’d say it was strange seeing the Underground Men from Green Arrow appear at an arms deal. They look a bit odd under Mendonca’s art too. On the other hand it was nice to see Vertigo and other villains that haven’t been in the limelight for a while. Magog is in this issue which is mildly baffling.
Seeley reels the plot in at the end reminding readers it’s his Nightwing they’re reading. There is a smart plot line running under the action that only becomes noticeable at the conclusion.
Mendonca’s artwork is good. Lots of opportunities to show off with this issue. Sotomayor’s colours add life to the linework insuring that the colourful characters remain distinctly colourful.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.