Nightwing has to think of a way to get himself out of the explosive cliffhanger from the last issue. Can he save himself let alone the numerous villains also on the boat?
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Colourist: Chris Sotomayor
You may need to hold on to your suspension of disbelief for this issue.
There’s only so many ways a writer can get themselves out of the ‘on a boat rigged to explode’ trope. To his credit Tim Seeley has found one I wasn’t expecting. While it is very, very silly in comparison to the fairly realistic tone the book has taken, it harkens back to a past issue so technically everything here has already been set up. I can’t really complain.
Deus ex machina aside the issue expands the Nightwing story in many ways. We have Blockbuster cementing himself as a proper villain for Nightwing. We get some growth between Nightwing and Detective Svoboda but most importantly there are some pivotal scenes between Shawn and Nightwing.
The goofiness of the last issue, with the Nightwing trapped with a series of villains plot, almost deceives the reader as this is actually a really strong arc that will probably go down as one of the most important in the series. Blockbuster has a chance of becoming the series villain.
Art from Jung is pretty good. He has a style reminiscent of older 80s and 90s comics. Sotomayor’s colours are fantastic too but I wish they matched Jung’s retro art a little more. At times I feel the colours bring out some problems in the artwork.
Overall this is another great issue, even if the beginning is a little hard to believe.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.