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Nightwing (DC Comics)

NIGHTWING (2016-) #70 review

How many Nightwings does it take for one Joker to strike to get to the real one? Four Nightwings. And that’s not even the punchline-how will Ric interact with the Joker when he’s not quite sure which one of his two memories is the real one…and exactly how dangerous this clown standing before him is?

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Nightwing (DC Comics)

NIGHTWING #62 (2019)

You can pickup your copy of Nightwing #62 now where all good comics are sold.

Synopsis

After the epic conclusion to the Burnback saga, it’s clear that while he may have forgotten his past, Ric Grayson’s innate skills and instincts as a team leader elevate Team Nightwing to a new level. But what does that mean for the Blüdhaven PD, and what does that mean for a man who is looking to live a life without the baggage of his past to hold him down? Ric seeks comfort in Bea’s arms, but may find answers in another’s Talons as we dive headlong into the Year of the Villain! 

 Plus, Lex Luthor delivers the Court of Owls the means to own what they covet most: Ric Grayson.

Review

Ric Grayson has reached an awkward adolescence here in the pages of Nightwing #62. He’s made it clear that he wants to separate himself from his past and has actively cut ties with everyone including Barbara, yet this issue opens with him acting as a costumed vigilante. It might not be a Nightwing costume but he’s still suited up and working with the team.

So we find ourselves in an awkward position as the reader. We don’t have our Nightwing back but we do have a Dick Grayson who seems to be giving in to the inevitability that there’s a hero deep down inside him.

The issue presents this well, with writer Dan Jurgens showing Ric finally opening up and telling Bea everything. It was a nice emotional release to seem him open up about his life as Dick to somebody new and explain the reasons why he wants to move on from it.

Bea has quietly become an important character in the Nightwing series and I hope we don’t find her put in peril in order to force him back to his old ways.

The question remains though: is this still a Nightwing series when the main character isn’t, in fact, using the name?

I feel somewhat defeated in reading this book because I love the character but have given up hope of seeing him return to his former self. I haven’t been able to make peace with Ric but I can’t give up on him either.

Bringing back the Court of Owls and the Talons poses and interesting conundrum for the book going forwards. Ric will surely have little to no knowledge of who they are, but given their interest in him he might have no choice but to regain all of those memories in order to serve their purpose.

The “Year of the Villain” event might just be the push DC Comics need to give us back the Dick Grayson we’re all longing for. But in the meantime I can continue to settle for Ric.

This is proving to be a very bad breakup for me…

Verdict

Nightwing has reached a crossroads. With Dan Jurgens at the helm and an issue which brings back elements from Ric/Dick’s past it seems like we might finally be moving in the right direction…

7/10

Nightwing #62 is written by Dan Jurgens with art by Ronan Cliquet and colours by Nick Fildari. Cover art is by Bruno Redondo and Nick Filardi.

Nightwing #62 cover art by Bruno Redondo and Nick Filardi

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NIGHTWING #60 review

Nigthwing #60 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Detective Alphonse Sapienza may be a natural-born leader, forged through his many years with the GCPD, but does that give him what it takes to lead the Night-wings when their lives are endangered as never before? As fires that seem to have a mind of their own rage through Blüdhaven targeting cops, the team is up against its greatest test yet. Joined by Ric Grayson, how will the Nightwings save the city’s finest from a red-hot vendetta and the city’s newest villain, Burnback?

Review

My cycle of pain with Nightwing has come full circle. After berating the book for spinning the character off on a strange path following his shooting I had finally begun to accept Ric Grayson when this current arc began.

Reading issue #60 I’m finding myself in some kind of Groundhog Day scenario with Ric.

On the one hand he’s an engaging character: unafraid to embrace the existence of his past; keen to move on with his future and yet entirely unable to give up what tiny shred of Dick Grayson remains.

I feel like the various writers who have been taking on the book have been hesitant to fully embrace Ric. Name aside he’s a well established character in the DCU who now has plenty of potential to develop in new directions.

If they wanted to follow a darker path the writers could expose more of his struggle with his memory. Ric seems unplagued by ghosts from his past but there’s nothing to say they couldn’t return in his dreams. We know that he hasn’t moved on from that life when he describes his inbuilt urge to run straight in to trouble to help the innocent.

Dick Grayson is still in there somewhere so why ignore him whilst also alluding to his existence?

On the flip side they could embrace the lighter side of the character. This could be Ric’s opportunity to grab on to life and live it the way Dick Grayson never could.

Instead of doing either of those things we’re left with an amalgam of the two who strives for both and succeeds at neither. Cue one very frustrated reader.

The gang of Nightwing’s are interesting enough, there’s some development in this issue for Alphonse and Malcolm both of whom could potentially lead the series. But both are held back by Ric and the need to keep him in the fore.

Can only presume this is because , at some stage, status quo will be returned and Ric will embrace his past and regain his memories. All of which leads me back to a point I made when Dick was shot: what is the point of these storylines if there are no lingering consequences?

In the past DC has kept these character alteration stories to a shorter length. With Ric is feels like we’re being subjected to an endurance test or a strength of wills.

I’m not ready to give up yet… but I’m close.

Verdict

Nightwing finds itself struggling to recover after failing to land in its previous issue. Though story and artwork as engaging the overall lack of direction is still frustrating. At this stage I just want to understand, even vaguely, where we are heading with the story of Ric and the Nightwing gang.

5.5/10

Nightwing #60 is written by Dan Jurgens with art and a cover by Chris Mooneyham and colours by Nick Filardi.

Nightwing #60 cover by Christopher Mooneyham and Nick Filardi

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Nightwing (DC Comics)

NIGHTWING #59 review

Nigthwing #59 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

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.

Review

The saga of Ric Grayson continues this month with “City Ablaze”. Although less interesting than the arc featuring Joker’s Daughter we are beginning to see some developments with the series’ characters.

There’s a heavy focus on Malcolm Hutch as the only Nightwing to appear in this issue. Through his character we get to see Ric being more of a mentor, in fact you could easily say more of a Bruce character with Malcolm playing the role of the Robin figure.

Ric choosing to train Malcolm and the others, hiding his heritage and his vigilante roots, is definitely pushing the character in a new direction beyond his memory loss. We’re beyond Ric accepting his past and moving on and now we’ve reached the character beginning to carve out his own path in life.

It’s understandable that many fans are still disheartened. This version of the Grayson character lacks a lot of the charm and with of the Dick Grayson character. Instead there’s this serious, downbeat character who looks like the guy we remember but acts nothing like him.

It’s like seeing an ex with their new partner. You can recognise the person he once was but you just can’t get to them somehow.

Jurgens pitchers the character in perhaps the most interesting way we’ve seen him post shooting. If this series is going to continue with Ric choosing to turn his back on his past then I hope we get to see him continue down this Bruce like role (but in his own Ric way).

The training sequences between Ric and Malcolm are easily the highlight of the issue. The lowlight has to be the storyline involving the fire villain. For want of a better phrase it currently feels heavily undercooked. Given this is only part one there’s plenty of places for it to go in the coming issues.

Verdict

“City Ablaze” is the beginning of year a new arc for Ric Grayson and the team of Nightwings. With DC really stringing out this story (or do we call it status quo now?) we getting to explore more of how the character is becoming a mentor to others.

But even when Ric Grayson is becoming a more compelling character a less than exciting villain makes this issue more of a slog to read.

5/10

Nightwing #59 is written by Dan Jurgens with art and a cover by Chris Mooneyham and colours by Nick Filardi.

Nightwing #59 cover by Chris Mooneyham

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Nightwing (DC Comics)

NIGHTWING #57 review

Nigthwing #57 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Destiny…fate…predetermined inevitability… these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of hero he wants to be…if he wants to be one at all. And while Ric is content to walk away from the mantle, one woman has been hiding in the shadows, waiting to solidify an identity of her own…an identity tied for all eternity to the clown price of crime…enter The Joker’s Daughter!

Review

Okay I admit defeat. I enjoyed this issue of Nightwing. I am embracing the story of Ric Grayson. Not fully. But for now at least I am onboard with what writers Scott Lobdell and Zack Kalpan are trying to do.

Rather than following the mould they are beginning to break free from it. With Grayson now aware of his past self we are now witnessing an interesting moral dilema for the character.

Does he:

A) reject his past and fully embrace the Ric Grayson persona?

B) reject his current state of mind and try to emulate the man he was before in the hope his memories return?

Seeing him grapple with these choices is something which interests me. It goes beyond the simple notion of wh owill be Nightwing going forwards .It trascends all of the previous few issues development of the vigilante gang and instead takes a quick look at the actual mental state of the Grayson character.

But this is still a comic so, of course, there is plenty of other action going on. I thought it was interesting to bring Joker’s daughter back in to continuity. If I’m not mistaken this is the first time we’ve seen her in the Rebirth-era.

Though her appearance is fleeting it sets up an interesting story going forwards. I’m intrigued to know what made the writers choose her as the villain for this arc. Bludhaven has been lacking some good villains, it’s about time Nightwing developed some of his own.

This issue feels very much like a new beginning. Ric has a new romance, a new purpose and now a new villain to face. So this issue very much lays the groundwork for what is to come. In that respect it is, at times, a little plodding but the bigger moments outweigh this well.

My highlight moment was the brief appearance by Babara Gordon and her conversation at the bar with Bea. It was funny and heartfelt an dreally portrayed everyone’s love for the Grayson character well. We’re all grieving the character he was and Bea helps us face up to that.

Verdict

This issue is something of a step forwards for Nightwing. Whilst the Ric Grayson arc continues I’m glad to see it venturing in to new territory and trying something new with its story.

6/10

Nightwing #57 features a plot by Scott Lobdell and script by Zack Kalpan. Travis Moore provides the artwork with Tamra Bonvillain on colours and Andworld Design on letters. Cover artwork is by Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi.

Nightwing #57 cover by Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi

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YOUNG JUSTICE S03E05 “Away Mission” review

Synopsis

A distant conflict sends the team on an away mission while the Happy Harbor gang decide what to do with Brion Markov and Halo.

Review

Up to this stage Young Justice: Outsiders has remained very much on Earth. Aside from the previous episode it has also very much happened at night. This is now the second episode in a row to inject some more colour to the series as it takes place both during the day on Earth and on the colourful planet of New Genesis.

“Away Mission” is a deep dive into Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. There’s a lot of info to take in regarding the New Gods and the Bugs who inhabit New Genesis. The episode is rather unforgiving for the uninitiated, blasting information and giving very little time for it to settle in. It’s a perfect slice of DC Comics deep dive action for fans in the know but I struggled to keep up a little bit.

The characters of New Genesis are all very intriguing. It would have been good to spend a little more time with the Bugs. Had we been able to see more of their hive lifestyle it would have increased the impact of Forager’s expulsion at the end of the episode.

The introduction of M’Gann’s brother M’kann made for a great twist to the episode. It will be interesting to see how he may factor in to future episodes in the season or if this was simply the opportunity to create some tension. M’Gann has been criminally underused so far this season. This episode finally gives her a chance to take the lead.

We know from the opening credits we’re building towards an appearance by Apokolips. This episode takes us a step towards it but I do feel that my overall takeaway from the episode is that I’ve been chastised for no knowing enough about the fourth world.

Back on Earth we get some amusing scenes with Halo and Brion. Seeing the two beginning to practice their newfound powers brings fourth some funny moments. It also continues Conner’s opportunity to be the father figure to the newbie characters.

After last weeks side mission with Dick and the Roy’s the humour is a little more low key. But it’s still great to see the series flexing its comedy muscles rather than focussing on the heavy hitting storylines of the first three episodes.

It’s a solid watch but not the best episode of the season so far.

Verdict

“Away Mission” brings Forager in to the mix and finally begins to round out the Outsiders team. It breaks from the metahuman trafficking story for a moment to instead refocus the story on some of its characters.

6/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS synopses and images for episodes 10, 11 and 12

It’s that time of the week again. Time to preview the next three episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders. This week see’s the debut of episodes 10, 11 and 12 and from the look of these galleries we have a lot to look forward to!

Episode 10 is titled “Exceptional Human Beings” and is described as:

The search for Tara Markov continues – but who’s doing the searching and where?!

Next up is episode 11, “Another Freak”. The synopsis from DC Universe reads:

It’s the first day of school for Violet Harper and Forager (JASON SPISAK). And the last day for a different freak…

Finally this week is the 12th episode of Young Justice: Outsiders, “Nightmare Monkeys”.

Garfield Logan (GREG CIPES) tests out a pair of Goode VR goggles. Then the goggles test him!

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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First look at Cyborg in YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS

It’s no secret that the roster of heroes on Young Justice is constantly growing. The current series alone has seen the addition of The Outsiders as well as a number of other DC Universe heroes.

Now we’ve got our first look at Victor Stone, Cyborg, who will be joining the series in an upcoming episode of season 3.

Young Justice (DC Universe)

As you can see from this preview image the production team has created a sleeker look for the character. Instead of the robotic looking body they have opted to disguise his cybernetic implants. It’s in keeping with the series advanced tech and we are looking forward to seeing him in action soon!

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS releases images for episodes 7, 8 and 9

Overnight we’ve been gifted with the latest set of synopses and images for upcoming Young Justice: Outsiders episodes. This week episodes 7, 8 and 9 will premiere on the streaming service and we have all the details you need to know!

Episode 7 is entitled “Evolution” and is described as:

Aliens once again threaten the Earth, but with the Justice League split and scattered, only Earth’s first and greatest hero can save us!

Here are the images from the episode:

Episode 8 is called “Triptych” and the streaming service describes the episode as:

As Meta-Human trafficking spreads across the United States, three very different teams of heroes seek to put a stop to it!

Here are the promo images:

Finally this week will also see the premiere of episode 9 “Homes Fires”:

The Light has hired an intergalactic assassin, but who is the intended target?!

Here’s the episode gallery:

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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