The title may say Nightwing and the costume is different, but this issue was a classic Batman & Robin adventure.
With his pregnant girlfriend Shawn abducted, Nightwing starts a frantic international search. Tagging along is his former Robin and ‘little brother,’ Damian Wayne.
Writer Tim Seeley gets great mileage playing up this dynamic. Damian is always a little intense while Nightwing attempts to keep his emotions in check. Just from Nightwing and Damian alone, this issue was a winner.
Nightwing and Damian get a shocking surprise when they discover Deathwing, a mysterious creature wearing Nightwing’s costume and speaking in his voice, is the culprit. The one-time Dynamic Duo is going to need assistance from an unexpected source to survive.
Javier Fernandez likes the challenge of drawing Nightwing’s world. He incorporates just the right amount of light and shadows to get the gritty feel of a Bat-vigilante with just enough colorful scenes to reflect Nightwing’s more optimistic approach.
Fernandez occasionally gets a little too busy on some panels making for the random cluttered page, but the effort is appreciated.
Chris Sotomayor’s colors cover this mix really well, creating a great atmosphere for this issue.
The source of the drama should be familiar to fans of Grant Morrison’s iconic run and was a smart use of an underutilized Batman rogue.
Nightwing Must Die has delivered the goods so far and this was another winner.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10