Pitting Nightwing against Dr. Hurt was a savvy move. Hurt was a character with real potential who hasn’t been used so often he’s lost his effectiveness. And if Nightwing has lacked anything since the Raptor storyline, it’s a credible villain. But to get to Hurt, writer Tim Seeley throws one final obstacle in Nightwing’s path — his twisted mirror image Deathwing.
With Defacer by his side, Nightwing has to track down Deathwing in hopes that he’ll lead them to Hurt and the captive Robin. Seeley has taken his time in building the Dick and Shawn relationship so it was a fun next level step watching them in action together. Seeley doesn’t make this mission easy as Nightwing has to deal with Deathwing, Hurt’s mind games and a bum ankle. It’s so rare when heroes are incapacitated to any extent and it’s fascinating watching the acrobatic Nightwing be hobbled.
Art responsibilities are once again shared by Javier Fernandez and Minkyu Jung. While Jung’s artwork carried last issue, Fernandez is back at a high level with his dynamic layouts and action sequences. Jung is solid again with his work blending well with Fernandez’s pages. And with Chris Sotomayor’s always consistently strong colors, it’s nice to see the art looking just as strong as the story in this arc.
Seeley is weaving a creepy and really engaging story here. Nightwing Must Die is quickly starting to rival Better Than Batman for this run’s best arc.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10