I’m really liking this new villain Sam Humphries has introduced to give Nightwing fits. The Judge might look like The Dude from The Big Lebowski, but he’s the kind of chill, calculating villain we haven’t seen in Nightwing in a long time. He’s already shaping up to be the most memorable Nightwing villain in the Rebirth era since Raptor. The most impressive aspect of the character is so far he hasn’t specifically done anything wrong. Sure, people he’s come into contact with have done some horrific things, but he’s clean. And he’s staying one step ahead of Dick Grayson.
It’s always fun watching Nightwing get challenged by a villain who doesn’t bother trying to match him physically. When a bad guy can get inside his head and make Nightwing doubt his instincts or second guess himself it makes for a very intriguing read.
Humphries also has a seemingly non connected subplot with Guppy that is doing a good job of making him a sympathetic character. I’m curious what Humphries is planning here.
Bernard Chang’s art continues to impress. I didn’t initially think of Chang as the best fit for the book, but his pages are providing a fresh spark to Nightwing. The layouts pop off the page and Chang is spotlighting Nightwing’s unique fighting style nicely. Marcelo Maiolo’s colors provide that extra additional boosts to make Nightwing one of the most vibrant books in the Rebirth lineup.
The Untouchable has been a great jumping on point for new readers. I’m loving this new direction and the fresh perspective Humphries and Chang are bringing. –Jeffrey Lyles
Rating: 9 out of 10