Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Inks: Klaus Janson
Colors: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire
Variant Covers: John Romita Jr., Danny Miki & Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC Comics
Haven’t put my hands on an issue of Nightwing in quite some time, so getting in the middle of an ongoing story makes things a little complicated, but not completely impossible to review. I have to say that the story holds up very well on its own, but some pieces might be missing from my analysis.
The opening image of the story makes me smile: Dick wakes up with Babs in his bed and with a monstrous hangover. The scene ends with a nifty easter egg that, while efficient in leaving me intrigued, made things quite predictable once I got to the end.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! The story that follows is divided between an unusual day in Dick Grayson’s life, when he is not feeling like himself, and flashbacks of the day everyone in Bludhaven was gifted with a mysterious VR headset, dote sent by a company that has been buying full lots of the city and is apparently trying to PR their way out of the invasion.
From the point this is first established, it becomes clear that the events we’re witnessing aren’t all set in reality, but rather in the virtual reality provided by the headsets. And as the story unfolds, real and virtual become mixed together, until the real threat of the month finally shows itself.
Using from the feelings Dick has for Babs, the villain Wyrm appears, ready to snatch from Dick all the information about his most valuable connection: Bruce Wayne.
A story well told, if not a little confusing – but this problem will definitely be solved once I get to the previous issue.
Waiting for the next one.
Patricia Loupee is a collector of skills: wannabe tattoo artist, seamstress, sculptress, cartoon artist, and most importantly comic book colorist, inker and writer. Her work in the world of comics can be seen at indie titles by Red King Press, Correct Handed Productions, Phoenix Dreams Publishing and the Boston Comics Roundtable anthology Being True.