Nightwing #114 Review

Review by Tim Sheridan

Story Title: Cowboys and Indians

Script: Devin Grayson
Pencils: Phil Hester
Inks: Ande Parks
Colors: Gregory Wright
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Nachie Castro

Nightwing is one of my favorite characters. I love him. So seeing him go through this tough story is rather painful. This book has lost a lot of steam in the past year. I enjoyed the Year One tale, but since then it has been on shaky ground. And this story in particular seems to be treading water.

It has been months since Nightwing has gone and become a villain. I get that. And it’s an interesting way to go. But since then, not much has happened. He’s allied himself with Deathstroke, and is getting closer to Lex Luthor. But why? What really is going on?

The most fun part about this story would have been knowing Dick’s true motives. But since we, the readers, are still pretty much in the dark about that, it seems rather dull. And that’s disappointing. Of course we know that Nightwing is truly a hero, and he’ll come through, but until that happens, we’re left with a weak story.

This issue’s highlight has to be the Nightwing and Arsenal fight. While it’s only a few pages, it’s great. There is a lot of animosity in that relationship, and some of it comes to the surface. But it’s left unresolved, as is Dick’s relationship with Oracle.

Now, I used to love this book, and I know it has some great things going for it. Devin Grayson is a great writer, and she loves this character. And the art team is pretty perfect for this book too. But it’s just not progressing the way it could. I just want to see this story resolved soon, so we can keep moving.