Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Bernard Chang and Jamal Campbell
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo and Jamal Campbell
What you missed: The last time we saw Dick he was in a large explosion at the penthouse of one of Bludhaven’s most prominent casinos. He fell into yet another trap set by the Judge, an evil spirit of the sea claiming to once be the first of Bludhaven. Through twisted manipulation, the Judge is responsible for over 30 murders and Nightwing blames himself for allowing this madman to walk free. Now its time for Dick to see if he can manage to catch the Judge or let him go once again.
What Happened: Only Nightwing could have a final boss battle on a makeshift trapeze with a crane and a car. Despite this quirk, Dick finds him tempted by the Judge’s powers of persuasion, causing him to face his own demons. In the end, Dick has to face how much of the Judge’s killings were really his fault. Its a strong moment for Nightwing as he has to learn how to forgive himself.
What I thought: The idea of forgiving ourselves for our shortcomings is something that will always resonate with anyone who has any sort of conscience. This last bit really tied the story together nicely, it made everything that Nightwing have to fight for resolving its self in a very organic way.
I think Chang’s art is good but I was really more impressed with Campbell at the end. His art was so clean and vibrant. Chang’s work just had a little too much grit for my taste, it never held my eye. It was too easy to forget about it. I really Campbell to take over this book full time so that Nightwing can have an art that is so crisp and glorious.