Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Javier Fernandez and Miguel Mendonca
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
“Spyral” Finale: The secrets of Spyral and their mysterious controller are at last revealed, and the sexy superhero/superspy team-up between Nightwing and Huntress continues.
What You Need to Know:
Last issue’s cliffhanger ending revealed that the man responsible for selling high tech weaponry to street level criminals and thugs in Bludhaven was Tiger King, AKA Agent One, Nightwing’s former Spyral partner during his tenure with the clandestine spy organization. With the help of the Huntress and her former charges, the Skull Girls, he is able to hunt down Tiger to his lair. There, separated from Huntress and the Skull Girls, Nightwing discovers that Tiger King may not be what he appears at all…
Nightwing’s support cast, who read like the reformed super villain version of the Scooby Gang but not quite as edgy, are reeling from the death of one of their own: Gizmo, the super hacker. It appears that Spyral had Gizmo killed for getting too close to the source of these weapons. His girlfriend, Mouse, former sidekick to Catwoman, takes a position in Blockbuster’s casino to get revenge, as she believes it is he who had Giz murdered.
As Nightwing’s all too recent ex-girlfriend, Defacer, and her once more partner in crime, Pigeon, prepare for a robbery, they stumble across Mouse scaling the walls of the casino.
What Just Happened?
Nightwing quickly discovers that he is not dealing with his cranky old friend and partner, Tiger King, but in fact he is dealing with a traitor to Spyral, Mr. Minos, the Man with the Labyrinth Face! Minos absorbed Tiger King’s memories into his device and has been mimicking him.
The Skullgirls, searching for one of their own, Lotti Duff, who they believed kidnapped by Minos, and Huntress inadvertently find their friend while narrowly escaping a trap of mustard gas. Lotti reveals that Gizmo had discovered the truth regarding Minos’ intentions and that what he’s been after all along is Nightwing.
The chemistry between Huntress and Nightwing is palpable. It is much hotter than whatever was going on with Dick and Shawn, his ex. Minos does what villains do… ties Dick Grayson up and taunts him with his scheme. He plans to replace the missing Minos Files in his hard drive with the secret identities of the Justice League after he harvests them from Nightwing’s memories.With the help of Lotti Duff, Nightwing and a freed Tiger King are able to overpower and destroy Minos in a gruesome scene which questions the very existence of free will and a purpose for living.
Back in Bludhaven, Defacer stops an assassination attempt on Blockbuster by Mouse, who gets help from Gizmo’s pet squirrel. Defacer than realizes the error of her ways and rushes to Dick Grayson’s apartment all the while practicing the speech in her head asking him to take her back, but not just as his girlfriend… this time, she wants a partnership as superheroes.
Imagine her surprise when she looks through the window and finds Dick giving Huntress the D.
Hurt and betrayed, Defacer’s struggle with the morality of being a super villain seems resolved and I sincerely doubt that heroism won out.
Basking in the afterglow, Dick answers a call from Tiger King revealing that his former rival, Raptor, is on the loose thanks to Minos.
If Tiger King and the Huntress become the new Nightwing supporting cast, we are all in for a great read. If Defacer goes all “Swimfan” on Nightwing, we also are in for a great read. Huntress is a worthy romantic sparring partner for Nightwing. I’ve been saying for a while now that Nightwing is bogged down by a supporting cast that are, frankly, just unworthy of his top billing status as one of the world’s best known superheroes. However, if they start losing their minds to grief, jealousy, greed and despair? I could see them potentially posing a threat.