Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Bernard Chang
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterers: Carlos M. Mangual
Nightwing takes on Bludhaven’s latest serial killer!
What you missed:
Bludhaven has its newest serial killer, The Judge—a murderer Nightwing feels responsible for because he is so elusive Dick has never even come close to justice. Now, he’s influencing little old ladies to do his killing for him. Plus, he’s gotten to Nightwing’s latest confidant, Detective Svodoba, who shot Dick at the end of last issue, sending him plummeting to his death.
Being Dick Grayson, Nightwing swings to safety at the last second, using the city as his trapeze. Then it’s a race against time to figure out who The Judge is influencing now. Using his own version of the Dark Knight’s detective skills, Nightwing bounces between criminals until he gets what he needs, following the blood trail higher than he thought possible. The Judge’s latest victim will permanently change Bludhaven.
This is what Nightwing should feel like: a young, gun-shoe detective getting in over his head as he searches for clues in the shady underbelly of a city built on corruption. The pieces and players of the mystery slowly reveal themselves throughout the story with a pace that feels like a mystery novel. Humphries has planned a tale that’s almost noir. You feel the reach of The Judge from the first page; he’s pulling all the strings and before long, he’s going to own the puppeteer.
In regards to the art, Chang and Maiolo execute visuals that are both visceral and elaborate. There are multiple moments where the use of color commands the page. It not only finds balance with the writing, but compliments it as well. This is the type of comic I live for, where art and writing go hand in hand with the goal of excellent storytelling.