Nightwing #53 Review
Writer: Scott Lobdell w/ Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Travis Moore and Patch Zircher
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Artist: Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi
Following the kidnapping of his boss Burl, the man now known as Ric Grayson is ready to jump into action before being stopped by…Nightwing?? It seems Bludhaven is about to see the return of Nightwing, except this time it’s Detective Alphonse Sapienza in the tights. Not one to be easily stopped Grayson assists in the rescue of Burl and we learn that he has stopped experiencing flashes of his former life in the form of nightmares. Could this mark a turning point for Ric Grayson?
Okay so the story actually seems to be picking up a little bit in this one. Instead of this attempted balance between keeping the doors open for a quick return to the costume and trying to push the current arc, this issues sits fully in the Ric Grayson corner as opposed to the Dick Grayson one. The art in the action sequences has picked up, although they are rather short in this issue, but it’s still appreciated. We see that Grayson is still helping people however he can with his fellow regulars at his favorite dive, and he’s also making forays into a new personal life with a possible romance happening between him and his friendly neighborhood bartender. This is the first issue since the amnesia arc has started that actually made me want to read the next issue. Hopefully the series will continue to improve from here.