Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javier Fernandez, Diana Egea
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
The Spyral storyline comes to an end and it gave us a much-needed refresher on Grayson’s time as an agent of the spy organization.
In a way, I can see why someone would be down on this current run of Nightwing. Unless you’ve been keeping track of the character for the last few years, it’s been full of references to stories you’ve never read. It’s one of the reasons I love what Tim Seeley has been doing, but I’m not surprised to see other reviews get the same joy out of reading it as I do. The good thing is that this isn’t inside baseball, the characters and concepts from Grayson lore are being reintroduced so new readers aren’t completely lost. With that said, I really enjoyed this issue for what it could mean for the title down the road.
So Mr. Minos reveals himself to be the man behind Spyral’s attack, and it’s fantastic. He has a Brainiac vibe to him where it feels like you can never truly kill him or hold him back. He’s a great villain to add to Nightwing’s ever growing personal rogues. The Defacer storyline has reached its apex for me. I don’t really know how to feel about Shawn anymore, she’s been through a lot but some of it was her own doing. The ending, which I hated for multiple reason, didn’t ruin the issue but hopefully calls an end to the Shawn/Grayson romance. As a reader, I’m just ready to move on, hopefully she is too.
I enjoyed the art a little more than last the last issue. I’m not sure what happened last time. Javier Fernandez has done a good job on his run of Nightwing, but I wasn’t into it. Something just felt off, could have be the coloring. But I thought this issue was a return to form, and everything looked fine. I really liked the layout on this issue, it all felt very neat. This issue was very hectic especially with Huntress and the Skullgirls, and yet nothing ever felt cluttered, and everyone looked great.
Overall, it was great seeing old Spyral faces return in this arc. There seems to be plans for the future with these characters, even some hints at a bigger story. This issue just hit all the right buttons. The world that is being built around Dick Grayson right now is an exciting and diverse one. My only complaint is that my favorite Skullgirl Lotti, didn’t mention Dick’s butt one time. Surely the sleep deprivation and being in the run from Mr. Minos got to her.