Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Ronan Cliquet
Colors by: Nick Filardi
Letters by: AndWorld Design
(WARNING: Spoilers for Nightwing #71 ahead.)
Did anyone let out an audible reaction when they realized exactly where things were going in Nightwing #71?
Of course, we had an idea that Joker was going to create just a tiny bit of chaos when he found the Court of Owls’ memory crystal. It’s the Joker what else is he going to do?
But there was a point in his discussion with Ric where I thought he might try to restore his memories to turn him back into Dick Grayson/Nightwing. With the way Joker was talking, it seemed like he’d somehow come to the conclusion that bringing the real Nightwing back would be beneficial for him. Maybe impact his beloved back-and-forth with Batman — something along those lines.
Joker’s relationship with Batman definitely played a part in this plan, but it’s going in a much different direction than I was thinking midway through his conversation with Ric.
And I, for one, could not be more excited about what’s up next.
Much of the Ric Grayson storyline has been frustrating. It wasn’t until the Court showed its hand that everything started to make sense and got more entertaining.
Joker entering the fray with so much power over Ric provides even more potential. With this shift, Dan Jurgens can’t slow down. That doesn’t mean rush through this next phase — he just has to deliver each issue.
I also appreciate that Jurgens didn’t let the situation with Tusk take over Nightwing #71. He gave us some action and allowed Ronan Cliquet to have a little fun, but a serious shift in Ric’s story occurred. And now it feels like so much more is about to happen.