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Nightwing (1996 Series) #95

July 13, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Road to Nowhere Part Two

Nightwing and Tarantula have to take down Copperhead… so they can get on with her other plans…

Writer: Devin Grayson
Pencils: Mike Lilly
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Gregory Wright
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Michael Wright
Cover Art: Scott McDaniel
Publisher: DC Comics

Ever since the truly shocking conclusion of the Blockbuster storyline, Devin Grayson has sharply divided the Nightwing fans. There are those who hate her for what she’s doing, and there are those who are in agony to see what’s happening to Nightwing but can still tell a good story when they see it. I’m of the latter.

Running from Bludhaven, Nightwing and his new fling find themselves face-to-face with Copperhead. The fight scene isn’t the big thing about this issue, though – we get a lot of quieter stuff, a lot of character development. We see how Tarantula views both her relationship and Nightwing himself, and she’s surprisingly on the money. She’s also very persuasive, and the last sequence shows her leading Nightwing towards making a terrible mistake, before jumping off to get ready for the upcoming “War Games” crossover.

With “War Games” taking up the next few issues of this title, I’m expecting to see the main story here get stretched out a bit. In fact, that may turn out to be a good thing, since it will help Grayson pick up the pace for what I expect to be a big turnaround in issue #100.

Mike Lilly and Andy Owens seem to want to keep the style Scott McDaniel used to such acclaim on this title. They do a pretty good job at that too, showing off Nightwing’s acrobatic prowess and making Copperhead look sufficiently nasty. Some scenes look a little rushed, though, a little sketchy. It’s not up to par with McDaniel’s best work, but it’s not a bad substitute.

Grayson almost lost me with her first story arcs on Nightwing, taking him in an entirely different direction than Chuck Dixon did, but in the last few months the book has gotten better and better, and it looks like it’s going to get better still. I just hope that “War Games” helps it to keep its momentum rather than shooting it down.

Rating: 7/10

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