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Richard Dragon #2

June 29, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Enter the Dragon Part Two

Richard Dragon faces down his old enemies on the streets of Bludhaven.

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Pencils: Scott McDaniel
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Michael Wright
Cover Art: Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Publisher: DC Comics

Nightwing fans, do not be fooled. While it’s always great to see Scott McDaniel penciling the former Boy Wonder, he makes little more than a cameo appearance in this issue, setting up a full-fledged guest-starring role next month. This issue is about Richard and Ben Turner going to Bludhaven to begin their war with the enemies who drew Richard out of retirement last issue.

This issue is a definite step up from issue one – there’s still plenty of action, and it’s all done well, but we get a little character development as well. Dixon serves up a flashback sequence that shows how Richard and Ben first met, as well as providing a little more insight into why our title character made himself into the warrior he is. It’s a well-done bit that has me liking the character a bit more.

That’s not why you buy this book, though, you buy it for the fights, and the Dixon/McDaniel team do some of the best street-level fighting sequences in comics today. We’ve got fists of fury, flying kicks and great marital arts moves that make this title what it is.

That said, I still feel like I should be liking this title a bit more than I do now. It’s good. It’s fun. But it’s not giving me that “zowie” feeling I want out of it. Perhaps as the first story arc continues, the book will continue in that direction, but right now it still kind of feels like “Nightwing-Lite” instead of having an identity of its own, and that’s exactly what it needs.

Rating: 7/10

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