DC Comics 2016
Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Javier Fernandez
Coloured by Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by Carlos M. Mangual
Tim got me with the Rebirth issue and here we are with the first issue of the ongoing series. Dick’s has had many different routes to take all of which have made him a more complete character than we’ve seen him be before. Now once again undercover this time infiltrating the Court of Owls as the agent they’ve wanted him to be since it was revealed when his parents were murdered.
What Tim’s doing with him characterization wise are things that Bruce in all his training has never had to deal with before. All this undercover work is taking the boy he used to be and the man he’s become to places that well are pushing him to the limit of what he knows and what he can accept on a personal and moral level. All the carefree acrobatic skilled detective in training is being taken to new levels with this story and in all honesty it’s the kind of stuff that could either make him actually better than Batman or take him to depths he may not come back from.
I like that while he’s still his own man he keeps trying to go to those closest to him. Batman rejects the offer for aid claiming he’s his own man and can make his own decisions which is accurate and then there’s the whole thing with their complicated relationship that continues to grow and evolve in ways that keep separating them. I think the small exchange we get here is really one that demonstrates why Batman is listened to but Dick is beloved by the community they are a part of.
There’s a part of me that likes Javier’s interiors and another part that wishes they had that whole more detailed and superhero-esque feel to it. I do like the flow of the story and how he uses pages and panels to do it. There’s a definite darker more almost spooky feel to what he’s bringing to the table, which for me would’ve been more Constantine the Nightwing, that i’m kind of a fan of. But I can’t shake off this whole feeling it doesn’t ring Nightwing to me but it’s still good stuff.
With his work and infiltration of the Court of Owls and the introduction of Raptor to contend with alongside the Titans being reformed we’ll see what Tim decides to do with Dick moving forward. There’s a deeper complexity to the character that he’s bringing to the table that we’ve never seen before which is exciting as the old elements are there but the possibility of the new ones well that’s really make this stand out.