In Nightwing #19 Dr. Hurt is back and he has taken Damian, hostage. Dick must finally face off against his own fears, his own reflection, Deathwing!
Nightwing has been one of the better DC Rebirth titles up until this point. However, I find that this arc is wavering for me, with a lot of unexplained reasoning and filer. As proof in this issue, Seely explains the entire arc so far in four pages, the entire thing. This issue could serve as a good pick up point for those that want to get into the Nightwing comic. Which is impressive considering we are four issues into the current arc. However here again it feels like we are on a slow burn, with the final reveal falling a bit flat because of the build up.
The art here by Fernandez and Jung is a mixed bag at times. With some of this issue truly looking beautiful and producing some great action scenes. However, the facial expressions continue to be a weak spot, with some just looking very unfortunate. Colors by Sotomayor are very pleasant on this issue, with the use of halftones being a great touch. Overall the art on this book is
good, it just has some weaknesses, more than likely due to the bimonthly ship schedule.
Nightwing #19 is picking up the pace again and returning to what makes this title so great. With some slow build up here and there leading to the eventual payoff of the next issue. If you’re on the fence about picking up Nightwing, you can start here as there is a nice explanation in the front of the book about what is going on. This title is worth picking up even when it has its missteps.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Written by Tim Seely
Art by Javier Fernandez, Minkyu Jung, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Published by DC
Release Date: April 19th, 2017