24 May, 2006

Review: Nightwing #120


Nightwing #120 - I think it is very much an indication of how far both this title and Dick Grayson have fallen in my eyes, when I tell you that I am actually more interested in Jason Todd running around as Nightwing than I am with Dick Grayson doing so. The Dick Grayson that I used to like - the confident, slightly cocky, gentleman-like superhero - just isn’t to be found any more. In his place is an arrogant, womanizing twerp who acts more like a jerk and seems to consciously want to do whatever he can to drive his friends away. I make no bones of the fact that what I’ve read of Devin Grayson’s run on Nightwing I’ve not liked, and Bruce Jones at least seems to be closer than Grayson in what I would like to see in the character. But yet, he still isn’t there. The Dick Grayson I am reading here is not someone I would care to be friends with, nor read about. At least Jason Todd has the advantage of being a somewhat different and refreshing change of pace. So for the moment, if I continue to pick up this title, it’ll be because of Jason and not because of Dick; the Dick Grayson I want is not to be found here, so I’ve stopped looking for him.

So what about Nightwing #120 itself? Well, it’s a so-so issue. Dick Grayson and Jason Todd seem to have come to an understanding and are now BOTH running around as Nightwing (as well as hitting on the same girl). In the meantime, Dick is working as a male model for Cheyenne while new bad guys The Pierce Brothers continue to hunt for ways to destroy Nightwing, and bring in a creepy Meta to help the cause. There’s an amusing scene with Jason Todd at a fashion show that Dick is appearing in, and Cheyenne figures out that this guy she’s hired to pretend to be Nightwing for her show may actually be the real deal A few amusing moments, some more plot advancement, the usual. For the most part its enjoyable only if you ignore everything you’ve come to expect out of Dick Grayson and Nightwing. For the moment, this one stays on the pull list. RATING: 3/5

6 comments:

KTHunter said...

I am becoming a big Jason Todd fan myself. He can sort of fill that gap that Slade left wide open for a grayish character. Except when Slade was mostly gray, he wasn't so psycho. Jason is definitely psycho, and he's playing both sides of the fence. He fights crime in his guise as Nightwing, but he's breaking all of the normal Bat-family rules while he does it. He is a fascinating character.

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