Comics Review: Nightwing, Red Hood and Supergirl #20

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

Why choose Chicago? I really, really would have loved to see Richard Grayson go back to Bludhaven. Nightwing #20 is the second issue of the hero in the windy city. I must confess I’ve been ready to cast the former original Robin’s solo series off my pull list (well, my digital one). He’s carving his own niche though, again flying solo, and once more outside the Batcave.

One of the coolest things about Nightwing is the way he moves around the city. He flies around Spider-Man style, swinging and leaping from buildings. He’s also getting to know his new surroundings and making contacts. I like the character of Johnny Spade, how you must win a hand with him to get information and give him information back if you lose. Nightwing in Chicago might flesh out into a full comic if you keep giving characters personality traits.

The Prankster is more than a decent first contender for Nightwing. I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn out to be Joey, Mike’s original roommate. She’s not supposed to be there for two months because of “work” but something tells me we’ll be seeing more of her. Joey just happens to be a computer security expert. Mike is a photographer hoping to be a journalist, which might get him into the action from time to time a-la-Jimmy-Olsen. It’s like a new comic all over again, but it’s somehow working for me.

Recommended as Nightwing again becomes a a solo comic.

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

I really wanted to like Red Hood and the Outlaws #20. There are some things that work, and some don’t and unfortunately this may be one of those issues that is either a gateway to a great story or the beginning of a bad one. The problem is that the comic doesn’t stand on its own.

We all know that Jason’s memories were erased. This is Roy and Kori to the rescue trying to get S’aru the Proctor to give those memories back. What we get is a lot of exposition of the past. My problem is that this feels like one of those episodes of a TV series in which we all reminisce about the good times. Except that in this case, it’s the bad times. There’s a couple of things I was glad to see, like the hint at Starfire revealed as a more of a three dimensional character. The reunion of the All Caste at the end was a nice touch, hinting at some sort of plot and reason, was also nice.

The art is a bit more a miss than a hit in this one. And the ending with the promise of crossover… sigh. I really felt we were done with crossovers for a while. They always feel like a bit of charity work. Not sure for who’s benefit in the case of this one. I won’t give it away, and I’ll acknowledge the fact that it was going to happen at some point. I just felt that would’ve made more sense if Arsenal was at the center of this plot.

Not recommended if you’re just jumping in. If you are a fan of the comic, you don’t have much of a choice.

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

I like to end reviews on a high note, so this time I’m picking Supergirl #20 which features Kara talking to her other self from Earth 2, Power Girl. I must confess my favorite character in this comic is neither Kara nor Kara but Sanctuary, the computer that at some point determines that two Karas is an anomaly and therefore one must be a clone.

As a result, it does the obvious thing and suggest gladiatorial combat. Denied, it scans them both to decide matter-of-factly that Supergirl is the clone. That’s a very interesting choice because -gasp- she might be just that. Best line? “Would scolding you in a raspy morathian accent be enough to get you to hold still long enough to die?”

The whole battle, banter and dialogue is so Buffy-esque that I half expected Joss Whedon to be involved. I’m not sure why Power Girl lost her own comic series, but this issue really makes me miss it.

Recommended for fans of Supergirl and Power Girl alike.

That will do for now.

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