Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Ronan Cliquet
Published by DC Comics
Ever since Dick Grayson has become “Ric” this book has felt a little off to me. It hasn’t necessarily been bad, it’s just has a different feel.
Still, Dan Jurgens has been turning in some consistently solid writing work here, so its been a little easier to swallow. It just seems a little arbitrary and now I’m wondering what the actual point was.
The opening sequence however recounting the past year in Ric’s life is fairly solid. We see him swinging through the city and fighting some crime.
Jurgens takes this awkward story of Ric and makes it rather accessible. He should be commended for making it as streamlined as it feels reading the story.
Ric has no memory of who he is, however that doesn’t stop him from fighting a thief on a motorcycle trying to steal medical supplies. Ric is successful in retrieving the medical supplies and all seems right in the world.
Ric then has a conversation with Hitchcock from the Nightwing Squad. While they are talking, it seems like somebody is watching them.
In fact, it seems they actually have Ric in their sights. Who is watching them? How does it play into the bigger plot?
Jurgens asks a lot of questions and all of them are intriguing!
Ric and Bea have a heart to heart. This is a good scene and really develops the two character. Bea has been a really nice addition to this cast. The two of them have a nice easy chemistry and I love that Ric has someone solid and steady to be with. After that, the plot really starts to cook.
We then see the villain of the piece. It’s Talon from the Court of the Owls storyline. He knows Dick Grayson and is looking to start some trouble. And that is when Lex Luthor appears to make Talon an offer. That is where we leave when the book ends.
This is a nicely paced issue. The art is especially good by Ronan Cliquet. I hope he stays on awhile. While I wish that we can give Dick back to being himself, Jurgens and Cliquet make the most of what they were given. It makes for a really compelling story indeed.