Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nightwing #22 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I actually don’t have a lot to say about this issue.  Higgins continues to let the story unfurl at its own pace, so we get small developments on several fronts but no enormous leap.  The biggest events are Nightwing putting the mayor on notice that he’s after Zucco and Prankster stepping up his war on corruption by going a little more Joker than Dick probably thought that he would.  All in all, it's mostly a bridge issue, with Higgins slowly building up the tension.

Speaking of the “he” pronoun there, I’m increasingly convinced that Prankster is going to wind up being Dick’s new female roommate, Joey.  I’m hoping that “he’s” not, because the coincidence factor would definitely reduce the impact of the story.  But, the physical resemblance is there enough to make me worry.  Continuing on Prankster, “his” motives are, at this point, still unknown.  Sure, “he’s” against corruption, but most anti-corruption crusaders don’t go around killing civilians and cops to improve their city’s finances.  Higgins is possibly constructing a parallel narrative, that Prankster has a similar beef with Mayor Cole as Dick has with Zucco.  Did Cole's criminal brother kill someone close to Prankster?  If Higgins goes that route, it could result in an interesting story, similar to the one that Layman is pursuing with the Batman/Wrath duality in “Detective Comics.”  Time will tell, I guess.

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