Title: Nightwing (2016-) #60
Words: Dan Jurgens
Art: Christopher Mooneyham, Nick Filardi
Published: May 15, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Detective Alphonse Sapienza may be a natural-born leader, forged through his many years with the GCPD, but does that give him what it takes to lead the Night-wings when their lives are endangered as never before? As fires that seem to have a mind of their own rage through Blüdhaven targeting cops, the team is up against its greatest test yet. Joined by Ric Grayson, how will the Nightwings save the city’s finest from a red-hot vendetta and the city’s newest villain, Burnback?
The latest Nightwing story arc continues! Here we have Ric (which still feels unnatural to say) Grayson continuing to assist the Nightwing in their latest pursuit of a super-villain. I will say, as someone who’s resisted this new direction for the character with clenched teeth, I’ve come around to the new setting and cast. Jurgens and his team have really fleshed out the cast here that consists of regular people with fleshed out personalities who take up the Nightwing mantle for their own reasons. Seeing Ric observe them and hopefully learn something from their selflessness makes this storyline all the more appealing, and shows that this is more than just a soft reboot and more of a wholly new direction for the character.
The melodrama of the Bludhaven City police continues, unfortunately, in what amounts to an episode of CSI for Malcolm Hutch, aka “Nightwing Red” and his backstory. Having a super-powered metahuman in the mix adds to the tension, but the villain has yet to make a truly full fledged appearance.
The gritty art, rather than seeming out of place, owns its aesthetic in a way that’s as refreshing as it is nostalgic; Mooneyham knows how to play to his strengths. Filardi’s colors really help the issue pop as well, knowing when to be moody and when to be bright and action-packed.
Nightwing #60 fleshes out its new supporting cast, and blends police drama with dynamic action for another strong step forward in an ongoing saga for the character.