Title: Nightwing (2016-) #61
Words: Dan Jurgens
Art: Ronin Cliquet
Colors: Nick Filardi
Published: June 19, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Blüdhaven is burning! Ric Grayson and the Nightwings are helpless against the rampage of Burnback. Will they be able to pull themselves together as a team in order to prevent Blüdhaven from becoming ash? Confronted with their most dire threat yet, Ric and the Nightwings must find a way to come together if lives are to be saved.
Nightwing has always had a lot of passion, and clearly Dan Jurgens has committed to now telling Ric Grayson’s story as more than just a simple amnesia storyline, but rather a dynamic new setpiece for the character as he rediscovers what it means to be a hero. And the other Nightwings (which have now been conveniently color coded), have begun to solidify themselves as worthy side characters in their own right.
Ronin Cliquet’s art astounds, showing off the flashy meta-human powers of Burnback while still being able to show sincere emotion on the faces of each character. The title has jumped from artist to artist recently, but his is easily the art I’d like to see more of, by far. It feels fresh and eye catching without detracting from the tone the series tries to maintain. This issue has a lot to love, even when it’s just wrapping up story elements from the previous issue, and it’s a lot of fun.
This latest Nightwing story arc concludes with a fiery display of heart, heat, and character in a way that essentially sets the mold for what all future story arcs in this era of the character should be.