Next book on the agenda? The third issue of Nightwing. So far this series(sadly, like many of the new DC books I decided to pick up) hasn't reached the levels I'd hoped it would. But, I am an optimist, and as such I'm hoping this series picks up starting here.
What Happened: Dick Grayson is confronted by Haly's son at Haly's funeral, where Haly's distraught son rants about Dick stealing from him and such. Everybody chalks it up to grief and Dick ends up talking to Raya, who tells Dick a former friend of theirs(Zane) had become a crime booking agent based out of Chicago. Dick(as Nightwing) confronts Zane, and after a battle learns that Zane didn't set up Haly's death. From there Dick heads back to Raya and sleeps with her(what, he IS Dick Grayson!), but not before telling her he was going to stick with Haly's Circus. This one ends with Haly's son talking to Saiko to make sure Saiko was still planning on killing Dick.
The Good: This issue was fast paced and a quick read. The fight between Dick and Zane was fun and energetic. The art was strong. Zane DIDN'T figure out Dick's identity, thus making him the DUMBEST person in the known universe! Dick traveling with the circus gets him away from Gotham and Batman's shadow, which can't hurt.
The Bad: This issue didn't really DO anything... Nothing of any major importance happened, with the exception of Zane getting crossed off the suspect list(which we didn't even know he was on until THIS issue!) and Saiko coming back(which we knew was going to happen). Next issue has that damn Batgirl in it, which has me SERIOUSLY considering not picking it up... So Dick is going to be traveling with the circus, which means Nightwing will probably be constantly appearing around the circus... See the problem there?
The Verdict: To be 100% honest with you, after I put this comic down the first thought that came to mind was simply, “Meh.” This issue didn't accomplish anything. The villain we all knew wasn't dead came back, and the guy we never suspected was involved with Haly's death was cleared of any potential foul play. Was this issue awful? No. Will I remember this issue 3 minutes from now? No. It was the very definition of a forgettable comic book.
Score: 6 out of 10.So Zane could have simply shot Nightwing in the back of the head, but instead elected to beat him with the gun instead... Oooookay then...