Monday, June 13, 2005


Phil Hester's blocky, chunky art style is perfect for this story arc -- writer Devin Grayson is certainly not painting her ideas with a fine brush. The foreshadowing is subtle as a train whistle, the angst has been applied with a trowel, and Grayson is taking the same plot shortcuts that undermined her previous arc (the Blockbuster-gets-capped storyline) well before she had Nightwing raped on a rooftop.

This is a story that has to be flawless and fascinating in its execution because the plot is not going to carry it -- even in a post-Identity Crisis world, nobody actually considers the possibility of Nightwing actually becoming a mafia villain to be possible, let alone likely. We know how this has to end, with Nightwing back on the side of the angels and back in Batman's good graces, so the challenge for Grayson is to at least make it worth our while to care what happens before then. She's not meeting that challenge. What we wanted was Donnie Brasco. What we've got is volume two of Darkness, and not the good parts.

In Devin Grayson's world, whether you are gay or straight, male or female, you are guaranteed one thing: you want Dick...


Blogger Franny said...

Wow, I totally agree. Although my invectives on Devin Grayson's writing usually involve more profanity and references to skullfucking...

I like to pretend mafia Dick is a robot ninja zombie, and the real one is hanging out with the Outsiders...locked in their headquarters at gunpoint by Arsenal, but safe from Devin's scummy fangirl pen.

Fri Jun 17, 10:27:00 PM EDT  

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