June 17, 2015
Nightwing Huntress by Devin Greyson and Greg Land
by Devin Greyson and Greg Land
The Nightwing comics take place in Gotham city in the DC universe. Nightwing was Robin, Batman’s sidekick, until the Dark Knight took some time off, leaving his mentee to fight the villains of Gotham. However, Nightwing does not have to fight alone. In this story he enlists the help of Huntress. Huntress’s family was killed by the Gotham mafia aka “la familia.” This causes her to harbor rather harsh grudges against the organization.
Frankie Black, a member of the Gotham mafia, is trying to leave the mafia to start a new life and get out of the life of crime he’s been leading. Unfortunately he is framed for the murder of an undercover police woman and is arrested by the police, just to be broken out by the mafia for them to question him. Nightwing knows Black is innocent and needs to find the true murderer. Huntress wants to see Black jailed for the crime because of her agenda against the Mafia. When she finds out he is innocent, she joins Nightwing in looking for the real murderer.
Nightwing and Huntress are very different. Nightwing is much more merciful and less aggressive than his new partner. Huntress originally wants to see Frankie Black ruined but Nightwing refuses to see him go to jail for a crime he did not commit. This causes tension between Nightwing and Huntress. Nightwing disapproves of Huntress’s techniques while sometimes turning to look the other way as in this case, because they are necessary. This makes them excellent foil characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good place to get into DC or Nightwing comics. This is the first one I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I had always thought Nightwing was a more interesting character than Batman or Robin and this story affirms that.
Reviewed by Jared (son of SueBE)