Book Review – Nightwing vol. 2: Rough Justice

  • Title: Nightwing vol. 2: Rough Justice
  • Author:  Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson
  • Artists: Greg Land, Scott McDaniel, Karl Story, Bob McLeod, Roberta Tewes, John Costanza
  • Line: 1990-Era (Early Modern Age)
  • Characters: Nightwing (Dick Grayson), 
  • Collection Date: 2015 (reprint)
  • Collected issues: Nightwing #9-18, Nightwing Annual #1 (1997-1998)
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 6/30/2015

Nightwing: Rough Justice (vol. 2) picks up where the previous volume left off. Dick Grayson is living in Blüdhaven, working in a bar by day, and as Nightwing by night. The initial story starts right in the middle, and quickly turns to horror for Dick – but it turns out he was dosed with the Scarecrow’s fear gas – thus what he’s experiencing (especially being unable to save a child, or even himself) is a hallucination. Dick does realize, that he’s essentially been poisoned and goes after Scarecrow – as well as dealing with the after-effects for most of the book.

Bruce Wayne, Batman, arrives in Blüdhaven to check up on Dick. The whole section with Bruce is beautifully written – because Dick assumes that Bruce is there to check-up on him, and by extension – that means he doesn’t think Dick can handle things in Blüdhaven by himself. It doesn’t occur to Dick that Bruce is actually worried about him. Bruce also lets Dick know about his trust fund, which he says is from Dick’s parents. (Uh huh – I’m pretty sure the money came from Bruce, but oh well.)

Blockbuster and his henchmen are major villains in the story.

The last story in the book is completely separate – three chapter story in which Dick marries a “Black Widow” – a young woman who’s previous three husbands died in mysterious circumstances – two during the honeymoon. Dick, of course, thinks she’s a murderer. However, his investigation, with Oracle’s help, finds something else is going on. I quite enjoyed the final story – it was so different from the normal superhero story, and gave Dick a chance to really shine outside of his costume.

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