19 December 2010

Book Review Number 21: Nightwing Vol 7: On the Razor's Edge

I took another foray into DC Comics with Nightwing Vol 7: On the Razor's Edge.  I've previously read the first three volumes so I knew a lot of the players from Bludhaven.  This volume was, of course, a bit further in the timeline.  It includes issues 52 and 54 through 60.  Issue 52 is a little bit with Catwoman that seemed a bit more fluff than moving the story forward.  The rest deal with the coming of Shrike, who knew Nightwing as Robin.  Blockbuster auditions him by having him go against the villains that had previously failed to take out Nightwing, then sends him after Nightwing.  Shrike manages to capture Nightwing and takes him to an undisclosed location.  But Nightwing isn't without resources.  First, Oracle (whose relationship with Dick/Nightwing is progressing nicely) is alerted to Nightwing's plight when Shrike attempts to run Nightwing's prints.  She and Black Canary are able to track down where Nightwing is being held.  Meanwhile, Nightwing is able to use his ingenuity to free himself.  There's the typical fight between Nightwing and Shrike where they leave things somewhat unresolved.  There's a secondary plot where Dick is continuing his attempt to get into Bludhaven's Police force.  His mentor and superior, Amy, not only brings him in as an officer but brings him into a secret society that was formed to battle the corruption within the police.

I really enjoyed reading this one.  I'm loving finding out about various DC heroes, their strengths and weaknesses.  The story was well balanced between Dick Grayson's travels and Nightwing's. The artwork is, as always, fantastic.  I definitely recommend it for those who like DC comics, though I'd start with some of the earlier graphic novels to get up to speed on Who's Who in Bludhaven.