DC Comics (December, 1998)“The Free Booters” WRITER: Chuck Dixon PENCILER: Scott McDaniel INKER: Karl Story COLORIST: Roberta Tewes LETTERER: John Costanza EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
Nightwing is no closer to solving the murders that brought him here, but at least he has a place to stay…that he has to help fix up. (And he still hasn’t seen the face of the building super.) Soames knows more than he’s saying, and Black Mask’s fox-masked henchman is stealing an entire drug-seller place. This is an interesting city for our hero.
What they got right: Bludhaven is worse that pre-Batman Gotham, which makes it an interesting challenge. Dick is really trying to make his own path as a superhero and step out of Batman’s shadow and I like seeing that.
What they got wrong: I really didn’t like the artwork here. Lineart is exaggerated in all the wrong ways so that it’s almost bad Marvel 90’s artwork.
Recommendation: Unless you’re planning to collect the series, there’s not much here to recommend but it’s not bad enough to avoid, either.