Nightwing #12

Nightwing attends a stereotypical redneck barbecue.

Nightwing #12

DC Comics (September, 1997)

“Mutt”
WRITER: Chuck Dixon
PENCILER: Scott McDaniel
INKER: Karl Story
COLORIST: Roberta Tewes
SEPARATION: Jamison
LETTERER: John Costanza
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
EDITOR: Scott Peterson

After a night of crimefighting, Dick returns home to see a kid stuck to his floor…thanks to his special criminal trap. The kid’s name is Mutt and Nightwing follows him and rescue him from a gang who forced him to steal, then finds him a better place to live. Meanwhile, more on Soames and Clancy meets the local psycho-vigilante, whose name is Tad. Back at Dick’s place, he has a visitor…Batman.

What they got right: Batman had to visit eventually. I like how Dick saves the kid as much as Nightwing does by finding him a new home off of the streets. I wonder if Mutt will come up again in this series? Plus it’s interesting that an intended “victim” at the beginning of the story pretty much saves himself from a carjacking.

What they got wrong: Do we really need Tad? Does he serve any decent purpose? Because I don’t even care to want to see him get his comeuppance, even remembering what he does in a later issue. I wish Dixon had dropped this character. Oh, and then there’s this:

I keep forgetting what the 90’s did to Batman.

What is WITH those shoulder..hook…pad..things. What are they even supposed to be? Because “scary” is the wrong answer.

Recommendation: A good one-shot tale that’s worth getting to see that Dick AND Nightwing can have a positive influence on Bludhaven.

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