DC Comics (December, 1995)
WRITER: Dennis O’Neil
PENCILER: Greg Land
INKERS: Mike Sellers & Nick Napolitano
COLORIST: Cathi Bertrand
LETTERER: John Constanza
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Keri Kowalski
EDITOR: Pat Garrahy
Nightwing manages to get himself and Von Cart out of Kravia and into Gotham City, where Von Cart plans to expose the whole story, but he’ll be dead in a week. He also tells Dick that they didn’t kill his parents and probably wouldn’t have. When Dick gets home he gets a call from Miggy, learning her father has been drunkenly beating her. Before he can reach her he’s stalled by the assassin again, but he manages to beat him. Dick takes his motorcycle and races to Miggy’s, but she’s already shot him in self defense. Nightwing reconciles with Batman and decides that lost and desperate people have someone to ask for help…Nightwing!
What they got right: While I still think the Miggy story could have been it’s own tale (probably only an issue or two long) it does have a decent enough ending in giving Nightwing new purpose. We don’t have an unnecessary retcon for the murder of Dick’s parents, and Nightwing doesn’t topple and take over a small nation to look good, two things that have happened in modern superhero comics. Nightwing even saves a guy from taking his place as rat chow, which is the nobility I expect from a DC hero.
What they got wrong: So what happened to the assassin? Is he still going to attempt to earn his pay and kill Dick? Was he arrested?
Recommendation: This four issue miniseries led into the ongoing Nightwing comics I’ve already reviewed, with more of those stories coming soon. On it’s own this is still a good miniseries and worth picking up if you’re a Dick Grayson/Nightwing fan.