Batman #55 Review
• Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey (Cover Artists)
• Francesco Mattina (Variant) •Tomeu Morey (Colorist)
So after doing a deep dive into Batman and Nightwing's relationship in the last issue, Batman #55 starts off with a night on the town with our dynamic duo.
The events of the issue are pretty mundane but beautifully rendered by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey. The "A" Story builds off of the last issue. We get more character development and insight into the relationship between these two men. Batman is stoic as ever while Nightwing is constantly trolling Bruce to get a reaction.
Occasionally the mask slips and we get the impression that Bruce has fun with Dick around but it's more of a subtext than anything that is ever outright stated.
The other subplot involves the KGBeast making his way through Gotham and setting up shop and getting prepared for a job. The issue culminates with our heroes meeting with Commissioner Gordon as they have countless times in the past.
In this instance, as Gordon gives them the rundown Dick is shot in the head by the KGBeast as he leaves the scene.
I'm extremely late in reviewing this issue. The big cliffhanger is the only reason to pick up this issue. It comes out of nowhere but the impact is lessened because the solicits were already floating that Nightwing's status quo was about to change dramatically.
The rest of the comic is serviceable but is kinda meh in regards to Tom King's current run. We've seen better we've seen worse.
In Nightwing's series, he's had a name change and dealing with amnesia. I'm not a fan of the idea because we're just getting over a huge status quo change for the character.
If there is a legit story to tell here I won't write the change off completely but. I'm just not a fan of characters being brutalized in this fashion just to shock fans and sell a few books.
This worked with TMNT when Donatello was nearly beaten to death. It didn't work when Black Widow as brutally murdered near the end of secret empire, time will tell.