This is it, folks. This is the issue created by Kyle Higgins, Will Conrad, plus the Publisher: DC Comics, which will finally reveal the final fate of Dick, Tony, and the rest of the inhabitants living in Chicago. Ohhh! I can't wait to find out what happens in October, 2013. Can you? No? Ah-ha. I thought not.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Buyer's Remorse'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: 'Forget about me killing the Grayson's for the moment', says Tony Zucco to Nightwing. 'Because we've got to concentrate on stopping the Prankster from enacting his revenge on the Mayor of Chicago. Otherwise, we're all doomed to failure'. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: In a manner of speaking I suppose they are. More or less. Kind of. Ish. Ha!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yeah. This issue completely forgets to mention anything about Nightwings plight over on 'Forever Evil'. 
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a resolution wafting in the breeze, just like a stale odor which just won't quit. Whatever that means.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Picture the scene. Nightwing has just saved the Mayor of Chicago from a bloody good kick-in, only for this ungrateful political b*stard to say to him in kind...

'You just can't stay out of other peoples business, can you?'.

I mean, the cheek of it! I tell you something, if I was in Dickie boy shoes, I'd reply back to him with 'Go and f*ck a duck you money grabbing sod. If I never turned up you'd be sushi right now. Smelling just as fishy!'.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) All in all this was an amazing issue of 'Nightwing'. How it resolved itself was just exquisite in my eyes. And in many ways it's closed one chapter and opened another, without making the overall narrative feel like a 'stepping stone story' (i.e. very 'soap opera ish' in tone and flavour).
(+) I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Will Conrad for following me on twitter. Good on you, mate. You know that I'm a big fan of yours. And I hope that I'm able to add some constructive criticism to your marvelous artwork. As. I'd like to.... sssserrrrrr... aaaay? Hmmmm? Oh! No. I don't think I can critique your work, Will. I love it. I love it a lot. In fact, if your artwork was a lady, I'd take it out to dinner and try to impregnate it afterwards. Straight up! To me, your style has no bounds. Your splash pages splash. Your expressions are expressive. Plus your page layouts really do lay out a tale (particularly during that perfectly paneled explosive scene. Ka-Boom!!!!). 
(+) Without giving too much away, I thought one of the most intriguing aspects about this issue was the question it asked by the end of it. Well. Let's face it. Could you forgive someone who's done your family some harm in the past, especially if they've suddenly changed the error in their ways? It's something worth thinking about. Plus it also puts Nightwing in a bit of a pickle if he wants to continue being the hero that he currently is. Clean cut, and non-judgmental. 

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Ouch! Now this is a difficult one, folks. Because I thought this was a faultless tale by in large. With great art. A great story. And a great conclusion to end all conclusions. However, if I had to pick something I wasn't too keen on, it would have to be how this tale fit into the 'Forever Evil' story-line. Well, it would have been nice to see one of those caption things, denoting how this story fits chronologically into that one.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to WELL KNOWN WOMEN.
ALANIS MORISSETTE AS DICK GRAYSON: Ahhhhhhhh! Isn't our Alanis a right doll? Look at her. Just look. You can tell right off the bat that this darkly hued singer has a promise of being a great girl with a heart of gold.

SUSAN SARANDON AS TONY ZUCCO: Oh! While I'm on the topic of precious materials, did you know that during her youth, our Suzy was a very naughty minx? Yeah. I'm not kidding. You can see in her smile that she has a very devilish side that's seeking redemption. Ha!

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Did you spend so much time wanting something, that when you finally got it, it wasn't what you thought it would be?' -- Dick Grayson care of W.W. Jacobs

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR' BY EMINEM: Even though this tale and this tune are completely off the mark on a textural level, in the same breath, they each have an urbane quality which enhances the individual parts that make up the whole. Go and click on the video provided, and you'll hear what I mean.

As you might have guessed by now, I really-really enjoyed reading this issue of 'Nightwing'. The art was spot on. The majority of the story resolved itself. And overall everything turned out ship-shape and in Bristol-fashion. Having said that, though, the stand out for yours truly, would have to be the one thing I was hoping it would try to do, since Tony Zucco returned.

Make him more humane.

In the past most of these 'token bad guys' seemed a bit too one dimensional in stature. Not having any form of gravitas that we could sympathize with in hindsight. In Tony's case though -- nah! -- this doesn't apply at all. I thought Kyle and Will have instilled a lot of pathos into him. Directly making Tony come across more like a 'hapless stooge' than a 'pariah of doom'.  

Furthermore, when you factor in Dicks revitalized opinion within this new 'state of play', generally speaking, it elevated the whole God damn thing into biblical and gargantuan proportions.

Let's think about it for a moment. The idea behind an erstwhile hero aiding the misguided killer of his parents, does appear very 'East of Eden', doesn't it?  Propelling a simple story far beyond your conventional comic book fair. I personally would've liked to have seen a lot more of this if at all possible. And would also like to applaud Kyle and Will for doing such a splendid job on a book that needed a bit of a boost.

Nuff said.

NIGHTWING #24 NIGHTWING #24 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 24, 2013 Rating: 5
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