It looks like Dick Grayson has himself a new creative team. It is headed up by Court of Nerds favorite Benjamin Percy and he is starting a brand new story arc. It also seems that Percy has given Dick some of that old school attitude that he might have been lacking of late. How would Nightwing put it? Oh yah...
Along with giving Nightwing his brash attitude back, Percy portrays him as a disillusioned Luddite. You read that correct. Nightwing is a land-line owning, face to face meeting, social interaction craving relic. Now... I know that sounds harsh, but as a middle aged man myself that has a land-line and often grows annoyed with social media, I can relate. Every interaction Dick has seems tinged with snark toward the technologically inclined (even though he upgraded his batons with some obvious Wayne Tech). Too bad he is facing a high tech threat. Phones are exploding in peoples faces (or everyone has a Galaxy Note 7), and Dick needs some help from a different kind of professional.
He calls Babs (who seems more set in an Oracle role instead of Batgirl), and while she more or less makes fun of him in a flirty fashion, he doesn't get much help on figuring out the perpetrator of these targeted attacks. It takes the local deli owner to give him some insight as to what might be going on along with some moralizing about the effects of urban renewal. There are devises called "Phantasm" units, and they are really something.
See there are these new devices that people attach to their arms that allow them to create holographic projections or an augmented reality for the user. The device even scans the host, reads the users mind to figure out what they want. Nightwing snatches one of these devices up from a crime scene and decides to one out himself... with predictable results.
I had high expectations for this new creative team, and they have mostly been met. I have already mentioned my love of Benjamin Percy. The man knows how to tell a good story. His dialogue is always crisp with just the right amount or irreverence. I love how he had Nightwing cockily accept the mantel of "World's Greatest Detective" when surveying a crime scene. Percy will have a good run with Boy Wonder with buns of steel.*
I was less sure about Christopher Mooneyham being less familiar with his work. Yet with Nick Filardi making his pencils and inks pop, I shouldn't have been concerned. I particularly like the gratuitous chest hair which seems almost an homage to Nightwing's original costume and the deep V-neck. I dig the character design and it takes me back to the early days of Dick Grayson figuring out how to hero solo.
So, all in all, buy this book. It's the start of a great story by a great team that promises some exciting new directions for the title character.
*who wouldn't want Dick Grayson as their personal trainer?