Writers: Devin Grayson
Distributed By: DC Comics
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Dick Grayson had grown up as Batman’s sidekick Robin. He had come of his own as Nightwing. Now, after a year filled with crises and life-altering events, Dick Grayson has taken on a new identity – he has become Renegade. Working for the notorious criminal, Deathstroke, Dick Grayson seeks to right all of his past wrongs from the inside out. Believing that he can successfully manipulate Bludhaven’s key underground players by becoming one of them, Renegade takes Deathstroke’s daughter Ravager under his wing. But can Renegade be ruthless enough to play with Bludhaven’s ultimate bad guys without revealing his heroic side?
Nightwing: Renegade is a trade paperback compiling Nightwing issues #112-117. The story, written by Devin Grayson is intriguing, yet can be confusing if you are not a regular Nightwing reader. For a moment there, I was certain that Dick Grayson had given up being a hero. Then, he would say something or do something that wouldn’t fit in with his criminal persona and I would wonder exactly what the game was. His obsession with the mafia daughter was somewhat telling and I believe that there was no way he could trick Deathstroke without giving up this obsession.
The artwork wasn’t incredibly fancy, but it wasn’t cartoonish either. Too often, a comic book drawn in a cartoon-like fashion can take away from the story and make it less believable. The art style in Nightwing: Renegade wasn’t perfect, but it was believable and didn’t distract the reader from the story. I loved the fact that other superheroes poked fun at Nightwing’s new costume. I, for one, liked the red and black costume of the Renegade.
I did find Ravager to be extremely annoying and had to constantly remind myself that she was probably a teenager, judging by the majority of her actions. I suppose that the story would not have fleshed out as well as it did if Ravager were a super-intelligent, refined and mature villain. After all, Renegade was supposed to be training her to be every bit of cunning villain as her father. If she exhibited a calm and resourceful intellect, Renegade’s services would probably have not been needed.
The storyline of Nightwing: Renegade is one with a huge twist. We discover something about Nightwing that he had yet to discover about himself. The end of the comic is somewhat of a surprise. Birds of Prey fans will want to add this comic to their collection. Trust me, if I tell you why, I’ll ruin the storyline for you. Overall, Nightwing: Renegade was a quick and enjoyable read filled with action and a great deal of intrigue.