The Rebirth line has had its ups and downs. I wasn’t a fan of the first arc of Detective Comics. Batman grew on me and I’ve been sticking with Nightwing. For the next few weeks, those three titles will be doing a crossover called The Night of the Monster Men. Batman (2016- ) #7 starts it off. Spoilers for the last arc of Detective Comics, but Tim Drake is dead and now a hurricane is headed for Gotham. Batman’s team of Batwoman, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface work with him on getting the citizens to higher ground. Nightwing joins Batman and Batwoman in a fight against a huge monster bulldozing the city. They take out the first one and realize it’s the dead body of Robert Castro from the last Batman arc. Nightwing is sent to the morgue to investigate while Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface help GCPD get everyone to safety. Meanwhile, Alfred, Duke and Gotham Girl are in the cave analyzing the monster DNA.
Nightwing (2016- ) #5 continues the plot with Nightwing still trying to take on the new monster, but Batman insisting that he goes to the morgue. Dick knows it’s his way of pushing everyone away, so he does as he’s asked. He took out a few guards at the morgue and realizes there are four missing bodies, with one of them being treated by Hugo Strange at Blackgate. Duke activates a new gadget that projects Batman from street lights and issues a warning to evacuate the city. Blackgate prison has its own problems with a monster attack. Gotham Girl decided to disobey Batman and head out into the field ending with Nightwing watching her fly past him.
Overall, I’m not a huge fan of the hurricane aspect. They did that in zero year, and mention that in the story. I was looking forward to a Hugo Strange story, but he’s only been mentioned and has been in one or two panels. I like the art. It’s an old school kind of art style. I was beginning to get worried about Steve Orlando, when I read his secondary story in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (2016- ). The dialogue is very out of character for Batman as well. It’s just a very odd writing style that he needs to explain his thinking. Batman doesn’t explain himself to anyone. I’m honestly surprised he’s talking so much after the death of Tim. I figured he’d let Batwoman direct the team as he tried doing everything solo. When a tragedy happens to Batman, that’s usually what happens. He internalizes and pushes everyone away. I think there is just too much going on and the hurricane is a way to keep the team occupied while Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing handle things. We’ll see in Detective Comics what to come. As of right now, I can’t recommend it.


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