RandoMonday: Nightwing: Our World’s at War #1

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Nightwing: Our Worlds at War (2001) #1 by Chuck Dixon (writer), Rick Leonardi (penciller), John Lowe (inker), Noelle Giddings (colorist), Digital Chameleon (digital separator), Willie Schubert (letterer),  Michael Wright (editor), and Jae Lee & José Villarrubia (cover)

The randomizer actually chose Letter 44 #1, but because I already covered that particular issue in Podcast Episode 59, I went with the second choice. I cannot remember actually reading this issue, so I must have bought this in one of my shopping trips at ECCC. Regardless, I did read for this post, and it was a little underwhelming, but that’s Chuck Dixon in general to me. This one-shot involves the eponymous Our Worlds at War event. Nightwing gets a message from Barbara Gordon and so Dick arrives, he’s attacked by hitmen. It turns out that Babs became a target once she started investigating an alien computer virus. She takes Nightwing to S.T.A.R. Labs and a time machine (?!) there. The bulk of the issue involves the pair travelling through time and avoiding being killed before they are able to fool the future would-be killer.

The plot’s pretty thin to fill 38 pages, Babs is shown to be the damsel in distress way too much, and the bit involving the automobile was just confusing–where were they driving to exactly when they basically kept themselves within yards of the time machine? I don’t know if that’s a failing of the writer or the artist. Speaking of Mr. Leonardi, his work was sufficient to the task, but not extraordinary–I thought it was a bit like a McDaniel-lite. I didn’t recognize his name, but it turns out he did several issues of Nightwing that I had read after this issue came out. It’s a so-so tie-in to an event I didn’t read.

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