Heroes Reborn #5
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by R.M Guera and Ed McGuinness
Inks by Mark Morales
Colors by Giulia Brusco and Matthew Wilson
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The enigmatic Nighthawk takes on the darkness of the world and within himself.
The Pageant of The Masters of Nocturnal Artistry
A breakout at Ravencroft sends super powered psychos free and one of them, Kraven the Hunter, has a score to settle with Nighthawk. Unfortunately, his freedom will be short lived. The police are on the scene, but they pull back the moment they notice that Nighthawk is on the job. As he fights his way through the institution, he knows who he really has to take down, the alien symbiote that was once bonded to him. As he makes his way deeper into the institution, he finds himself face to face with another member of his rogue’s gallery, the psychotic Norman Osborn who has a message for him about the world. A message that will strengthen his resolve to keep it the way it is.
The Quest of the Ronin
Nighthawk takes on Ronin after he attempts to break into Squadron Supreme headquarters. Unable to determine who Ronin is, Nighthawk is at a loss after the mystery man teleports away. After Ronin returns to an unknown location, he is confronted by Steve Rogers and Blade who know exactly who the mysterious Ronin actually is.
The Story: Both stories are incredibly interesting. Aaron takes the Batman mythos and runs with it in the pages of the first story. Nighthawk’s journey is an obvious riff on Batman from the philosophy to the gallery of rogue’s but Aaron also closely connects his story to that of Spider-Man with the characters he chooses to be part of Nighthawks mythology. It’s an interesting play on the archetype. The second story is a great way to bring the Avengers back together with a twist.
The Art: Guera gives the Nighthawk story a great, gritty feel as every page and panel is filled with shadows. The second story is full of great action and visual reveals.