Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Bruno Redondo
Pencils Geraldo Borges
Inks by Caio Filipe
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Wes Abbott
The Rundown: An assassination attempt leads Nightwing and Batgirl to take Salvatore Maroni into their protective custody.
After learning Blockbuster’s fate, Maroni makes a difficult decision. Meanwhile Nightwing and Melinda discuss current events.
Later, he and Batgirl accompany a transport. When it is attacked, the duo engage in combat. Then, Nightwing and Batgirl take an informant under their care. Finally, after an interesting night, the group are surprised by someone unexpected.
The Story: Tom Taylor delivers an exciting entry point into a new storyline. Maroni’s actions are the direct result of Blockbuster’s downfall, and I am curious as to how many more bosses will turn up due to the impact. The story’s title “Power Vacuum” seems to point in this direction and feels very promising.
With that out of the way, I’d like to address the cliff hanger finale. Wow! Just, wow! I won’t spoil it, but I will say the mind of Tom Taylor is truly something to behold, and long-term readers of this series will be completely astonished. I am REALLY looking forward to the next chapter in this story.
The Art: The artwork in this issue is impressive. The action scenes are engaging and intense. And I feel the attention to detail and upbeat coloring is helpful in emotionally connecting the reader whole perfectly capturing the story’s tone.