Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Javier Fernandez
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
“Spyral” Part 2: Nightwing and the Huntress team up to bring down the mysterious Second Hand after the shocking revelations of last issue’s cliffhanger ending.
What You Need to Know:
For months, Bludhaven has been plagued by a sinister shadow organization known as the Second Hand. Nightwing’s young cyber genius friend, Giz, was violently murdered while investigating the group and their interests at Nightwing’s request.
Dick’s romantic sparring partner and former associate from his days in the spy organization known as Spyral, The Huntress, arrived in Bludhaven to assist with the investigation into the Second Hand. The two still have some serious sexual tension between them, btw.
Using her connections to the world of espionage, Huntress discovered that Giz’s assassin was a cold blooded killer for hire named Gianni Dracul. When they finally track down the killer, he has been murdered with two gunshot wounds to the head. Using their combined detective skills, Nightwing and the Huntress uncover a hidden flash drive belonging to Dracul, which reveals that the Second Hand has all along been the spy organization they both served under: Spyral!
What Just Happened?
Nightwing and Huntress travel to Palermo on the trail of The Second Hand and come face to face with Agent One, AKA Tiger King of Kandahar, and his assassin partners of Spyral. During the fight, Nightwing makes note of how Tiger’s usual vernacular seems off, and hypothetically questions Tiger’s identity. Tiger, apparently, always calls Dick an idiot, but hasn’t used this trademark insult at all.
Tiger is an extremist who believes that Spyral has forgotten its true, original purpose: to kill superheroes who stray out of line.
The Huntress, fearing that Spyral will use their technology to neutralize and kill both herself and Nightwing, suggests that the only safe option is to kill Agent One. As Nightwing argues with the ethical schematics of murdering Tiger, a man who knows the identities of all of Nightwing’s loved ones (including the face that Bruce Wayne is Batman), someone starts blasting Ariana Grande at extreme decibels. (This happens.)
The Skull Girls, The Huntress’ former assassin pupils in Spyral, arrive in an invisible spy helicopter and save the day. They explain to The Huntress that the fourth of their group, Lotti Duff, was being hunted by Agent One and the Second Hand in hopes of retrieving a mysterious device that Lotti had stolen, known as the “PBD Device”.
Nightwing, Huntress and the Skull Girls break into St. Hadrian’s School for Girls, the secret headquarters of Spyral, and we are left with another shocking cliffhanger ending! Let’s just say we figure out why Tiger wasn’t calling Dick an idiot.
Back in Bludhaven, Giz’s grieving ex-girlfriend, Mouse, takes a page from her former mentor, Selena Kyle’s playbook and strolls into Marcus Casino looking for answers by using seduction as a weapon.
Dick’s ex-girlfriend, The Defacer, now reunited with her partner, Pigeon, are making a return to their former life of crime. But, as they attempt to steal a valuable statue from the Marcus Casino, they make an unnerving discovery: Mouse scaling the side of the building in cat burglar gear with a very intense look upon her face. So, it appears Dick Grayson’s group of former super villain friends have begun to unravel and are making a return to their criminal ways.
My only problem, will anyone really care? Are they truly a worthwhile threat to Nightwing?
Tim Seeley really knows how to end on a cliffhanger! I just wish the payoffs would be stronger. I am happy to see Spyral, and Helena Bertinelli (Huntress), back in Dick Grayson’s life. And it was interesting to see Mouse embracing her dark side in her grief and need for revenge.