Midnighter #4 (DC Comics)
DC’s Midnighter series has been a pretty fun ride so far. Yes, the character’s not nearly as violent and over the top as he was in The Authority, but there’s just enough edge to him to remind you that he’s a series badass, and Steve Orlando’s plot has had a lot of fun with the espionage side of the DC universe. Speaking of espionage, fellow secret agent Dick Grayson makes an appearance this issue, as he’s been kidnapped by Midnighter to help him find the person who released the God Garden, a dangerous piece of technology that, in this instance, is turning innocent people into vampires in Russia so rich yuppies can kill them for fun.
The real meat of the issue here is in Steve Orlando’s script. Orlando does a great job setting up the banter between Dick Grayson and Midnighter, and has a lot of fun bouncing the two off of each other. There are a lot of great exchanges between the two characters, especially when Midnighter keeps tossing out double entendre’s to try and get under Grayson’s skin.
Stephen Mooney handles the art duties here, and while his style is a little looser than previous issues of Midnighter, it fits this issue perfectly. Mooney’s vampires are both grotesque and sympathetic, something that definitely helps you understand why Midnighter is so adamant that the people with the God Garden be stopped. Mooney also offers up plenty of awesome action sequences, with the two spies fighting off a horde of vampires being the highlight (and the way Midnighter takes out the head vamp).
Midnighter has been a surprisingly good time so far, and the inclusion of Dick Grayson only helped this issue. I haven’t been a fan at all of the “Dick Grayson: Secret Agent” current status quo, but this issue may have convinced me to give it another shot. Midnighter’s been a sleeper hit for DC so far, but I have the feeling that if Orlando can pump out more issues like this, then pretty soon it’ll be huge. Jump on board now so you can tell everyone you liked Midnighter before it was cool.