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BlaqueSaber reviews some Classic Nightwing in JLTaskforce
Like JLE, this team carried a United Nations charter which sanctioned their activities. In fact, JLTF was comprised of several former JLE members. The team was called to action by Hannibal Martin, a representative of the U.N.. He asked that Martian Manhunter select a "strike team" of fellow Justice League members and to "lead them on a very special mission".
It will come as no surprise that the U.N. officials in charge wanted Batman to be on the Task Force. Unfortunately he was busy with Gotham City so Nightwing stepped up [bad for them, good for us].
Nightwing is featured prominently in the first story arc [#1-#3] where the team is sent out to destroy a new dangerous weapon. The rest of the team, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, The Flash, & Gypsy are all currently present when Nightwing enters the highly secure instilation without detection to let all of them know that Batman can't be present which is why he's showed up.
Imediately Auquaman, Manhunter, and Gypsy dislike the idea. After all Dick is not a member of the JLA and is known for "Grand Standing". Even The Flash is unsure if he'll be able to count on Dick if the fit hits the shan.
It doesn't take long for Dick's naturaly leadership abilities to kick in and he begins detailing Manhunters plan through delegation. Two leaders is one two many and Manhunter establishes that fact early.
Still, Dick's abilites prove invaluable on more than one occasion, particularly his leadership skills. I won't spoil it here. Over all I'd give this appearance of Nightwing high marks. The book is well written, the characters true to their original renditions, the art is beautiful [particularly the covers] and Nightwing has lots of "Screen Time".
The one drawback has to do with how true the characters really are. This book was written in the early nineties and Nightwing is still bitter about being second fiddle to Batman. He's taken this assignment to help him get out from the shadow of the bat.
While this is the prevelant attitude that Dick has throughout the book, it doesn't deter from the over all enjoyment. I'd suggest going out to purchase a copy of issues one, two and three if you crave a little more Nightwing in your current diet.
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