Fight clubs have become passé in the the Russia of the DC Universe. Now it's all about vampire killing, as rich young guns hand over big wads of cash to spike a bloodsucker. The stakes aren't high, though - these are vapid vamps, chained up to be easy meat. They're the result of the raid on the God Garden back in Midnighter #1, and our hero is on the trail of the thief, with the help of guest star Grayson.
The boy wonder turned superspy has been kidnapped by Midnighter because he considers it more fun than just asking for the hand Dick would be happy to give. The pair aren't the Dysfunctional Duo you might expect, working smoothly together to clean out the hi-tech nest run by a New Age Nosferatu.
Steve Orlando's script is as fast moving and sparky as ever, with less focus on Midnighter's dating life than usual but still room for a bit of flirting with Dick.
the fate of some cute wee rats...
Stephen Mooney steps in to illustrate this instalment and gives us some great-looking pages. It you like high-kicking fights, this is for you. If you like pork-based Russian snacks, dive in. And if hunky chaps in fluffy towels are your thing, buy an extra copy for framing.
The subtler reaction shots are as worthy of attention as the showier action sequences, and I'm delighted to see Midnighter is growing out that horror haircut. Plus, Romulo Fajardo Jr's colours elevate the illustrations, while Tom Napolitano's finely tuned fonts are easy on the eye. Fajardo also colours the cover, a terrific composition by regular interiors artist Aco.
I don't know if Dick will be back next issue, but I do know that, given previous form, another hugely entertaining, somewhat violent superhero romp is a racing certainty.