I already reviewed the first issue and decided to just give my impressions of the following issues in the trade. I'm breaking this up a little bit instead of reviewing them all at once.
Batman talks to Dick about his funeral and Dick only seems to care how two people reacted. Classy. And calling Barbara little red riding hood is an awful nickname. When I read this I instantly thought it was someone else. Didn't help that Countdown had Duela use that nickname for said person.
I actually found myself bored reading most of this. I liked the brief bit with Midnighter getting frustrated over not being able to find Dick even with a computer. It still has that silly body reading power Dick has when the plot needs it. Again it makes no sense for Dick to randomly have this for no apparent reason. Helena knocks him out with a trigger word when he objects to her allowing a murderer to work for them. This is one of the reasons I can't buy Dick as a spy. He's not willing to compromise or even pretend to go along with it. The fact he seems to think he has any say over it is naïve at best and idiotic at worse.
Notice who's missing in the bat family on the big wall ? Then again I don't want Seeley to write Jason more than he has. I can't find the ending too endearing not just because Dick's once again doesn't mention his brothers. It's hard to go "aww" knowing everyone thinks he's dead and are grieving. I didn't care for this issue. I just found it hard to care maybe because this doesn't feel right.
The concept of an assassin that can only see with his guns is weird and cool. It also fits nicely with Dick not being a gun person. Unfortunately our writers want to up Dick's sex appeal by having him have a fling with a woman he doesn't even know. In the last 'verse Dick--when written right--was a one woman type of guy. Having a one night stand bothered him because he wanted more than a roll in the hay. I'm aware of Dick hooking up in the new 52 Nightwing series but at least he knew the woman since they grew up together. Dick doesn't even know if he can trust this woman. Frankly with the messed up things he deals with in this spy business I'm not sure it'd be safe or smart to sleep with strangers. It'd also be nice to not have the boys follow Bruce into the playboy thing. To actually have them develop relationships and not just randomly end up with someone to show off how sexy they are.
This read like bad fanfic with tacked on gun equals sex metaphors. Although it can also go the other way since she has to explain the whole gun thing to him... He goes on about not understanding guns but shouldn't these questions have come up before since Alfred and Jason both use guns ? It goes along with the whole trusting and understanding your teammate thing.
I hate to agree with Agent 1 but he's right: Dick is an idiot. He was incredibly sloppy, showing off and not paying attention to the guy he was supposed to secure. They briefed him on the man so he should have disarmed the guy. His actions got Agent 8 shot and his inability to shoot ? Why did Bruce think Dick was the only one that could do this mission ? Dick does things his way which goes far too easily until the other agents track him down. Which he should have realized. We're supposed to think guns are bad, etc. ? Personally I blame Dick's naïve nature and pretty amateur performance. For the things mentioned above and something Agent 8 said. He didn't work with them like a partner and teammate.
I'm not a gun person but when your in a certain type of business it makes sense. It's not about "what's easier" in these environments it's doing what the job requires. Dick messes up the first time and ruins everything. The second time he draws too much attention to himself and forgets who he's working with. Two people end up dying in the end, both of which were preventable, This wasn't boring like the last issue but it pissed me off far more. For the fanfic nature, how heavy handed it was and for Dick screwing up this much. Because the first mission was something he should have known since he was Robin. It also seems odd that he's so ignorant about guns. You know Jason doesn't kill anyone when he works with the family. He does non-fatal shots which Dick should know about since he was present. Just capping him in the knees would have worked or shooting the guns away. Something.