In the last issue, Ric and Hutch end up trapped by a giant fire monster inside the police precinct. With the two heroes surrounded, and people inside the precinct in immediate danger, someone will have to make the save if they are to make it out alive.
As soon as the reader opens the first page, they see Sap, or Nightwing Prime as Ric puts it, diving into the fire to help his teammates. The three attempt to fight the fire monster, but quickly realize that they can’t. The fire monster then sets one of the inmates on fire, leaving Ric to put the flaming man out. Hutch disappears for a moment, then reappears with a fire hose to hold the monster at bay. This gives the three of them just enough time to grab the prisoner and escape the building. The three regroup on a nearby rooftop where Sap presses Ric to figure out his motivations. Ric simply tells him that he wants to help people, then leaves. The two Nightwings decide that they need more people with them to handle the fire monster, and that they need to call in the other Nightwings.
As Ric drops down into an alley, he approaches his cab and removes his vigilante gear. However, as soon as his gear is removed, he hears his name being called and turns to find Bea walking up to him. She asks why he rushed into danger when the fire started, and he explains that when he sees danger, he just reacts. Bea tells him that makes him a good person and is one of the reasons she’s attracted to him.
Across town, Sap enters the apartment of Melissa Stapleton, the daughter of the comatose detective from the last issue. He remembers the night that Stapleton was shot and rendered comatose, and that his daughter immediately lashed out at the department. When Sap finds nothing in the apartment, he decides that the Nightwings will have to confront her face to face. As Melissa approaches her car in a parking garage, Zak and Colleen arrive and question her about the attack on the police. She confesses that she does hate the department, but she isn’t behind the attack. As she defends herself, the three are surrounded by fire, and the creature attacks. As an explosion blows the Nightwings back, the creature approaches Melissa and extends its hand to her, offering to help her.
I’m going to make a prediction right now, the monster is a psychic projection from the comatose Stapleton’s mind. Either that, or someone in his family. Despite each issue getting slightly better than the last, in reality, I’m just biding my time until Dick Grayson returns and Ric fades from memory. But at least for now, it seems like the writing is getting a little better.