Nightwing #30

Nightwing #30

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Russell Dauterman Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 8
5.5Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they've been through, can they stand together?

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 31, 2014

    I'm definitely going to give Grayson a try. There was a moment in this issue that really spoke to me. It's towards the end, when Dick is recounting his life, and how it has led him to this moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori May 28, 2014

    A strong start, a drawn out middle, and a fantastic finish pretty much sum up Nightwing #30, but knowing what we do about the creators involved and their roles in each part, I think we can expect great things out of Grayson #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Jul 10, 2014

    It's an exciting and emotional issue. I'm sorry not to see Kyle Higgin's run continue, but this happens to be a great prelude to Grayson. If you are looking forward to the former Boy Wonder's change of roles, this will encourage you. If you are saying, "No, no, no!" just give it a try. You might like it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jun 4, 2014

    Regardless, a solid start for what already is looking to be an interesting series. Dick Grayson doesn't need a mask to kick a lot of bad guy butt! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 28, 2014

    Count me as someone who is very excited to see what comes of Grayson in July. That said, Nightwing #30 does a great job of setting up what's to come, essentially acting like a #0 issue to the upcoming series. While I thought there were some hiccups with how some scenes were handled and I wasn't exactly sure what to make of Spyral's motivations, the potential of what is to come is all laid out, and it's damn near limitless. I'm ready to see Dick Grayson take on a new role, adding Helena Bertinelli into the mix is a great bonus to something I already had plenty of excitement towards.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Yamini C May 28, 2014

    The combination of Helena's new look, Mikel Janin's art and fun scenes, like that aforementioned zeppelin takedown, is potent enough to have me cautiously looking forward to Grayson #1. There are also some very interesting ideas to play with regarding Spyral, the highly mysterious spy group that uses scary mind-erosion tactics, which has even Batman freaked out. Overall, despite my reservations about putting Dick at odds with Bruce and sundering him from his family, I can't wait to see where the Grayson ride takes him " and us. Nightwing #30 has convinced me that the first and best Robin's brand new direction could indeed turn out bold and exciting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie May 31, 2014

    Honestly, I dont think Ive ever read an installment in an ongoing series that felt more disconnected from the previous issue than this one did. Between the complete changeover in creators from one issue to the next and the entirely of Forever Evil evidently taking place between issue #29 and #30, it really feels like reading an entirely different book. For me, I think the best way to look at things, is to call issue #29 Nightwings last issue and instead think of this as a #0 issue for Grayson. That doesnt mean this was a bad issue, it just means it really wasnt what I was expecting or what I wanted from a series ender. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 29, 2014

    This is a fine way to close the "Nightwing" series, but it does raise some questions about the viability of the new plan going forward. If Batman is right about Spyral, then there will be major ramifications popping out of Grayson's decision and those could lead to even more familial strife in the Batbooks. Sure, that's a great way to sew drama, but it also sets Nightwing and Batman up to look like absolute fools. Whatever the case, one thing is clear, Dick Grayson is Nightwing no more. "Nightwing" #30 reads more like "Grayson" #0 than "Nightwing" #30. The concept shows some promise and appears to offer a whole new world for readers to explore alongside one of comics' most beloved characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 29, 2014

    In some ways it's a shame that Nightwing's series finale is less concerned with wrapping up the series and more with setting up Dick Grayson's next book. But at least this issue shows plenty of promise in Dick's new status quo. Tim Seeley and Tom King tap into a less well explored corner of the Batman universe and start the process of building a new kind of Bat book. The fact that only two of the three chapters in this issue are well-executed is cause for concern, but hopefully their collaboration will grow more consistent with time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 28, 2014

    Change is in the air. It's not a secret that I'm not super-crazy about the changes coming for Dick Grayson. The idea of Dick joining Spyral is definitely intriguing. Tim Seeley introduces us to aspects of the new direction we can expect when the new series, GRAYSON, debuts. There is definitely potential in what's coming up along with the new interpretation of a character that appears here. Unfortunately this issue was a little all over the place in closing out the previous volume and setting up the new one. It didn't feel like a NIGHTWING issue and that might not have been the intention. This isn't the final issue of NIGHTWING I wanted but I will be checking out what's next for sure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon May 28, 2014

    The script of Tim Seeley and Tom King could have been much better for the series' last issue, but the creative team did manage to deliver some potent content in part two and part three, although to a lesser extent. Overall, Nightwing #30 is a solemn goodbye to an aspect of Dick Grayson's character, and it executes this farewell with a few missteps but also a few surprising highlights. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 28, 2014

    Nightwing #30 was an odd book that only exists as a prelude to Grayson. If you are looking to close Nightwing's New 52 run, don't bother reading this issue and stick with Higgins' #29. It's an okay read that doesn't change my mind about the upcoming title at all. I am a Dick Grayson fan and will follow him to his new book no matter least for a few issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards May 28, 2014

    Nightwing #30 is a problematic issue, no doubt about it. It's inconsistent in tone and feel and difficult to take seriously at times. The artwork is genuinely good and there are some bright spots in the book, such as the final portion. Even a common complaint people are having with the book isn't even all that bad. However, all in all, this book just wasn't that great in the end and may sour people's hopes on Grayson before it even comes out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 31, 2014

    Ultimately this issue fails to deliver a conclusion that's fitting for Nightwing as a character, and this issue's only saving grace doesn't come until the final act. That final act shows a lot of promise for the upcoming Grayson series, but this issue was a sad way to see Nightwing end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis May 30, 2014

    Strong writing with some strangely inconsistent artwork end up making for a pretty average book at best and not quite the satisfying end to a really strong series that fans were hoping for. I know DC is really pushing the Dick Grayson book, but would it have been so hard to close a series better and not make the book just another lead-in? The Nightwing series deserves a better end than this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman May 31, 2014

    This is definitely a weak ending for the New 52 Nightwing comic. Tim Seely introduces us to the new status quo while fumbling to say goodbye to his Nightwing persona. I definitely would have been interested to have read james Tynion's original script to this issue as I feel it would have been more like a true goodbye to the identity that we all know and love. As it stands, I definitely want to see what's next, but I'm very worried how good it will be. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb May 31, 2014

    I just can't recommend this issue, unless you really want to see the setup for Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen May 28, 2014

    The final sequence, which should be most representative of the look and feel of Grayson, is illustrated by the team of Mikel Janin and Guillermo Ortega. The change of scenery eases the transition in art, but it's nonetheless jarring going from the grittiness of Lucas' Batcave to the warmth of Janin's Middle Eastern cityscape. Seeley and King save the best for this issue's final pages. The story and action beats are well-paced, as is the the dialogue. Gone are the clunky phrases as they are replaced by ones that are more natural. If Grayson is anything like these final pages, readers should be looking forward to the next chapter in Dick Grayson's life. However, if the series ends up being like Nightwing #30 taken as a whole, they may want to wait until he returns to the vigilante lifestyle. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 1, 2014

    If this darker take on Dick Grayson appeals to you or you're really missing some of the strangeness of Morrison's Batman, this may be the book for you, but otherwise I think you're better off waiting for Grayson #1. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jun 6, 2014

    I'm a huge fan of Dick Grayson, have been as long as I've been reading comics. I just can't see following this one. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 28, 2014

    It's wrong to assume we, as readers, know what's best for a title. A creative can defy expectations and still manage to tell an exciting and emotionally powerful story. But when you're dealing with family-shattering emotions, such as the perceived death of a friend, brother, and mentor like Dick Grayson, we deserve that moment. We may not agree with the choice behind the writers, but with compelling dialogue and reason, we might understand the choice. This just isn't the case with Nightwing #30. This is an issue that's just mean and nasty, offering the reader little hope for what is to come. I know it's never going to be sunshine and rainbows for any member of the Batman universe, but Dick Grayson and his fans deserved far better than what this issue provided. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson May 30, 2014

    This issue is REALLY BAD. If you had any love of Nightwing, then just read Kyle Higgins' run on the book instead as this issue reads more like Grayson #0 than Nightwing #30. Seeley is normally a good writer, but this issue is too muddled and confusing. Also, with the exception of Mikel Janin, the other last minute artists don't mix well with Seeley's style. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 29, 2014

    Instead of living up to the potential of telling a compelling story that shows us the impact Forever Evil had on Dick Grayson and those closest to him what we got was essentially Grayson #0. This in turn leads to an issue with a stretched out fight sequences that outstays its welcome and dialogue that lacks the weight it shouldve had given the outcome of DCs recent big event. It doesnt help that the artwork poor quality only helps to highlights the weakness in the story. Moving forward I will give Seely and King a proper chance when Grayson #1 is released but they did not put their best foot forward with the work they published in Nightwing #30. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 29, 2014

    Entirely too long and incredibly self-important, the conclusion to Nightwing is one that nobody needed. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge May 30, 2014

    "Nightwing" #30 is a mistitled mess. Far from being the send off for an incarnation of a character beloved of a large number of people, it really is just an information dump for the new series. Each of the three stories at least has its own feel, but they have nothing new to say about the character or his superhero identity. The art is descent overall, and Mikel Janin's work is sure to create interest in the new "Grayson" series, but is not enough to save the issue. Read Full Review

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