Nightwing #9

Nightwing #9

Event\Storyline: Night of the Owls Writer: Kyle Higgins Artist: Eddie Barrows Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 16, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 3
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

"NIGHT OF THE OWLS" continues here! NIGHTWING faces another villain claiming to be THE TALON at City Hall as the Court of Owls' plans go into action but will he be able to figure out what's going on before it's too late?

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 16, 2012

    The one drawback is that Eddy Barrows didn't complete a full issue, again... which is just annoying at this point. I think if I knew it was coming, it'd be fine (like knowing when you're going to get Marco Rudy on an issue of Swamp Thing as opposed to Yanick Paquette) but these just aren't fun surprises, especially given how good Barrows has been when he's been drawing the series. To Andres Guinaldo's credit, he did do a better job of fitting Barrows' style than the past fill ins, and it was probably better than anything I saw from him in Gotham City Sirens (perhaps due to Mark Irwin's inks) but it was still fill in, and I found that the different colorist made it more jarring than the actual artist. Eh, whatever, could have been worse. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 16, 2012

    Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows and Andres Guinaldo are on fire this issue. It hooks you early and never lets go. The art, the story, the dialogue; all of it is top notch. There is one double-page spread early on that is practically perfect. Night of the Owls is the event to beat this year, but this issue of Nightwing has assured that it isn't some frantic cash grab; it is an important part of the Dick Grayson's mythos now and, in a way, feels like it always has been. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno May 20, 2012

    Pick up this issue! It was a great tie in for the Night of Owls and we learn a lot about William Cobb that we wouldn't have learned in other bat titles. If you want to start reading this series I recommend you pick up the last issue that way you wouldn't be lost in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs May 18, 2012

    The only criticism I have with this issue is that it felt a bit rushed at times. As I've said in other reviews, however, I realize that a writer is given only a certain amount of pages to tell a story. I would imagine that it's no easy task to simultaneously write a tie-in issue that references the main story and also tell a self-contained story dealing with that particular book's titular character. Kyle Higgins does an admirable job doing just that in this issue. Still, I want more background info about Dick Grayson and those new revelations. Without a doubt, all of it certainly left me looking forward to next issue! I give this issue an 8.5/10! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 17, 2012

    Overall this was another solid issue. Nightwing has been fantastic for the past three or four months now in both art and story. It's a good time to be a fan of Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Chifuyu May 16, 2012

    Would I even notice NIGHTWING #9 on the shelves if I did not actively look for it? The answer is, sadly, no. It is a perfect example of mediocrity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 16, 2012

    It's great to have a crossover that isn't completely reliant on the other issues and able to stand on its own. Dick is being deeply affected by these revelations and it should be interesting to see if he'll bring it up after this story is over"if he survives this issue, of course. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 21, 2012

    Broken, cut, bruised & exhausted, but not beaten, Nightwing is out to prove to the Talon that hes not a pale Batman imitation. Pure DC magic, brought to you by Kyle Higgins & Eddy Barrows. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 21, 2012

    Between both Nightwing #8 and #9 Kyle Higgins has given us the two best issues of the whole Night of the Owls event. Not only has Higgins added to the story Scott Snyder is telling in Batman but has been able to make the Court of the Owls and the Talons as much of a villain for Nightwing as they are for Batman. What these two tie-in issues establish is how personal this battle has been for Nightwing as his family history is the most tied in with the Court of the Owls. With how things were left off in this issue I cannot wait to see what Higgins has in store for us next. If you are a Batman fan, whether you are reading the Night of the Owls or not, these two issues are a must buy. While they do tie into the greater Night of the Owls event you can read these issues as a standalone story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 16, 2012

    On the bright side, Higgins does a great job of giving Nightwing the upper hand against an indestructible foe. The art from Eddie Barrows does a great job of bringing Higgins’ story to life. Not only is there great movement to each panel, but Barrows also has a great way of introducing pain. Between the blood, the motion and the weapons, Barrows art really makes you feel how beat down Nightwing is. It makes his triumph against his grandfather that much sweeter. I’m back on board Nightwing for now; cautiously optimistic that it will stop sucking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 15, 2012

    While the Talon might have a point about Nightwing remaining in the shadow of Batman, the ultimate aim of the Night of the Owls crossover is bringing slightly different angles to the same successful formula: Bat-family versus immortal badasses. Fight. Rinse. Repeat. Nightwing #9 provides more backstory than emotional fallout " although I don't doubt Dick will be wrestling with his newfound heritage soon enough " but this done-in-one fight book will still thrill fans of Dick Grayson, rough edges and all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 18, 2012

    "Nightwing" #9, while immersed in the "Night of the Owls" story, seems like a detour from where Dick Grayson's character was headed. Connections to "Batman" are ingrained and roots in Gotham are defined, but this just doesn't feel much like an issue of "Nightwing" as much as it feels like a one-shot that happens to include Nightwing. I'm looking forward to Nightwing getting on past this run-in with his genealogy and hitting the rails and rooftops once again. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 24, 2012

    The Court of Owls storyline, which started in Batman, is working far better in than title than most of other Bat-titles it's spread to this month. In terms of “Night of the Owls” this tie-in certainly isn't a must-read to keep up with the main story, but for fans of Nightwing the action may, may be enough to still warrant picking it up. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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