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Nightwing #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 27, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 49
7.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"BETTER THAN BATMAN" Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows-but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez (RED HOOD/ARSENAL).

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Jul 28, 2016

    Nightwing #1 is a comic book that will no doubt grab readers' attention and hold it, a flawless introduction to the new series. Whether you enjoyed Grayson or not, are new to the character or a longtime fan, this book is an exciting read. Tim Seeley was clearly the right choice, his voice for Nightwing is absolutely perfect. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jul 27, 2016

    With a new look and a new status quo, Nightwing #1 soars into comic stands in another fantastic Rebirth debut. Though hampered by odd facial expressions, much like the previous issue, the success here is driven by a light-hearted tone and exciting storytelling. As a revamped suit and former title are brought to the forefront, so are the new yet recognizable "big bads". The introduction of Raptor in this issue serves to heighten the tension while increasing the excitement for the stories yet to come. Thankfully, there are still several layers to peel in this new Parliament of Owls. While many hoped the Grayson series had continued, it's good to see another old friend in Nightwing. Thanks to Rebirth, Tim Seeley is utilizing every aspect of Dick Grayson's past to move him into the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 30, 2016

    We also have to talk about the artwork. It mixes Pop Art and the new Rebirth style to form a beautifully coloured comic. Some of the panels could easily be taken out and used as posters or canvas'. They look extremely impressive. Nightwing#1 feels like the natural evolution of the Agent Grayson comic back into his usual vigilante self. And we can't help but love it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 27, 2016

    As first issues go, this has got it all: action, a reminder of all that is weighing on the title character, and plenty of intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 27, 2016

    For me, any good Dick Grayson story addresses his journey through independence and his affection for those around him. Nightwing #1 accomplishes with character introspection that uncovers the nuances of Dicks life as a hero and former-spy. In a return to a nostalgic DCU, Dicks place in the universe is wonderfully captured in his recognition of the many moving parts of his past and present. For a good Nightwing story that turns some of his history on its head thematically, check out this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jul 27, 2016

    A grand reintroduction, this book already promises to take the best aspects of Dick's previous guises and adventures and make something great out of it. There's the importance of family, Dick's desire to be his own man while still doing Bruce proud, and the skills and tricks he's learned all along the way that come together and make Nightwing a truly engaging leading man. With the talents of writer Tim Seeley and illustrators Javier Fernndez and Chris Sotomayor delivering such a quality product, it goes to show that if Nightwing isn't better than Batman, he is just as great. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mopeymac Jul 27, 2016

    I loved this issue if that wasn't already clear and I'm excited to see everything coming in the future. The creative team is strong so far and while there were a few things that didn't work as well for me overall this was a strong issue. I can't recommend it enough to fans of the Grayson series or anyone who missed good, old, Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 1, 2016

    A perfect place to pick up Dick's story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Jul 28, 2016

    Nightwing #1 is a fantastic start to this new series, with the creative team producing a solid continuation to recent events, whilst also creating something new and engaging. In doing so they introduce us to an engrossing narrative that is sure to leave readers asking questions, with the final moments being gripping to say the least. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 29, 2016

    Javier Fernandez is a fine addition to the series " in places his facial work recalls Rafael Alburquerque, in others he displays the inking quality of Guillem March, but overall it's an untamed performance that isn't nearly as subtle as I would like, nor does it convey the wit and charm of Seeley's dialogue as fluidly as artists who work with the writer elsewhere. Fernandez will only improve the longer he sticks around. Here's hoping he finesses his comic timing. After all, a book featuring a wisecracking daredevil only demands it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jul 27, 2016

    Nightwing can't catch a break. The moment you think he's stepped out of the shadow of Batman and he gets pulled back in to being compared to the Dark Knight. this one is going to go interesting places, that's for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Jul 27, 2016

    Nightwing starts a new adventure in earnest with decent promise for where this story could go. The introduction of new villains and expansion of others should make this a unique story, but still keep enough ties to familiar stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jul 30, 2016

    Over all the art is clean, vibrant, and kinetic. The writing is smart, witty and has depth of plot. All of theses things make Nightwing #1 an amazing comic and a really good start. The creative team seems to where they want to go and how they want to get there, while leaving just enough questions to keep readers coming back for the next issue. Nightwing made an excellent first impression during its Rebirth special and keeps that feeling rolling well through its first issue. There is little doubt that this is going to be on the top of reading lists as this new story unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Fabio Castelblanco Jul 31, 2016

    In the end, if you're a Nightwing fan this issue is worth reading for him and the Bat-family. However, there are other more superior stories involving this superhero out there. This beginning might not have been as strong as I would have liked, butI'm still going to keep reading. As I trust most fans will, we waited a long time forNightwing to come back and we're not about to abandon him now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - David Finn Jul 28, 2016

    Im tempted to give this comic more than four stars but I feel we are in the construction phase of the story arc and while this is a neat and well told issue, it is a stepping stone into the arc which will hopefully continue on an upward trajectory. I found the art extremely solid and easy to follow and a nice fit for the writing style. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jul 28, 2016

    Unsatisfied with his methods, the Parliament forces Dick to take a partner, a mysterious mercenary named Raptor who will do anything for the right price. Their first meeting is such a stark contrast from the lighter, wittier tone of the rest of the issue (particularly considering it comes after a scene where Dick flirts with his old paramour, Batgirl) that its actually a little jarring. As Raptor beats the snot out of Dick and insults the two most important people of his past life (Batgirl and Batman), it becomes clear that Seeleys goal is to teach Dick what it really means to be on his own. You cant make a deal with the devil without getting burned. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 28, 2016

    This issue explores Dick's new role as a globetrotting minion of the Parliament of Owls. The real success with this approach is that it allows Seeley to celebrate Dick's confident, swashbuckling side while also positioning him as a man unsure about his place in the world or the monumental task he's taken on. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 27, 2016

    This first issue is a good one in it builds off what's come before and sets us upon a new adventure. It's a good start, though maybe not great. Still, it has me wanting to come back to check out the next issue and see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 27, 2016

    A winner in characterization, Nightwing #1 overcomes the drawbacks of the reused undercover plot and an unprepared Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson continues to be one of the most likeable and accessible characters through his appealing disposition and grounded relationships. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 27, 2016

    Nightwing #1 isn't quite what I expected, but still pretty good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Kevin Scott Aug 3, 2016

    It might have had an odd start, but all in all, this is a great time to start your journey with Nightwing! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 27, 2016

    I liked reading Nightwing: Rebirth a lot, and this book does enough to keep me interested in the series but in the end I found it lacking. Nightwing #1 repeats a lot of beats from the Rebirth one-shot, hopefully next issue picks up the pace. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 27, 2016

    You know what? “Serviceable but unspectacular” describes this issue perfectly. There are some good moments, but overall it's not all that great. If you want Nightwing, you're going to get it here, sort of. If you're willing to deal with the book's issues, you'll probably have a good time. If excessive exposition and a lame villain isn't your speed, well… then this isn't for you, I guess. Look, even the way I'm writing this review reflects how unenthusiastic I am about the whole affair. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Jul 27, 2016

    The premise for this new volume comes across as writer Tim Seeley playing around with our hero's sense of vulnerability. So, by necessity, the writing feels like it's performing without a net. We'll see how that works out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 27, 2016

    While Nightwing might not be the new fresh take on Dick Grayson that many of us wanted or even bringing him back to basics, there are some decent character scenes involving our Bat Family and I did find myself enjoying the art more than I did in the Rebirth issue, but going into this first issue of the series I find it to be too much like the Grayson series, just rehashed with a new perspective. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 27, 2016

    Javier Fernandez' art style is a good fit for the title. His characters' faces are a little weak and slightly cartoonish. On the major plus side, Fernandez's art is reminiscent of longtime Nightwing artist Scott McDaniel, which adds to the throwback feel. Hopefully writer Tim Seeley has some tricks for the series as this first issue lacked that extra oomph to warrant the change in direction. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 28, 2016

    While this installment has its missteps, there is plenty of potential to the art and premise " here's hoping Nightwing's creative team can dig deep and find it. Read Full Review

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