Nightwing #103

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Travis Moore, Eduardo Pansica Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 19, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 42
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Who is the Grinning Man, who's always grinning no matter what he's doing, even when he's murdering people, and what kind of deal did he make with Neron? Nightwing and the Titans better figure that out soon before they lose one of their team members... Then, in the backup, Nightwing continues his lessons mentoring Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superman, and this time it's about using your detective skills instead of your fists.

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 18, 2023

    Demons, heroes, hell, and circuses Nightwing #103 delivers them all with grace and style. What we get in this issue is a cosmic setting in one tale and a real-world scenario in the other, and both show Nightwing, Superman Jr., and the Titans in brilliant, albeit extremely different lights. These creative teams are at the top of their game, and this series remains one of the very best that money can buy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 continues to be a love-letter to the character. The two storylines celebrate his humanity and his heroism in different but complimentary ways with both Tom Taylor and C.S. Pacat exploring different ends of the narrative spectrum. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing keeps delivering an exemplary title for DC that remains a monthly must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 is another strong entry into the heros ongoing story, balancing interesting action with compelling character to deliver a fun, high-flying adventure that doesnt look to reinvent the wheel. Taylors script hones into the comradery of the Titans as they battle hell for Olivias soul, putting character work before massive plot revelations. Moores art is the perfect fit for the blending of tones and locals, using close-ups and other panel layouts to deliver strong jokes and concise action. Lucass coloring brings everything together, tying it to the larger run and making this a story that feels vital to understanding the range that Nightwing taps into. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Apr 18, 2023

    I wasn't sure what to make of this narrative. I thought it was a bit cheeky in its execution as the resolution of Olivia's situation was handled through contract as opposed to combat. But I felt a bit let down as I expected a showdown of some type over the issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 20, 2023

    Hell very well might be a place on Earth based on what the Titans find in ‘Nightwing' #103 which moves the gang closer to the end of their fight with Neron and his minions. A true through-and-through superhero type of story that sprinkles in its own unique touches to create something that fits the tone that this series has been building. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 18, 2023

    The ending cliffhanger is a clever twist of Dick's ultimate temptation, and it's a nice tie-in to one of Taylor's other books. Of course, as interesting as this series is, it's also very clearly a backdoor pilot to Taylor's next bookand on that note, this is the first book in a very long time that makes me think this group can still work as a team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 22, 2023

    Another enjoyable chapter, filled with some clever story ideas and some great character banter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Michael Guerrero Apr 18, 2023

    Although the main story is a bit predictable and cheesy, Nightwing #103 is enjoyable nonetheless. The secondary story shines brighter this time, with a great message for anyone to connect with. Both artists are putting 110% into their craft and it's something to be grateful for as the entire issue is beautifully drawn from cover to cover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 18, 2023

    Having fun in the superhero toy box world is something the creative teams for both stories in Nightwing #103 clear have. The Hell Heist story the Titans are involved in moves at a great pace that keeps you invested in every part of the story. Meanwhile, the back-up story provides more great developments in how Nightwing and Jon Kent's Superman work in their mentor-protg relationship. Overall, just a well-done superhero comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 3, 2023

    I also like that both Taylor and Pacat are really looking deeply into those lost years and how it would impact Jon. In some ways, I think Brian Michael Bendis sort of swept the trauma under the rug. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Apr 19, 2023

    As has become the norm in this run, Tom Taylor has thrust Nightwing into a seemingly winless scenario. Only each time, Dick Grayson pulls through only as he could. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Apr 24, 2023

    Interlocking stories work well together despite different tones as this story reaches toward its likely climax! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 is an improvement over recent issues as the series' sense of humor finds a better balance with the actual stakes of the narrative. While Tom Taylor's scripts are usually amusing, the comedy often inhibits the drama. However, this time around the drama is never rendered inert for the benefit of a gag. Both Travis Moore's and Vasco Georgiev's pencils are polished and effective and Adriano Lucas' colors continue to be sublime. While I wish Tom Taylor's Nightwing would find a better balance between its slice of life pacing and the overarching storyline with Heartless, there's still ample charm to be had in these somewhat ancillary storylines. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 26, 2023

    Though Nightwing is the center of the story, this really feels more like a classic issue of the Titans. It's nice to see the team back together in a way that is appealing enough. It's just too bad there isn't as much time for the title character. There are a few moments that grant the reader a bit of insight into him and what he's going through right now. However, Taylor seems much more interested in telling a story that could have been written better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 is a cool double feature that carries out one important task establishing the leadership capabilities of Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 reads like a hokey episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends from the early 80s. Theres little to no purpose and the motives for Nightwing (or the Titans for that matter) make little to no sense. The importance of Olivia is just as baffling as the plot and premise of this story. Furthermore, the jokes are borderline cringy simply because theyre not only out of touch but also because I dont necessarily know if Taylor intended them to be jokes. Readers, if youre interested in the Titans in Hell but cluttered with silly jokes, little action, and a purpose that has yet to be revealed, the. I guess Nightwing #103 is for you. Moreover, what I find to be even more interesting is that this type of story is very uncharacteristic of Tom Taylor. It almost felt like someone else was writing it. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Apr 18, 2023

    Nightwing #103 is a baffling mix of Titans team goodness, and flat-out-dumb plot moments. The overall plot is moving in a direction, but neither the script nor the art conveys any urgency, drama, or emotional range. Read Full Review

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