Nightwing #20

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 3, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 17
7.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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"NIGHTWING MUST DIE" finale! Very few villains have ever broken Batman-but the man who's been tormenting Nightwing is one of them! Why has he chosen Nightwing, and not Batman, to serve him in the dark new world he sees coming?

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Tyler Harris May 5, 2017

    There is very little to say that I haven't said before. Seeley and his team have delivered an all-round incredible arc that ended in this issue on a very strong and potent note. I cannot recommend this series enough to anyone who will listen, so if you only pick up one book this week, make it this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Michael McGale May 3, 2017

    The final issue of the "Nightwing Must Die" arcis a brilliant read, with a deep and meaningful plotline that brings out the most in Nightwing and all the supporting characters. The Fernandez' artwork is stunning, Damian Wayne's dialogue is the best it's ever been. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley May 3, 2017

    This is what Tim Seeley nails. He has helped move their relationship from Mentor/Brother to Friend/Confidant. It is really quite amazing. It is believable because it is so relatable. More than anything this is what I have been missing from Bat-Family comics... the feeling of family. We know that some day Damian will surpass Dick, if he hasn't already, and will be the heir to the Mantle of the Bat; but now it doesn't seem like there will be any challenge for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Fabio Castelblanco May 9, 2017

    Writer Tim Seeley delivers a thrilling conclusion the "Nightwing Must Die" story arc. Dr. Hurt has our hero trapped in a mental spell -- forcing him to relive a traumatic experience. Artist Javier Fernandez and colorist Chris Sotomayor add an extra layer of interest to the story for how visually appealing it is. Major downside it the choice to have Shawn not be pregnant. Overall, a solid Nightwing comic and the end to an entertaining arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Kara Leavitt May 3, 2017

    Overall, I really enjoyed the issue. I liked the focus on Dick and Damian, as well as their conversation where they address what they mean to each other. Shawn is given a spotlight too, and her conversation with Deathwing highlighted how much her character has progressed. The issue was a satisfying conclusion to the Dr. Hurt arc, and the emphasis on Dick and Damian's relationship was extremely well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 8, 2017

    Nightwing #20 does a fantastic job concluding the "Nightwing Must Die" arc in a satisfying way. Though we get to see Nightwing and company overcome the threat posed by Doctor Hurt and Professor Pyg it is not done cleanly. The damage caused by these latest events leave the door open for some interesting plot points for Tim Seeley to follow up with. How that is done only creates further excitement around one of DC Comics best ongoing comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans May 3, 2017

    The arc ends successfully, with a good byproduct of some evolution in Robin and Nightwing's relationship. The duo cleans up nice and its always nice to see how the deal with each other and the task at hand. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez May 3, 2017

    This is one of my favorite Nightwing arcs that I had the pleasure of reading, and I have no problem admitting that I love it because Nightwing Must Die continues my favorite Batman story ever. Unfortunately, it didn't tie up many loose ends that it started in the previous issues. Though it lacks closure, it does show the strength of Nightwing, and leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya May 3, 2017

    While this arc has had it's shaky moments here and there this final chapter does deliver a solid message. Tim Seeley really defines what Robin is in comparison to Batman in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws May 3, 2017

    Nightwing has been a remarkably consistent title since the beginning. It has skirted greatness and has never been anything less than entertaining. Reaching the end of “Nightwing Must Die!”, the title once more approaches greatness. The characters are great, the dialogue is winning, and the artistic talent is top-notch. I'm loving Nightwing, plain and simple. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey May 3, 2017

    Will Nightwing's experiences in Bludhaven fundamentally reshape his character? He dealt with the possibility of being a father, redefining himself apart from past tragedies, and embraced his legacy. Now, his world is getting a lot more expansive and his role in it will be important. He's helping the Bird's of Prey track down Blackbird, and the Lazarus Contract is just around the corner. Seeley was playing with a fine line between confusing or imaginative in this issue, in the end, the layers of complexity hindered it from being awesome. There's also been a specific tone set for Nightwing for this entire arc that worked decently well, but I'm looking forward to a change of pace. Tim is a great writer and I'm excited for what will come next. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell May 4, 2017

    It's a little disappointing that the battle with Dr. Hurt wasn't the epic confrontation that it could have been, but this issue hits its emotional marks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 3, 2017

    Seeley understands the importance of going out on a high note however as the arc has some nice payoffs to both subplots. At least one will continue to be a significant aspect of the title. And hopefully it's not too long before we see Nightwing and Robin teaming up again. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Eric Cline May 3, 2017

    The artwork is good and the final scene is touching, but otherwise this is a disappointing ending to an arc that has gone up and down quality-wise. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 3, 2017

    Our "Nightwing Must Die" arc comes to an end with this issue and really.......... nothing is ever properly explained and everything seems to be rushed to a conclusion that is disappointing as hell for everything that was thrown at us in this arc.  Where I usually hate the art in this book though, I found myself actually enjoying it and at this point in my Nightwing reads, I'll take any win I can get because it's certainly not coming from the stories. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby May 4, 2017

    Overall this was a letdown from the recent quality of the Nightwing title and probably should have been condensed down " like so many stories in modern Big Two comics the need to stretch the story out didn't serve it well. That said, I definitely am looking forward to the next issue and arc. This creative team is strong and can handle a small bump in the road. Read Full Review

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