Nightwing #4

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 43
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"BETTER THAN BATMAN" part 4! At last, Nightwing and Raptor enact their endgame to shut down the Parliament of Owls permanently! But the Parliament has one last card up its sleeves: The Moloch, a giant owl monster whose mission is simple: eviscerate Nightwing and Raptor.

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Sep 7, 2016

    Overall, Rebirth has helped raise an already ascending book to newer heights, definitely a highlight of the entire line. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 7, 2016

    Nightwing #4 also showed us plenty of great moments of character development for Dick Grayson, especially after he takes back his own identity and visits Batman and Damian. It's great to see that he hasn't forgotten his roots – but isn't afraid to be his own entity rather than stuck under the shadow of Batman once again.Nightwing #4 is a great issue that shows how good Dick Grayson is at his own solo series and we can't wait for the next instalment to see how deep the story goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Elliott Cole Sep 7, 2016

    Nightwing fans rejoice! Tim Seeley is the writer Dick Grayson needs, and the one he deserves. The creative team of Nightwing #4 displays the deftness of trapeze artists with their solid storytelling and visuals. Don't bother setting up the net for them though, they certainly know what their doing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Sep 7, 2016

    Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez reveal the terror behind the mask in more ways than one with Nightwing #4, succinctly bringing Dick Grayson's first arc back behind the domino mask to a close. Seeley finally lifts the veil on Raptor's ambiguous driving forces, solidly establishing him as a force to be reckoned with while shifting power from the Parliament of Owls to an even more theatrical (and mutated) force. Equally weighted between pulse-pounding action and heartfelt drama, Nightwing #4 is the last ray of sunlight before the "Night of the Monster Men." A very worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Fabio Castelblanco Sep 9, 2016

    So even though the story is not very impressive, it still has great character development for our lead and his supporting cast. If you're like me and are ahuge Nightwing fan, then this is definitely worth picking up. I would recommend this whole arc just for the character of Raptor alone. I'm definitely checking out his origin this October in THE RISE OF RAPTOR! Have you read this week's issue? If so, let us know your thoughts below. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 12, 2016

    More fun than a trip to the circus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 7, 2016

    This issue wouldve been perfect without the last 2 pages. That said, those last 2 pages provide all the conflict for what comes next. Despite the questionable aspects of Dicks portrayal, this was still a very good issue that promises more drama to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 7, 2016

    This was a solid conclusion to the Better than Batman arc. Nightwing might not be an elite level Rebirth title, but it's consistency issue after issue makes it an easily recommended book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Sep 7, 2016

    Seeley's writing has been very tonally different from Grayson, and part of that comes down to how different Raptor is from The Tiger. I really enjoyed how he subverts the Suyolak speech though. It's a tiny moment but I appreciate that he lets that sense of humour shine through but unlike Grayson, the humour in Nightwing is usually very understated. Nightwing has also retained some of the thriller vibe from Grayson, with members from Spyral sticking around and now rival spy agencies are starting to show up.This issue is a satisfying conclusion to “Better than Batman”, I still feel this arc was mostly underwhelming, this comic could be something really special, but it was an enjoyable read overall. I hope this team sticks together and is allowed to grow, which might be downright impossible given the double-shipping. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 8, 2016

    Tim Seeley brings his first arc to a close, delivering on the character-first focus that's carried the book from the start. The end result is a bit rushed in its resolution, but it does succeed in both cleverly reestablishing Dick as Nightwing proper, as well as seeding events for issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 10, 2016

    This issue was just, generally, built better than the previous ones. Raptor wasn't as annoying, and he finally started to take shape. As someone who is driving a wedge between Dick and Bruce, he raises my hackles for sure. But he's probably supposed to, so Seeley is doing a good job there. He's building up a potentially solid rival for Nightwing. Let Raptor get into Dick's good graces, and the eventual betrayal will be even harder. That should make for good drama. This issue, though, was mostly more of the same. Raptor being good at everything and Nightwing falling easy prey to his wiles. Also, that were-owl thing was too much. The Court of Owls have fallen far enough from their original creation. Having their members turn into owl monsters takes away a lot of the mystique. They're cerebral villains, not monstrous villains. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2016

    Nightwing continues to feel like a good espionage type thriller. The biggest boon of this series so far has been the development of the new character Raptor who you'll be dying to see more of. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Sep 7, 2016

    Good, not great. Everything works in context, even if it plays out more like a montage than anything, with plot points and beats coming and going rather than being fleshed out with a lot of substance. Problems with structure aside, it's still full of what makes Nightwing great, and barring a misstep or two I still had a good time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Sep 14, 2016

    Even as a fan of the Grayson series I am happy to see Nightwing once again return to the world of DC comics. This Better than Batman arc is not in fact been better than Batman, but has been an entertaining read throughout. Now that we got the proverbial Owls story out of the way Seeley can shift the focus elsewhere going forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 7, 2016

    This finale to our first story arc feels like it comes out of nowhere because everything that's needed to wrap it up are just thrown at us all willy nilly and it's forced beyond belief.  With that being said, I find it hard to continue to be excited about Nightwing because this first arc felt like a convoluted mess and I'm still not a fan of the art style.  Hopefully now that this series isn't hindered by the events of Robin War and Grayson, maybe we can move into some more fleshed out territory.   Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 7, 2016

    In short,Nightwing is a comic that is still struggling to findits voice and a captivating story hook, though Tim Seeley plants enough story seeds that can potentially grow into more intriguing plots in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Kevin Scott Oct 10, 2016

    Seeley has given himself a foundation to build upon and create a compelling future tapestry for Nightwing. Read Full Review

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