Nightwing #42

Writer: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing Artist: Jorge Corona Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 4, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 8
6.7Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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"THE CRIMSON KABUKI"! When Damian Wayne disappears during a solo mission to Tokyo, Nightwing must enter the seedy underworld to save the boy who was once his Robin. But Dick will have to ascend the Crimson Kabuki's tower of crime and survive a game of death against three of Japan's most powerful fighters. Can Nightwing defeat an entire building of elite fighters, or will he lose Damian forever?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Apr 6, 2018

    VerdictFill-in issues can sometimes be a gamble" but this was one that really paid off. Not only does next issue's creative team of Writer Michael Moreci and artist Jorge Jiminez have a tough act to follow, so does the new home team! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 5, 2018

    The plotting on this issue may feel a little scattershot, but the combination of snappy action, Bruce Lee one-liners, and insane bits of spectacle make Nightwing #42 easily the most fun cape comic of the week. Don't sleep on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Apr 4, 2018

    Nightwing hasn't been this fun in ages. This is a great one-and-done issue well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Devon Browning Apr 9, 2018

    This one shot may just be the best issue of Nightwing Rebirth thus far, with both the writing and art team introducing an innocent story that pleases die hard Batfamily fans, and those looking for a reason to enjoy them more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 4, 2018

    What makes this issue work is that it calls back to what pre-Rebirth writers seemed to remember " Dick is as much a mentor and as much family to Damian as Bruce is, being the one who initially trained him as Robin and looked after him while Bruce was gone in time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Apr 4, 2018

    But all in all, it told a fun, off-beat one-of story and it did it well. If nothing else, Nightwing #42 has made me that much more excited for the upcoming release of Batman Ninja, and I can be thankful for that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 6, 2018

    Nightwing #42 is a fun and gimmicky one-off comic with a light heart, great action, and enjoyable one-liners. With a solid understanding of its inspiration and solid artwork from Corona and Lopes, this one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Apr 3, 2018

    If a Nightwing animated series existed, then this story would make a great episode. The ending is proof that this wasn't meant to take itself too seriously and was just to have fun with the character. I really liked it and I wouldn't be against reading more from this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 5, 2018

    Nightwing #42 is a solid one-shot story that is inconsequential to the overall narrative of the series. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly delivered a surprising story that placed Nightwing in a setting out of a Bruce Lee movie. That setting gave Lanzing and Kelly the opportunity to show of how badass of a fighter Nightwing was. It also gave them the opportunity to integrate Damian Wayne in a surprisingly enjoyable way. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jason Saba Apr 4, 2018

    This is not a bad issue, but the problem for me was that nothing grabbed my attention and held it until Damian actually was depicted in a panel by the end of the issue. The art style was not my preference but it was very good for what it was trying to achieve. A satisfactory effort, but next time, keep an issue like this in a showcase issue please, DC. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Apr 4, 2018

    I regard this issue a palette cleanser, until the next ongoing story arc. Perhaps Nightwing will return to Bludhaven, or maybe hell share an adventure with another member of the Bat-family. I think after his lengthy battle with the Judge, hes due for a bit of rest. I know I am. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 4, 2018

    Besides the cool anime story of Jorge Corona, there is not much to recommend here.  Lanzing and Kelly up the action quotient in a one-shot that is just here to fill space before Ben Percy's run starts.  I know not every issue has to be of utmost importance, but this one can and probably should be skipped. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Apr 5, 2018

    I have no doubt that some people will enjoy Nightwing #42. There isn't much weight to it, and the heavy action will allow for a quick, exciting read for select audiences " something many readers may desire following the arc with the Judge. It has an interesting presentation, but I felt like the writers were heavily influenced by lackluster Bruce Lee films and some Marvel Netflix series" I'll be honest though, it's way more Iron Fist than Daredevil, and we all know how these two series rank in comparison" If I had a choice, I'd skip this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Apr 5, 2018

    This is a story that is a better idea for a story then it is in its execution. I can't imagine what someone whos never read an issue of Nightwing before would think about this story if they leaped onto the book for this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Charlie Ridgely Apr 4, 2018

    After concluding a major story arc last month, Nightwing #42 is a one-off issue with a completely new creative team -- and it's not that great. Read Full Review

  • 3.3
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Taylor Vessel Apr 4, 2018

    I'm not going to stop reading because of what has already been done and the potential I think is still there. However, I really wish they would steer away from these filler issues unless there is something that really contributes to the characters overall. Read Full Review

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