Nightwing #51

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Garry Brown, Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 17, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 21
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Don't forget, this issue features an enhanced foil cover by Mike Perkins!
After the cataclysmic events of BATMAN #55, our hero doesn't remember training to fight, being a member of the Bat family, or being a superhero...and he could not be more content. It's his life, and he's happy to just live it with new friends and a roof over his head (wherever that roof might be). So when Blüdhaven finds itself without a protector and a new group of vigilantes pick up the slack, Grayson is more than happy to yield any perceived responsibility to the people of the city. But as things start to spiral out of control, muscle memory kicks in...and more

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Dale Earl Oct 17, 2018

    Overall this issue of Nightwing looks to be building the foundation of a great story.  The story is intriguing and hopefully it continues to build. There is a danger that this story may fall flat if some of the strings arent tied together in the next few issues, but for now its exciting to see the possibilities of what will happen to Nightwing, and Bldhaven. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 17, 2018

    Nightwing seems go have gotten over its mini slump and is becoming a far more enjoyable and unpredictable ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Oct 17, 2018

    Nightwing #51 continues the most recent upset in Dick Grayson's life with quiet reflection and character moments that allow the shock from last issue to settle and ruminate into what might become the most memorable Nightwing story in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Oct 17, 2018

    NIGHTWING #51 is a solid issue. The outstanding artwork is a visual spectacle. The characters come to life, right off the page. Other than one or two plot holes, this comic has an intriguing story line that is worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Anthony Thornton Oct 17, 2018

    Nightwing #51 is easily my personal pick of the week (even if I wasn't reviewing it). It continues with a strong character driven story (my favorite kind of stories), and keeps us guessing where this story is going to end up. The introduction of the Bld's new protector could make things easier for Ric to let go of his former self, or it could be another person he'll need to stop. He could also be the person Scarecrow takes out before Dick comes back. The artwork is some of the best art I've seen all series, which is saying a lot. There is still a lot more story to go, and I get more excited with every new panel we get! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 26, 2018

    It's a new beginning for Ric Grayson and while some are already losing their minds over it, I think it has potential.  Nightwing fans have been through this all before and while some will never get used to it, let's wait and see how it plays out.  For now, I am on the Ric trolley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 17, 2018

    I do think this is an enjoyable story. People are flipping out about this very unnecessarily in my mind. Just wait and see how the story is going to play out; in the meantime, enjoy the stunning Moore/Brown artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Oct 17, 2018

    Much like the titular character. It's the same style and feel to the body of work. Just a new mind running the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Oct 17, 2018

    But forthose wondering how Ric Grayson would carry on as Nightwing, boy, wonder nomore. The answer is on the last page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Oct 18, 2018

    That final page has definitely piqued my interest! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Oct 18, 2018

    Sharp and lean, the future of Nightwing looks to be in some pretty capable hands thanks to Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Oct 17, 2018

    Although this run has less and less to do with the acrobatic fights Nightwing is known for, it has more and more to do with the man behind the mask, and that's certainly a refreshing change of pace. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Oct 17, 2018

    To reiterated, Moore and Brown's artwork is fantastic, and the switches between artist highlight the different scenes brilliant mini-arcs that Lobdell and Nicieza set up, even if the content isn't the greatest filler. I'm hoping the next issue will bring some of the spark back to the series, because this one dragged just a little. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 17, 2018

    While I'm sure that this iteration of our hero will turn a lot of people off, I'm pretty excited for what's to come for the first time in a long time and I hope that Scott Lobdell can keep it up as he continues this series.  The art in this issue works really well for the story at hand and there's just so much going on that I can't wait to see how our amnesia afflicted hero will deal with it......... or if he'll deal with it at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Oct 16, 2018

    Lastly, looks like a Bldhaven cop, Detective Sapienza, is taking over the mantle of Nightwing Looks very similar to Nightwing, especially with the mask on. Not sure how everyone's going to receive the gun though. I give him three issues, max. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Oct 17, 2018

    Consider Nightwing #51 a mission statement for Lobdells new direction for the character. While not action-packed or chock full of detail or plot, what we have here are the seeds for a host of new ideas and stories that make me genuinely excited for whats to come. From what seemed a dull and lifeless idea, Nightwing #51 now brings the promise of a tale that will stay true to the core of this character we all love. And with a great art team to accompany him, Ill definitely be returning for issue #52 to see if Lobdell can pull it all off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 17, 2018

    The art is a little inconsistent on this as well. Hopefully it turns around in the upcoming issues. It's not bad but it's uneven. And it could be better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Oct 17, 2018

    It still has that tactical street war vibe, but if you were a fan the boy in Batman's shadow, Dick Grayson and wanted him to stay the same forever then maybe you won't like this new direction. But if you're like me and enjoy the idea of him but just didn't feel his story line was being utilized correctly I would recommend picking up a copy of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 22, 2018

    When the focus was on Dick Grayson, or should I say Ric Grayson, new status quo Nightwing #51 is at its best. Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza show a good understanding of how such a traumatic event like being shot in the head would affect someone. Unfortunately its problems with the smaller details and an ending that falls flat that kept Nightwing #51 from reaching its full potential. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    On Comics Ground - Will Sweval Oct 19, 2018

    This issue isn't particularly awful, but it isn't very good either. I was correct in my guess that Scarecrow seems to be the main arc for this villain. Perhaps Dr. Crane has something to do with our protagonist's nightmares? Why is Dick Grayson so bad at burning things? Are we going to be treated to a copycat Nightwing story similar to One Year Later? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Oct 18, 2018

    It's painfully obvious that the story is cobbled together at the last moment from leftover scraps and a few new ideas from the new creative team. It's extremely disjointed and would get lower than a neutral grade if it weren't for Moore's art. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 19, 2018

    It's a valiant effort from all parties to an imperfect situation, but this issue is a reminder that despite the best laid plans, comic books are more than just the sum of their parts. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 17, 2018

    If this arc of Nightwing does anything, it fundamentally highlights some of the major problems facing the comic book industry at the moment. 1. Publishers clearly don't plan stories well, or simply don't carry out plans. 2. They're completely disconnected from their audiences " not that comics should be a complete fan service. 3. They're losing grasp of the core, fundamental elements of their characters. I urge you to pass on this book. Pass on this run. Go find an indie comic to support or check something else out, because this is a nightmare. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 17, 2018

    Nightwing #51 feels very clearly slapped together at the last second, with two writers, two artists, and two colorists " and it shows. It's also probably the most half-assed comic I've read in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    This comic is fine but I don’t know how invested I really am in Nightwing at the moment. I want to see what happens with Nightcop, because I choose to live in a world where this is not going to go exactly like it will probably go.

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  • 4.0
    ComickerPerson Oct 17, 2018

    Expect little more than predictable cliches and dry exposition. Nepotism is killing DC.

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  • 9.0
    Yam09 Oct 17, 2018

    Dick Grayson has the circus blood.

    Dick became Nightwing to escape Robin. He became Ric to escape Nightwing. Isn't that poetic and ironic, Mr. Grayson?

  • 7.5
    Dani Oct 19, 2018

    I decided to start following Nightwing # 50, since it begins a new arc for the character. While there were some inconsistencies in issue 51 (Dick's appearance starting on page 14), this arc is opening up endless possibilities for the character.

    Richard is trying desperately to forget his life as Dick and forge a new path as Ric; however his subconscious and body will not let him forget who he truly is. He realizes that becoming a blank slate will not be as easy as he anticipated. It'll be interesting to watch him try to suppress his former life.

    Alfred proves time and time again that he is the true patriarch of the Batfamily. Ric was more receptive to Alfred than he was to Barbara in # 50. Alfred was more understan more

  • 3.5
    ohhaimark Oct 19, 2018


    -Travis Moore is a good artist. It's a shame he didn't do the whole issue.

    -I liked that dream sequence. It was pretty well-done.

    THE BAD:

    -Wait, his name's Ric now? I thought it was Gray, as indicated by the other issue. Oh well, its not as if anyone's trying to force-feed us this whole new status-quo thing by giving him another name, right?

    -That Scarecrow shadow-play thing didn't work. First of all, it feels way to forced. Second, it makes no sense how physically, that shadow could be cast! None!

    -I wasn't a fan of Garry Brown's art. It disrupted the flow of the issue, and felt too two-dimensional to me.

    -Wait, so a detective, who, ahem, came out of more

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  • 9.0
    A7sus420 Oct 23, 2018


  • 8.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Oct 22, 2018

    Just added to my pull. I like the new direction!

  • 7.5
    egon244 Oct 18, 2018

    "Good night, Master Dick"

    I am liking this more and more. I like Dick Grayson, I love Agent 37, but Nightwing never appealed to me. Does that make sense? He always kinda felt for me like Batman Light.

    But this new story, the aftermath of Batman #55, picked my interest. I'm sure he will get back to his old self in due time (so there is no need for an outrage), just like Gordon Batman or depowered Superman, but I'm interested in the road leading up to that moment. And the epilogue at the end guarantees that I will read the next issue.

    One gripe though. Not a big fan of the art change mid-though the issue. The first half is much more visually appealing.

  • 7.0
    Darkseid24 Oct 17, 2018

    This issue was ok, but nothing really happened. I dont like the idea of another wannabe hero- just this time Nightwing gets copied. The old solicitaions did't mention a Nightwing copy, so I guess that's the idea of the new writer. Even so Scarecrow luckily is still part of the story, the old solicitation seems to have made more sense. Overall I think this Nightwing copy is a bad idea, so I hope he gets killed off pretty fast.

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Oct 15, 2018

    When the writing and the art makes the reader feel something, that is one of my favorite things about reading comics. And for me that happened in this issue with Alfred. When he put the money on the table and also asking if he’s doing okay. Unfortunately I saw on Page 14 the art of Ric and wow that was shit. With the issue itself, I’m trying to give it the benefit of the doubt but it was crap. Feel like at times they say he lost his memory about being Nightwing and other times we see that he still remembers. Just to remind us that Scarecrow is still part of the story he gets a useless page. Just as useless as they are reminding us that Nightwing is a cab driver. The cliffhanger didn’t grab my attention as well

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 17, 2018

    Not feeling this. There's not much here for me.

  • 2.0
    KFuqua Oct 17, 2018

    It's just a shame...they are destroying one of my absolute favorite comics characters. This is like something that Marvel would do. Come on DC, forget this garbage and give us back Nightwing (Dick Grayson).

  • 1.0
    RBL Oct 17, 2018

    I thought issue 50 was the worst DC could do to Nightwing, I was not looking to be proven wrong so soon and to such a degree.

    So now Dick Grayson is Ric, a knock-off Red Hood type without the story, personality, drive and gear to justify it. I doubt anyone asked for this. Might as well give him a mullet, 70’s stash, beer gut and have him believe he peaked in hgh school with an identity like this.

    Also, having “Generic Person” replace the man who was The Heart of the DC Universe? Well done, good job! The force a facepalm would have to cover the feeling this generates would be enough to kill a person. It’s Nite-Wing all over again.

    But I guess if a company is willing to kill off Wally West after he pr more

  • 10
    Bepis Oct 21, 2018

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  • 7.5
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Oct 21, 2018

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    GhostlyL Oct 27, 2018

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