Nightwing #53

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 20
7.7Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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Nightwing was shot in the head...and now, only Grayson remains, caught in the clutches of the Knight Terrors! As the group of vigilantes take on the persona and mantle of Nightwing, he is forced to ante up his hand when one of his close friends is murdered... Will he cast his lot with his old super hero friends to take down these rogues, or will he decide to embrace his "newfound" abilities and fight against those who have wronged him? The answer lies somewhere in the gray area, when an unexpected threat from Scarecrow changes the game.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 22, 2018

    Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza prove time and again they know a thing or two about the former Boy Wonder! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Nov 21, 2018

    All aboard route NW #54… next stop FEARSVILLE. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 21, 2018

    Every issue I keep looking for signs that things are going to revert to the Nightwing we're used to, but Nicizea and Lobdell keep convincing me that this new direction is worth exploring further. And in the process, Nightwing has become a much more fascinating and surprising comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Nov 22, 2018

    I'm really enjoying the artwork inNightwing at the moment. It's giving me a very 90s vibe, along with a gritty cop movie vibe and I think it's perfect for the environment of Bludhaven. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 21, 2018

    He's in big trouble, too. Bea might be for that matter, too. Because it looks like Scarecrow is back, and the foreshadowing in Nightwing #50 insinuates he's hunting Nightwing. Though Ric might be able to avoid the fight if he chooses to, something says he won't in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Nov 21, 2018

    Nightwing #53 takes great strides forward to continue building its storyline and bold new direction for the title character. We're all eager to see how Dick Grayson's story develops and this series no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Nov 21, 2018

    NIGHTWING #53 is a decent issue. While some of the plot points are a bit uninteresting, Dick Grayson's journey to find himself captivated my attention. Worth reading for the realistic artwork alone! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Anthony Thornton Nov 21, 2018

    I really enjoyed this issue. I had strategized to read some light hearted comics that I need to catch up on to help bounce back from the heaviness that I thought would come from this issue, but it was unnecessary. This issue is a lot of fun to read! Ric is becoming more likable, we get our first look at a new Nightwing, the artwork pops, and Scarecrow terrifies. These next two weeks will be hard while we wait for #54 to hit stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Nov 21, 2018

    Ric's budding relationship with his favorite bartender was a welcome addition considering we were getting to the point that if we received yet another "Dick Grayson brooding over the city" book, it might as well have been renamed Batman 2.0. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Dec 4, 2018

    This issuefeatures the artwork of Travis Moore and Patch Zircher. Zirchers work is consistentwith what Ive seen previously in ActionComics. Perhaps too consistent. In more than one scene, Sapienza looks morelike Superman in a Nightwing mask than another person. I think Nightwing is a different book, and callsfor a different artistic approach. But there is time for Zircher to work onthat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 21, 2018

    This is a good book and more people should be reading it. My Nightwing hate aside, I think this is the Nightwing story worth telling and I can't wait to read more, despite it heading to a conclusion I'm genuinely dreading. This is also one of the prettiest books this week! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 21, 2018

    Nightwing continues to impress me with its status quo change and how the writers of this book are handling it. The art works great for the story that's being told and we're getting a whole new look at our main character now that he's come face to face with his alter ego.  It's a lot of fun even if it's not the Nightwing you're used to and I totally recommend it to people who have been staying away from this because this is certainly the most interesting the title has been in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Nov 22, 2018

    A really well-done issue that makes the most of the current status quo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 26, 2018

    Nightwing #53 was the best issue of this new direction for this series thus far. Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza did a much better job developing Ric Grayson and the new Nightwing's characters to be more fully realized than previous issues. Now that they are moving the Scarecrow sub-plot into the main story Lobdell and Nicieza should be able to make this new direction for Nightwing much stronger. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 21, 2018

    Moore's and Zircher's artwork continue to delight, with dynamic action shots and wonderful panel work, but the colorful depiction of Bldhaven is the most lively thing about the issue. I want to know how this all ends, but it seems like the machination are still getting into gear. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    On Comics Ground - Will Sweval Nov 21, 2018

    This is the first issue since the amnesia arc has started that actually made me want to read the next issue. Hopefully the series will continue to improve from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 24, 2018

    Nightwing #53 continues to improve on the current problem " aka: this isn't Nightwing " and introduces some interesting ideas. Unfortunately, what this issue really does is prove why it's important for publishers to actually plan their stories before jumping into them. This could have been a great story that actually featured Nightwing with strong supporting characters that are based on the new characters at play here " Ric and Sapienza " but instead, we're getting a rushed, mess of a story that has been inconsistent every step of the way " both in the script and visual presentation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 21, 2018

    The art is the best part. Moore and Zircher do a solid job overall. This book does feel oft kilter these past few issues however. Hopefully somebody comes on and picks a better direction. It does feel like this book is lost at sea at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Nov 22, 2018

    Nightwing #53 fails to impress, focusing on too much of the wrong thing. There are the seeds of a good story here but its being drowned and crushed by dialogue and pacing issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 21, 2018

    So this new Nightwing run continues to be a trainwreck, balancing a ridiculous status quo with a pair of lead characters that barely seem to be in the same comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    ohhaimark Nov 22, 2018


    -The art was definitely a step up from the previous issues. That's nice.

    -I actually thought Ric's description of his amnesia was really good. It added some nice layers to his character.

    -That last page was great, albeit predictable. I enjoyed the way Scarecrow was written and the artist depicted him really well. +1 extra point for finally making me want to pick up the next issue.

    THE BAD:

    -So we are starting every issue with "My name is Ric. I was once Nightwing, but then I took a bullet to the head." Good to know.

    -I just can't stand this whole Detective Nightwing thing. His lines are bad and he just feels like his only purpose is to display the costume rather th more

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  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    We are Nightwing, bum ba dum bum bum bum bum.

  • 3.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 24, 2018

    Ugh. I really don't care about any of this. You're not going to get me to care.

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  • 10
    A7sus420 Nov 30, 2018

    Love how this is all shaping up. Nice to see Ric coming into his own while the detective plays Nightwing. Cool to see the two of them work together.

  • 8.5
    Darkseid24 Nov 21, 2018

    Finally the story started& I really enjoyed this issue. The new Nightwing became more likable ( Don’t know how long this lasts for me)& also had a fun scene. He isn’t portayed as a total loser, but we are seeing the difference between him& Dick at the same time. I like, that up until now he is still kind of acting like a cop& not like some maniac like Lock-up.As for Dick apart from protecting his friend, I don’t think anything real interesting happened to him, but how can fans not like to see him happy?
    I am also glad Scarecrow‘s story finally really started& his group therapy was fun to read. Love his new costume. It already happened in other stories, but not really in the main runs, so I am glad DC finally gave him an outfit more

  • 8.0

    I love that they are finally doing something interesting with Nightwing, it's good to look forward to a book you have been disappointed in since Rebirth started.

  • 7.0
    egon244 Nov 22, 2018

    "You have the right to keep your mouth shut"

    Some iffy lines of dialogue here and there, but overall this was an enjoyable read. I just wish the whole issue was done by Travis Moore. His art is really nice to look at.

    And by the way, Scarecrow, going after people in the support group? That's just low.

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  • 6.0
    waltgator93 Nov 20, 2018

    Does DC even care about continuity anymore?! Isn’t Vicki Vale still with Wyrm. He’s still around in Batgirl so something is still up with him. The story itself was not that bad. Besides for the Vicki Vale thing, another shocker was how well Ric and “Nightwing” worked together. Unfortunately I would have wanted all of the new Nightwings there.

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  • 2.0
    RBL Nov 23, 2018

    The worst Nightwing story arc in recent history continues with another issue that fails to deliver anything of value. Speaking for myself, by the second page I was no longer invested in the issue.

    Seeing generic cop flash his badge while in costume is among the dumbest things I've seen in a comic this year; I am one of a very small number of people who complained about Harley Quinn being able to nearly kill Booster Gold, a hero who has taken hits from beings like Doomsday and survived, with a diner silverware considering this peak stupid. However, this story proved there were dumber things to be presented to readers, with "joe generic, standard cop" becoming Nightwing being one of them; If fate truly deemed this person should ha more

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