Nightwing #56

Writer: Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza Artist: Garry Brown Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 21
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The Nightwings have been picking up the slack Dick Grayson left behind, making a dent in petty crime and cleaning up the streets of Blüdhaven. But as Scarecrow's plan comes to fruition, it looks like they may have bitten off more than they can chew...putting Grayson in a position he was not prepared for. One where he may be forced to become a hero once more...

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jan 10, 2019

    Exactly what a superhero story should be! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Jan 12, 2019

    I loved the story in this issue. Ric's finally becoming a character in his own right, as opposed to who Dick used to be. The artwork in this issue is solid, although I feel it's not been as good as in previous instalments. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Jan 9, 2019

    NIGHTWING #56 is a decent issue. While some elements are too clean cut, Grayson returning to heroism is a nice change of pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 9, 2019

    The art is the best part of the book. The fight scenes are vivid and the quiet moments are well handled. I wish Gianfelice had a slightly better script. But the ending holds some promise. Let's see there this story thread takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 9, 2019

    Given their amateur status, I have to wonder if the Nightwing team may fragment, with one or members becoming Flamebirds. Yes, you read that right. Because you see, kids, back when Dick Grayson was still Robin, there was another Nightwing, and he had a partner named Flamebird. I honestly doubt DC Comics would resurrect the name/character in some way, but the 11-year-old in me would love it if they did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Jan 9, 2019

    I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. It was action packed, well scripted and brilliantly drawn. If we could just get a permanent art team settled in, then this series would be close to perfection. I'm fully invested in this title, with Ric back in the thick of things and a mysterious visitor watching proceedings from the rooftops, I'm sure that the fun's just getting started. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jan 9, 2019

    All in all, it's good to see some level of promise from Ric as a crime fighter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jan 9, 2019

    Ric finally returns to action, and it's just as good as one would expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 9, 2019

    Nightwing's new status quo continues to be fun and while this issue isn't perfect, where we end up by the end keeps me intrigued and excited for where we're going next with Ric Grayson and the new Nightwing Squad.  The art works great for the story and all the characters involved are people I can't wait to learn more about. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 9, 2019

    But, it's not Nightwing. It's got the logo on the front cover, but it doesn't have the heart of a beloved character. I miss Dick Grayson. Ric Grayson is serviceable, but this is one departure from the core of the character I'm struggling to get excited over. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Jan 9, 2019

    Nightwing #56 closes out theKnight Terrors storyline with a suitable boom, just not a bang. Still, the new prospect of a Nightwing team is exciting, and it's always great to see DC commit to a new status quo for an iconic character. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    On Comics Ground - Will Sweval Jan 11, 2019

    I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that I'm not a fan of this arc, and I'm glad it seems to be nearing its end. The art for this run has always been hit or miss for me and this issue is no different. If I had to describe it in one word, I'd say unbalanced. The writing is slow and drags with the entire issue feeling like it takes place over maybe 3 distinct moments in time, and not in a way that seems deliberate and planned out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Jan 9, 2019

    Overall this is a tough one to call. As I said the craft is truly and completely solid, but the plot is just so problematic. I don't feel the book is utterly without merit, however I can't in good faith recommend anyone add Nightwing to their pull list at this time. I am staying put for now as I want to see where things shake out after next issue's conclusion to this arc, but it's not because of any suspense that may have consequently been built up in the Scarecrow confrontation, its solely to see if Dick Grayson is still somewhere under all this flotsam and jetsam. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Corps - Anthony Thornton Jan 8, 2019

    Nightwing #56 has its moments in both the artwork and the story, but ultimately it's a bit of a letdown. It felt like they had a great ending for this Scarecrow arc, but their minds were already on 57. The lead-in to next week lets us know that Duela Dent may be on her way and that makes me really excited! It also makes me worried. Duela is a really weird character, and if done right, this will be an incredibly fun issue; if not, well then, another missed opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 13, 2019

    Nightwing #56 was a disappointing conclusion to the first story arc involving Ric Grayson. This issue emphasized how the change from Dick Grayson to Ric Grayson has fallen flat. The potential shown early on has faded away. It was all replaced by lackluster character development that has created concern for the future of this series. The faster we get back to Dick Grayson as the only Nightwing, working with the Batman Family and leading the Titans, the better. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jan 9, 2019

    DC continues to destroy the Nightwing brand, and that's a shame considering they've spent the last decade crafting stories that have really brought Dick into his own. This story is a mess with poor characters, a worse script, and a sorry excuse for a plot that is so inconsistent it's embarrassing. Hopefully, this will end soon, because I have no desire to continue reading this title at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 9, 2019

    Not the worst issue of this new Nightwing run, but pretty close, Nightwing #56 is stunning for just how disjointed it feels. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Jan 9, 2019

    Compared to #50, 54& 55, which were all great, this issue feels underwhelming as I feared,since it’s the last of this story arc.

    First of all it’s a shame DC decided to change the cool cover with Scarecrow finishing off the new Nightwing& Ric coming to his help. Would have been the perfect cover, but instead we got just this cover with Ric. It however fits this issue way more than the cancelled one, so I at least get the change now, it still feels like a bad decision.

    Scarecrow is still attacking Bludhaven& the new Nightwings. Because of his actions Dick feels the need to help them& from there one the plot could have been a lot better. As one of Batman‘s A villains Scarecrow deserves way better than how he was more

  • 6.5
    egon244 Jan 9, 2019

    "Fear this"

    It was alright. The art got better, Scarecrow got his strawy butt kicked and Dick, I mean Ric is slowly getting back to the hero business.

    This little "experiment" was an interesting and mostly fun change of scenery, but I'm ready for things to start getting back to normal. I'm ready for Ric Grayson to start regaining his memory and once again become Richard "Dick" Grayson aka Nightwing.

  • 3.5
    ohhaimark Jan 11, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -Didn't hate the art this issue. Didn't love it, either. It was an improvement though.

    -This was the first issue I didn't hate Ric. He was actually all right.

    -I thought the car thing was a very cool Macgyver style way to deal with the fear gas situation.

    THE BAD:

    -Scarecrow ended up being a pretty weak villain. His defeat felt too easy and nothing about his villain stands out this time, which is sad because there's so much potential in that area. He was definitely the best part of the last issue.

    -I also really, really, really hate the Nightwing team. It is very forced and is a stupid idea to begin with.

    -The dialogue was weird. Especially, "Hot dign more

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  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 11, 2019

    So this issue just firmly cements this very boring status quo that most people don't want, judging by the reception. And how long will it be until everyone realizes Ric Grayson, and therefore Dick Grayson, is Nightwing? He just shows up and becomes easily the most capable of the Nightwings, he's immune to fear toxin... certainly a doctor like Scarecrow should be able to fit all the pieces together, right? Especially since he's apparently obsessed with Nightwing. This idea is just so ill-conceived. I put the blame firmly on editorial and their dislike of Dick Grayson. Tom King revealed the original pitch for the Nightwing series after Dick was shot. It was going to be shared between Tim Drake who was going to be taking up the mantle and a re more

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  • 2.5
    JayFlashy1 Jan 9, 2019

    Nightwing has quickly become one of the worst books DC is currently publishing.

    This issue exemplifies that. The writing, plotting, every single line of dialogue is so lazy and uninteresting it makes me wonder if anyone involved in the creative process actual wants to be doing this job. It certainly doesn't seem like it, with the complete lack of apparent effort on display in this issue.

    The generic cops continue to be generic, Ric continues to repeat the same exact thoughts he's been thinking for the past 5 issues, (seriously, are they cut and pasting these inner monologues?) and the characterisation of Ric continues to be one of the worst things in comic books today. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this either: T more

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  • 3.0
    KFuqua Jan 9, 2019

    Still awful. Please get off of this Ric Grayson garbage and bring back Nightwing.

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  • 2.0
    Dorival Jan 9, 2019

    This is so bad... the shot in the head bring a few interesting consequences in the first issues, but now Scott Lodbel turn back to the common super hero stuff, in a bad way. This could be more ground, more human... something like Daredevil stuff.

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  • 8.0
    A7sus420 Jan 28, 2019

    Ric Grayson chilling with a team of Nightwings?! Sign me up! Love the look too. Can't wait to see where this goes.

  • 7.5
    waltgator93 Jan 9, 2019

    Feels so good to enjoy a Nightwing issue again! Issue wasn’t the best but it’s a lot better than what we have been getting. Are we seeing a new team of superheroes in the Blud? Artwork is ok, the dialogue is very good!

  • 3.0
    RBL Jan 9, 2019

    Tl;dr title of the issue is akin to clickbait of the worst caliber, we’ve been stuck with this “ric” joke for an entire arc now, he unfortunately has not left so as to warrant a “return”. Issue itself just cements this atrocious new character as what Nightwing has become while the bland “generics” operate in his stead. Anyone with a right mind would have already dropped this book, this issue does nothing to change that. I believe this is hardly worth reading and much less buying.


    The “generics” take on scarecrow and show how far out of their depth they are, despite the villain monologuing instead of actually taking action. They show how they can’t separate being in uniform as law enforcement and in their more

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