Nightwing #57

Writer: Scott Lobdell, Zack Kaplan Artist: Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 17
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Destiny...fate...predetermined inevitability... these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of hero he wants to be...if he wants to be one at all. And while Ric is content to walk away from the mantle, one woman has been hiding in the shadows, waiting to solidify an identity of her own...an identity tied for all eternity to the clown price of crime...enter The Joker's Daughter!   more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Feb 22, 2019

    VerdictWhere some could find the slower pace of this issue a little off-putting, I enjoyed it, especially after the roller-coaster thrill ride of issues 50-56. Ric's relationship with Sapienza has grown and so has his connection with Bea. Having Duela Dent, back and adopting her “Joker's Daughter” persona again is intriguing, to say the least. This character has crossed over from being hero, villain, anti-hero and everything in-between, so seeing her in these pages will definitely add some spice. I look forward to finding out just how much, over the next few months. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Feb 20, 2019

    NIGHTWING #57 is an awesome issue. Visually stunning, this comic balances both romance and horror perfectly. Characters are brought to life in NIGHTWING #57. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 20, 2019

    I was starting to reach the point where I was anxiously awaiting Ric's return to Dick Grayson. After this issue? There's more life left in this storyline and there's still a number of fun possibilities to explore. And I'm all the way ready for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Feb 23, 2019

    Overall yet another fantastic issue ofNightwing as one story line comes to an end and another begins. I look forward to going on the journey as we discover what the nefarious villain has planned for The Nightwings and Bludhaven. Lobdell and Kaplan have started something spectacular here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - B. K. Derbidge Mar 8, 2019

    The writing and art direction come together in a beautiful, transitional issue that makes me wish March 20th was tomorrow! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 22, 2019

    This all leads to one hell of an ending and one hell of a cliffhanger. The writers whet your appetite here and seem poised to really cut loose in the next issue. They make the build up worthwhile and interesting. Let's see what happens but it seems like it could be great! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 20, 2019

    Lastly, looks like the Joker's Daughter is back in the fold. She has to be one of the more disturbing characters in DC's roster. How in any way could it make sense to anyone to wear a dead person's face as a mask? Who cares if it's your "dad?" You have to be a different kind of crazy to think that's OK in any capacity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Feb 20, 2019

    Sure to be a favorite amongst fans old and new alike! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Feb 22, 2019

    This issue is a great read introducing a potentially terrifying villain. 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 20, 2019

    Don't be confused. I still hate this entire Ric Grayson approach, however, Nightwing #57 offers some really nice character moments that I can't really knock. Ric takes a back seat as Beatrice and the Nightwings take the spotlight, and there genuinely is some good work here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 20, 2019

    While I'm happy to see some of the side characters of this series get some background, while continuing to show the Nightwing team in action, the story that we're moving into felt a bit boring to me and a bit overdone.  Yeah, it is something that would befell a city such as Bludhaven, but it came off as a bit of a dud, while much of this issue was used to catch up new readers to what's going on in the world of Nightwing.  I love the art and the prospect of the villain at hand, but overall I felt that this issue was lacking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Feb 20, 2019

    Overall, this is a major step in the right direction. I can only hope that this is an indication that Nightwing's course is being corrected and smooth sailing is in the stars. As a huge fan of Dick Grayson, as Robin, Nightwing and as Batman I believe he deserves better than to be reduced to a shadow of himself by a sniper's bullet to further the fall of his mentor. Dick Grayson is more than a plot device, he is a beloved hero and hopefully we will be seeing that hero again very soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Chris Showalter Feb 20, 2019

    Nightwing #57 is a mixed bag. Your enjoyment of the issue may depend on how much you enjoy awkward, high school level flirtation and social commentary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Corps - Anthony Thornton Feb 18, 2019

    Nightwing #57 does its job as a part one to a new arc. Had most of Ric's contribution to this issue been edited down/out (mainly the rehashing inner monologue), I think I would have genuine excitement as to where this new Duela Dent story could go and how insane it can get. I think I'd be marking my calendar for #58's release so I could see how much more about Bea we will learn. Unfortunately, I know Ric will be thinking again, and that drops my excitement down a bit. The fact that it's starting off slow does give me hope that they will build a good character story for Duela, like they did with Scarecrow. I just have to hope they end stronger than they did with Scarecrow. It's only the first issue so we will see where this ride takes us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Feb 20, 2019

    Little happens this time around, and it's most certainly a hiccup in the intriguing storyline the team has built of late. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 20, 2019

    A segment involving Bre and Barbara Gordon bonding was surprisingly well done, but the issue as a whole is still full of flaws. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Feb 20, 2019

    With no realuse of Nightwing OR Dick Grayson in this issue, its clear to me DC Editorialhas no idea what to do with the property. As one of its oldest characters,thats a genuine pity. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Feb 20, 2019

    Found this to be really boring, but if we push through some of the bad characterizations, maybe this can be something that works.

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  • 5.5
    Darkseid24 Feb 20, 2019

    Meh with Scarecrow gone the story is kind of boring now. Best part surprisingly was Jokers daugther. She had some cool scenes, but most was teased for the next issue. Actually could be one of these stories, where Joker‘s daugther isn’t lame or annoying.
    As for the Ric plot it’s repetitive- I can’t hear the word „muscle memory kicks in- anymore. Ric basically just repeated, what happened last issue. And even so it was already clear that he would work with the Nightwings, it’s been pointed out again. He also shortly mentions, how he beat Scarecrow, but what is really weird, that we see zero reaction from Ric about the fact, that a mass murderer gave him therapy. Guess Ric doesn’t bother.
    There’s also a scene with B more

  • 2.0
    ohhaimark Feb 22, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -I am so glad to see Travis Moore illustrating this issue. He is miles better than the other artists.

    -I actually did kinda like some moments between Detective Nightwing and Ric.

    THE BAD:

    -I really truly don't care about Bea or anything about her.

    -I found the dialogue really cringe-y this issue.

    -God, I hate Ric. He's a fine idea, but he is executed so stupidly.

    -And why does that murderer act like a f***ing 2-year-old why? I was extra glad to see him caught.

    -I also hate the Nightwing League. Now that's a stupid idea. I seriously doubt anyone could make that half-decent.

    -So now we get some preachy messages about homelessness more

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  • 7.0
    waltgator93 Feb 20, 2019

    We definitely don’t go in the direction the last issues cliffhanger was going. Ric still wants nothing to do with The Nightwings but the head Nightwing still wants to recruit Ric. For a first issue to new story, got me little bit interested. Really enjoyed the artwork!

  • 7.0
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 20, 2019

    The love of Barbara for Dick showing in this issue, is the best (and the art).

  • 7.0
    Rick Jonez Feb 20, 2019

    It was okay. I'd dropped this book awhile ago and this was a catch up. Duela is beyond creepy. Babs joking TWO 'kill you' comments were uncharacteristically offputting.

  • 4.5
    RBL Feb 20, 2019

    Tl;dr Still bad, little noticeable improvement. Would not recommend purchasing by all means, read only if you must but do not expect much from it.

    A general improvement over the past issues but still delivers a below average story with a protagonist who can’t to decide who he is and a writer who is unsure of what to do with him. He continually states he wants nothing to do with “hero work” and those who do are crazy, yet seems eager to jump into it while admonishing himself for that. This continuous contradiction is becoming irritating.

    The Nightwings, those who appear, still don’t present more personality than the one trait given to each, one being Nite-Wing redux in essence. New primary villain, somehow even more

  • 4.0
    KFuqua Feb 25, 2019

    Decent art, horrible story.

    The mess of the Ric Grayson experiment continues and DC seems to still be intent on destroying one of their oldest and best characters.

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 3, 2019

    "Oh wow I hate being a superhero so much how dumb and lame guess the only thing to do is sign up to be a superhero that’s so consistent of me."

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