Nightwing #72

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ronan Cliquet Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 15, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 21
7.3Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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Dick Grayson has learned the truth: that “fixing” his identity lies with none other than Barbara Gordon. He must go to Gotham to find Batgirl-and runs into The Joker’s new henchperson, Punchline. Unlike Harley Quinn, Punchline’s deadpan black humor matches the deadly knives she uses on her victims…and for her next joke, Ric Grayson is the punchline.

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jul 14, 2020

    This was a great issue that continues to build on the momentum from last issue. This is a darker Ric than we are used to, but it has been exposed that he is being mind manipulated and the worst part is that the Joker is behind it. This series is starting to get its legs again and that's exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 14, 2020

    Nightwing #72 is all killer and no filler. The last three pages are some of the most shocking I've seen in a while, and had me shouting at my tablet PC. The Joker's building his army, and, if you're also reading Batman and Detective Comics, you know that he's got some of the deadliest recruits imaginable" none moreso than those revealed in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 15, 2020

    This is some great stuff overall and it is a very entertaining issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jul 14, 2020

    Dan Jurgens's narrative continues to up the ante in Dick's ever-changing life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 15, 2020

    Jurgens has turned this book around pretty significantly from its low point, and the Ric Grayson era will never be a classic but it's been redeemed with the last few twists in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Jul 16, 2020

    The story really is starting the heat up, and I am hooked for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 14, 2020

    This issue ends with a wild cliffhanger that certainly sets Nightwing up perfectly for its entry into Joker War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Jul 14, 2020

    Jurgens and Cliquet are a great Nightwing team and if you like Joker or the new character Punchline this is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jul 14, 2020

    Nightwing #72 may barely be an actual Nightwing issue, but as a story on its own terms it succeeds. Joker War has fully taken over this book and while it's unfortunate Nightwing's ultimate return will likely take place in a story not his own, I find his plight as a Joker henchman just a little more interesting than him as a Talon. Barbara's arrival is a welcome injection of freshness into the series, but hopefully Bea and the other Nightwings aren't entirely phased out of relevance in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Jul 16, 2020

    With a supporting role from another member of the Batfamily popping up, Nightwing #72 introduces a fresh change of pace " at least much fresher than this book's been of late. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jul 18, 2020

    Once again, I am tired of this punchline. Yes. The pun is intended. I am not on the team that says we must ban Nightwing as a comic, but I am on the team that says, Ric Grayson is not my Nightwing. Nightwing #72 does feature Babs, so that is nice. I like her. Just get to the Joker War already. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 14, 2020

    This book continues to be a slap in the face to Nightwing fans, and if you aren't planning on reading the Joker War, don't bother with this issue.  Even if you are, this is just a recap-heavy issue that feels like it's on auto-pilot.  There doesn't seem to be any heart left in this book, and fans deserve more than going through the motions each month.  It's sad how many DC books I can say that exact statement about right now!!! Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 29, 2020

    Honestly, this went by quickly, which I appreciate. But wow Barb how hard was it to figure out that Joker used that crystal on Nightwing? Also Punchline still sucks.

  • 10
    Yam09 Oct 20, 2020

    Bea. The only good thing in this Ric mess.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jul 20, 2020

    " It's time to find Dick Grayson...and bring him back into the fold."

  • 7.5
    cincyfan Jul 30, 2020

    Pretty cool twist in this although it wasn’t really a surprise. I really dig punchline so far and am quite excited about the joker war so I enjoyed this

  • 7.5

    I haven't been following this whole "Ric Grayson" thing, and only looked into this issue because it's a "Joker war" tie-in. But as usual in a comic written by Dan Jurgens, I was pretty impressed. Forcing him out so Bendis could take over both Superman books was a stupid mistake on DC's part and the reader reviews on this very site prove it.
    Barbara is getting the worst of it in these tie-ins. Joker doesn't seem to like having his work undone, and crippling Barbara was one of his crowning jewels. Now he hopes in his big strike against Batman to use his first partner as a weapon.

  • 7.0
    JohnWOlin Jul 19, 2020

    A compenent story that helps drum up more hype around the Joker War, Punchline, and just the general overdosing of Joker we are getting right now. Good story telling and very readable.

  • 6.0
    Senglord Jul 15, 2020

    Plot: 3/10
    Characters: 3/10
    Interior Art: 4/10
    Cover Art: 2/10

    Unbiased score: 3.5/10 only comoletionists of the Joker War arc have any reason to buy this issue.

    Dan Jurgens is the quintessential 1990s writer/artist at DC with access to Barbara Gordon in an arc that celebrates the greatness of the grim and gritty 1990s with an all new villain! And if you like Harley Quinn--Wait till you get a load of PUNCHLINNNNEEE!

    The Cover Art is of similar quality to interior art in B and C list Bat titles that are not written by Jurgens. This may signal wiser readers to keep away.

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  • 2.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 18, 2020

    Ugh. There's nothing nice to say here so I'll just say... I could never make a Bat-symbol bonfire the way Bea did... Why did she do that? Who was going to see it??? I guess a Barbara Gordon who was there already.... Hmm.

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    Swift Planet Nov 19, 2020

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    Comic Dreamer Jul 14, 2020

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    Gorr Jul 14, 2020

  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
    tonpas1989 Jul 14, 2020

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    BlueAndEvil Jul 18, 2020

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    Bananaknight Jul 19, 2020

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    Justin Ray Jul 20, 2020

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    KFuqua Jul 15, 2020

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    Radar Jul 16, 2020

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    Captain Krakoa Jul 19, 2020

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