Nightwing #73

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ryan Benjamin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 19, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 22
6.7Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

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The Joker knows Dick Grayson is Nightwing-and the plans the Clown Prince of Crime has set in motion in “The Joker War” will haunt Batman forever. Under the control of The Joker’s new henchperson, Punchline, Nightwing must battle the people he once loved most: Batgirl, the Robins, and…himself.

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Aug 18, 2020

    'Nightwing' #73 is another great issue that gets us closer to some closure with Grayson's current status. This issue really makes you think how lucky we were to have Ric, because the Joker has created an even worse monster: one who looks like family. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Aug 18, 2020

    Going back to the art quickly, glad to see Benjamin and Friend are sticking around for next issue. It'd be great to stay on the title for a while.  Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 21, 2020

    Hopefully this comic book continues to be exciting like this particularly wild issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 19, 2020

    The ending to this issue sees brothers reunited… but for how long? I think the wait for Nightwing #74's going to be a long one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 18, 2020

    Jurgens pulls an interesting twist bringing in Red Hood and a non-Drake Tim Drake Robin. This promises to make the next issue a lot of fun while continuing to raise the personal stakes in this tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 18, 2020

    This issue isn't bad, but it feels like an unnecessary waystation on the way to a resolution we've been heading to for a while. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Aug 18, 2020

    Nightwing #73 stands for everything that bothers me in the modern superhero comic industry. It's a tie-in issue to a larger event that hijacked not only the series' plot, but also keeps the titular character from his rightful place as Nightwing. Despite this, I found myself impressed with Jurgens' fun script and Benjamin's solid pencils and storytelling. Most readers by this point know that we're basically in stalling mode, but for those still around Nightwing #73 overcomes the stacked deck against it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 23, 2020

    Nightwing #73 is a vast improvement over the majority of comic book issues in this Ric Grayson Saga. That is all thanks to how Batgirl drives the story of this issue with Ric Grayson under the control of Joker and Punchline. Without Batgirl's involvement the story of Ric Grayson comes across as recycled story telling of when the Court of Owls did the same thing to our lead that Joker has done in this "Joker War" tie-in. As things stand, the sooner we get Dick Grayson back as Nightwing the better this series will be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 18, 2020

    Nightwing jumps full into the Joker War, and while I will stick it out hoping to get Dick Grayson back at the end, I do not love it.  The focus and pacing felt off, and while we see what Dicky-Boy (you thought "Ric" sucked?!?) thinks his past is all about, we don't get much else.  The cliffhanger was cool, though, and I will be back next issue, but only because I have suffered through over two years of nonsense in this book and want to be there when things get back to normal. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Aug 19, 2020

    The action is compelling, and there is a nice setup for conflict in the next issue, especially with Nightwing teaming up with Red Hood and Red Robin to take down Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Aug 26, 2020

    Nightwing #73 is scattershot. There are some genuinely great moments with Babs. Batgirl is, without a doubt, one of the best parts of the Bat Family and she shows off why here. Clearly, this is part of the Joker War run and so there are a lot of other things happening here. I understand there is a bigger story to tell and I will remain hopeful that when the dust settles, things in Bludhaven will be just about our favorite acrobat. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 19, 2020

    Nightwing has been on a road to nowhere ever since Dick Grayson's identity was erased, but this issue is a low point for a title that disappeared in Batman's shadow a long time ago. Read Full Review

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