Nightwing #74

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ryan Benjamin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 9, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 28
7.1Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

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The Joker has poisoned Ric Grayson’s mind with false memories and pitted him against Batgirl, the Robins, and Batman. As Batgirl realizes the key to ending this nightmare is through the crystal around The Joker’s neck, it’s up to Grayson to use it on himself and fight for who he really is: Nightwing! And if he doesn’t get stuck in his own memories, will he be able to rescue the Bat-Family from The Joker’s plans and end this cruel joke once and for all? 

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Sep 8, 2020

    NIGHTWING #74 upends readers' expectations just as its predecessors in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Sep 8, 2020

    Overall, this is a good issue that hardcore Wingnuts will be excited to read as the surprising return of Dick Grayson happens here. The story is decent, but does suffer due to crossover tie-ins, but this is really about the return of Dick and Bea's heroism, which make this worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 9, 2020

    Artist Ryan Benjamin does a commendable job on the art too and the book just looks nice. He also draws the action as cleanly as possible, making it easy to see who is hitting who. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Sep 9, 2020

    Nightwing #74 reads like it was plucked straight out of the Silver Age, for better and worse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Sep 10, 2020

    Nightwing is back, nothing else I can say matters. Rejoice all! Rejoice I say!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 11, 2020

    I think Nightwing #75's going to be another winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 8, 2020

    The big amnesia subplot ended strongly this issue as Nightwing heads to Joker War as Jurgens keeps the momentum on this title rolling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Sep 8, 2020

    The Nightwing title experienced a significant shift in moment recently, but there's a little extra to Nightwing #74. The diehard Nightwing fans will very much appreciate what Dan Jurgens did in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 8, 2020

    How you feel about this issue will depend on why you are reading it. Those reading it for the Joker War tie-in might be disappointed by the quick resolution to the cool Dickyboy vs. Jason, Tim, and Batgirl setup, but Nightwing fans probably won't mind one bit! I sometimes go to the "Reviewer 101" book and say, "I can't wait to see what happens next," but I may never have meant it this much! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 9, 2020

    While it was road getting here it is good to have Dick Grayson officially back. Dan Jurgens gave Dick Grayson's return the weight it needed to have with the roles the Batgirl, Red Hood, and Robin serve in helping make it all happen. The involvement of Bea Bennett in Nightwing #74 also leaves the door open to explore the impact this whole Ric Grayson Saga has on the direction for this series moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Sep 8, 2020

    Nightwing #74 will be embraced by most readers due to its ending. I'm fully on board with the plot developments, but I do think they've come far too late to be truly exciting. Ultimately the issue amounts to a largely toothless fight scene between Bat Family members, which is something I don't ever need to see more of. While Jurgens' script definitely has some highlights in the form of his Joker and genuine empathy for Bea, there's not much to chew on here. Nonetheless, Nightwing #74 is a must read for anyone that's followed the series to this point and gets by on competence alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Sep 14, 2020

    Nightwing #74 ends with a literal bang. There are tears. There is joy. There is hope. Have we turned the corner? Maybe? Will we see a new team up comic coming in the pages of this book? Considering everything else is cancelled, I think so. Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 10, 2020

    Nightwing is by far not the best example of Dan Jurgens writing. Editorial decisions made before his arrival and the then requisite editorial mandate to put everything back in its place has certainly curtailed some of the more imaginative or even standard elements that you would expect from this veteran writer. Just look at how well Batman Beyond reads at the moment; Jurgens has been killing it over there, where he gets a free-er reign. I fear that much like Ric, Jurgens run on this book is going to be best forgotten. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Sep 9, 2020

    It is good to have Dick back, and I do want to get back to the Sap storyline and the eventual return of the real Nightwing. I hope that Bea and Dick do get together since Dick does remember her. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 8, 2020

    Dan Jurgens had one of the toughest jobs in comics over the last year-plus, and he mostly stuck the landing. But I have more faith in his writing once he actually gets to write Nightwing again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    BlueAndEvil Sep 9, 2020

    Dick is back. Hooray, I guess? This issue was all over the place, the "reveals" felt like covering up for mistakes in previous issues, the threat gets almost forgotten about, Joker's diabolical evil plan is to... wander off? And Bea grabs the idiot ball with both hands and ditches Dick because her boyfriend recovered from brain damage? Yup, that's quality Jurgens writing for you.

    I won't be buying the rest of this series.

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  • 2.5
    Psycamorean Sep 8, 2020

    Well, I guess I'm glad Dick is back... But man, this issue is not well written at all.

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  • 9.0
    KFuqua Sep 8, 2020

    Good issue. Glad the horrible "Ric" garbage is done and Nightwing appears to be back!

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 25, 2020

    At least that stupid arc is fiiiiinally over.

  • 10
    Yam09 Oct 20, 2020

    I love the fights.

  • 9.0
    Beyond_Batman Sep 11, 2020

    This only gets a 9 because Nightwing is finally back!!! The actual issue was hust ok overall. It was very rushed and I don't like how Dick was whooping Red Hood like he was a novice. But I get this issue is about Nightwing and his return so I wont judge too harshly. But I am just so glad this whole ric grayson saga is over.
    But I do think he should go by Rick from now on. That is a name no one under the age of 60 years old goes by anymore. His name is kind of a joke in this day and age. So overall im glad nightwing is back, but he should go by rick and not dick because its 1940 anymore.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Sep 11, 2020

    " Our Dickyboy has the chance to finish what i started years ago... By snuffing out Jason for good !"
    - JOKER

  • 8.5
    aspecificperson Sep 15, 2020

    While I can understand the relatively fast conflict resolution, especially in regard to how easy it was to get the memory crystal (which in and of itself is a pretty “well thats comic books for ya” plot device), the emotional journey Dick goes through at the end, really looks like the Nightwing title is gonna head in a much better direction post-Joker War, especially for a die hard Nightwing fan such as myself. This issue really brought Dick back to his roots, but still leaves the door open for him to reflect on his past few months as Ric and then Talon and then “Dickeyboy”. Honestly, i wouldn't be mad if Bea is never heard from again after this issue, but either way, if you keep up with the current BatFam runs, this issue is a nice more

  • 7.0
    Dave Sep 8, 2020

    Not bad ,not great

  • 6.0
    Liem Duong Sep 8, 2020

    Decided to check this out to see what happened to my boy Dick. They FINALLY got rid of that stupid DC editorial decision to cuck Dick into Ric. Extra points just for that. The art is not good in this issue, at least it got the creepy smile down. But we got some decent Batfamily action here, which is always nice. It was satisfying that DC finally reversed their editorial decision, and it was done with good technique frankly. Though idk how Batman is in this issue and how the whole Barbara incident was resolved, but whatever, at this point continuity is out the window. It was a solid issue, heart-felt, though would have loved to see somebody help Jason after taking a beating like that. It would rank higher if all these tie-ins actually aligne more

  • 4.0
    Watchtower022 Sep 13, 2020

    After 1.5 years of Ric and .5 year of Dickyboy, I’m thrilled to be getting Dick Grayson, Nightwing back.

  • 2.5
    Criminology. Oct 2, 2020

    Well, Dick is back in the most predictable way possible.

    This whole thing felt like checklist, that the editorial gave to Jurgens : return Dick, Bruce has to explain to him how much cares for him, get rid of his gf and so on .And it done in such a dumb and unnatural manner.

    Actually nearly everything in this issue feels wrong and unnatural.

    i feel bad for Tim and Jason, they don't deserve this.

  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Sep 8, 2020

    in a desperate attempt to make Dick look superior he is a long way from making this number good. They make it seem like the only thing that matters is Batman, Batgirl and Dick, the others are disposable. It was a very weak, bad, inconsistent number, something completely throwaway.

  • 1.0
    Darkseid24 Sep 9, 2020

    I liked some parts of this Ric story like the beginning in #50-56, but it went on for way too long. So Dick is back, but this issue is so badly written I can’t believe Jürgens, who wrote Hunters Prey also wrote this.
    The talisman changing Dicks memories is so over the top, Dick being callled Dickboy just overdid the new names thing& Joker basically did nothing, but standing around. I still hate the idea, that he knows the identity of Batman & the batfamily, but what really annoys me in this issue, that Dick is acting like the biggest ass ever. As soon as Bea brought his real self back all he‘s doing is ignoring her, then he wonders why she left. So if he really breaks up with her, because of remembering his past, then I have anot more

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