Nightwing #78

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bruno Redondo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 17, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 80
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8.8User Rating

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Nightwing is back-and his drive to keep Blüdhaven safe has never been stronger! But his adopted city has elected a new mayor with the last name Zucco. When Nightwing enlists Batgirl’s help in investigating the politician bearing the same name as the man who murdered his parents, she unearths details that will shock and fundamentally change the hero.
The New York Times bestselling team of writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Injustice) and artist Bruno Redondo (Injustice, Suicide Squad) are about to take Nightwing to the next stage of his evolution as a hero!

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    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Mar 16, 2021

    Simply put, Nightwing #78 is brilliant. Top to bottom, panel for ever-loving panel. If anyone somersaulted away from the series after the Ric Grayson storyline, acrobat flip yourself right on back and get this issue. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Mar 16, 2021

    If this issue is anything to go by, then I think that this future is going to be very bright, indeed. Read Full Review

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    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Mar 16, 2021

    Final Thoughts:Believe the hype! It's real, and it's deserved. Drop what you're doing and go to your LCS or online comic store and buy this book! Trust me, you'll love it. It's quite honestly the best single ongoing comic issue I've ever read. Read Full Review

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    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 16, 2021

    In short, this is a perfect first issue. Established fans of the character will love it. Newcomers will have no trouble getting into it. This is the Nightwing book fans have been demanding for years. Say hello to your new favorite read. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Mar 17, 2021

    Nightwing #78 made me cry like a newborn and that is fitting. This could have easily been Nightwing number 1. Taylor didn't need to do that because in the new mixed up Infinite Frontier world, Alfred is still dead (sadly) and Dick Grayson is still the hero we all deserve. Just typing this gives me goosebumps. Normally, I would tell people to shy away from Bludhaven, but no longer. It is time to move in. I hear there is a reasonable landlord who will treat you well and let you pet his new puppy. Read Full Review

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    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Mar 17, 2021

    This is set up to be an all-time run if you ask me. Taylor and Redondo are two of the best talents in comics, and Nightwing is a fan favorite who needs a little TLC. I'm so excited to see where this story goes.  Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Christopher Franey Feb 25, 2021

    Taylor, Redondo, Lucas, and the whole team have done Dick Grayson and his history justice. This being a high-profile launch, I can see why DC didn't need a new costume or a #1, because the story sells itself without the hyperbole. Get this book as best as you can; I promise you won't be let down by the adventure inside this big top. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 16, 2021

    Some creative teams like to go to high profile books as the title ensures a steady, rarely wavering readership. Others, like Taylor and Rendo, prefer to go to books that need a little push to reach their full level of greatness. By this time next year I'll be shocked if Nightwing isn't one of DC's best selling titles simply off the strength of this stellar creative team. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 15, 2021

    It's been a long time since I've given a book a perfect score (Tom King's Batman #5 if you are keeping score), but as a Dick Grayson fan, I can't find anything wrong with this first issue of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo's run of Nightwing.  It's been a long time coming, but I think I will finally get my favorite character and my favorite book to be the same again!  Everyone should grab this one! Read Full Review

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    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Mar 16, 2021

    This issue is a great jumping on point and just a fantastic comic. There’s tons to love here and if you’re going to pick up one book this week, make it Nightwing #78. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 19, 2021

    Nightwing #78 marks a bright new future for the fan favorite character. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 17, 2021

    Things might even get more interesting from here. This book certainly has a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 16, 2021

    After a crazy few years"and one lost memory"the Suicide Squad creative team of Taylor and Redondo wisely reset Dick Grayson back to his baseline. But everything old is new again in this exceptional first issue that pays tribute to what's come before while blazing a new path. Read Full Review

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    COMICON - Scott Redmond Mar 17, 2021

    Dick Grayson is the heart of the DC Universe once more as a bold new era begins for Bldhaven's defender. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 16, 2021

    Redondo delivers some great art throughout the issue. The characters look great and the action does a great job of capturing the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Mar 16, 2021

    If you stepped away from this title because of the Ric Grayson era, this feels like a safe time to hop back in. Taylor makes a nod to that era, but he has no reason to rely too heavily on that faze in Dick's life " between the memory loss and Death Metal. Even if you've been away from the character for longer, Taylor's first issue of Nightwing is a soft landing and comfortable shift in direction for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 20, 2021

    Taylor, Redondo and crew have achieved what they set out to do. They have effectively resettled Nightwing back where he belongs, set up the next arc and done so in such a way that reinvests the reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 17, 2021

    Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas knock it out of the park with their work on Nightwing #78. A strong statement is made to get the reader immediately invested into where Dick Grayson is at this point in his life. This is definitely one of the must-have comic books in DC Comics new Infinite Frontier direction. Read Full Review

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    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Mar 20, 2021

    Nightwing #78 sets up an interesting status quo while also delivering fantastic character work and artistry. I have my nitpicks, but they are heavily overshadowed by the incredible craftmanship that Taylor and Redondo display. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Adam Barnhardt Mar 17, 2021

    Though little actually happened to move the plot forward here, this issue resolved many loose ends that have built up over the past year and serves as a stellar springboard into the future. Read Full Review

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    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 16, 2021

    All in all, this issue is a charming read and worth checking out whether this is your first or 201st Nightwing comic Read Full Review

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    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Mar 16, 2021

    It's good to have this creative team back.NIGHTWING is going to be a fantastic ride and NIGHTWING #78is a brilliant start. Expect lots of heartfelt drama, a healthy dose of laughs, and some incredible action. At least for this first issue, you definitely won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

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    Newsarama - Robert Reed Mar 16, 2021

    By focusing on Dick as a man, Nightwing #78 avoids a lot of pitfalls that appear at the start of story arcs. There isn't a huge focus on worldbuilding or establishing a large supporting cast. While some of the story beats are a bit simplistic, the way they're used to reveal the characters to the reader works really well. Nightwing #78 ends with new possibilities for both Grayson and the criminals of Bldhaven, both of which are sure to be explored in stories to come. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Mar 16, 2021

    Nightwing #78 is a return to form for the series. While the actual narrative is vague, Tom Taylor gracefully sets up his intention for a more optimistic take on the titular character. With gorgeous art from Bruno Redondo and a much needed splash of vibrancy courtesy of Adriano Lucas' colors, it's hard to imagine most fans of Nightwing being disappointed with this fresh start. I only hope the overarching narrative takes shape sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 20, 2021

    Enjoyable kick-off to a new Nightwing story, with a strong focus on the main character and some gorgeous artwork. Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant Mar 17, 2021

    Nightwing #78 is not perfect, but this first issue brings a ton of goodwill into the run. Here's to what I hope will be a promising future for Dick Grayson. It's great to see him back in action. Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 18, 2021

    "Nightwing" #78 moves past recent continuity fumbles to tell an emotionally potent next chapter for Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

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    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Mar 20, 2021

    Nightwing's got a brand new bag with some familiar contents as the team that revitalized Suicide Squad takes their show to Bludhaven. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    LunaMoody Mar 16, 2021

    The book was okay. Nothing to get excited about. I do hope that Babs is not a part of it for long. I totally dislike her character or them as a couple. I've always thought they fit better as sort of brother sister team rather then a couple. I found the whole Alfred being super rich and leaving his money to Dick unbelievable. If the was to leave his money to any of them I feel it would've been Jason. The son that seems to get crapped on by every other bat family member. Alfred seemed to be the only one that accepted Jason for who he was. And rightly blamed Bruce for Jason going the route he did. So I don;t feel he would leave every thing to Dick.

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  • 9.5
    ComickerPerson Mar 16, 2021

    Scott Lobdell fans are LIVID lmao

    Edit: decided to raise it half a point just to trigger them some more

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  • 1.5
    Merlyn Mar 16, 2021

    I know Tom Taylor fans will be in awe of this but I find his writing more and more juvenile as years pass by. Plus some decisions and lines here are completely wrong. "Bruce may feel you should only be a hero when wearing a costume". Really? Dude has pomped a whole lot of money into Gotham, he's no.1 philanthropist, he's helped people by playing stupid in his Bruce Wayne identity whenever it was an incident near him. From where did Taylor come with this stupid notion that Bruce only helps as the Bat? And Alfred leaving his whole fortune ONLY TO GRAYSON? What about Jason, Tim or Damian? One thing I always loved about Alfred is that he didn't play favorites with the Robins, he cared about them all in a unique way. Doesn't really sound like hi more

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    KiddWith2Ds Mar 16, 2021

    Man some fans/readers are salty as hell. Lol

    Honestly after years of mediocre to down right trash Nightwing issues for the past couple of years. Nice to finally get my #1 favorite comic book character back to prominence like he should be.

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  • 5.0
    fenixalasnegras Mar 16, 2021

    This number is a cliche. Taylor feels the desperate need to bet on Dick's emotional and exalted values ​​(if you ask me, this doesn't flow naturally). But after reading other competing comics, this doesn't work for me.

    This issue opens with DC's favorite couple where in this variable story

    Barbara meets Dick, and Dick is a hero like he always does.
    It was nice to see the rescued dog (really a cliche).
    We have an unexpected visit from Barb, and to show that as the female of the Bats, she is the only one who can surprise Grayson in his attack on his part. Tremendous cliché.

    Alfred's letter extolling him and almost naming himself almost his father SEEMED VERY EXAGGERATED TO ME AND I DON'T FEEL L more

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    ComicLoverNW Mar 16, 2021

    An incredibly heart-warming start to this new run of Nightwing. The issue has everything from amazing illustrations, colours and just as amazing writing. It even manages to plant seeds for the plot among all the emotion present in this issue.

    A very good start with wonderful promise. It's a good time to be a Nightwing fan and a great starting point if you're looking to be one.

  • 4.5
    silencecaptif Mar 16, 2021

    As I've always said, no matter what readers comment or critics rate, success or lack of success translates to sales.
    From MY PERSPECTIVE PERSPECTIVE I see an overvaluation of this number. BUT IT'S OK, Nightwing has fierce fans and a lot of them can be rude and bigoted. It is logical that if you like a character you lose perspective.
    An unspectacular beginning, lazy, simple, with art it is the same.

  • 6.0
    Blackgirl Mar 17, 2021

    When I went to the comic shop I had the opportunity to look at the Nightwing's 78, not a bad, Buuut was not good enough to make the decision to acquire it.
    Redondo's art is quite decent without being exceptional, the story focuses on moments that try to reach the heart, but for someone who is a fervent reader of Marvel, Anime and books from mystery novels to Drama, I felt that everything was very rushed. I didn't feel me conect emotionally.
    The Alfred's letter, OMG was beutiful, the sweet company of the faithful Barbara at his side...... But i have one problem, something felt wrong, like Alfred's love for Dick was exaggerated. Sorry I didn't buy that idea, Alfred is my favorite supporting character. Hate when he was murdered. An more

  • 1.0
    prettythief Mar 17, 2021

    boring beginning, if I wanted to read something like that, I would look for twilight in comics.

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    KidderCarson Mar 17, 2021

    This is JUST the fresh start Nightwing needs! Great art (maybe the best ever?), great writing, seemingly great supporting cast. Really looking forward to the Dick/Babs relationship and it seems like Blockbuster is well written again! The flashback sequence make me want a spinn off with Dick and Babs in their teens (Robin: Year Two). I really have high hope for this one! This creative team may be the best thing that has happened to Nightwing since the Dixon era.

  • 9.5
    sebastianorellana95 Mar 16, 2021

    Amazing first issue of this new run. And I love Dick and Babs dynamics, I hope to see how continue growing their relation and retake their marriage looked in Death Metal.

  • 8.5
    Antenovial Mar 16, 2021

    I’ve been waiting for this, and it delivers well. Every line in this Issue shows that Taylor and Redondo know Dick, that they prepared for this gig! Something I can’t say about most other creators of the past three-ish years.

    It’s finally the new beginning fans have been waiting for, ever since Dick officially stepped back into the back-and-blue. Maybe even with some old additions? Now that Dick has a certain building from the pre-Flashpoint days back (a yay to bleeding timelines!), I hope Taylor and Redondo will reintroduce some old friends that I already wanted to see back when Rebirth started.

    Overall, the Issue is character-focused. Dick’s motivations are placed in the foreground together with his relations more

  • 6.0
    SONOFBATMANN Mar 16, 2021

    Holy cringe. I swear to god redditors worship Tom Taylor.

    Art was great and the Alfred letter was wholesome.

  • 3.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Mar 17, 2021

    yesterday I had a lot things in mind, I did the count wrong.

    In these times where the reader can read the comic for free and with DC's exaggerated price increase a mediocre story with mediocre art isn't enough to buy it, many fans are tired of this, bad stories at a high price. Fortunately, Nightwing is the cheapest comic sold so far, which seemed fair to me. It's not a spectacular start, a critic described it like a simple story.

    Obviously, with the hungry for the regular comic the fans see it wonderful, unlike those who are neutral.

    Story: 0.5
    Action: 0.4
    Interesting: 1
    Humor: -1
    Emotionality: 1 (It's not strange to see Dick cry for anything, he is a character like a soap opera.)

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    thecomiccookebook Mar 16, 2021

    This was a beautiful character focused introduction to Taylor’s run on Nightwing. I’ve always thought of Dick as being one of my favourites in the Bat Family and I’m thrilled that he has an appropriate writer and status quo again. Also, Bruno Redondo’s art was dynamic and filled with plenty of gorgeous spreads and panels. The cover itself is worth the price alone but I’m happy to add this to my pull.

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    yahhwy Mar 16, 2021


    Bravo! Dick Grayson can carry a story by his wholesomeness and goodness alone. He is the heart of the DC universe. Nightwing was hyped to be the best series this year and I am happy to say Tom Taylor met the expectations. If this continues I might prioritize Nightwing over Daredevil again.

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    Green_Lantern_1992 Mar 16, 2021

    After an overly long slog through the Ric Grayson saga, it's fantastic to see Nightwing back where he belongs. With Tom Taylor at the head of this new arc, there's a lot of promise for this series. Taylor introduces a lot of interesting ideas: a deepening of Alfred's relationship with Dick; Dick's lifelong penchant of standing up to bullies; how the loss of the Wayne fortune has rippling effects beyond just Bruce. Bruno Redondo and Adriana Lucas do a fantastic job with the art for this issue, and I'm excited to see what this team brings to the table in future issues. It feels like the team wanted to go back to basics with Dick, bringing in a classic enemy like Blockbuster and a surprise change to the political landscape of Bludhaven. I woul more

  • 10
    davepete Mar 16, 2021

    SO much better now. Thanks, Tom and Bruno.

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    Agatehorizon776 Mar 16, 2021

    Easily one of the best Nightwing comics I’ve read

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    gustave154 Mar 18, 2021

    Best night Wing comic ever

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    superstan52 Mar 18, 2021

    This is my first Nightwing comic, as, from the reviews, I was expecting something game-changing along the lines of "The Anatomy Lesson" from Swamp Thing #21. Instead I got another comic where the hero becomes a millionaire (why?), comes out against bullying (controversial!), and gets a new Bathound origin story. I'm sure I missed something significant, but that's my 2 cents.

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    haha Mar 18, 2021

    Tom Taylor is a very good writer. Bruno's art is shocking👍. I will continue to look forward to the next Nightwing.

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    Odin06 Mar 23, 2021

    This was simply the best Nightwing issue that I have read in the last decade. It describes the core of the character perfectly.

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    Boudi Mar 29, 2021

    Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo are doing something special. In one of the first scenes Taylor does the Alfred/Dick relationship better than anyone has ever done. Dick has a nice dog and Babs is amazing. The perfect mix of cute, badass and funny. I like how Blockbuster is going to be a character similar to Wilson Fisk and the Zucco familly will be an interesting enemy. The colours and art are both fantastic. The action scenes are good. And that ending, oh perfect.

  • 9.0
    Ulf Mar 16, 2021

    Great issue. Folks who are complaining about 'lack of action' have to remember this series has needed a switch up for some time. Jurgens' run was fine but took its sweet time getting back to DG. Taylor is a great writer, this issue cleanses the palate while setting up what's coming. Great art, looking forward to a well-written Dickie again!

  • 9.0
    KFuqua Mar 17, 2021

    I enjoyed this issue thoroughly. It's good to see this title head back in a decent direction.

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    PopeKheris23 Apr 7, 2021

    This was the first Nightwing I have ever read, and I immediately added it to my pull list.

    The art is top notch, you see a lot about Grayson's character, my favorite Bat/Oracle, Barbara Gordon makes an appearance, and he saves a dog. What more could you want?

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Mar 16, 2021

    Time to add Nightwing back to my read list. Very happy to have quality writing on this title once again

  • 8.5
    Jmowarp Mar 17, 2021

    I loved this book. Great issue to start his run on Nightwing. Can’t wait to see what Taylor has in store for Dick Grayson.

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    EDiakota Mar 29, 2021

    " I glad Dick Grayson steps up when someone is in need. It takes a différent hero to help without a mask."

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    mrDovydas Apr 8, 2021

    What a great start of Taylor's run. Fantastic artwork and writing, cannot wait to read where it goes from here.

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    Marcius Mar 17, 2021

    Very promising. A lot of Hawkeye stuff. Let's see where this goes from here.

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    Psycamorean Mar 17, 2021

    Not too bad. I expected more but what we got was good.

  • 8.0
    BronzeAgeHuman Mar 19, 2021

    Just for context, I’m not a regular Nightwing reader, nor even a regular DC reader, but the cover caught my eye and someone at my LCS described this as a good jumping on point, so here I am. Seems like there’s some weird brigading going both ways on this issue, but this ain’t that.

    It DOES make a good jumping on point. I’m honestly a little surprised that DC didn’t kick off a new volume with this. That does mean it doesn’t get too deep into anything, but what’s there is interesting enough to make me want to keep reading. It’s well paced, and leaves just the right number of hooks in place by the end.

    There are some bits that are a little predictable, or familiar, but they work well enough within th more

  • 8.0
    TheKize Mar 24, 2021

    This could be the start of a fantastic Nightwing run. I love the overall tone and inclusion of Babs (as Oracle) as a supporting cast member. The flashback to Dick's childhood brings emotional weight to the present day events. This is how you make Nightwing a series that stands on its own and isn't just Batman Jr.

    If I have reservations, it's that the character who seems to be set up as the villain of the first arc is a retread of an older concept that I was never a fan of to start with.

  • 7.0
    ICC Mar 19, 2021

    Nightwing saves a dog and it's cute but there isn't much else to really hook a reader. Hopefully the story builds and becomes more elaborate from here.

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