Nightwing #81

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bruno Redondo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 16, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 56
9.2Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Dick Grayson trades out his escrima sticks for a magnifying glass and a sleuth hat to investigate Blüdhaven’s new mayor, Melinda Zucco, and find out how the daughter of the man who murdered Dick’s parents came to power in Nightwing’s city. But his investigative adventure is cut short when he comes face to face with the most horrendous villain in the history of Blüdhaven-HEARTLESS.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jun 16, 2021

    Nightwing #81 continues the tradition of this news creative team of being awesome. If you are not reading Nightwing, then you are not practicing self-care. This is like spending time with the best people you know. I love it. This is the book that will make long standing comics fans hearken back to the days when they were children and for new comics fans to realize what it means to be a hero. The best heroes in comics do it without powers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jun 16, 2021

    Month in and month out, Nightwing has become exactly what superhero books should be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jun 16, 2021

    There's some more heavy heart stuff in this Nightwing #81, but I'm not gonna spoil it here. I'll save that for you when you read the actual book. Be ready, though. Long time Nightwing fans are gonna feel some type of way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 15, 2021

    You know the drill by now. Nightwing is DC's best book right now and shows no sign of handing over its crown. The creative team is so locked in and it seems like we're in the middle of an all-time great run for Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jun 15, 2021

    Detailed drawings are set off by a bold color palate. The action scenes are beautifully done and very engrossing. And the tone of the story is perfectly captured, with certain panels that are sure to draw an emotional response. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jun 15, 2021

    It cannot be stated enough that DC has a hit on its hands with this series. If you start with this issue, you'll be a very happy fan. But let it inspire you to get the previous three issues to see how it all progressed. It's exciting to see a character Dc once (twice) tried to remove from the scene now enjoys a spectacular storyline that hopefully, one day forms the center of a Nightwing family of titles. If possible, this would rate a 10 out of 5. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 15, 2021

    It's no secret that I love every member of the Bat-Family; however competent, temperamental, misguided, stubborn or obstinate they may be, but it's always lovely seeing one in these pages" or is it? This series is fun, but I've already said that it also consistently delivers food for thought. The cliffhanger this month doesn't involve imminent death, or violence, but has grabbed me all the same. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Jun 17, 2021

    Four issues in, and no letdown at all from Taylor and company!! Nightwing #81 really gets numerous storylines rolling on all cylinders and I literally can't wait for more Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jun 16, 2021

    The bold yet familiar in the best ways possible era of Nightwing continues with another engaging, gorgeous, colorful, heartfelt, fun, and even shocking issue. Every piece of these four issues proves how much this creative team loves both Dick Grayson but also everything about his and the Bat-family's world. This surely will go down as one of the greatest Nightwing runs and one of the greatest times for fans of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jun 15, 2021

    Fantastic issue! The arc is wonderful all on its own, but this new story reveal could really rock Dick Grayson's world. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jun 15, 2021

    DC Comics' NIGHTWING #81 is a shift in gears. Now that this creative team has shown us the good life, they're threatening to take it away. They have done their work beautifully. They've made us care about these characters deeply. And now that things are taking a turn for the dramatic, we're all already bought in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 16, 2021

    Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas further cement how they are delivering the best comic book DC Comics is publishing with Nightwing #81. From beginning to end you are fully invested in everything that is going down in Bludhaven. From Nightwing taking on Heartless while trying to save kids from a massive fire to the Melinda Zucco big reveal, this is a can't miss comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 19, 2021

    One truly heroic and hopeful moment makes the issue, even as a big cliffhanger twist threatens to disrupt everything! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jun 14, 2021

    Faithful Taylor readers know you can't get comfortable reading his work. You're always one panel away from a major development, good or bad. But his first few issues on Nightwing had been different. That probably had to do with the need to establish the character's direction after Joker War and the other matters with the title I've spent too much time on already. That mission has been accomplished, and it seems Taylor knows that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 15, 2021

    So far, this run has hooked me with every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 16, 2021

    The story is very good. It is nice to have a story with a bit of meat on it with some good action. The artwork by Redondo is good too. Overall, this is another solid issue of a series that is on the upswing of being something great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant Jun 16, 2021

    It's a solid issue. Nothing much wrong with it once again. But the reveal has me antsy. Tom Taylor knows Dick Grayson in and out, but does this new character have a place in his history? Is there more to be revealed? Can he pull it off? I hope so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jun 15, 2021

    Nightwing #81 is a must read for any fan of the character given its final page reveal. While the cliffhanger is definitely intriguing, the rest of the issue is solid in its own right. The fight between Dick and Heartless is well executed and concludes on an optimistic note for the citizens of Bldhaven. Sentimentality is more carefully managed and Taylor's script does a better job of balancing high octane action with his quieter, character driven scenes. With a major shakeup in store for next month's issue, the potential for the series is higher than before. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 15, 2021

    Nightwing continues to jog in place a bit, but the cliffhanger could be very explosive!  Tom Taylor still seems a little too concerned with fan service instead of developing his antagonists and story, but the art is excellent, and he writes Dick Grayson well.  I've said it for three months now, but I still like this book when I want to love it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    yahhwy Jun 15, 2021

    Art 3/3
    Colors and Letters 3/3
    Writing 2/4
    Total 8/10

    As I am reading this issue, I experienced numerous conflicting emotions.

    Not because of the art, coloring nor the letters. The art team has done magnificent work for the past four issues. Bruno Redondo (artist), Adriano Lucas (colors) and Wes Abbott (letters) deserve all the praises being given to them. It will no doubt be a blessing for them to continue working on Nightwing. As I said time and time again, they gave an identity to Bludhaven as a city. Ever walked in Tokyo, Paris or New York, and exclaimed to yourself “Wow!”. That is what I felt looking at Bludhaven. The more amazing part is they can do more. A lot more. They have been restricted t more

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  • 4.0
    BasPapa Jun 21, 2021

    I didn't know the Nightwing's comic has become a comedy I read that and in my mind coming the tv series Wanda Vision.
    The thing about Dick's sister is very trite, not surprising a total cliche, now we know apparently infidelity comes from his father's inheritance to Dick.
    I get the impression that it is DC's hand that is forcing this to saturate the Ric character with too many things and not make a good construction in the story, we continue with a Ric without the influence of the crystal, confused and now he acts almost childishly, also Barbara, C'mon Ric must be close to 30.
    I suspect DC wants to catch younger audiences aside from the already captured, that's the mindset now. Destroy the character, make him gay, black, C more

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  • 4.0
    Merlyn Jun 15, 2021

    I actually wanted to give this a 5 because I liked the fights but it deserves a lot less for "reveals" pulled out of Taylor's ass that probably won't even turn out to be true.

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  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Jun 15, 2021

    damn, tom taylor is killing it. probably why he's my favorite comic book writer of all time.

  • 9.0

    Despite having the ending be spoiled to me (which doesn't bother me in the slightest), this was another great issue in Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo's Nightwing saga! The writing and art are firing on all cylinders as this book continues to be the best ongoing series at DC Comics right now. The fight between Nightwing and Heartless was also very entertaining too. The villain *does* live up to his name. Also, LOL at Bab's T-Shirt in this issue!

    Protect Bitewing at all costs.

  • 5.0
    Antenovial Jun 15, 2021

    No strong feelings about this one. It exists, I guess.

    Dick still has to deal with the Ric stuff because DC can let everything go that pertains to continuity except for that thing no one wants to see anymore.

    I thought Melinda might turn into a compelling character, but it seems more as if she is just there for the cheap drama.

    The cartoonish skill showcases really aren't my thing. It makes them look as if they aren't part of the story and almost diminishes the skill quality wise.

  • 10
    Duggy17 Jun 17, 2021

    This series gets better and better each week. The story is great but my god the art is fantastic to look at

  • 10
    UxasIs Jun 24, 2021

    PICK OF THE WEEK!

  • 10
    deen Jun 26, 2021

    Continues being a highlight in the current DC lineup, from the world building to the art that feels like a full course meal every issue.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Jun 20, 2021

    "Take at seat. Tell us your plan for my city."
    - BLOCKBUSTER

  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Jun 16, 2021

    Admittedly the ending is kind of lame, but I like how Dick's attitude towards Melinda is something that gets under the skin of someone usually so level-headed and sociable. Not to mention, there's a great celebration of past Nightwing creators in a time of crisis.

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Jun 22, 2021

    Man, I was really enjoying this issue. I liked the way the characters are written. I liked the pacing. But then they had to pull that twist, which I hate. I really don't have anything else to say about this one.

  • 5.0
    AmandaT Jun 23, 2021

    I get better, but as a reviewer said, we continue to see Ric and not Dick, that is why this new direction bothered me so much. I had not realized until I mentioned it is his page.
    And about sister Uh-hu, ridiculous. Now it turns out that her father hid a sister from her and that she went on tour without caring about the little girl. WTF? That bothered me a lot.

  • 1.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Jun 15, 2021

    The cartoonist did a great job with the fight, the art is good, the story runs very slow, It is boring to see that the Mary Sue of DC does not advance, despite the money that Alfred inherited from her, Barbara who licks the floor where she passes and Tim who Dick took the mantle from him to give it to Damian.

    Tyler insists on making this Mary Su more Mary Su which makes one lose interest in the bondage boy.

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