Nightwing #82

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bruno Redondo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 21, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 64
8.7Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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Melinda Zucco’s connection to the man who killed Dick Grayson’s parents wasn’t a surprise to the Blüdhaven hero, but what the former Robin discovers about Melinda’s ties to the Flying Graysons leaves the usually upbeat detective speechless.

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jul 21, 2021

    Nightwing continues its winning ways of embracing and expanding the best parts of who and what Dick Grayson is as one of the true hearts of the DC Universe. The art team beautifully works together to create a harmonious mix of past and present set scenes that are beyond delightful. This team has proven that they not only love this character and the world he inhabits but know just how to pay tribute to everything that came before while adding their own additions to such a solid foundation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jul 20, 2021

    Nightwing #82 showcases the love that people have for the Graysons, but we are not out of disaster just yet -- someone evil is coming to visit for that great cliffhanger of a page. A delicate matter perfectly handled by this creative team; get ready for another sell-out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2021

    As usual, by the time the issue is over it doesn't feel like we had nearly enough time with Nightwing and crew. Taylor, Redondo and company deliver another excellent installment that opens up so many more fresh and exciting new possibilities for this title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jul 21, 2021

    Tom Taylor and Co. really have something special on their hands with this Nightwing book. I feel like I'm saying this every issue now, but this might wind up being an all-time run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 20, 2021

    Sometimes I get a little down because almost all the comics I read are so that I can write reviews about them, I rarely get the time to enjoy a title, or watch a show just for fun anymore. This comic isn't just a pleasure to review, it's one of the ones that make doing this job so great, and so rewarding. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jul 20, 2021

    There's a lot to unpack this issue. Enjoy the show and take in what Nightwing #82 has to offer. Since issue 78, this feels more like this is his show and not a Bat book, and may DC keep allowing it to stand all on its own. If you haven't done so already, put this in your comic book rotation! Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 20, 2021

    The art work changes from modern to traditional based on the story's time period. Here, detailed drawings place an emphasis on character expression and form. I found this issue to be visually pleasing and emotionally connective. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 21, 2021

    That's a good feeling to have when reading this book. Tom Taylor writes a great script. Bruce Redondo does some great art here. They are a perfect creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Jul 20, 2021

    While we definitely get a retcon of sorts to the Grayson back story, Im having a hard time finding anything at all that I dont like about said retcon. Nightwing remains the best ongoing book in DCs roster in my opinion, so if you havent checked this run out yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up. You will not be disappointed!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 21, 2021

    Nightwing #82 is a masterclass in storytelling. Tom Taylor and company do a fantastic job having Melinda Zucco's bombshell expand on the Grayson Family history in a way that makes you care even more about everyone involved. It creates even greater interest in what Dick Grayson's future is as Nightwing and Bludhaven citizen. If you aren't reading Nightwing do yourselves a favor and change that immediately. Nightwing is a comic book everyone should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jul 19, 2021

    Taylor's handling of Meili Lin's backstory was seamless, and was definitely something that had to be done carefully. In addition to handling the situation with care, Taylor made sure readers got everything they needed on the matter and nothing more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 20, 2021

    It's still hard to know what to make of Melinda. When we met her, she was a puppet figure working for Blockbuster. She still has zero problem with crime, it seems, even as she moves to protect her brother. She's an enigma, and she's definitely added some new energy to Bludhaven. This issue is mostly about her, so other players like Barbara and Tim don't get much to do"and there's virtually no Bitewing. But this series hasn't had a miss with this new creative team yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jul 20, 2021

    DC Comics'NIGHTWING #82 is surprisingly fun for an issue that deals with some nasty history. That's because this creative team is always finding the beauty in small moments. We come out of this issue, more in love with the Graysons than ever, and wondering what this team has next for Nightwing! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jul 21, 2021

    Things are still moving forward, just much more slowly here than in issues past. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a change of pace that will help keep this book fresh. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comic Watch - Aaron Kleinman Jul 20, 2021

    P.S. I always appreciate Dick's Romani ancestry being mentioned, being of Romani descent myself, so thank you to the creative team for that! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jul 20, 2021

    Nightwing #82 spends its time dealing with last month's shocking revelation that Melinda Zucco may be Dick's sister. The change-up in artists breathes a little fresh air into the series that's been more than capably handled by Bruno Redondo. I don't blame anyone who's put off by the change in Dick's backstory, but the execution is solid, even if Taylor's script seems painfully aware of potential backlash. As it stands, future issues will determine if these changes are worth it, but right now I'm not fully convinced. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant Jul 21, 2021

    The story is well told, as is the art. The plot, however, comes across as convoluted and hits readers with too much, too fast, which comes across as off-putting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 20, 2021

    Tom Taylor throws some changes to Dick Grayson and his history, and while I usually love everything he does, he lost me on this one.  Maybe we're not getting the whole truth here, but first impressions and all just left me shaking my head reading this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 24, 2021

    I am not sold on this new retcon by the issue that only exists to explain the retcon. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Antenovial Jul 20, 2021

    This will contain SPOILERS.

    This is all falling further and further apart for me. It's great that Taylor didn't make Dick's past and his parents' less wholesome than they were before but the thin excuse of "They weren't together yet" is just that. A thin excuse for a sister that has no reason to exist. Considering Melinda is of Cobb's descent, where were the Owls? And Zucco targeting Dick's parents all along adds nothing of substance to Dick's origin.

    For a moment there I was excited to see who was coming knocking at the door, but the reveal sucked all of the little enjoyment I got from this Issue out of me. I have zero interest in Nightwing vs Blockbuster a-fucking-gain.

    The Titans simply appeared to fill more

  • 3.0
    fenixalasnegras Jul 20, 2021

    After the last issue, I thought Nightwing was going to get better, but this issue has such ridiculous things from beginning to end.

    Nightwing has been lost for hours and what happens? Barbara mobilized the entire heroes community to find him, I understand Batman is coming, but dragging the others! and Drake just looking!! tells us that the writer is indiscriminately using characters as filler, in his insistance to said "Look, Look everybody loves and care Dick!!"

    The most viable option was to send Drake, Robin, Red Robin or whatever the hell it's called now, maybe on par with Batman, but dragging the others out to go against a only single woman with out metahuman powers looks bad. It's not just Dick's head more

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  • 3.0
    Merlyn Jul 20, 2021

    One of life's great mysteries is how a hack like Tom Taylor keeps managing to trick people into believing he's actually a good writer, I can't understand it really. Yes, he's written Injustice but everything after that was mediocre in the best case. Here we have an unnecessary retcon that no one asked for, yet another boring story and somehow he still tricks some people into thinking this is good. I get it, Nightwing's been tortured so badly these last few years that people are just happy he's back but we should want much, much better stories for one of DC's most popular characters.

    P.S.: It is nice to see though that more and more people are opening their eyes and realizing this is a travesty of a comic, I'm really glad about th more

  • 1.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Jul 20, 2021

    This regret twist in the plot was even more stupid than the original. I confirm the only good thing about this is art. And I guess as The Amazing and DD is more interesting than this they put Blockbuster just like Kingping.

  • 1.0
    Dc Fan of Sorts Jul 20, 2021

    Another writer changing things by making someone a peoce of crap! No thanks!!!

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Jul 20, 2021

    I didnt have a problem tbh, it wasnt bad and it didnt destroy Dick Grayson's character like Tom King. Plus the art dialogue are pretty engaging, and I know that people are tired of Dick Grayson vs Blockbuster but I'm not. But thats just my opinion.

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  • 7.5
    Father_Gascoigne Jul 21, 2021

    They should really just rename this series, for the time being, Pissing Off Comic Purists 'Cus It's So Easy.

    y'all are sad.

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  • 5.0
    Robin Jul 20, 2021

    It was okay...

    I get that this issue was just for the back story for the new reveal character, but it was just unnecessary as him having a half-sister doesn't help as he already has a big family, and lot of friends. He is the last character to need another relation from the past.
    What Nightwing needs is new villains, somebody new to go against him, and they don't necessarily have to be related to his past in someway or another it just needs to be in conflict with him. Since there are lot of stories right now where the writers are giving villains big backstories and past relations to the hero to either make the villain relatable or get empathy.

    And yes the titans showing up was lame way to say he has a lot of fri more

  • 9.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jul 20, 2021

    I don't care about the retcon because I'm not a cuck. The art and the writing are on point here. I was thoroughly entertained.

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  • 9.0
    Ben Reilly Aug 12, 2021

    Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers.

    Another solid issue into Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo's Nightwing!

    In this issue, we get to see the origin of Melinda Zucco. In all honesty, I don't think this retcons or does harm to John Grayson. I think this further shows how good of a man and father he's been to Dick. He just happened to be in a relationship with someone prior to being committed to Mary. And as Melinda's mother says, they weren't long together, but long enough. And that happens in real life too: couples get involved too quickly and perhaps to the point where a baby pops up. And as the artwork indicates, I don't think John knew he got Meili pregnant. I do say all of this as a newbie to Nightwing and as some more

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  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Jul 20, 2021

    Well this made that last "revelation" a bit more relieving. We as well as Dick and his team don't know if Melinda Zucco is really the love child of Tony Zucco's paid for wife and the Flying Grayson patriarch, or just a fantasy Melinda's mother had to escape from abuse. Fortunately, that doesn't seem too much of an issue. Everyone's on their guard, trying not to let one person get an edge over the other. There's a strong feeling of safety being compromised around some of the characters. Something that I feel ties back to the themes of this series: What's the point of feeling safe when it might come from a lie that people believe?

  • 2.0
    Batfamily Renegade Jul 23, 2021

    This issue is the worst in Taylor's run so far and this is from someone who's been loving it up until this point. The run has been great but The creation of Melinda Zucco is such a bad decision and is as harmful to the mythos of Nightwing as the stone from injustice. I honestly don't know how anyone could read this issue without feeling utterly disappointed. Dick is barely in the comic and it's entirely in flashback explaining Tom Taylor's OC. Yes this is fanfiction and not good fanfiction at that.

    Tom Taylor really sh*t the bed with this one. He could do so much better.

  • 1.5
    AGJ Jul 21, 2021

    This type of issues is the reason why they have stopped buying comics,

  • 1.5
    nigthwing Jul 21, 2021

    The art is great.

  • 1.0
    E-Motion Jul 20, 2021

    This was the most disastrous thing in Nightwing's history.

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  • 10
    KalEl93 Jul 21, 2021

    I was skeptical about the retcon, but this was a really great way to pull it off!

  • 10
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Aug 4, 2021

    Funcionou. O retcon funciona, não agride ninguém. Além de deixar espaço para ser revistos.
    OBS: é a primeira vez que vimos os pais de Dick antes dele nascer? Tirando a infância da mãe dele que o Raptor conta.

  • 9.5
    BigCliff Jul 28, 2021

    a rather short issue but very informative. We learn that Melinda Zucco is Dick long-unknown sister. Her mother, who is a victim of sex-trafficking, was bought my Tony Zucco, saved by John Grayson, had a small relationship with him before John & Mary got together. She brought Melinda to the circus to meet everyone but once she saw Dick, she didn’t want to ruin the dynamic the Graysons had. It’s really interesting because it’s a new thing that kind of makes sense. Dick Grayson is an orphan, a stray, if you will. So he understands what it’s like to lose family & feel like a part of you is missing. Also what it’s like to not fit in. This is why he cares & wants to help/make a change. So I'm curious to see how Dick will treat her as th more

  • 8.5
    deen Aug 6, 2021

    A good issue where the action slows down a bit for a bit of backstory, an interesting retcon, and emotional beats Tom Taylor has mastered in the past few years on DC books. I don't think I've spent this much time with Dick's parents, which was good fun. This continues to have all the hallmarks of a revered run on this character.

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Jul 20, 2021

    Probably the weakest issue so far in the run. It is a pretty big retcon and kind of stretching any kind of believability. For me, it's fine though, retcons are part of comics, and this isn't the worst one by far. I really liked the Titans and Batman coming to the rescue, that was very cute. But the rest of the comic is mostly just backstory explanation exposition dump, which is what I didn't like. Hope the next issue brings back the fun and energetic action/humor that the previous 4 issues had. The art is still spectacular, I don't think I've enjoyed Bruno Redondo's art as much as I do here.

  • 7.0
    Stormwrath Jul 20, 2021

    It was okay...

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    JBL Reviews Jul 20, 2021

    The huge rewriting of Dick’s history takes away from what has been a good book.

  • 1.0
    Κυανό Jul 23, 2021

    I swear to try, erase my rate, wait I read other comic, reread it again and end up hating it more.
    I can't with what they are doing with this character, they abuse the affection we have just to give us garbage narrative .

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