Nightwing #85

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 20, 2021 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 60
8.6Critic Rating
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Babs takes the Anti-Oracle attack on her Oracle Network personally, and she suits up as Batgirl, accompanying Nightwing and Tim Drake to track down who is responsible. But with fear consuming the streets of Gotham, Batgirl and Nightwing accidentally get hit with something that reveals their deepest fears…and it involves each other.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Oct 19, 2021

    Given all my focus on the differences in artists, this story is a perfect compliment to the Fear State storyline. Was the steak a bit well done? Yes"but it satisfied my hunger! So did this issue of Nightwing. However, I do want Bruno to come back to the kitchen and provide more than just cover art. He needs to cook the full course meal! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 20, 2021

    Its pretty rare when a title character gets knocked out of the center of the panel of his own book, but Taylor does an outstanding job of making it work in the single most fascinating issue in the Fear State crossover so far. Taylor manages to fuse Nightwing with Batgirl in a way the provides interesting character development while simultaneously advancing the plot of the Fear State storyline. So often, multi-title crossovers can feel crude and awkward. Nightwing #85 is an excellent example of how a single issue can beautifully integrate with a crossover event.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 19, 2021

    Nightwing remains the best value book for DC fans. It's a book clearly crafted with care. Fear State hasn't been the strongest Batman crossover, but the tie-in books like Nightwing and Catwoman have navigated it well to not completely derail their ongoing story arcs and provide some of the best installments in the sage. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Oct 19, 2021

    Taylor crafts an emotionally charged narrative that is filled with both action and character developing content. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Oct 22, 2021

    I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm looking forward to how this crossover ends. Seer is an interesting villain, and I'll honestly read anything Taylor writes. So, I'll see you next month to talk about the conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 23, 2021

    Nightwing is a very fun comic overall, and this issue is especially fun. It's got classic Bat-Family characters just being themselves and being great together as they take on some interesting bad guys and challenges. This series is a breath of fresh air in the gritty superhero landscape. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Oct 19, 2021

    Nightwing #85 does the brilliant job of continuing both the “Fear State” crossover, and the ongoing adventures of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon; who I'm so happy to see back in her Batgirl costume. The explosive conclusion to this issue also gives us a lovely cameo featuring Gotham's other Batgirls, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain.Wait… did I say lovely? Stay tuned Bat-Fans, as I feel that the fireworks have only just begun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 19, 2021

    The flashback segment to the two of them as teenagers sneaking out delivered some fun youthful energy, and there's nothing all that wrong here (except the cliffhanger, which is such an obvious fakeout that it's even acknowledged in the cliffhanger tag), but Taylor has been building a complex, compelling run in Bludhaven, and it's hard to not feel like this is a diversion from that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Oct 19, 2021

    Nightwing #85 is a solid issue for Barbara Gordon and her new nemesis. Not going to lie, though; Fear State can end ASAP. Now, if this story of Seer follows Babs into Bludhaven, awesome. But can't wait for the return to what this team has been working towards. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Oct 20, 2021

    While these event tie-ins did take away some steam Taylor and Redondo built up prior, at least it's becoming a worthy story in and of itself rather than standard event fodder. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 19, 2021

    The Fear State story doesn't give Tom Taylor a whole lot of Nightwing things to do, so he teams him up with Batgirl and lets the fan service roll.  I don't blame him since people love it so far, and there are a couple of big moments in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Oct 19, 2021

    Nightwing #85 is not a bad comic book, but it's largely inconsequential for most readers of the main Nightwing series. Dick and Barbara's relationship is the main selling point here, but for anyone who doesn't care to read every single romantic interaction between them, this is a skippable issue unless Fear State is important to you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman Jones Oct 19, 2021

    To think that before this run Nightwing was the worst, most soulless book DC was putting out when now it’s the best and certainly the most soulful. This run has been tremendous.

    Taylor is making the best use of DC’s ‘it all happened, just tell good stories’ guiding principle lately and it’s not flashy, it’s not showy, it’s not even in direct corroboration with the new philosophy, it’s just there in service of the story, in the very best ways.

    The art was very good this issue but Redondo has grown so much as to be actually outstanding and has become vital to this just delightful run. So in praising the title generally I gotta give him all the credit I can because he’s been perfect (and those covers!) A more

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  • 8.5
    Gorr Oct 19, 2021

    Great issue. I am still not a fan of forced tie-ins to existing events, but I love me some babs/dick centric issues. I am glad Tom Taylor is finally advancing this relationship forward, as we have had years of writers beating around the bush. Also, word to the wise, just because you enjoy babs/dick doesn't mean you can't enjoy the kori/dick dynamic. I appreciate each of them for their differences and effects on shaping Dick as an individual. 8.5/10.

  • 2.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Oct 19, 2021

    Finally? seriously Tim? This toxic relationship is more than worn out, soon Dick will go back with Kory or someone else.
    Why do they put Barbara as a silly woman that she can't get over Dick Grayson after so many conflicts and infidelities that the guy has done to her? I do not understand this message antifeminism. She gets stupid and comes back again and again with the toxic guy who doesn't know how to have a serious relationship.

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  • 9.0
    Criminology. Oct 19, 2021

    A very pleasant issue, full of passion and heart. The idea of Anti-Oracle is a good one and expected. It's Batgirl's nightmare, but still Barbara is a fighter and that's exactly what she does here, helped by Rodriguez dynamic art.

    The interactions shine big time. Seeing the love and care, that Batgirl and Nightwing have for each other is such a great feeling. Taylor makes sure to show us the both sides of that love and even where it came from, also the dialogue helps a lot. It's obvious that Dick is not hard on Barbs and that he does everything he can to make her feel better, to shake her up, to make her feel that this is not much of a deal, which is just the most Dick Grayson thing. While Barbara is angry and guilty, but trie more

  • 5.0
    Merlyn Oct 19, 2021

    The art is still atrocious but, as was the case with "I am Batman" by Ridley, the Fear State event actually helps this book because all of Taylor's previous nonsense is put on hold. And that's a very good thing.

  • 5.0
    fenixalasnegras Oct 20, 2021

    Why didn't they give her the last suit? I like more when she adopts the name Oracle, come on, the woman is already too old to use the girl, as I remember she is still older than Dick I think 3 years ago. However, the number has been the best in this series, it is good to see Barbara get into action.

    Again we see the saturation of characters without doing anything, and many clicks around the story. Moderately interesting, a little better than what I have read in this entire series.
    The art is not bad, but the previous one was better.

  • 9.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Oct 19, 2021

    É um gibi da Batgirl, um bom gibi da Batgirl. Gostei do paralelo que a historia fez entre o papel da Barbara na Piada Mortal com o papel planejado para o Dick pelo vilão. E sobre a reflexão do quão errado é a super vigilância. A arte foi realmente boa nos momentos de ação.
    OBS: essa saga aparentemente não tem editor, os acontecimentos de Batman não fecham com Nightwing ou Detective.

  • 9.0
    Robin Oct 19, 2021

    Another solid issue, I believe in the whole 'Fear state' Event even though it is a batman event Tom Taylor is shinning as today issue had a lot of characterization especially for Barbara.

  • 8.5
    Lal Oct 19, 2021

    It was a solid issue, although very Batgirl-centric.
    I probably would have liked it more if Bruno Redondo handled the art.

    Overall the main fear state event is mediocre at best, and while the Nightwing tie-in is good, it's still a very unnecessary denture from the main Nightwing plot.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Oct 19, 2021

    I personally enjoyed it. Robbi Rodriguez art is really good and dynamic, and I like the relationship between Barbara and Dick Grayson. I dont know who's a better match for Dick Grayson though, Starfire or Batgirl. Either way the action and the pacing is really interesting and keeps me engaged.

  • 10
    omnicitycomics Oct 21, 2021

    Nightwing #85 continues the Fear State Batman event but for the most part this issue still feels somewhat self contained - I love when titles can accomplish this so you don’t feel like you’re completely dependent on having to read multiple titles to enjoy your individual issue.

    Now on to the comic itself, another fantastic issue! I have to start with raving about Robbi Rodriguez’s art. I was bummed out when I heard Bruno Redondo was going to be taking a break, but was immediately relieved when I learned that Rodriguez would be taken over and man has he been delivering! The action sequences are full of energy and I love the shadows he incorporates when drawing Dick and Babs. There’s one flashback scene that became the abs more

  • 10
    TheObserver Oct 28, 2021

    Pas mal du tout ! Barbara a le beau rôle dans ce numéro et c'est tant mieux. Ce que j'ai toujours aimé dans Nightwing, c'est que les auteurs ont toujours su faire de la place aux autres personnages clés de son univers. Et actuellement, Barbara est au centre de son univers. Question action, j'aime les dessins, ils sont hypers dynamiques et bien fichus. Juste, je veux plus d'action !! Plus de planches dédiées à l'action. Please !
    autre point : je n'ai pas senti le poids du tie-in (Fear state) tant mieux, il passe sans douleur. Et si au terme de ces trois numéros pseudo fear state, Barbara s'installe définitivement dans le comics Nightwing, elle aura besoin d'un ennemi et Seer semble être approprié. Perso, un comics Nightwing/O more

  • 9.5

    LOL the guy with a hardon for pedo-bait writer Scott Lobdell is blocking everyone who has a reasonable opinion. Just as bad as the anti-vaxxer.

  • 9.0
    Dave Oct 19, 2021

    Good but the cross over slows it fown

  • 8.5
    Stormwrath Oct 19, 2021

    Tom Taylor is an amazing writer and delivers a great issue. Robbi Rodriguez art is inconsistent, in some panels is great, in others is just ok.

    Solid issue.

  • 8.5
    imderekreide Nov 27, 2021

    Very nice tie-in we have here from Tom Taylor. What I really enjoyed about this story is the actual use of the theme of fear. This is what I want Fear State to be about. That theme of ‘What are our heroes’ greatest fears?’ that does, in concept, sound formulaic, but when fleshed out and spanning many different titles (Batman, Nightwing, Detective, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and the Secret Files one-shots), I think there can be a really psychological approach to the event, rather than just Scarecrow and an anti-vigilante army taking over Gotham to kill Batman. This issue really brought out the Nightwing/Batgirl relationship and showcased that fear theme very well.

  • 8.0
    DaloneDuarte Oct 19, 2021

    Despite being a Nightwing issue, the focus was on Barbara, and that's okay. I'm not reading Fear State, so I didn't understand the context, but read anyway. The art was inspired in some moments (with Barbara incredible beautiful), but ugly in others.

  • 8.0
    Loafy Trophy Oct 21, 2021

    Tie-in issues can always be tricky and I think Taylor navigated this one well. I like the progression of the Babs/Dick relationship personally and I think it pays off within the context of Taylor's main narrative. Excited to wrap this up though so we can get back to Blüdhaven.

  • 8.0

    This is a good issue, but I don't think it compares to the first arc of this series. Fear State is just such a drag on everything.

  • 6.0
    egonnn244 Oct 25, 2021

    "Oracle is going offline"

    That ending, that cliffhanger just doesn't work. Maybe it would work better if the Fear State was a better event with some feel of actual stakes or maybe if it wasn't announced that Cass and Steph are getting a book of their own.

    Aside from that, I would describe the issue as "meh".

    The art is fine, but it's still a step-down from Bruno Redondo. The sequence with Batgirl on fear gas was entertaining, but, again, the issue overall suffers from being tied to Fear State. That event is boring and bland, and it, unfortunately, bleeds into this issue.

    On the upside, there are no weird takes about rich people here or lamentations about climate change. This is the problem I have more

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Oct 19, 2021

    Another issue from a bad writer with some very bad art.

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