Nightwing #85

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 20, 2021 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 84
8.6Critic Rating
7.8User 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 - 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

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