Nightwing #86

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 17, 2021 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 68
7.9Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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Nightwing and Babs have fought through the fear-stricken Gotham streets, but now their fight takes them to the skies above Gotham, with the Batgirls and Tim Drake (Robin) in tow! Now aboard the Magistrate’s Skybase-01, they have made it their mission to bring the airborne leviathan down, prevent Seer’s disinformation from being broadcast, and save the innocents aboard. But in this paranoia-stricken city, not everyone is who they seem…

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Nov 16, 2021

    This visually appealing issue is filled with energy. The fast pace and multitude of action sequences is engaging and fun. I felt completed transported throughout the pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Nov 17, 2021

    Once again, Nightwing isnt really the center of the Nightwing book. Hes making some fairly major decisions in the issue, but he is solidly upstaged by the Batgirls as Fear State draws to a close. Nightwing is a strong enough character to lurk around the edges of his own title to allow for a an issue or two. To Taylors credit, he understands this well enough to allow for a few other characters to take over fo a couple of issues. An expansion of the Batman family of titles could make for a more dynamic corner of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Nov 19, 2021

    I think DC should consider bringing Bruno back into the fold for the run of this comic. I know artists should not pigeonhole themselves, but Bruno simply "got" Nightwing and what was needed. Great script, and solid art in this one. However, if I had my "druthers", I need to see more Haley/Bitewing with Bruno at the helm. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 20, 2021

    The charm and heart in the Bat-Family under Taylor's pen is a joy to behold. Read Full Review

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

    As surprisingly entertaining as this tie-in was for me personally, I'm so excited to get back on track with the main Nightwing story next month. I need more Heartless now! And I need those wholesome moments that Taylor so effortlessly weaves into Nightwing and his surrounding cast. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 16, 2021

    The conclusion of the three-part Fear State tie-in"the last before next month's experimental mega-splash issue"is pretty much like the ones before it. It's a lot of fun, with good dialogue, but it's definitely a break from the main series narrative which I find stronger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Nov 16, 2021

    I wish all crossovers were handled this way. Great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Nov 16, 2021

    This is the last Fear State issue for the series. Though it was good seeing Batgirl and Red Robin, there is too much going on in Bludhaven fans need to see. Hopefully, the next Gotham menace won't have to involve Dick. But for what it's worth, this issue crafted an enjoyable team-up of Robins and Batgirls. While it didn't add anything to the Magistrate, it did give us Seer. It will be interesting to see if she comes after Nightwing down the road. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 16, 2021

    Truly, NIGHTWING #86 is merely for the FEAR STATE fan trying to grab every issue and tie-in. Fans of Taylor's series need not run out to snatch the issue and can simply wait until next month's story to hop back on board. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Nov 28, 2021

    If you wanted to see some of your favorite characters take on a largely anonymous and faceless horde of goons while causing truly impressive amounts of property damage, this could be your jam. The team here certainly knows how to put on a show. However, the whole Fear State gag is a lesser-than version of what's going on in the Titans TV series now with a much less coherent plan and less charismatic adversaries. That's not the fault of this creative team; it's just the hand they were dealt. Still, there's nothing wrong with seeing people play a less than inspiring song with great skill. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Nov 16, 2021

    Nightwing #86 wraps up Tom Taylor and Robbi Rodriguez's trip into Fear State with a solid issue with easy to follow stakes and fun banter between the Bat family members. While not required reading for Taylor's main narrative in Bldhaven, fans of Dick and Barbara's romantic chemistry will find more than enough fan service here for them. Rodriguez's art has its limitations, but the entire production is handsome enough to get by on aesthetic purposes, along with Taylor's solid character work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant Nov 17, 2021

    Nightwing #86 is a simple, straightforward Fear State tie-in. All of the character interactions are fun, and it's simply lovely to see some of my very favorite characters in DC fighting side by side. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 16, 2021

    Its great that Fear State is a wrap for Nightwing so Taylor can return the focus to his title character. And there wont be any complaints if the rest of the Bat Family hangs in Bludhaven for a bit either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 16, 2021

    Tom Taylor tries to squeeze something out of the little bit of Fear State story he's been given, but in the end, this is a pretty unnecessary issue of Nightwing.  If, for some reason, Fear State introduced you to this book, come back next issue to see what the real hype is all about.  Fans of this book will back me up on that, I'm sure! Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Nov 17, 2021

    Nightwing's "Fear State" tie-in wraps up here after a few issues, and it goes about the way you expect. Read Full Review

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