Nightwing Annual: 2024
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Nightwing Annual: 2024

Writer: Travis Moore Artist: Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 1, 2024 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 12
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THE SECRET ORIGINS OF BEA BENNETT! During Nightwing's recent pirate adventure, we learned that Bea Bennett, Dick/Ric's ex-girlfriend, is a pirate queen whose father, the Quartermaster, left her an entire pirate society! But what about her life before she became a pirate? Before she met Ric Grayson? Just what, and more importantly, who led her to where she is today. A backstory like no other with tales of betrayal, love, and independence.

  • 8.8
    Nerd Initiative - martystoked Apr 30, 2024

    Nightwing Annual offers captivating insights into Bea Bennett's backstory, making it essential reading for Nightwing enthusiasts. With its compelling characters, intricate plotlines, and stunning artwork, this annual crafted by Travis Moore and the creative team promises a thrilling and emotionally resonant tale that sets the stage for future adventures! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 30, 2024

    Travis Moore's writing is fine, perfectly acceptable, but his art as always is the star. At the very least, we can say that no one is going to think of Bea as irrelevant anymore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 30, 2024

    Nightwing Annual 2024 achieves its goal of making Bea Bennet a fully realized character. The way Travis Moore told Bea's origin story gave her character a lot of layers. With where this story concludes this annual leaves Bea's character in a spot where she can appear in other DC Comics titles. Breaking the chain of being a Nightwing supporting character makes this annual a big success. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Apr 30, 2024

    Nightwing Annual 2024 is a beautiful story that gives depth to a new character. Applause to Travis Moore. Not many can hold up to Tom Taylor on Nightwing but this was a great start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel May 1, 2024

    Nightwing Annual 2024 is a mostly positive issue that centers on a doomed romance that tries to grapple with recent DC history to mixed effect. At its best, the annual is a brisk, story of people coming together and apart like ships passing in the night. At the worst end, the scripting tries too hard to sew elements of continuity into a tapestry while maintaining a complex spy narrative. Moores artwork elevates the mixed story by putting a heavy emphasis on Bea and Ric/Dick as people, ensuring their fleeting connection hits hard. The coloring from Plascencia and Guimares is similarly consistent, offering a familiar series of palettes without reaching the heights of the main issues. In essence, Nightwing Annual 2024 is a fun, uneven addition to the current Nightwing story that connects dots for better or worse. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Apr 30, 2024

    Whether a one-off or an aperitif for future storytelling, Travis Moore's Nightwing 2024 Annual #1 does a strong job of exploring one of the series recurring characters. Though I'm unsure about some of the logistical choices in centring Bea so close to Dick throughout history, there's no denying this book harkens back to the days of the Grayson title and it's joyous espionage. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Michael Guerrero Apr 30, 2024

    Nightwing 2024 Annual #1 is an interesting exploration into one of the most important additions to Nightwing's supporting cast, Bea Bennett, that provides depth to her character as an independent agent. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 30, 2024

    While Nightwing 2024 Annual has some interesting ideas, the pacing of the story and amount of twists make it difficult to create the right connection with Bea. The idea of giving her her own story is solid, but it would've been stronger if the tale had been centered around her and the Quartermaster instead of turning her into a near super-spy. The story is unbalanced with too much plot and not enough of Bea herself. The art is strong and Moore's effort on the project is clear. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Jenna Anderson May 1, 2024

    Best efforts are on display from writer-artist Travis Moore, but the deluge of plot twists might baffle even the most die-hard Nightwing readers. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Apr 30, 2024

    Overall, this annual could either improve or ruin the reader's feelings about Nightwing lore. While the story promises to shed light on a mysterious supporting character, personally, it complicates things for no reason. Turning a bartender into a swashbuckling avenger is one thing, but implying she is in the shadows manipulating things is a bridge too far. Some readers won't mind, but I believe these new retcons do both Bea and Dick a disservice. Yet, I don't believe this is a particularly bad comic, just disappointing and annoying. I appreciate exploring these old stories again, but not the expense of these characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Comic Book Spot - Theodis Wright May 5, 2024

    If not for the art, this review might be far, far worse. This isn't entirely on Moore, but the treatment of Bea since her break-up with Dick after he regained his memories has just been terrible. Read Full Review

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