Nightwing: Rebirth #1
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Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Yanick Paquette Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 52
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

He's been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all. Powerhouse artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) joins series writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) to return Nightwing to the DC superhero stage!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Jul 13, 2016

    DC'S Rebirth has been almost flawless for me so far, but this is probably the best of the bunch so far. If you only buy one DC title, it needs to be Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Jul 13, 2016

    Paquette and Seeley hit an absolute home run with this book - this Dick Grayson is as light-hearted and sure-footed as he's ever been, even if he wears his emotions on his sleeve. I can't be happier when he dons the blue suit again, and I can't encourage you to pick this up hard enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 14, 2016

    'Nightwing: Rebirth' #1 does what other 'Rebirth' specials couldn't do - make me excited for what's to come. Seeley injects enough depth and character in Grayson's storyline while tying together where he's been with where he's going. The story goes full circle and it's endearing, positive, and exciting. The art is perfectly in sync with the writing. Dick Grayson is DC's favorite son and he shows you why. Nightwing is back and DC Comics is better for it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jul 13, 2016

    This creative team gave me everything I didn't know I expected from Nightwing: Rebirth #1 and so much more. I can't wait to continue the adventure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jul 13, 2016

    The Rebirth line has definitely done well for the Batman books, and if you're looking for what may well be the standard bearer to that effect, look at Nightwing. "Better Than Batman" may well end up being accurate on a qualitative level. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 13, 2016

    This issue tells you everything you need to know about Dick Grayson and his role in the post-Rebirth DCU. It also answers all the lingering questions from Grayson. It would be difficult to imagine a better comic, strong characterization, a plot that involves a few surprises and a set up for the exciting story starting next issue. Dick Grayson will continue to be the star of one of DCs best titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jul 14, 2016

    Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is a success in almost every way. The witty and touching script by Tim Seeley is rightfully coupled with Yanick Paquette's bold pages, even if the acrobatics don't look as fluid as Eddy Barrow's work in the New 52. There's an inherent difficulty in writing a character as pure as Nightwing/Dick Grayson. He's Batman without the baggage, remaining an optimist without the inner-conflict that drives most costumed heroes. How, then, do you make Dick Grayson compelling to readers? The pages of this comic are filled with the answers. By giving him a colorful cast of friends that are equally as charming. By having him leap fearlessly from rooftops with the ease of a Flying Grayson. By making him the kindhearted, comical hero he's always been. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 15, 2016

    Strong art, a solid story - and the return of a great hero. Sounds good to me! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 13, 2016

    This book encapsulates what's happened to Dick Grayson and justifies why he wants to resume the identity of a previous persona. A good catch all and beginning. Okay, Nightwing — Let's go! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Bruce Cook Jul 13, 2016

    The writing is crisp. The story moves from setting to setting without a hitch. Characters act and talk the way they are supposed to. In short, Tim Seeley gets it all right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 13, 2016

    I'm quite surprised as to how many of these Rebirth one-shots have been great reads. Nightwing has the potential to be not only the best of the July launches, but also one of the top sleeper hits of the summer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 15, 2016

    It's no wonder that Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is such a seemingly effortless and downright entertaining issue. If there was ever a character more suited to the concept of revitalization and renewal, it's definitely Dick Grayson. Now go buy ten copies. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 13, 2016

    Between Tim Seeley's satisfying story and Yanick Paquette's clear and emotive lines, Nightwing Rebirth #1 is a bit special. Seeley and Paquette have crafted a compelling and logical path for Dick Grayson to slip back into the Nightwing persona, while also serving as a fitting and respectful goodbye to the thoroughly successful Grayson. Another well-executed new start for Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 14, 2016

    And he's very much determined to do so as Nightwing rather than Dick Grayson. Not only as an act of defiance, but also because they deserve so. Which will no doubt have some consequences later down the line of course.What we also got to see at the end of Nightwing: Rebirth#1 was that Grayson really has the determination to be better than his mentor, Batman. Will we see a little more friendly rivalry between the two? That sure would make for some interesting character development. Not a bad goal to work towards though, we'll give him that. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 13, 2016

    If DC's previous attempt at restoring Dick Grayson to his status as Nightwing wasn't entirely successful, this go-round is shaping up to be much better. This issue captures the pure, unfiltered joy of Dick's superhero lifestyle and his interactions with characters like Midnighter and Damian Wayne. It also sets the stage for an intriguing new status quo for our hero, one that should showcase the important role he fills in the larger DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mopeymac Jul 13, 2016

    When DC announced Rebirth pretty much all I wanted was Dick Grayson to come back as Nightwing. Tim Seeley has proven he knows the character but I can't wait to see him back in his element. I'll say it again I really liked this issue but I'll admit there were a couple of points where I was lost, I think I missed an issues or two of the previous series and itthrew me off. Otherwise this is a great jumping on point and start for Nighwing's next journey. As usual I'll leave you with this if you like it go support it so it stays on the shelves. I think this series is worth supporting and I hope it remainssolid going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 14, 2016

    Nightwing is back. He has his independence back and I'm looking to see where things go. We're dealing with a family villain and I'd love to see Dick go up against someone new and his rogues gallery develop. I really enjoyed the interaction with Damian as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 13, 2016

    As far as Rebirth issues go Nightwing: Rebirth succeeds at setting up quite a few plot threads and character dynamics. Most importantly the character of Dick Grayson is very well-defined and this issue reasserts the fact that Nightwing is a character we should be keeping our eyes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jul 13, 2016

    This story is one of the few one-shots that I have enjoyed in setting up the Rebirth world as I feel preludes slow down the story, especially with a character that has been around since 1940. However, this one works and because of that, Nightwing: Rebirth was a good read once I got past the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 16, 2016

    The key to having me love your comic is strong character work. Create some compelling, interesting and entertaining characters and put them at the heart of your story, and I'm all yours. That's exactly what Seeley does with Dick Grayson, a character he's been writing for awhile now. Dick is charming, friendly, funny and heroic in equal measure, among a dozen other character traits. He's great with whomever he's sharing the page with, be it Midnight, Huntress, Damien or Batman. I'm excited to see him interact with them all, because they're all written so well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Jul 13, 2016

    This is an excellent intro to the life of Dick Grayson. And it does an exceptional job teasing future storylines. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2016

    Like Grayson, the opponents probably won't be as important as the personal dynamics. Nightwing is just one of those characters who thrives regardless of the situation. I'm looking forward to see where this new adventure takes him. This is a great jumping on point for Grayson readers unsure of the new direction. For longtime Nightwing fans, their hero is back in his classic identity ready to resume his mission. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jul 14, 2016

    Yanick Paquette's art is crisp with brief, dynamic action sequences. Nathan Fairbairn's colours pop right off the page, being one of the more vibrant issues DC Rebirth has offered yet. Their combined art makes it a joy to see Dick back as Nightwing in the issue's final page, and back in his black-and-blue colour scheme no less. Though it might be a little while longer before Nightwing operates back in Gotham City once again, Nightwing: Rebirth is, at least, a welcome return for Nightwing that offers closure on his previous adventure while opening up a new one. With Seeley at the helm, Nightwing's next chapter is already off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 13, 2016

    Nightwing: Rebirth definitely has that charm and swagger that a lot of fans appreciate about this character. It does a lot in 20 pages, revisting Grayson's supporting cast and even hyping the Birds of Prey series debuting next week with the appearance of Huntress. Even then, I thought it was enjoyable enough on its own and it does set up what should be a good Nightwing series. With this and Detective Comics, the Batfamily are having a great moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jul 14, 2016

    While Dicks adventures in the pages of Grayson where a fun romp they also managed to be extremely moving at times. That's why it's exciting to have the talent that just explored new ground for the character move with him into his next adventures. Having the opportunity to develop a character across multiple titles is a rare opportunity and if this Rebirth issue is any indication of where the series is going to go, there is no doubt that the funny and enjoyable stories to come will further the character and pleasantly surprised any new reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jul 19, 2016

    While there are times where the art is too gritty and blends in when there's too many darker tones, it does a wonderful job for the rest of the book, showing so many things in Dick Grayson's “old” life as he moves on to his new one. There was a lot of backgrounds and characters to draw, but Paquette and Fairbairn give us a fairly colorful picture. Meanwhile, Seeley evolves Dick in a very natural way. As the narration and dialogue continues, Seeley makes sure to tie up the loose ends of his spy age while reconnecting to his family and himself now. It is great to use the theme behind the legend of Nightwing for Dick to evolve and Seeley paces the issue to perfection. This was a great jump on point for readers to get back into Dick Grayson and Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jul 13, 2016

    NightWing Rebirth is essentially just recapping everything that happened in the previous issues, which is fine for people who want to go back and see everything that has happened thus far or just get caught up without having to buy stuff! However, at the same time it's nice to see Dick just being himself and bonding with Damian, we don't get that a lot in comic books. If the stories are in the actual books then it would be a waste of time, but if they aren't then it's nice to see some newer fresh mini stories! Again, didn't read Grayson! So I have to say I'm indifferent on it but would recommend it for newer people wanting to explore NightWing! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jul 13, 2016

    Nightwing is back, and fans should certainly be happy. Like other Rebirth issues, this is a bit of a slow burner, but Seeley wisely uses it to reestablish already strong relationships and to set the stage for other characters' futures in the DC Universe. It's good, not great, and that's okay: it doesn't need to change the world, it just needs to set up Nightwing's place in it. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Jul 13, 2016

    It's nice to get Nightwing back in a proper book after the successful Grayson run, but this book is all setup to why we're getting that book. It may be the product of a Rebirth title, but one can hope the next issue hits the ground running with the actual conflict. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jul 17, 2016

    Nightwing: Rebirth is not the first issue of Nightwing. It's more like a last issue for Grayson, but even that doesn't fully apply. This is really a transition issue, presenting Dick Grayson comfortably back in his own skin and making the case for why this new series is the logical next step for him. Though it isn't necessary or even particularly exciting reading, Seeley and Yanick Paquette do a lovely job of reminding us who Dick Grayson is and how his experiences with Spyral have made him a better hero. Chill and introspective, Nightwing: Rebirth is an inessential but enjoyable check-in with the character that excellently bridges two chapters of his life. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Jul 13, 2016

    Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is a solid start for this new series, returning Dick to the mantle he once held before becoming a spy. Giving us some captivating encounters and wonderful mystery, the creative team more than grabbed my interest, even if the issue as a whole felt more focused on saying goodbye to Agent 37 than him becoming Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 13, 2016

    While I found some of the dialog pretty stiff and the art doesn't happen to be my cup of tea, I do look forward to see where this story is going because Tim Seeley created a great tone for this Rebirth issue and setup what looks like a lot of fun going forward.  We also got some closure to the Robin War crossover and who doesn't love having closure? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jul 14, 2016

    Well to do table-setting for a hopefully more awesome first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 13, 2016

    The biggest bummer about this Rebirth issue is that theres a constant feeling of Well, this is good but it could be incredible. Theres just a bit too much happening a bit too quickly in this issue. So even when there are good moments, we dont get to stick with them for long enough. Still, theres enough about this book that I liked to bring me back for the main series. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Jul 13, 2016

    Like the rest of the Rebirth titles, Nightwing: Rebirth #1 sets the course in the right motion. It's obvious that DC has listened and embarked on a new direction with its titles, pandering to what the fans want. While this isn't always such a good thing for creativity, it does mean we get Nightwing back, so it can't be too bad. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Richard Gratton Jul 28, 2016

    These Rebirth one-shots should be the teasers that establish the titles DC is going to publish. But on the business end of things, they need to have hooks that grab hold of us to the point where we are so compelled to go out and buy the first issue of the ongoing series because we can't stand not knowing what is going to happen next. This issue does not do that. If I were not a Nightwing fan already, I would probably skip over the ongoing series based on this offering in favor of something that catches my interest more than this did. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jul 16, 2016

    Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is a disappointing issue, telling a tale as flat as the paper it's printed on. Hopefully, it'll improve. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jul 13, 2016

    A book with the title "Rebirth" should have had a more forward-looking and scene-setting focus to it, and the lack of that really sank Nightwing - Rebirth #1 for me. By spending most of its time resolving plot points from the "Grayson" and "Batman and Robin Eternal" series, it completely fails to be the effective jumping-on point that the "Rebirth" title suggests, leaving a new reader with an incoherent experience. That's why I can only give it a 4/10. Read Full Review

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