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Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than BatmanNightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman by Tim Seeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Nightwing: Rebirth, Nightwing 1-4 and 7 and 8. This book started off somewhat awkwardly in the Rebirth story and Issue 1. While each story has had a lot of narration to establish the status quo for new readers, this book it felt a tad excessive, even over-indulgent and egocentric on Dick Grayson's behalf. In addition, some art seems a bit off, particularly on Doctor Leviticus.

But then the story gets going. Dick has agreed to work for the Court of Owls as Nightwing because they they have implanted a bomb in Robin (which he has secretly removed), but he wants to play things his own way, not killing or walking on the dark side. However, the Court of Owls wants to bend him to their way, so they give him a partner in the thief Raptor, a man who isn't what he seems, insists that everything Batman has taught him is wrong.

The rest of the book is very interesting as Dick tries to take down the court of Owls and figure out Raptor. Dick is put through the ringer and the nature of Raptor, and the Raptor's true identity takes the book into some deep waters and probes questions like how far should you tow the line between light and darkness, whether you do short term harm to play the long game, the nature of justice (should it be focused on law or on "Robin Hood" style robbing from the rich to give to the poor), as well as the idea of family and adoption. It's about those things, but it doesn't stop being a superhero saga either, which makes it work.

If you like a deeper story or Dick Grayson, this is a good one to check out. It is worth noting that this book unlike other DC Rebirth books doesn't have some ongoing puzzle or hook to keep you reading, but I think the overall quality of the writing is sufficient is for that after the first couple of issues.



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Published on March 11, 2017 08:06 • 45 views • Tags: dc-comics, nightwing, rebirth
Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Rebirth)Batman: Night of the Monster Men by Steve Orlando

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is a crossover between Batman, Detective Comics, and Nightwing as the heroes of all three books unite to face off against an invasion of monsters in Gotham during a natural disaster. The story is okay, with a lot of good action, but it doesn't really do a whole lot to stand out. If it does anything, it does allow some reflection by characters involved in Detective Comics about what happened to Tim Drake.

The story has some sequences that go on too long such as Cacssandra Cain and Stephanie Brown with the cave of confused and angry citizens. But on a more positive note, the story does feature a classic Batman villain with a crazy plan but doesn't go too far with it.

Overall, this crossover is okay, but eminently skippable.



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Published on April 10, 2017 05:03 • 66 views • Tags: batman, crossover, nightwing
Nightwing (2016-) Vol. 2: Back to BludhavenNightwing (2016-) Vol. 2: Back to Bludhaven by Tim Seeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 9-15 of Nightwing. The book is essentially a five part story bracketed in by a One Shot. Issue 9 is, “Fighting Destiny” and finds Dick having some serious nightmares. Superman comes along to help him. Even though, he’s not the Superman Dick knows, the two have a good dynamic and it’s interesting to see that relationship to develop. There are also some good insight as Dick faces his fears.

Issues 10-14 is a five part story that has Dick moving to Blüdhaven in an attempt to get in touch with himself and find out who he really is and to enjoy a city where everything is black and white and he hoped to work in the light as a social worker. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be all that simple. As his boss is a former supervillainess and Blüdhaven has become a refuge for ex-minor villains seeking to turn over a new leaf who go by the name the Run Offs. In addition to that, there’s a series of murders that the Run Offs are being framed for. Overall, this story’s got solid characters, a good mystery, and also some nice character work for Dick.

Issue 15 features a new romance for Dick and focuses on its development . It’s counting down to the present and setitng up the next big storyline. I like the story and the way it just does focus on the relationship and insight into the characters without having to have those as elements jammed into an action story, even though its clearly set up for the next storyline. Given that there were already six issues in this trade, it’s probably reasonable to wonder if this shouldn’t have been included in the next trade, but that’s nitpicky.

Overall, Nightwing continues to be an enjoyable character driven series. This book manages to mine some good moments from what would normally be lesser characters including a battle with the infamous villain Orca. A solid installment.
***Disclosure: I Received a free digital copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review***




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Published on June 19, 2017 18:37 • 89 views • Tags: dc-rebirth, dick-grayson, nightwing
Nightwing Vol. 3: Nightwing Must DieNightwing Vol. 3: Nightwing Must Die by Tim Seeley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 16-21 of Nightwing.

The first five issues constitute the book's titular arc in which Nightwing's girlfriend Shawn is kidnapped just after requesting he get a pregnancy test. He's joined in his search by Robin who is determined to prove himself the rightful successor to Batman despite popular opinion...even on his own team.

Mostly, when this book works, it's because of Damian's character and the relationship to Nightwing and there are some good moments in there. Reading this book made me very curious to check out Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run.

The story is just okay. It feels a bit long and isn't anything readers haven't seen several times before. The art is uneven and often unpleasant to look at.

Still, the relational stuff and tone of the Nightwing series still makes this an okay read.

Issue 21 is a one-shot featuring Wally West showing up in Bludhaven. This is a decent one shot. It's neither boring nor is it a spectacular one. It's just a nice little one off fight that sets the tone for things to come.

Overall, I'd probably most recommend this for Nightwing completists and fans of Damian Wayne.



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Published on October 30, 2017 22:25 • 36 views • Tags: dc-rebirth, dick-grayson, nightwing
Nightwing Vol. 4: BlockbusterNightwing Vol. 4: Blockbuster by Tim Seeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 22-28 of Nightwing. The first four issues are the titular Blockbuster arc and find the new Blockbuster (brother of the original) confronting Nightwing and asking for his help to take down Tigershark and free the city from crime. But whose side is he on and what are his motives? It's a nice four-part arc with a lot surprises and a lot of great guest villains.

A former criminal, Gizmo, who was helping Nightwing as a hacker is murdered and in the second three-issue arc, Night Wing teams up with the Huntress to find who killed his friend and who's behind the Second Hand, a group sending alien technology into Bludhaven and this three-part arc takes him back to his time at Spyral. Overall, another solid story.

The book's side characters deserve a comment. Shawn, his girlfriend at the start of the book (formerly the supervillain the Defacer) goes on a journey in the story as she begins by wanting Dick to get a job. However, she ends up breaking up with him and goes into a very dark place when Gizmo dies. The journey she takes as well as that of other former supervillains is an interesting and engaging one. The end for Shawn isn't catastrophic but is heartbreaking in its own way. I hope we see more of her character. It's a testament to writer Tim Seeley that this character has become that important.



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Published on April 01, 2018 17:35 • 66 views • Tags: dc-rebirth, dick-grayson, nightwing
Nightwing, Vol. 5: Raptor's RevengeNightwing, Vol. 5: Raptor's Revenge by Tim Seeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Nightwing's world begins to collapse around him as the community center faces a funding crisis (because a Senator said something randomly), his ex-supervillian friends are mad at him, his police contact thinks he's into her after she gave him mouth-to-mouth, and to top it all off, Raptor is back to punish Bludhaven to get even with Dick, leading him to try and team up with the town's new boss, Blockbuster.

The first issue is a bit frantically paced and has some silly moments in it. However, once you get past it, the events really come together and the story builds to a solid conclusion for Tim Seeley's run. It's a true finale story with high stakes and a lot being dealt with. The story does feel slightly rushed as if there were how Seeley intended to end things, but that DC changes had forced him to move in this direction prematurely.

Still, Seeley had a decent run, and this wraps up nicely despite a few problems.



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Published on July 30, 2018 23:27 • 107 views • Tags: dc-rebirth, dick-grayson, nightwing

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