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Nightwing, Vol. 1: Better Than Batman

(Nightwing (2016) #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,704 ratings  ·  222 reviews
A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Nightwing is blue!

He's been Robin, he's been a super spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson finds himself back in Gotham City fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those closest to Dick, as Nightwing he must once again choose whether or not to tear himself away from his home in order to combat
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by DC Comics (first published January 25th 2017)
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Better Than Batman?
Well, yes. But that may be because I'm not interested in Batman's solo stuff.


But this was ok. I didn't hate it, but it took me a few days to read through it. Now, I've been super busy with stuff lately, so maybe that had something to do with it, but honestly, I think it was because I never really got sucked into the plot.


I do love Nightwing, though. And I thought Seeley did a great job capturing the character's essence. He's not a broody, dark, knockoff of Bruce Wayne, and I l
Sam Quixote
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nightwing is the worst Rebirth title I’ve read so far. I don’t know how Tim Seeley’s made the charismatic former sidekick of Batman so charmless, uninteresting and soul-crushingly boring but he’s done it! What a garbage writer.

This book picks up where the New 52 Grayson series ended so I was lost immediately as I haven’t been reading that title (I stopped after the terrible first volume, also written by Seeley). Dick stops being Agent 37 of Spyral and becomes Nightwing again for a crap reason t
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the start of Nightwing's Rebirth series in singles, but re-reading it in trade was an unexpected chore. If the 'Grayson redux' storyline and dull characterisation aren't bad enough, the average artwork and yet another round of Dick and Babs 'Will they/wont they?' (they wont) seal the deal. There were brief moments of potential and I think the artist and colourist were simply mis-matched, but Better Than Batman still checks too many boxes on my 'Pet hates in Nightwing comics' list.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
"I owe it to my mom and dad to face fear with a grin. And I try to pay Bruce Wayne back by doing for others what he did for me. By being their net. By catching them before they hit the ground."

Let's get into what was good about this series:
- Emphasized Dick's Romani heritage
- I enjoyed the scenes with Bruce and Damian. All 12 panels.
- I liked Dick's costume.

Let's get into what was 'meh' about this series:
- not my favorite art
- this revolves around the Parliament of Owls
- Damian's dialogue re
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad to see Dick Grayson back as Nightwing. Unfortunately, one of the writers from Grayson (Tim Seeley) came with him. Dick is written so blandly, there's nothing interesting about him. The only thing he has is the occasional meetup with Batgirl. The art is generic with drab coloring. Raptor has one of the worst designed costumes I've ever seen. He looks like a modern day version of Wild Dog with that stupid velcroed on mask. There's no way he could fight in that thing with the coat that com ...more
James DeSantis
Talk about getting better as you go along. I wasn't feeling the rebirth issue or issue 1-2 but man, 3 kicked it up, and 4, 7, and 8 are all really good. I really enjoyed this second half a lot.

So that makes it just good, because the whole thing could have been amazing if they focused more. The start feels cheeky, trying to be funny, instead of coming off easy. Lines that make me cringe throughout are all in the first few issues. Once we get down to it, to the past, to Nightwing and Raptor's rel
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I admit that I bailed on Grayson part way through the series, so I'm not entirely sure how Dick got to where he is. The truth is that I don't particularly care. Dick's time as an undercover agent faking his death was never going to last forever, and it doesn't really matter how he got out of it. This volume feels like an intentional transition, like Seeley is trying to keep the change from undercover spy to full on superhero as seamless as possible. And that's fine, just as it's fine that this l ...more
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I really loved this. Nightwing is one of my favorite characters and I really enjoyed seeing his character growth in this. Not relying on Batman to guide him, and following his own path. Making his own decisions unhindered. I loved the story arc in this one. I really love when the stories are personal and reveal something about the character's past, as this did. I loved the Raptor's character and where the writer went with it. And I always like seeing Batgirl and Nightwing work together, so that ...more
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, so bad. No clear plot that I can see or follow.
Will Robinson Jr.
Nightwing: "He Almost Killed you Bruce", You fell and...
Bruce: "Dick, I didn't fall." "I jumped". "I jumped because I knew you would catch me".

What an ending, Right? Nightwing volume 1: Better than Batman. DC Rebirth continues to work some comicbook magic for DC Comics. This book was quite simply amazing. Tim Seeley continues to be in a groove coming off the incredible work he & Tom King started with Grayson, Volume 1: Agents of Spyral. It is amazing growth that Dick Grayson aka Nightwing h
William Aicher
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, batman
Took a bit to get into, but eventually this story really gelled. Some excellent exploration of Dick Grayson and how he lives in the shadow of his mentor, struggling to stand out and be his own person (and hero). The strong story, along with some magnificent art panels, make this one definitely worth picking up - especially if you are a Batman devotee who's looking to see what's happening on the peripheries of the Batman world.

As soon as I finished, I went ahead and ordered the next collection of
Stewart Tame
Yet another "Volume 1" that isn't actually the beginning of the story. It's the beginning of an arc, sure, but, if you don't know some of Nightwing's history going into this, you're going to have problems following it. Pretty much all I know of Dick Grayson's recent history is the descriptions of graphic novels from Goodreads listings. I know he was some sort of secret agent for a while, and I vaguely recall reading the original Court of Owls TP. And I also remember the debut of Nightwing a long ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, owned, 3-stars, comics
I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did. This seems to pick up where another series has left off, and considering I have never read a Nightwing comic before in my life I was fairly confused for the first couple of issues. There were 2 standout issues in this that were a little above average, but the rest were just very mediocre and bland to me. Despite the fact that Nightwing seems like he would be a very interesting character, especially given his background (which is touched on a lot in t ...more
Vinton Bayne
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how much I love Grayson. This definitely has me wanting to juggle around the comics I keep up with to make room for it.
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I received a free copy of Nightwing Volume 1: Better Than Batman from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.

Considering how I have not read any of Nightwing’s previous books, I found it very easy to pick up where he was at the start.

The storyline is around the Parliament of Owls blackmailing Dick into working for them. We then follow him on a series of missions set by the Parliament of Owls and him trying to get into their organisation so that he can ta
Chris Lemmerman
After the spectacular rollercoaster ride that was Grayson, Nightwing returns as to the tights and Bat-Family, but he's not about to just go back to the usual superheroics, oh no. With the aftermath of Robin War weighing heavily on him, Nightwing sets out to take down the Parliament Of Owls (an off-shoot of the Court Of Owls with a more international bent), and along the way runs afoul of Raptor, a Talon-esque anti-hero with scary similarities to Dick himself.

Having Tim Seeley, one of the co-writ
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't judge a book by its cover . . . I mean title? Nightwing, Vol. 1 was better than some of the various Batman collections I've devoured in the last six months. While I've occasionally had some difficulty jumping cold into DC's Rebirth titles without the full backstory (ahem! Batgirl, just earlier this week) this one had sufficient expositionary dialogue / thought balloons that it did not leave me feeling lost. I was kind of intrigued by Raptor and the later 'reveal' with (view spoiler) ...more
This is what we ended Grayson for? :'(
A weak start with an ironic title.

Not a fan of the art, not a fan of Dick here, not a fan of Raptor or the Parliament of Owls. The only thing I really did like here was Bruce (see, ironic).
The silver spoon was way over the top, even for some Nightwing villain shtick.

Some Dick/Bruce bromance quotes:
Nightwing: "...Bruce...gave me everything he could, so I wouldn't become him. He saved me. And it saved him."
and Bruce: "Dick. I didn't fall. I jumped. I jumped b
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Nightwing as a character, and although I'm a bit tired of the usual friction between him and Batman, this Rebirth volume sends our intrepid hero out on a mission to take down the Parliament of Owls (ugh, so tired of them already), finding a new partner, Raptor, along the way. Seeley throws in some references and characters from the late, lamented Grayson series, so that was a huge plus, and gives some new dimension over the relationship between Nightwing and Batgirl.

The art was ok, not su
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-comics
Still one issue remaining, but I'll add this one anyway. I did enjoy the first part, issues 1-4, where Nightwing is undercover. It wasn't amazing or groundbreaking, but as a transition from Agent Grayson, it felt nice and easy and familiar. I am not enjoying this current section with all the Bat family nonsense and monsters and Hugo Strange and who knows what else. I want to read about Nightwing and the man beneath that mask. Not about a team-up with Batman and Batwoman and all these new Gotham ...more
Wing Kee
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

World: The art for the most part is fine, it's kinetic and the sense of motion and Dick diving into situations is well done. I'm a bit irked by the non action panels though cause they don't really connect and flow well. The world building, it's a mixed bag. I don't mind going into the past for Dick cause his Circus stuff is fun and interesting, but the stuff with Raptor was fairly half baked and a throwaway and being that big a part of his world apparently the end and the stakes we
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman by Tim Seeley is the return of Dick Grayson to the Batman Universe as the superhero Nightwing. The DC Universe has changed and the issues (basically the identity reveal and faked death of Dick Grayson) that forced the character of Nightwing into hiding are no longer a part of the current reality. Now Dick Grayson has returned and can once again be Nightwing.

While this may be applauded by Nightwing fans, it does come as something as a slap to fans of the co
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, library
I enjoyed the start and the end of the story. The middle part felt like it was dragging a little bit and I thought I wouldn’t continue with the series but by the end of it I changed my mind. I still want to know more about Nightwing.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I added the wrong one before so....
Jesse A
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Just ok.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars

I really liked the "Better than Batman" story but the "Rise of the Raptor" was just okay. I would recommend reading "Batman: Detective Comics: Rise of the Batmen" before Rise of the Raptor because there's a major spoiler if you don't. And it wouldn't hurt to read "Batman: Night of the Monster Men" between the two Nightwing stories either, but not necessary.

The artwork didn't do a lot for me. it was fine, but I now know I was spoiled with most of the artwork from Grayson.
Jesse Nicholas
Wow! Nightwing is one of my favorite super heroes. I've been fascinated with him since childhood. I love this new re-imagining of him. Taking his origin story even further. Great addition to the Bat family.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewcopy
Really good artwork on this one! The story is pretty great too, with the undercover spying and all. Former Batman's Robin is now becoming Nightwing. Some may had not seen this coming but what can you do.

It is not super great story at some points, but it is pretty good overall. An enjoyable comic to read.
Liz Janet
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Nightwing is my favourite of the Bat-family, and I’ve been quite upset with the whole “he is an agent of Spyral” thing. He’s not a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. for goodness sake! The point is, I am not a fan of where they took the character. Tim Seeley is a good writer, and he did quite good with what he was given to work with, however, as a fan of Dick Grayson, it felt like a betrayal to have all that happened to him lead him down that specific character path. Lucky for me, most things have been retu ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in singles. Grayson is a series I wish had lasted longer, but due to fan outcry in certain circles, alas.

Thank goodness Seeley carried over to the Boy Wonder's super series. I've had a few issues with Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (that have nothing to do with quality, it's a good series), due to the continuity seemingly ignoring Grayson. None of that here, it's all informing and tying into Nightwing.

And it is all about Nightwing, his history, and his history with Batman. This series is a
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Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer known for his work on books such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Dark Elf Trilogy, Batman Eternal and Grayson. He is also the co-creator of the Image Comics titles Hack/Slash[1] and Revival, as well as the Dark Horse titles, ExSanguine and Sundowners. He lives in Chicago.

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