Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman

Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Nightwing is back...in 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...

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Title:Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman
Author:Tim Seeley
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ISBN:140126803X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:176 pages

Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman Reviews

  • Will Robinson Jr.
    Aug 11, 2016

    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 of the incredible work he & Tom King started with

    . It is amazing growth that Dick Grayson aka Nightwing ha

    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 of the incredible work he & Tom King started with

    . It is amazing growth that Dick Grayson aka Nightwing has under gone. He has been a sidekick, a superhero, a spy and found his way back to being Nightwing. I love the audacity of the title here, "Better than Batman". This I feel becomes very true as Seeley takes Grayson on a journey to becoming his own man. As Nightwing begins his most dangerous assignment yet he is instructed by his mentor Batman to trust in himself and that he no longer needs a mentor. In this first volume of the series Nightwing must infiltrate one of the most secretive and dangerous organizations running Gotham, the Court of the Owls, and destroy them from within. This mission seems impossible and suicidal. Batgirl also thinks Nightwing has a death wish. He is not entirely alone on this mission as he is soon joined by a mysterious thief who works for the Court of the Owls called Raptor. Raptor has his own plans to takedown the Owls and maybe bring Nightwing over to the dark side as well. Seeley uses a tight plot and action to get into the head of what makes Nightwing tick. I really enjoyed the artists team's work on this book. Fernandez pencils some great fights and Sotomayor's colors work well with the tone of the story. Seeley writes some great dialogue for the characters and the mystery of Raptor keeps you engaged up until the climatic end. I really enjoyed the moments with Batgirl and Damian. The ending to this arc was extremely satisfying. I can not wait to read the next arc.

  • Sesana
    Jan 30, 2017

    I admit that I bailed on

    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

    I admit that I bailed on

    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 looks like it might be the last chapter in the Owls. I think we were all pretty much done with those guys anyways, right? The first couple of issues are fine, if not exciting, but things start to get interesting when Dick teams up Raptor. In fact, it seemed like every issue was an improvement on the previous. This isn't the best Rebirth book I've read so far, but it's solid enough and there's promise for future issues.

  • Chris
    Nov 13, 2016

    When the New 52 Nightwing series ended I had my doubts about Grayson, but I quickly became a huge fan. So when I heard that Dick would be 'Back in Gotham. Back in blue. Back against the wall.' (Love that tagline), I couldn't help but have doubts again, despite Grayson co-writer Tim Seeley staying onboard. Well, Better Than Batman blew my doubts away as Seeley not only tops his issues of Grayson, he writes his best stor

    When the New 52 Nightwing series ended I had my doubts about Grayson, but I quickly became a huge fan. So when I heard that Dick would be 'Back in Gotham. Back in blue. Back against the wall.' (Love that tagline), I couldn't help but have doubts again, despite Grayson co-writer Tim Seeley staying onboard. Well, Better Than Batman blew my doubts away as Seeley not only tops his issues of Grayson, he writes his best story to date.

    Admittedly, it starts a little slowly. Like most Rebirth issues, Nightwing's acts as something of a recap, tying up loose ends and bridging the gap between his time with Spyral and his return to Gotham. My favourite aspect of the issue is that it shows how connected Dick Grayson still is, from the allies he made at Spyral to his return into the the Bat-family. Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn provide the artwork and I wouldn't mind them returning to series in future.

    As for the series proper, Seeley delivers everything that Nightwing fans could want. Firstly, let's talk about that title. 'Nightwing: Better Than Batman' suggests that Dick is better than Bruce, but it soon appears to be a case of classic comic book misdirection. The title 'officially' refers to Nightwing's new mentor, Raptor, but when all is said and done it also seems to encompass it's initial meaning. Like many Nightwing fans, I think he

    better than Batman and not only that, but his Rebirth book is superior, too. It's a great title for the first arc and one with more meaning than I'd expected.

    On a similar note, Raptor himself is more layered than his "Geez, what an asshole!" introduction suggests. Nightwing doesn't have enough memorable characters in his own lore, but Seeley starts to remedy that by ensuring that Raptor is a fully fleshed out and interesting addition to his world. I hope we haven't seen the last of him.

    As great as Seeley's writing is, it wouldn't be as good without a strong art team and Javier Fernandez and colourist Chris Sotomayor deliver. I wasn't sold on it initially as some of the facial expressions seemed a little off, but their style quickly grew on me and you can see the art improve throughout the arc. Fernandez captures Nightwing's agility really well and creates a real sense of movement in combat. There's also an impressive level of detail considering the single issues shipped twice monthly and it always serves a purpose. If a scene doesn't require extra details then it doesn't have them, but every blood splatter, damaged mask, creepy monster and background environment looks all the better for having them.

    Meanwhile, Sotomayor uses distinct colours to great effect. The bold insignias of Nightwing and Raptor stand out against the dark environments they often find themselves in. Bursts of pink, blue and purple emphasise movement in combat. Orange candlelight illuminates mazes, while cold blues add an eerie quality to the night skies. He really compliments the linework, particularly during a sepia-toned flashback which gives Fernandez's art a completely different feel.

    Their covers look great too, but I couldn't pass up a run of variants by Ivan Reis. He's one of the best artists in the world of modern comics and as soon as he was announced for this run I knew I couldn't miss out. I pre-ordered each variant before it was even revealed and unsurprisingly, I haven't been let down in the slightest.

    Ultimately, Nightwing's first volume feels true to the theme of Rebirth. The New 52 continuity remains, but with 'missing' elements of the character restored (and the black and

    costume, of course!). Yet this isn't simply pandering or appealing to reader's nostalgia. Dick Grayson starts a new chapter of his life in Better Than Batman and I couldn't be happier with what the creative team achieved here.

    The writing is superb and the art team match it every step of the way. I laughed at Dick's jokes and witty banter and became engrossed in his confrontations and the ongoing mystery surrounding Raptor and his motivations. The Rebirth initiative has given Nightwing a new lease of life and I can't wait to see what happens next. After just one arc, this series is already on the same level as Grayson for me. Better Than Batman is essential for Dick Grayson fans and highly recommended to newcomers, too.

  • James DeSantis
    Nov 25, 2016

    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

    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 relationship, it gets so damn intense and good.

    I'd recommend reading all the way through to really get the emotional weight of it all. Some great finish up moments and the last two issues in particular give me a lot of hope for the growth of our favorite side hero. I just hope it keeps up with the quality!

  • Steve
    Jan 15, 2017

    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.

  • Chris Lemmerman
    Jan 21, 2017

    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

    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-writers on Grayson for the majority of the run, carry on as writer for Dick is a no-brainer. He grasps Dick's voice so well by this point, and the addition of Raptor to the story helps to explore some of what Grayson wasn't able to get into - how Batman's influence has shaped who he is.

    Javier Fernandez draws this arc, with Yanick Paquette drawing the Rebirth issue. Fernandez's art is lithe and nimble, turning itself to all of the insane settings that Dick finds himself trapped in (like another Owl labyrinth, because everyone loves those), and Paquette's interiors are always lovely.

    Nightwing continues to blaze his own path in the DC Universe with Rebirth, and if you liked what came before, you'll love this too, I expect.

  • Sam Quixote
    Feb 06, 2017

    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

    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 then tries to bring down an offshoot of the Court of Owls, the Parliament of Owls, with a cheap Batman knockoff partner called Raptor. How? By stealing the plans of a labyrinth... or something?! Christ, it’s awful.

    The lack of anything vaguely resembling a clear, compelling plot made this so maddeningly dull. Seeley’s got Dick running around everywhere but who the fuck can follow what’s going on or why - that’s how sloppy his writing is. Someone in the Parliament turns into an actual monster, Raptor is Dick’s enemy then his buddy then back again (it doesn’t matter), Dick’s sorta dating Batgirl, Raptor’s unnecessarily connected to Dick’s ma, and all this nonsense that adds up to nothing. I kept putting it down because I couldn’t read more than a few pages at a time it was so dull and stupid.

    I could go on but I’d just be repeating the same thing: this was a badly-written sleeping aid that’s not worth the effort of struggling through. I like Dick Grayson and I want to read a great Nightwing comic but Tim Seeley hasn’t got the talent to give us that. “Better Than Batman”? HA! It’s not even better than explosive diarrhea!

  • Danielle
    Feb 11, 2017

    Read this review and more on my

    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

    Read this review and more on my

    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 take them down. Whilst a fairly simple plot, I still found it very enjoyable with enough plot twists to not make it boring. I do find that sometimes, having a simple plot that only focuses on one thing (in this case Dick trying to take down the Parliament of Owls) can benefit the story as it does not get bogged down by trying to do too much.

    Although the storyline is an important aspect of a comic book, a great story cannot make up for bad artwork. Fortunately, for Nightwing Volume 1, the artwork worked very well with the story. I was able to tell exactly what was going on, and it was easy to focus on the right part of each panel (I do have a tendency to jump panels if the artwork grabs my attention). If was to nitpick, then I would only complain about the facial expressions. I was able to tell what they were trying to get across but they occasionally just did not seem quite right. Now I am no artist, so I cannot say what they should or should not change or even how they should do it; but if the facial expressions were more realistic then for me this would have been almost perfect.

    If you know that you do not like Nightwing, then give it a miss but most people will enjoy this.

  • Georgia
    Feb 24, 2017

    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.

  • Jesse Nicholas
    Feb 25, 2017

    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.