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The New York Times bestselling Injustice team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo continue their acclaimed run on Nightwing with this second volume that ties-in with the BATMAN: FEAR STATE event! When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn't send herself, they realize Oracle's system has been hacked! But who The New York Times bestselling Injustice team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo continue their acclaimed run on Nightwing with this second volume that ties-in with the BATMAN: FEAR STATE event! When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn't send herself, they realize Oracle's system has been hacked! But who is powerful enough to break into Oracle's own super-secure network? And what personal information is now at risk? Not only that, this mysterious Anti-Oracle is taking advantage of Gotham City's state of fear and has bombarded the city with falsities, spreading even more fear. With the Bat-Team's comms unreliable, Nightwing heads to Gotham to find the source of Anti-Oracle's transmissions. Batgirl and Nightwing accidentally get hit with something that reveals their deepest fears...and it involves each other. This volume collects Nightwing #84-86, Nightwing 2021 Annual and a story, "The Bats of Christmas Past", from Batman: Urban Legends #10!


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The New York Times bestselling Injustice team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo continue their acclaimed run on Nightwing with this second volume that ties-in with the BATMAN: FEAR STATE event! When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn't send herself, they realize Oracle's system has been hacked! But who The New York Times bestselling Injustice team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo continue their acclaimed run on Nightwing with this second volume that ties-in with the BATMAN: FEAR STATE event! When the Bat-Family receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn't send herself, they realize Oracle's system has been hacked! But who is powerful enough to break into Oracle's own super-secure network? And what personal information is now at risk? Not only that, this mysterious Anti-Oracle is taking advantage of Gotham City's state of fear and has bombarded the city with falsities, spreading even more fear. With the Bat-Team's comms unreliable, Nightwing heads to Gotham to find the source of Anti-Oracle's transmissions. Batgirl and Nightwing accidentally get hit with something that reveals their deepest fears...and it involves each other. This volume collects Nightwing #84-86, Nightwing 2021 Annual and a story, "The Bats of Christmas Past", from Batman: Urban Legends #10!

30 review for Nightwing: Fear State

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Tom Taylor is killing it on Nightwing. First up is Robbi Rodriguez, coming in to illustrate the 3 Fear State issues. Taylor manages to get plenty of nice character moments with Batman and Batgirl slipped into this crossover. I'm excited to see Dick and Barbara as a couple again too. Rodriguez's art looks so much better with Adriano Lucas on coloring. I was shocked how much better it looked without Rico Renzi's garish color palettes. Then there is a team-up with the Red Hood in the annual. This is Tom Taylor is killing it on Nightwing. First up is Robbi Rodriguez, coming in to illustrate the 3 Fear State issues. Taylor manages to get plenty of nice character moments with Batman and Batgirl slipped into this crossover. I'm excited to see Dick and Barbara as a couple again too. Rodriguez's art looks so much better with Adriano Lucas on coloring. I was shocked how much better it looked without Rico Renzi's garish color palettes. Then there is a team-up with the Red Hood in the annual. This is the kind of work Taylor really shines at. He flashes back to the first time Dick and Jason went out as Nightwing and Robin. It's so freaking good. The final story is a short story from Tini Howard pulled from Batman: Urban Legends #10. She makes an attempt at a Christmas Carol homage that falls completely flat. She can't decide to make it a hallucination or real and fails at both. I'm all in with this Nightwing run. I think it's one of the best things Taylor has done.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    For not at all contrived or absurd reasons, Gotham City has been turned into a police state ruled over by The Magistrate, whose militarised private police force are keeping down vigilantes and ordinary people alike. Also in the mix is the mysterious Seer who has managed to hack into Oracle’s network and is using it to spread lies. It’s down to Nightwing and the Bat-fambly to set things right - nobody spies on or beats up the people of Gotham besides them! I really hate that DC (and Marvel too) a For not at all contrived or absurd reasons, Gotham City has been turned into a police state ruled over by The Magistrate, whose militarised private police force are keeping down vigilantes and ordinary people alike. Also in the mix is the mysterious Seer who has managed to hack into Oracle’s network and is using it to spread lies. It’s down to Nightwing and the Bat-fambly to set things right - nobody spies on or beats up the people of Gotham besides them! I really hate that DC (and Marvel too) always do this - they take a promising new series and immediately hamstring it by ignoring what the first volume was setting up and forcing it to tie into some stupid event they’ve got going on. That’s what they’ve done with Nightwing which pointlessly gets dragged into the Fear State nonsense. And that’s what makes this second book such a disappointing follow-up to the decent first volume. Not that you need to be reading Fear State to get a handle on the three-part tie-in story here. I had no problems figuring out what was what thanks to Tom Taylor letting the reader know what’s going on - not that it’s all that difficult to grasp in the first place. And that’s the problem: Fear State is such an uninteresting storyline. Fear is bad, and, uh, so are police states, fake news and deepfakes - thems is things? Fascinating. Because all the big stuff has to happen in the main Fear State storyline, Taylor’s story is a fringe one, told around the main storyline. So all Taylor can let Nightwing and co. do is fight a bunch of one-dimensional robot suits and drones, led by similarly forgettable baddies like Magistrate and Seer, for three issues while occasionally huffing in some Scarecrow Fear Toxin. It’s very weak and unsatisfying. It also seems to be more about Babs than Dick - not great for fans wanting to read about Nightwing in a Nightwing book - and I’m not a huge fan of Robbi Rodriguez’s art either. Padding out the rest of the book are a couple of one-shots. Blood Brothers sees “Red Hood” murder someone in cold blood - but is it Jason?! Hmm. Oo, my poor bonce in figgering it out. Yeah, the solution is a tired one at this point - they’ve used that particular character way too much recently. Taylor does write some decent scenes between Dick and Jason that expands on their friendship and Cian Tormey/Daniel HDR’s art is pretty good too, though ultimately it’s a throwaway story that has filler written all over it. And then there’s Tini Howard and Christian Duce’s The Bats of Christmas Past that has Dick huff Scarecrow gas again (how creative!) and goes through a version of A Christmas Carol (how creative!). Duce’s art is solid but I couldn’t have been more bored with this one. Howard is a bad writer and this is a bad comic. Boo! Boo I say! (how creative!) Is Nightwing, Volume 2: Fear State good? Nay! Will Nightwing, Volume 3 be good? Hopefully - tell DC to fuck off with their synergy meddling bullcrap and it might stand a better chance than this skippable volume did!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was really good omg! I loved this one! So it pretty much ties into fear state and Dick goes to Gotham and teams up with Babs and others to take down Seer, the anti-oracle and protect Babs files and its a cute filled story and I love that moment when they kiss and that moment with Bruce where he calls him a son ;) And then there is a 2 part story where Dick is being targeted by assassins and oh well its an art delight as we see like panelling which fills like one long scene, a pure action scene This was really good omg! I loved this one! So it pretty much ties into fear state and Dick goes to Gotham and teams up with Babs and others to take down Seer, the anti-oracle and protect Babs files and its a cute filled story and I love that moment when they kiss and that moment with Bruce where he calls him a son ;) And then there is a 2 part story where Dick is being targeted by assassins and oh well its an art delight as we see like panelling which fills like one long scene, a pure action scene in a movie and I love it omg its so good to see and then him and Titans sort of teaming up to after the assassins - Gunhawk and Gunbunny and their employer Blockbuster and I love the inclusion of Titans in it, it just shows like Dick is not alone as he has his friends with him! And a fun Jason team up story and whose impersonating as his brother?! Its an awesome graphic novel and has so many awesome moments and its filled with character moments that will make you smile and for the longest time the Nightwing book was dark but seeing it being this light hearted and bringing back all the relationships and friendships back just puts a smile to my face and I just love it, the art and writing both, just so cute!! <3!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Tommy T. can hardly do any wrong, even though this slim volume was more about Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) than NW, really, and the Christmas issue was cute if inconsequential. Tommy T. can hardly do any wrong, even though this slim volume was more about Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) than NW, really, and the Christmas issue was cute if inconsequential.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    A good partial companion to the Fear State storyline. It was great to see Nightwing in action with the rest of the Bat-family. The exchange between him and Bruce is my faverite for a long time. The book contains three issues that are part of the Fear State. Nightwing, the Batgirls, and Robin facing the anti-Oricle. A great story about brothers between Nightwing and Red Hood. The final story was ok but no where near as strong as the others. A bit of a tale of Christmas past and present. A good cont A good partial companion to the Fear State storyline. It was great to see Nightwing in action with the rest of the Bat-family. The exchange between him and Bruce is my faverite for a long time. The book contains three issues that are part of the Fear State. Nightwing, the Batgirls, and Robin facing the anti-Oricle. A great story about brothers between Nightwing and Red Hood. The final story was ok but no where near as strong as the others. A bit of a tale of Christmas past and present. A good continuation if the series. I look forward to see where things go from here. The books finishes a with varient cover gallery, and a sketch book of the new Batgirl costume.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Nightwing: Fear State collections Nightwing #84-86, Nightwing 2021 annual, and Batman Urban Legends #10. Okay, I liked this but it was in no way as good as the first Tom Taylor Nightwing volume. The Fear State event killed the momentum from the last volume. Dick and Babs kissing was good, though. I also very much enjoyed the team-up with Red Hood, which is weird because I'm not a fan of Jason Todd at all. The Fear State stuff was fun for what it was, although there were a few too many quips for m Nightwing: Fear State collections Nightwing #84-86, Nightwing 2021 annual, and Batman Urban Legends #10. Okay, I liked this but it was in no way as good as the first Tom Taylor Nightwing volume. The Fear State event killed the momentum from the last volume. Dick and Babs kissing was good, though. I also very much enjoyed the team-up with Red Hood, which is weird because I'm not a fan of Jason Todd at all. The Fear State stuff was fun for what it was, although there were a few too many quips for my taste. It kills the sense of jeopardy but that's a rant for another day. Three out of five stars. Let's hope the next volume doesn't get derailed by another Bat-Event.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* There’s a lot of confusion and contradiction on the internet as to what exactly is in this volume. Now, whether that’s because there was an original announcement that was changed before printing or simply a botch up in information, I’m not sure. But I can confirm that this volume collects only issues #84-86 and Nightwing Annual #1 and a short story from Batman: Urban Legends #10 That’s it. It doesn’t collect issues #87-88 as many sources suggest it does. Perhaps this *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* There’s a lot of confusion and contradiction on the internet as to what exactly is in this volume. Now, whether that’s because there was an original announcement that was changed before printing or simply a botch up in information, I’m not sure. But I can confirm that this volume collects only issues #84-86 and Nightwing Annual #1 and a short story from Batman: Urban Legends #10 That’s it. It doesn’t collect issues #87-88 as many sources suggest it does. Perhaps this should’ve been assumed by all though, considering issues #84-86 are the Fear State tie-ins; all the issues after are related only to the Nightwing storyline. And it’s for the reason that these issues were tie-ins that this vol was a bust. Reading this without being aware of the Fear State storyline was not an enjoyable experience and not something I recommend doing. It left me confused like I was missing something (because I was, having not read any of the Fear State storyline in other comic series) and it left me annoyed that the storyline sprung from nowhere, making references to scenes I’d never seen before and completely veering away from the storyline and cliffhanger previously set up in Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping into the Light. Even the editor’s notes directing the reader to check out certain Batman issues to find the backstory to Fear State references weren’t enough to dispel my confusion, especially as the plot started at one point, back-pedalled without announcement, and then continued on. It was strange and confusingly non-chronological. The Fear State tie-in issues felt so different from what was strongly established as Nightwing in Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping into the Light and not only because of the abandonment of the previous plot. It was also because of the new artist and the different art style they brought to it. The tone of the story was different, and the pacing was incredibly fast. The humour felt cheap, the romance was too forced, and overall it just had a completely different feel to it than Tom Taylor’s work usually does. And that was extremely evident due to the annual issue and the short story from the Urban Legends issue that were also included in which Taylor’s writing was rock solid again. It contrasted with the earlier half of the vol and resembled Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping into the Light so much that it was the perfect example of what the other issues were missing. The annual issue and the short story from the Urban Legends issue had fun Easter egg references tucked away in the dialogue, witty banter everywhere, and a dynamic past/present storytelling style. They were great reads and genuinely fun. But they were also throwaway filler plots and so can’t be enough to boost this 3 star rating to 4, instead we’ll settle for 3.5 stars and call it a day. So whilst this had some nice father-son moments between Bruce and Dick, some cute romantic moments between Babs and Dick, and great bonding between Dick and Jason, for the most part this was average. And so I wouldn’t feel bad recommending you skip it completely. And if you did decide to do so, you probably wouldn’t miss out on anything because vol 3 will likely act as if none of the events in this vol ever happened, considering the contents of this vol didn’t have anything to do with where the storyline left off at the end of Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping into the Light.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Just when he starts getting his feet under the table in Bludhaven, Nightwing finds himself dragged back to Gotham in order to support the Batfamily through Fear State. I'll be honest, most of the Fear State tie-in didn't register in my mind. I vaguely recall a team-up with Batgirl and some stuff with the Magistrate, but I think I was so annoyed at the already glacial pace of the main story being knocked off course already that I didn't take it in out of spite. They did look nice though, with Robb Just when he starts getting his feet under the table in Bludhaven, Nightwing finds himself dragged back to Gotham in order to support the Batfamily through Fear State. I'll be honest, most of the Fear State tie-in didn't register in my mind. I vaguely recall a team-up with Batgirl and some stuff with the Magistrate, but I think I was so annoyed at the already glacial pace of the main story being knocked off course already that I didn't take it in out of spite. They did look nice though, with Robbi Rodriguez stepping in for these three issues on art, giving Gotham a very distinct feeling apart from Bludhaven. The actual Nightwing issues are neat - the single continuous image issue #87 is ambitious, and gloriously rendered by Bruno Redondo, while Nightwing's triumphant return to the finger stripes in issue #88 was a long time coming. Also included is the Nightwing/Red Hood team-up annual, which demonstrates as usual that Nightwing's is just so much fun when he's interacting with his siblings. The art here is from Cian Tormey and Daniel HDR. This run on Nightwing has been great, I can't argue that. Take each individual issue under its own merit and they're superb. But when you put them together, I feel like they're less than the sum of their parts, because it's taking forever for anything to actually happen. A three issue event tie-in, a gimmick issue (however clever) and an mostly inconsequential annual leaves you with just one issue that actually advances the plot out of six, and that's really not good enough, even if each issue is solid in its own right. It makes it really hard to rate the collection as a whole.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    A fun volume, but not as good as vol 1. So this volume has three stories in it essentially. The first one is the Fear State tie in story where Dick goes to Gotham to help Barbra Gordon after her Oracle network was hijacked. I'm not really reading the main Batman books right now so I didn't know much of the context for it. It was fun but it did feel more like a Batgirl story then Nightwing, and it kind of ends unsatisfyingly to setup the new Batgirl book. There is a fun backup story (which they r A fun volume, but not as good as vol 1. So this volume has three stories in it essentially. The first one is the Fear State tie in story where Dick goes to Gotham to help Barbra Gordon after her Oracle network was hijacked. I'm not really reading the main Batman books right now so I didn't know much of the context for it. It was fun but it did feel more like a Batgirl story then Nightwing, and it kind of ends unsatisfyingly to setup the new Batgirl book. There is a fun backup story (which they repeat, same exact backup story, in two of the issues?) where Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain are teaming up which I thought was fun. The second story is part of the main arc in Nightwing right now where he has inherited a fortune from Alfred and wants to help Bludhaven which puts Dick Grayson in Blockbuster's crosshairs. It was good, but it did feel a bit fillerly, as one issue is made up of almost entirely of two page spreads of Nightwing chasing down someone who has kidnapped his dog. Bruno Redondo's art is spectacular but it didn't really advance the story so I was a bit mixed on it. The last issue in this portion of the trade does have the original Titans team up which was cool. The best part is probably the Annual which has Nightwing and Red Hood team up after Jason is framed for murder. It was a really fun and heartwarming story as it shows the two of them as actual brothers rather then two ideologically opposed Robins. Overall, this volume was decent but I would have liked more focus on the main story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Last year, Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo – after their brief, but excellent run on Suicide Squad began work on another comic book title, specifically about the original Boy Wonder. Having never read any Nightwing comics, the initial volume of their run was my gateway and a great intro for anyone wanting to read Dick Grayson’s adventures in Blüdhaven. However, since Grayson is a member of the Bat-Family, he is roped into a crossover event that began during the main Batman title. Part of the appeal Last year, Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo – after their brief, but excellent run on Suicide Squad began work on another comic book title, specifically about the original Boy Wonder. Having never read any Nightwing comics, the initial volume of their run was my gateway and a great intro for anyone wanting to read Dick Grayson’s adventures in Blüdhaven. However, since Grayson is a member of the Bat-Family, he is roped into a crossover event that began during the main Batman title. Part of the appeal of this particular run was that it was more about showing the domesticity of its eponymous hero than actually showing the spandex-wearing heroics, taking cue from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye, as both titles have their own scene-stealing dog for the hero to look after. Tying in with the crossover event “Fear State”, Dick receives misleading information and incorrect directions from Oracle, ones Barbara Gordon didn't send herself, coming to the realisation that Oracle's system has been hacked. As Dick returns to Gotham, he is reunited with his family and together they must find the source of the mysterious Anti-Oracle's transmissions. Being a change of pace from the initial issues of Nightwing – not least with Bruce Redondo is not involved in the interior art, but does draw the covers – you can tell that Taylor had to adjust to the COGS going on during this crossover. Along with the main event, which is about the Scarecrow wanting to control Gotham using fear, and the mayor’s mission to protect the city with his deal with the Magistrate, you have other titles coalescing with the narrative such as Batgirls, which actually has the conclusion regarding the Anti-Oracle conflict. That being said, the three tie-in issues that Taylor have written are enough to sustain its own narrative without you having to read the rest of “Fear State”. This is largely down to the top-notch interactions Nightwing has with members of the Family, including a brief pair-up with Batman, who he proclaims Dick as his son. Whilst Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain jump into the fun and have a few one-liners, it is Dick’s relationship with Barbara is what’s emotionally driving these issues as she reclaims her mantle as Batgirl. Also, once you start throwing in Scarecrow’s fear toxin, which is not really a big deal, in how Taylor depicts it, but how it informs the rekindled romance between Dick and Barbara is heartwarming. As for the art itself, which is not as vibrant as Redondo’s, but Robbi Rodriguez’s sharp illustrations, along with Adriano Lucas’ colouring, allow for some cool visuals, specifically when someone’s cape spreads out like a bat’s wing. After those initial issues, we move onto the first annual of this run, in which Nightwing teams up with Red Hood to investigate a series of murders by someone impersonating as the latter. Contrasting with this narrative, which is drawn by Cian Tormey, we get the Daniel HDR-drawn flashbacks that showcase the sense of brotherhood between Dick and Jason Todd. With Nightwing and one of the Batman annuals that he wrote, Taylor is interesting in exploring the dynamic of the Bat-Family from past to present, and considering the tragedies that these characters have been through, Taylor is always determined to give them a positive outcome, which is always touching. Concluding the volume with Tini Howard’s issue of Batman: Urban Legends, in which Nightwing goes through his Christmas Carol, which is nowhere as effective as Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Noël, this volume is a successful change of pace for the series, though I’m hoping we get back to Blüdhaven, where the real fun is happening.

  11. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Collection of Nightwing stories that explore his relationship with various members of the bat family. I enjoyed them all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    This was an enjoyable read with solid art - with a little glitch in my Hoopla (library app I was reading this on) that put the first 5 pages out of order and thoroughly confused me (why are we starting in the middle of a story?). I don't think I am as ga-ga over Tom Taylor's run on Nightwing as others are but I certainly enjoyed reading this. It just isn't one I would think "I need this in my collection". One thing that hurt it is the story was part of a Fear event. And I hate events now. As a c This was an enjoyable read with solid art - with a little glitch in my Hoopla (library app I was reading this on) that put the first 5 pages out of order and thoroughly confused me (why are we starting in the middle of a story?). I don't think I am as ga-ga over Tom Taylor's run on Nightwing as others are but I certainly enjoyed reading this. It just isn't one I would think "I need this in my collection". One thing that hurt it is the story was part of a Fear event. And I hate events now. As a comic book ready - events piss me off. In this case we get a few "to find out what happened to XX read XX issue XX" so the story feels incomplete. And, as is the case with many of these events...it doesn't feel worthy of a crossover. A woman named Seer got control of Oracle's system and they have to shut it down. Nightwing and Batgirls and Robin do this without breaking a sweat. It is a good story but why does it have to be an event with a bunch of crossovers? Also - it completely disrupts the build up from volume 1 where Nightwing said he would protect Bludhaven...instead he spends most of this volume in Gotham city. The Red Hood adventure was fun but nothing new (Red Hood is framed for a murder). The most fun issue was actually the one story not written by Tom Taylor which was a nod to a Christmas Carol and Nightwing gets visited by ghosts of Christmas past/present/future. All in all - a good time. Despite my complaints I had a good time reading this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    I appreciate the team-ups with various BatGirls and Red Hood in this, but it’s a shame that vol1’s fresh start is already getting diverted with event tie-ins, especially one as forgettable as Fear State. Robbi Rodriguez fills in for Redondo on internal art and it’s a noticeable downgrade to a much messier, murkier digital art look. The self-contained Annual and Urban Legends stories in the back half of this collection are an improvement, but more above-average than amazing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Sanchez

    Fear State is going on, which means Gotham is taken over by the government and vigilantes are even more illegal than they were. So, what is Nightwing up to? Off to save the day. The narration is interesting and the characters have distinct voices. There’s some nice-looking action with dynamic figures. As far as tie-ins go, it seems like what happens here is critical to the side characters and even has some influence on the main plot. It was a fun romp, but totally unrelated to the story set up in Fear State is going on, which means Gotham is taken over by the government and vigilantes are even more illegal than they were. So, what is Nightwing up to? Off to save the day. The narration is interesting and the characters have distinct voices. There’s some nice-looking action with dynamic figures. As far as tie-ins go, it seems like what happens here is critical to the side characters and even has some influence on the main plot. It was a fun romp, but totally unrelated to the story set up in the previous volume of Nightwing. Characters don’t develop much. Ostensibly, changes were made in the status quo of Batgirl/Oracle, but whether these changes will stick? Four words: superhero comics always revert. The art does action nicely, but it feels more expressive than clean. It’s pretty much DC’s house style with some looseness. I prefer the first volume’s art by Redondo. I prefer the first volume overall. If you want a Nightwing story that does anything new, try a different book. If you simply want more of Tom Taylor’s pitch perfect characterization, this should work well. For four issues at least. The last issue is by Tini Howard, and it fits the Dick, too, but it is even more tangential than the Fear State issues.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luke Costin

    Worth it for issue 87 alone. Didn’t care for the Fear State story but even this side quest managed to be pure comic book fun. Hands down one of the best ongoing super hero books right now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sid

    *seinfeld voice* -you're crying from reading nightwing? -bruce calling dick his son, and jason and dick calling bruce dad got to me. *seinfeld voice* -you're crying from reading nightwing? -bruce calling dick his son, and jason and dick calling bruce dad got to me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michel Siskoid Albert

    Nightwing's second Infinite Frontier era trade, Fear State, collecting issues #84-88 and the 2021 Annual, is disappointing given Tom Taylor's fresh start in vol.1. After setting up a bold new direction, a new villain, etc., the Batman offices force him (and Dick) to head back to Gotham to participate in a crossover for HALF the volume, with a different artist no less. While Robbi Rodriguez, and Tormey and HDR on the Annual, are good artists, their use of Redondo's techniques - ghost images of ac Nightwing's second Infinite Frontier era trade, Fear State, collecting issues #84-88 and the 2021 Annual, is disappointing given Tom Taylor's fresh start in vol.1. After setting up a bold new direction, a new villain, etc., the Batman offices force him (and Dick) to head back to Gotham to participate in a crossover for HALF the volume, with a different artist no less. While Robbi Rodriguez, and Tormey and HDR on the Annual, are good artists, their use of Redondo's techniques - ghost images of action and baton diagrams - are clunky. And though there are some good moments in Fear State, in particular the use of Nightwing's family (the Bat Family) as a support system, I still can't understand how DC's decided to fast track all the Future State stuff, which is supposed to happen years in the future, so that it all happens NOW. Gotham as a police state could have been ripped from the headlines, but instead feels like Batman's stepped into Robocop. In these three issues and the Annual's team-up with Red Hood, the best parts are those that flash back to earlier in the relationships. Taylor just makes all these relationships - even Dick and Jason as bona fide BROTHERS - work so well. If everyone seems to always be crashing Nightwing's title (the Titans, Superman, etc.), it's because he's FRIENDS with everyone, that's just his CHARACTER. And I love that. Thankfully, the collection ends with a couple issues of our boy back in Blüdhaven dealing with the fallout from his civilian identity's very public announcement before the "break", including an issue that's just one long panel, using Redondo's ability to work with ghost images, and that's what I want from this series. But as a high profile member of the Batman universe, Taylor's gonna have a heck of a time avoiding the pitfalls of crossover madness...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    A bit of a letdown after the stellar first volume, this one features a mixed bag which destroys all of the momentum from the initial issues. First, 3 parts that tie into the Fear State epic. I liked the commentary featured when Nightwing and Batman are together as well as the continued slow steps of the Dick/Babs relationship. This arc seemed to be intended to really focus on the family aspect between the Robins and all of the Batgirls. While I don't like the continued growth of additional member A bit of a letdown after the stellar first volume, this one features a mixed bag which destroys all of the momentum from the initial issues. First, 3 parts that tie into the Fear State epic. I liked the commentary featured when Nightwing and Batman are together as well as the continued slow steps of the Dick/Babs relationship. This arc seemed to be intended to really focus on the family aspect between the Robins and all of the Batgirls. While I don't like the continued growth of additional members, I appreciate that they are integrated, individual personalities and act like brothers and sisters. The art is a little "anime-ish" at times but with more sketchiness resulting in some panels looking better than others. Second is the Annual featuring Nightwing and Red Hood. I ended up liking this more than I thought because it focuses on their past and current relationship, again showing their differences but still have a common bond between them. Last is a "Christmas Carol" style story written by Tini Howard featuring Nightwing and the Batgirls. It's fun and has a little bit of a twist to it, but it sticks with the idea of family, helping the reader understand Dick Grayson more, and staying with a lighthearted tone to the book. Looking forward to a longer and focused arc for the next volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I really like Taylor's writing on this book, but it also barely felt like a Nightwing book. The bulk of this collection is the Fear State issues. Which is fine, other than me wondering why editorial bothers to have Dick over in Bludhaven if they're going to constantly yank him back over to Gotham. The problem, such as it is, is that these issues feel way less like a Nightwing comic with Babs guest starring than a backdoor pilot for the Batgirls series. I didn't exactly mind that, because the wri I really like Taylor's writing on this book, but it also barely felt like a Nightwing book. The bulk of this collection is the Fear State issues. Which is fine, other than me wondering why editorial bothers to have Dick over in Bludhaven if they're going to constantly yank him back over to Gotham. The problem, such as it is, is that these issues feel way less like a Nightwing comic with Babs guest starring than a backdoor pilot for the Batgirls series. I didn't exactly mind that, because the writing is great and I'm really looking forward to Batgirls. The annual is much more like it, featuring a really fun team up with Jason.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate Elizabeth

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 i really enjoyed this volume! i love seeing barbara and dick together and fighting crime all the while dick fusses over her and her spinal injury. I love two idiots (or I guess one idiot and one genius) in love. plus getting to see the batgirls fight together was awesome and just a great time with the batfam all around!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma Anais Doyle

    missed Bruno Redondo’s art ngl however this was fun and I always love seeing Nightwing with the family and friends and the way the dynamics change!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    First of all, I would like to state that docking a star is in no way reflective of Tom Taylor or his writing. Dick Grayson is one of my favorite DC characters, and Taylor brings a much appreciated light touch and sense of optimism; he has managed to transform our "golden boy" into DC's answer to Spider-Man, and I'm 100% okay with that. But let's for a moment focus on the trade itself... Goodreads' description clearly indicates that "This volume collects Nightwing #84-88 and Nightwing 2021 Annual First of all, I would like to state that docking a star is in no way reflective of Tom Taylor or his writing. Dick Grayson is one of my favorite DC characters, and Taylor brings a much appreciated light touch and sense of optimism; he has managed to transform our "golden boy" into DC's answer to Spider-Man, and I'm 100% okay with that. But let's for a moment focus on the trade itself... Goodreads' description clearly indicates that "This volume collects Nightwing #84-88 and Nightwing 2021 Annual!" Unfortunately, this is not entirely accurate. I pre-ordered the hardcover from Amazon and received it on 06/19-2022, and I was disappointed to read on the back cover that only issues #84-86 were included along with the 2021 annual. And there is also a story included from Batman: Urban Legends #10 that offers a take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in which our boy Nightwing neglects his friends and family during the holiday to focus on taking down some Scarecrow goons. It's fun stuff, but I would have preferred to at least have Bruno Redondo's Eisner nominated issue #87. [image error] Just to be clear, I genuinely enjoy Tom Taylor's Nightwing - Leaping Into the Light was an absolute breath of fresh air, and Redondo's vibrant illustrations are equal parts loving homage to the world of comics as a whole and modernist pop art, but I believe that it's important to know exactly what you're getting, and the publisher has absolutely dropped the ball on this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    This was fun! The first half is a slightly above-average crossover with the Fear State story from the mainline Batman series, which smartly focuses on Nightwing and Batgirl’s dynamic instead of the nonsense of Fear State itself. Rodriguez’s art isn’t totally my vibe, but there’s a nice energy to his pages that I still liked. As far as event tie-ins go, those three issues are probably as close to “ideal” as you can get. The annual between Nightwing and Red Hood is similarly fine. Taylor does some This was fun! The first half is a slightly above-average crossover with the Fear State story from the mainline Batman series, which smartly focuses on Nightwing and Batgirl’s dynamic instead of the nonsense of Fear State itself. Rodriguez’s art isn’t totally my vibe, but there’s a nice energy to his pages that I still liked. As far as event tie-ins go, those three issues are probably as close to “ideal” as you can get. The annual between Nightwing and Red Hood is similarly fine. Taylor does some fun stuff with the two former Robins, but the plot is flimsy and ultimately frivolous. It’s very much about Dick and Jason, and while it works on those terms, Taylor doesn’t add anything all that interesting to their relationship, either. It’s those last two issues that push this into the 4-star range, though. Issue 88—the much talked about “one-take”—very much lived up to the hype for me. Redondo’s art is spectacular, and the full-page spreads are a glorious showcase for all his best qualities as an artist. The momentum, energy, colors—the whole issue is a rush of vibrant personality. The script is simple, but rightfully so. It’s got the charm that Taylor excels at (although his monologues can still get a little long-winded and/or preachy for my tastes) and does the right thing in letting Redondo take the reins. Awesome stuff. The follow-up to that issue is also fun, and maintains the same kind of personality that the series thrives off of. And having Redondo back again means it still looks stellar. As a follow-up to the introductory volume, this one is a little clunky on account of the mandated Fear State tie-in, but it manages to maintain enough of the thematic threads and characterizations to not feel totally jarring. If it weren’t for that one-take issue, this would be an easy 3-star read, but man, I really loved that one-take, so I’m gonna round up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    2022 Eisner Award finalist - Best Continuing Series, Best Lettering (Wes Abbott) We interrupt your regularly scheduled, interesting, and fresh take on Nightwing to bring you a contrived tie-in to DC's latest crossover event, Fear State. To make things totally confusing, this volume starts with an 8-page excerpt from another title where Batman and Nightwing talk about a fight they just had, then it goes to issue #84 where we see the fight in question. But that's not the only confusing thing about 2022 Eisner Award finalist - Best Continuing Series, Best Lettering (Wes Abbott) We interrupt your regularly scheduled, interesting, and fresh take on Nightwing to bring you a contrived tie-in to DC's latest crossover event, Fear State. To make things totally confusing, this volume starts with an 8-page excerpt from another title where Batman and Nightwing talk about a fight they just had, then it goes to issue #84 where we see the fight in question. But that's not the only confusing thing about this arc. We see new Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown at the end of issue #85 seemingly get blown up, but an editor's note tells us to read Batman issue #116 to find out what happens to them. Then back here in issue #86, they're just standing there, good as new, and the story cuts to yet another crisis that seems inconsequential to the overall Fear State story, and ends with a cliffhanger to be resolved in Batgirls issue #1. Does DC really think these crossovers help sales? I guess they must because they (and Marvel perhaps even more so) keep doing them. For casual readers it's mostly a mess. Then we get a couple of stand-alone stories from the Nightwing 2021 Annual. The first one is actually not too bad, about the bond between Dick Grayson and his successor as Robin, now Red Hood, Jason Todd. The other story is a forgettable take on A Christmas Carol as Nightwing learns the true meaning of Christmas, I guess? The artwork is by a variety of competent artists, but none can match regular series artist Bruno Redondo.

  25. 5 out of 5

    anusha

    i was really looking forward to this seeing how much i LOVED vol 1 so this was just disappointing. i assumed some part of it would be a continuation of vol 1’s story with the heartless man but it was not :/ it’s my fault for not reading the description more thoroughly, i basically blindly bought it with how excited i was from the first one. i also should’ve paid attention to which comics this collected because i realize now that would’ve been a clear indicator 😭 i dont know why i thought it woul i was really looking forward to this seeing how much i LOVED vol 1 so this was just disappointing. i assumed some part of it would be a continuation of vol 1’s story with the heartless man but it was not :/ it’s my fault for not reading the description more thoroughly, i basically blindly bought it with how excited i was from the first one. i also should’ve paid attention to which comics this collected because i realize now that would’ve been a clear indicator 😭 i dont know why i thought it would be nightwing 84-89 or something plotwise: i did not care about the fear state story. it was sweet seeing jason, but it didn’t feel dick centered. i liked the christmas part but it still wasn’t *incredible*. this was missing the dick grayson charm that was so prominent in volume 1 i also did not love the art. dick’s face looked very off and i noticed immediately, but it was also inconsistent within the book. towards the beginning, his face was triangular — like phineas (from phineas&ferb style…) and later in the book it was more normal, but unfortunately, still not redondo’s style which i love. i would keep this book if i liked the art since i could use it for drawing references but i don’t even like the art style so i’m going to try to return it :( i’m honestly so sad about this though since i’ve been looking forward to this for months but hopefully the next volume brings back redondo and lives up to volume 1

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Wonderful Volume of Nightwing! Did include quite a bit with the "Fear State" crossover, but still had a lot of the action-packed, yet light hearted stories that the title seems to be known for lately. In fact, even the crossover stuff was good and allowed for a wide focus on many in the Bat-family. Highlights: - The Fear State crossover has Dick coming to Gotham (despite recently vowing to defend Bludhaven) to assist in helping Oracle shut down her network. She's been hacked and overtaken by Seer, Wonderful Volume of Nightwing! Did include quite a bit with the "Fear State" crossover, but still had a lot of the action-packed, yet light hearted stories that the title seems to be known for lately. In fact, even the crossover stuff was good and allowed for a wide focus on many in the Bat-family. Highlights: - The Fear State crossover has Dick coming to Gotham (despite recently vowing to defend Bludhaven) to assist in helping Oracle shut down her network. She's been hacked and overtaken by Seer, someone who so far has only presented themselves digitally (until the end of the issue), and Nightwing, Robin, and the Batgirls all help. One element of the story that will echo for a while is a kiss between Barbara and Dick after they both had been exposed to fear toxin, thinking each other dead. About time! - Red Hood gets framed for a murder, and Dick goes to help him clear his name. We get to see how the brothers work well together, including a flashback. Ultimately it was Clayface (guessed that immediately.... wow they really need another shapeshifter!). - Lastly, we get "A Chrismas Carol" type story for Dick, as he decides whether or not to go home for Christmas with the Bat-Family or to continue stopping all crime for the night. The Batgirls act as the 3 spirits, and it ends joyfully enough. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Looking forward to the next Volume. Recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Once again this is content I live for! I do not like it when books and movies/TV shows only focus on the concept (i.e. fighting crime). I like it when the human aspect is put into play, specifically relationships. In this volume, we see Dick's relationship with Bruce, Barbara, Jason, and his family as a whole. There was only person we did not see in this, but that is understandable. There were few moments that I squeal on, because it showed something we knew all along, we knew it should happen, Once again this is content I live for! I do not like it when books and movies/TV shows only focus on the concept (i.e. fighting crime). I like it when the human aspect is put into play, specifically relationships. In this volume, we see Dick's relationship with Bruce, Barbara, Jason, and his family as a whole. There was only person we did not see in this, but that is understandable. There were few moments that I squeal on, because it showed something we knew all along, we knew it should happen, and/or it was just sweet. There was a great moment between Bruce and Dick that I really like. The same thing happen with Jason and Dick. Verdict: I am big fan on how Tom Taylor is taking Dick Grayson/Nightwing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Armando Wyoming

    It’s disappointing that Bruno Redondo wasn’t here as artist. This whole volume had fill-in artists. Still, the Fear State tie-in was fairly enjoyable, although I probably would’ve gotten more out of it if I’d been reading James Tynion’s run on Batman. After that three issue arc, there are two one-offs. The annual is a team-up between Red Hood and Nightwing. This was my favourite issue in the volume, although I kept on wishing Bruno Redondo was drawing it. The worst of the bunch is the second one- It’s disappointing that Bruno Redondo wasn’t here as artist. This whole volume had fill-in artists. Still, the Fear State tie-in was fairly enjoyable, although I probably would’ve gotten more out of it if I’d been reading James Tynion’s run on Batman. After that three issue arc, there are two one-offs. The annual is a team-up between Red Hood and Nightwing. This was my favourite issue in the volume, although I kept on wishing Bruno Redondo was drawing it. The worst of the bunch is the second one-off, a kind of Christmas Carol for Nightwing. That issue felt like the odd one out in terms of quality, probably because Tom Taylor didn’t write it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Tom Taylor's Nightwing continues to be DC's best book on the market today. Taylor's biggest strength is his ability to completely understand Nightwing from every angle. Whether he's interacting with the rest of the Bat family or monologing to himself, you get the sense that Dick is a complete character in this run, which is difficult for a guy who has had to wear an incredible number of hats over the years. Mix this with art that pops off the page and you have one of the most confident books in Tom Taylor's Nightwing continues to be DC's best book on the market today. Taylor's biggest strength is his ability to completely understand Nightwing from every angle. Whether he's interacting with the rest of the Bat family or monologing to himself, you get the sense that Dick is a complete character in this run, which is difficult for a guy who has had to wear an incredible number of hats over the years. Mix this with art that pops off the page and you have one of the most confident books in modern memory. Not even a crossover shoved into this volume can bring it down, if you're looking for a Big 2 book with genuine vision, Nightwing is the place to be.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I liked this volume a little less than the first one mostly because it doesn't really advance the story set up in the first volume of the title at all. The first 3 issues here are part of a Batman crossover and while they stand alone pretty well, they pull Dick away from his own story in Bludhaven. Then there's an Urban Legends short story and the first annual. I did love the annual - pretty much the best Dick/Jason story I've read because it centers them as brothers and not diametrically oppose I liked this volume a little less than the first one mostly because it doesn't really advance the story set up in the first volume of the title at all. The first 3 issues here are part of a Batman crossover and while they stand alone pretty well, they pull Dick away from his own story in Bludhaven. Then there's an Urban Legends short story and the first annual. I did love the annual - pretty much the best Dick/Jason story I've read because it centers them as brothers and not diametrically opposed Robins - and the writing of Dick is still just just *so* right on. But overall I missed the "Dick tries to save Bludhaven" storyline. Still worth a read though!

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