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Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)!

And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!

Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.2%
Avg Rating: 3.8
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  1. Higgins nailed Dick’s voice in Gates of Gotham. Can’t wait to read what he will bring in this book. So far the preview pages have been amazing!

    • I agree with this. Higgins did great with Dick in GoG and anyone who follows him on Twitter knows he has a real passion for the character. I think Nightwing’s in good hands.

    • Yes! I added this title because of the Gates mini…didn’t really care much for Nightwing, but I’m excited to see what Higgins can do with the character in the reboot.

  2. Man, nice to see Dick out of the cowl and back to being awesome. Love the new look, can’t wait for the new series!

  3. This is a last minute decision for me. Higgins did do an amazing job with Dick for Gates of Gotham. Just gonna give it a shot and see how it is.

  4. hoping for the best with this one.

  5. I don’t have high expections on this one. Detective comics surprised me, I hope this is gonna surprise me too.

  6. I am bit bummed that Grayson is no longer Batman. If you ask me, he brought a much needed humanity to the character and a vulnerability that demystified the Morrison “God Batman”.

    Oh well, I can only hope Bruce gets zapped by Darkseid’s Omaga Beam again in Justice League. 😉

  7. If Gotham is such a terrible crime-ridden city that it needs a franchise of heroes to protect it, why would anyone keep living there (same goes for Marvel NYC)? Also, there are what, 5 or 6 Bat-style heroes for Gotham CITY and the CONTINENT of Africa gets 1…favoritism much, or is Gotham worse than Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, DRC, Sierra Leone, etc. combined?

    • You’re overthinking it. Just got with it. 😉

    • Many valid questions that have one simple answer.



    • ahh, should have refreshed the page before commenting. Kory’s right on.

    • Yeah man, you gotta learn to separate real life from comics. If what you suggest really happened we would have no comics to read, and your comment would be unnecessary, get it?

    • Oh come on, I gave you a great set up, and you respond with “Why so serious?” *eye roll* The correct answer is because the heavy death toll keeps traffic light, and housing low. Also, its a form of assisted suicide that isn’t against the law. And on the second point, “Haven’t you seen Detroit lately?”
      Comedic Philistines…all a’ ya!
      On a serious point, all I’m saying is that there is a glut of Batmen books, and they couldn’t just invent a new city name for some of them? Or maybe use Batman Inc somewhat better?

  8. YES! Higgins is going to do great things with this book, I can feel it.

  9. eh, we’ll see.

  10. I can’t wait to see where this one goes. Higgins did a nice job on the GOG miniseries, so I have high expectations for this one.

  11. This feels to me like a second tier Bat-book, like they used to have all the time. Now most of the Bat-books are damn good, so I hope this book steps it up, though I don’t have a lot of hope for it. And I thought Deathstroke was mediocre.

  12. I’m on, but the solit is a turnoff. It reminds me of why Red Robin started to fall off- I felt like it turned into “everyone is out to get Tim!” as opposed to “Tim finding and fighting bad guys”. Hopefully DIck’s problems won’t be all circus-related.

  13. Man, I really want this to be good. I need more Grayson in my life right now. Fingers crossed.

  14. Really enjoy Dick Grayson as a character so I’m praying this will be good and end up as a permanent addition to my monthly list.

  15. I was opposed to Dick becoming Batman but I ended up loving it. I hope I enjoy his return to Nightwing as well. In the DCnU he was still Batman for a time right?

    • Yeah the first previews described him as “having a 2 year tenure as Gotham’s Batman.” So he has that life experience. Im seriously looking forward to this book!

    • Ok, so if Dick was Batman for 2 years that means Bruce has only been batman for three or so, and in that time he has had three (now four) Robins… died and come back to life on top of all the other stuff (back broken?), that make no sense whatsoever, even in a new streamlined DCnU.

    • @Jagdtiger

      In the new DCU Batman has been around for 10 years. He’s one of the first ‘heros’ He wasn’t public for about 5 of those years.

      From what I understand he was Batman for 5 years and then joined the JL and has been in the JL now for 5 years. So I’m guessing he was taken out sometime in that last 5 years and that was when Dick was Batman.

    • According to this issue, Dick was Batman for less than a year.

  16. I’m very “meh” on this book. I liked Dick as Batman but for some reason I have very little interest in him as Nightwing. We’ll see if the first issue can grab me enough to make me keep buying this.

  17. This was ok I guess. I LOVED dick as batman but man not really feeling the Nightwing thing. It really slowed down to almost boring with the whole circus thing. It’s not a bad issue by any stretch and i’ll give it a few more to hopefully grow on me but not sure if this will be a keeper or not.

  18. It felt nostalgic in a sense, but didn’t hold up the way I hoped for.

  19. This issue was ok. It was fun to see Dick in the Nightwing costume, and he did feel similar to the Dick from ‘Tec. The writing wasn’t strong; the narration was too on the nose, compared to Batman, which the narration worked with the story.

    Barrows art was good, some faces were a bit odd, especially in the circus panels.

    I read this digitally, which was frustrating. The guided view didn’t work well with the panel layout, and the zoom in feature was tidious.

    I’ll try the next issue before i decide to drop it or not.

    • I read it in print, but that two page spread with the skewed left-hand panel grid jumped out at me as very not digital-friendly (and not a terribly necessary layout from a storytelling perspective anyway).

      It will be interesting to see how comic art develops as the digital comics market (hopefully) grows.

    • That’a the spread that wasn’t fun digitally. is that an editorial discussion that needs to be had with teams?

    • Man, you must have hated Batwoman digitally then!

  20. This book wasn’t bad. BUT what was the point of this revamp if you just allude to things that happened in the old universe? I understand that it was supposedly a different scenario that led to dick being bats but why was it necessary at all, then? If it’s a clean slate then why are they having us assume things to fill in history gaps? I’m sure I’m just missing something because I’m not reading JL or Action but it just kinda boggles me. Crap or get off the pot, yea?

  21. A completely forgettable issue, for me. The art was fine, albeit nothing that I think would set this book apart on the crowded store shelves. The story though? Just by the numbers from start to finish. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but at a time when we’re being asked to experience 52 new books and separate the wheat from the chaff as we re-build our pull lists, this just didn’t leave enough of a mark for keep me coming back.

  22. Really enjoyed this and will be on board for a while. Thought the art was impressive and the end left me wanting more. It was by no means great but I did enjoy it and that’s what counts.

  23. Glad to see this is linked to Snyder’s Batman … exciting!

  24. I liked this issue. I gave it a 4. In this book we get a new 52 that is still chalk full of history. Dick was batman for a year. He was Nightwing and Robin before that. However it feels very much the fresh start that was advertised by DC. I really liked how Higgins wrote this and I thought the artwork was clean and fun to look at.

  25. This was my first experience with a Nightwing comic. I have read Snyder’s Tec run, so I was happy to move forward with Dick from Batman to his return to NW. I will definitely keep following this title, I enjoyed the Daredevil-esque acrobatics up the fire escape, and overall the story kept my interest. My only complaint was the villian, I thought it was a little too Wolverine/Deadpool even if he was in green. I think they could have come up with a better design, but oh well, small stuff.

  26. I’m surprised this book is so highly pulled. #3 DC book this week, #4 overall. It looked boring to me, was one of the 3 new 52 I passed on.

  27. This Issue was…. okay. I mean, it wasnt spectacular, but ill give it another issue or two for it to get better.

  28. I liked this – the art was good, the story was good – it was like the beginning of a decent summer action movie.

    I expected Kyle Higgins to do well on this series due to his passion for the character of Nightwing and sure enough, I thought he delivered.

    I’ll be back for more, absolutely.

  29. This was at least enjoyable. I thought the art looked really good. It was best when he was Nightwing. The story was interesting enough and the ending made me want to grab the next issue. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep reading this though.

  30. I thought this was really good, first Nightwing comic ever for me and i found the character enjoyable. The story was interesting and the art was very good. For a book i picked up on a whim it was a pleasent surprise and i’ll definatly be sticking with this.

  31. A good enough start so that I’ll consider picking up the next issue. Nothing exceptional though. I did think that they did a good job tying this back to Snyder’s book and incorporating the back story. Also, nice to hear that Dick still has a thing for red heads — so, how long you wager ’til a Batgirl team-up? I am also glad to see, between this and Batman, evidence of de-aging for Dick. Now, hopefully, at some point, DC will give us a time-line for Robins in the new DCU.

    Don’t really like the new costume, but it’s not one of the worst eyesores Jim Lee devised . . .

  32. I thought this was OK. Not stellar, not crappy. I liked the first half much more than the second. I liked Dick’s inner monologue, it was really spot-on character-wise, but having a mysterious Wolverine-wannabe come to take him out? Cliche. I thought the art was strong. I’ll read the first arc and then see how I feel.

    Anyone wonder if this has anything to do with the events in the Batman book? Seems way too early for such a crossover…

  33. Why is Nightwing fighting Daken?

  34. Wow, Nightwing got over 1000 pulls. Never thought that would happen.

  35. Good, not great, as most have already said. Definitely coming back for issue 2, but it will have to impress me to get me to stick around longer than that.

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