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Nightwing #100

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 23 critic ratings.

Come join us with big smiles and even bigger celebrations as Nightwing hits its milestone issue #100!

Cheer how far we’ve come by looking through the decades at what has made Nightwing a beloved hero.

What better way to celebrate than with familiar friends and artists?

Then, with Heartless creating a lair in the heart of Blüdhaven to take Blockbuster’s throne, Nightwing will follow suit, setting up a headquarters of his own… with the help of some friends who helped make him who he is now, of course!

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53 pages
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23 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    DC Comics celebrates one-hundred issues of ‘Nightwing’ in style, finding a perfect way to bridge the past and present together in a story that is truly about creating a whole new bright future for the character and his allies. Every page is dripping with the love for this character from everyone involved, a must-read for any fan of Nightwing and the Titans.

  • 100

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The 100th issue of this dynamic series is utterly sublime. Tom Taylor has gifted fans with a phenomenal chapter that is filled with everything that makes Nightwing a beloved character. Taylor’s approach to this event perfect. It not only serves as the explosive ending of an impactful story arc, but ushers in a new era for both Nightwing and the greater DC Universe. I found the combination of high-octane action sequences and profound storytelling pleasing. There was never a dull moment, which is rare for an issue that is jam packed with content.

    As always, Dick Grayson’s love of community takes the forefront. From his interactions with friends and family to his views on the private prison industry, everything this hero does is to bring out the best in people. So, it comes as no surprise when a new phase of development for Nightwing is offered. However, his personal twist on an effort to aide both Blüdhaven and the wider world is as shocking as it is exciting. I am already invested in this new narrative and can’t wait to find out how Nightwing’s continuing story will unfold.

    The Art: What a beautiful issue! I was especially impressed with the initial “leap” scenes detailing the numerous variations of Nightwing. The action scenes are numerous, well designed, and high-octane. The attention to detail shown in both background and foreground make for an immersive experience. The time and care taken to craft the illustration is both noted and appreciated. The large artistic team involved absolutely delivered.

  • 100


    Nightwing #100 is a spectacular issue that brings together everything necessary for a perfect anniversary issue that is the ultimate payoff for readers.

  • 100

    When it comes to superhero comics, there is Nightwing and then there is the rest of the class. Throughout the past twenty-plus issues, Taylor and Redondo have combined to craft one of the best superhero tales of the best decade and then some. Not only do they understand Dick Grayson as well as the creators who created him, but they have a tight grasp on what it takes to make a genre-best. Nightwing #100 begins to tie up the last few remaining threads that have been introduced throughout this run and, over the course of the over-sized issue, shows readers a perfect sample of what lies in store for them still. This story is as good of an example as any to showcase two comic creators not only at the top of their own careers, but at the summit of the comics industry as a whole.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Though we’re just a couple months into 2023, it’s not hard to imagine that Nightwing #100 is the single best issue of the year. It’s that good. It’s possible that this creative team may top themselves in the following eleven months, but this entry can easily win that prize. This has it all for Nightwing fans, and it also feels essential to the DC Universe. It demonstrates why Dick is so important to the DC Universe both inside continuity and for fans. It works on both levels and it brings all the emotion possible.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    And as always, Taylor delivers huge on these big emotional beats. At times, it feels like he’s been writing Nightwing for 100 issues the way he gets Dick Grayson and his supporting cast.

    In a fitting homage to 100 issues of this run of Nightwing, some of the celebrated artists who’ve worked on the title return to tackle some pages during the big action sequence. Scott McDaniel, Rick Leonardi, Eddy Barrows, Javier Fernandez and Mikel Janin swing by to contribute. That was a nice touch. Redondo still had enough moments to shine with his usual stellar sense of storytelling.

    This run of Nightwing has been better than my expectations and with the new status quo change stemming from the final page of this issue, the series seems poised for another great stretch so long as Taylor and Redondo stick around.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Nightwing #100 needs to be on every comics fan’s pull list this month, whether they collect this series or not. This is a book that has everything. Action, emotion, heart, revelations, and Nightwing finally receiving the respect he richly deserves. This issue isn’t just part of a stellar Nightwing run, it even works as the perfect denouement to the recently concluded epic, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    If you’re a Dick Grayson fan, a comics lover, an aficionado of the Batman Family, a lifelong follower of the Justice League or the Titans, you need to buy this comic.

  • 100


    My minor nitpicks aside, I really enjoyed another fun, full, emotional Nightwing issue. The anniversary is well-handled and we get a big story out of it with some great character moments.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Nightwing #100 is the perfect celebration, not just of the character but of the creative vision laid out by Taylor and Redondo. The high stakes action is combined with incredible emotional beats to create the most satisfying and poignant anniversary issue.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This story reminds me a lot of Knightfall in places, in that a new and deeply personal villain who wants to break the hero has unleashed an army of villains to push him to the limit. This army includes hundreds of ordinary citizens, as well as the hulking man-beast Elephant Man and Dick’s would-be assassin KG Beast. The difference between Dick and Bruce, though, is that Dick has friends. From the Titans, to Barbara Gordon working as Oracle, to even some of the Bludhaven citizens he’s able to keep from going down the wrong path, he’s ultimately able to win the day after an absolutely brutal battle not through force, but through believing that the city and everyone in it is worth saving.

    And that’s where the most important part of the issue comes in, because this isn’t just about the battle for Bludhaven. It’s about the future of the DCU, as the remnants of the Justice League after Dark Crisis ask Dick to take control of whatever comes next. This is something that’s been a very long time in coming, as Nightwing has been an elite hero for decades, but it’s great to finally see. We don’t know exactly what form this will take, but it seems the core of the team will be the friends who have had Dick’s back for the entire run. The solution he comes up with in the last few pages is inspired, and it makes me wonder if Taylor’s plans for this story are far bigger than Nightwing. Stay tuned—this issue has done an amazing job of building the hype.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    Nightwing #100 is a celebration of the character that pushes him into an exciting new direction. Tom Taylors writing is spectacular but it’s the plethora of artists that make this celebratory issue so fantastic.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    A round of applause for every artist, inker, Lucas, and Abbott on page after page of smooth art and daring colors, with moody inks hitting the correct times. Solid wording and lettering, expert characterizations, some bold choices in storytelling, and a lot to look forward to!

  • 90

    The Batman Universe

    This is solid, with no qualms or fat to bring down any enjoyment. The respect towards the past was perfectly presented without feeling performative, and it worked wonderfully in the ongoing Nightwing saga that Taylor and friends have been crafting.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Nightwing #100 is an excellent celebration issue. Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo make great use of all the developments in their run to enhance what Nightwing’s status quo is in the post-Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths DC Universe. Scott McDaniel, Rick Leonardi, Eddy Barrows, Javier Fernandez, and Mikel Janin all also providing artwork for Nightwing #100 made this an even more special celebration comic book.

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Pesky renumbering! As far as I remember, Nightwing #100 appeared on newsstands in 1996 with a great cover of Nightwing and then legacy hero, the Tarantula. But general crabbing aside, Tom Taylor has done what I thought was impossible. Presenting us with an interesting master villain in Heartless. The return of several of Nightwing’s greatest foes. A wraparound flashback/flash forward that makes perfect sense. Classic Titans are back and seem to be working as the well oiled machine it should have been 35+ years ago. Humor, heart, and an air of respect from his peers, this is what Nightwing the character should be. The New Teen Titans reformed, Nightwing being recognised and rewarded for the man he’s become. Dick and Barbara still a thing. This is how I envisioned the future of DC should have been back when I was reading comics in the 80’s.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Dick Grayson is about to get a job offer from Diana and Clark. Given the fact that they are two of the most prominent heroes in the DC Universe, it’s kind of a big ask. Bruce knows this. Before he can get the offer, though, he’s going to need to guard Blüdhaven against the mother of all prison breaks. Not a bad way to celebrate Nightwing #100. Writer Tom Taylor opens a whole new chapter on the life of Grayson in an issue brought to the page by Bruno Redondo and a ridiculously large number of guest artists. The art is a big mess in places, but the story is largely well-modulated when it’s not too busy being rushed.

    Blüdhaven Private Prison is being invaded. There’s a masked man who is freeing all of the prisoners. The city has named him Heartless. He’s looking to cause a little chaos. It shouldn’t be as easy as it is for Heartless, but the facility in question is a for-profit prison run by people who aren’t terribly interested in anyone’s safety. It’s going to be hell, but Nightwing has some pretty powerful friends who don’t mind helping out. And like any good party, there are going to be friends showing up who might not have even been invited.

    Taylor has a lot of story to tell in about 50 pages. The action of the prison break feels a bit rushed in favor of advancing Grayson into his next life. The action works pretty well, though Grayson leading the Titans into battle against the villains of Blüdhaven doesn’t quite have the impact that it should. The scene between Dick, Clark, and Diana in the ruins of The Hall of Justice holds a remarkable amount of weight. Honestly, the entire 50 pages could have rested comfortably between that, Bruce, and the grave of Alfred. Taylor might have tried for a little too much, but the issue holds together pretty well nonetheless.

    Redondo’s art is as impressive as ever. Too bad there are so many other people working on this chapter. There are five other artists. There are five other inkers. It’s fine. Really. The transitions between artists can feel a bit jarring in places. Any one of the artists would have been good for a single issue, but collectively it kind of feels like page and panel are trying to pull in a decent UHF signal on an old cathode-ray tube. Every now and then, Redondo’s art returns and the signal feels fine. The rest of the artists on the book deserve better.

    The new direction for Grayson is actually a really cool progression for the character that honors where he’s been while looking forward to his future. The weight of the issue seems thrown in too many directions to be totally satisfying all the way through, though. Had there been more lead into the big change, it would have made for a much more satisfying 100th issue.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    Very cool to see artists from past Nightwing series jump on board with the current creative team. The Heartless story continues as does a new Dawn of DC status quo for the Titans. An action-packed and emotional issue at times. Entertaining.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 74

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Nightwing #100 was ultimately a setup issue for the Justice League moving forward. And realistically, you can jump to the last 12 pages to get the gist. Now, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who followed through Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. Nightwing is going to be leading the Justice League. The only swerve is that what he’s leading is the Titans as the Justice League. And other than a great, emotional moment with Bruce, a majority of Nightwing #100 was a long setup for a Heartless story beat down the line and trivial moments of action that impact very little in the here and now.

    As a 100th issue goes, I was expecting more, especially from the art team. Sure, the stronger artists were on the more important parts. Nevertheless, the illustrations coupled with the story to begin the issue made Nightwing #100 hard to comb through. Now, Nightwing fans will be pleased with the direction of the character. I feel they’ve wanted something bigger for him for quite some time now. However, as someone who read all of Dark Crisis, I don’t see him as the leader everyone claims him to be throughout that event. Jon Kent or even Black Adam appeared to command and cultivate more than he did. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to seeing how Nightwing leads a “Justice League”. But, I feel like he should have begun simply being on the Justice League first. Give comic fans time to see him on the League working alongside the normal members. Let him grow into the role and gradually become a staple which could lead to some of the other Titans doing the very same.

    But I’m sorry, this just doesn’t seem believable even from a standpoint of the populous. So, we’re going to ask this kid who mostly does small-time crime to run a planet-wide Metahuman team that also fights against galactic threats like Darkseid. I don’t know about that… and I love Nightwing. Gradually would have been the best policy here. So, pushing together a few emotional moments and a plot thread that’s a stretch after the Dark Crisis wrapped around a prison break designed by illustrations that were lacking (except for the conclusion of the issue), caused this reviewer to question whether the big Nightwing #100 oversized issue was actually worth the cover price.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Nightwing #100 will certainly be lauded by fans of the series but remains frustrating to those looking for more plot progression and overall story. Even with a ton of artists involved, the book looks pretty damn good, and I can easily recommend it. Just don’t go in thinking that a lot of things will be resolved and you’ll be fine.

  • 70


    n terms of larger storylines, the comic uses multiple artists to provide nods to the character’s history (some subtle and some less so), providing an emotional moment between Dick and Bruce, and also suggests a new role for our hero moving forward. I’ll say everything was working really well for me until the final reveal of more status quo “surprise” of Dick leading the Titans which contradicted several larger ideas of change the comic teased. Still, well worth a read for Nightwing fans.

  • 65


    Nightwing #100 is an appropriately reverent issue that capably displays Dick Grayson’s inherent goodness, while also delivering a heavy dose of action. The main narrative implications are thin, though Heartless and Tony Zucco’s team up is ripe for drama. However, the arrival of the Titans will be the main barometer of whether or not the issue and the series’ new direction is appealing. The spectacle and heart warming moments work their magic, but there’s a lack of nuance to how Nightwing’s next stage for Blüdhaven plays out.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Nightwing #100 is an embarrassing waste of a milestone comic. Multiple artists give the comic a cobbled-together visual aesthetic, Nightwing’s neverending conflict with Heartless goes nowhere, and Nightwing is offered a job with no apparent purpose.

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