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Nightwing #101

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Universal acclaim

Based on 15 critic ratings.

After the events of Dark Crisis, Superman has a talk with Nightwing, letting him know that now is Dick’s time to lead… so Nightwing gathers a group of friends to be the premier league in the DC Universe and moves their base of operations to Blüdhaven.

Meet the new Titans!

Then, following the events of the Nightwing 2022 Annual and the Superman and Nightwing crossover, Nightwing continues to mentor Jon Kent in ways that Dick learned from being trained by Batman… but in his own more encouraging way.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Nightwing #101 runs straight into large, personal storylines that offer our hero the chance to flex multiple muscles, teases us with the titans before their new book drops in May and brings back Neron for nostalgia flair. Obviously, this is way above our hero’s pay grade, so it will be great to see how he handles this threat versus, say, Batman. These two stories are going to be big. Come snag this issue and see just how devious they are.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Nightwing #101 is fantastic. Buy it, read it, share it, and love it. Marvel’s series, Fantastic Four, used to go out with the sub-heading “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine”. In my humble opinion, Nightwing has inherited that crown and is wearing it with style.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    With the Titans now part of the regular supporting cast. writer Tom Taylor has more heroes and specifically longtime friends to pair with Nightwing. Taylor excels at writing this interpersonal dialogue and this issue featuring Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven shows how smooth this ride will be until the Titans’ new series kicks off.

    Neron isn’t the first or 50th villain you’d likely associate with Nightwing, but Taylor makes it work as the demon wants something in Nightwing’s possession — the whereabouts of Blockbuster’s daughter. Along with Nero, Taylor rolls out another fresh villain for Nightwing and the Titans — The Grinning Man. This duo looks to make for a serious threat for the Titans and their first move is to take out Nightwing.

    Bruno Redondo misses this issue, but Travis Moore steps in as the fill-in artist ensuring there’s no visual letdown. Moore has previously drawn Nightwing and he brings a certain comfort level with his gorgeous realistic style. Adriano Lucas provides his usual brilliant color work making for a beautiful looking issue.

    There’s an additional short story featuring Nightwing teaming with Jonathan Kent from C.S. Pacat and artist Eduardo Pansica. A decent amount feels like a reprise of the Nightwing/Superman interactions in Superman Son of Kal-El, but the dynamic of Nightwing mentoring one of the more powerful heroes on the planet still feels relatively fresh enough. Pansica’s artwork is crisp as always with a strong amount of detail and engaging character posing.

    Nightwing’s next 100 issues get off to a solid start with a new threat for the Titans and their leader.

  • 95


    It’s Titans Together once more as the new era for Blüdhaven and ‘Nightwing’ #101 begins with a bang, tying back to what has come before while also tapping into the same emotional and character energy that has made this run such a success already. Dick Grayson is a bit part of the heart of the DC Universe and this series continues to rest upon that fact as we get some pure great heroics as well as just great comic book fun.

  • 93

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: This chapter serves as a jumping in point for new readers as it begins a new story arc based on the events of Nightwing #98. I must admit that I was very surprised by the return of Olivia Desmond so soon after her introduction. However, the mind of Taylor and his impressive story telling ability should never be taken lightly as this concept weaves perfectly into the threads of the broader story of the Titans’ new residency in Blüdhaven. This issue is filled with worldbuilding and takes it time to set up the overall narrative. Although a lot happens, story itself never feels rushed. Also, I found the cliffhanger ending to be both shocking and filled with potential. I am anxiously awaiting the next episode.

    The B Story is part one of an extended tale that picks up after the events of the Nightwing 2022 Annual and incorporates Jon Kent’s Superman. I am a big fan of this superhero team up and the fresh take on an old partnership that it presents. I must say, this short chapter does not disappoint. It combines high stakes action and provides an emotional draw. I look forward to finding out what happens in the upcoming piece.

    The Art: The artwork in both stories is very similar as many members of the creative team overlap on each project. This illustration is done in a realistic comic book styling that pays detailed attention to both character and background. The drawings are beautifully crafted, and the bold coloring is complimentary and appealing. Overall, I found this issue to be extremely visually pleasing.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This issue is all over the place, but not in a bad way. (…) It’s great to see Dick working with Raven and Beast Boy again in particular, and I like seeing those two portrayed as competent adult heroes instead of being constantly reset back to their teen years. But this series continues to deliver, even as it maybe juggles a few too many plots.

    This issue also involves a new backup, as CS Pacat and Eduardo Pansica, continue the story of Dick’s training regimen for Jon Kent. The young Superman wanted the help of an expert, and Dick knows how to face off against overpowered villains and how to pull your punches. The story starts with a lighter tone, as they battle an army of goons, but then it heads to a circus where history nearly repeats itself—and the entire audience finds themselves in danger. Taylor set up the bond between these two early in his run, and it’s great to see Pacat build on that.

  • 90


    Nightwing #101 is a strong issue that kickstarts the new era for Dick Grayson and the Titans. Both Taylor and Pascat are working their best to bring about some of the most important changes necessary for shaking up the status quo. With spectacular art, both parts of the issue combine to carry the emotional weight necessary to bring the story to life. There is a new era coming for Blüdhaven, and Nightwing fans better get ready for 2023 as things seem to be far from slowing down.

  • 90

    The world’s best superhero comic continues in surprising fashion, introducing the supernatural into an otherwise grounded book. Here, Travis Moore takes over on the line art, resulting in Lord Neron’s look becoming one of the most “comic booky” costumes you’ll see this week. Regardless, Adriano Lucas and Wes Abbott are still on colors and letters, respectively, with enough still in place so as not to make the art change too jarring. Taylor’s decision to bring Neron and other demonic characters into the mix is one of the most unique options he’s made on this run so far; though it’s far too early to see if it’s a decision that will pay off, it’s certainly off to a promising start. For a moment I was worried the Titans would get way too much time in the spotlight but make no mistake about it, this is still very much Dick Grayson’s story.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Taylor and Moore have a solid story going that feels like it wouldnt be quite the same in any other genre. Its very, very difficult to put together a murder mystery story that fits the unique form and style of a superhero story, but Taylor and Moore have presented an entertaining premise that could work well for the next few issues of the series even if theyre not totally centered on the title character. Nightwing deserves a title more closely aligned with him. In time, things might line up for him in that fashion, but the 101st issue is spending a lot of time setting up conflicts for the future.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    I have to say, Nightwing #101 was a very good start to a Titans storyline involving mystery, intrigue, genuine danger, and picking up of a thread from a few months back. Now that we know that Tom Taylor is gearing up to write the new Titans series, one understands that this is clearly a lead-in to that book. For what it’s worth, I think it works great.

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Nightwing #101 works around the appearance of Jon Kent pretty effectively. The main story does a great job of setting the reader up for a heavy hitting confrontation for the Titans. The character work is great as usual, and it’s a real joy to read them all interacting together. There’s a big chunk of nostalgia with this, but what comes next promises to be great as well!

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Nightwing #101 is a strong follow-up to the new direction Dick Grayson is taking as a pillar in the Dawn of DC. Connecting this story with Neron as the villain to how things ended with Blockbuster worked to transition us into a pilot for the upcoming Titans ongoing series. That along with a lot of great character interactions continue to show why Nightwing is one of DC Comics standout series.

  • 80


    Nice, solid and enjoyable start to a new story, with high stakes, a dangerous new villain and some good looks for our heroes.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Nightwing #101 picks up where issue #98 left off with a plot by Lord Neron to steal Olvia Desmond’s soul. The technical aspects of the writing (pacing, dialog, scene transitions) are solid, but the story needs more urgency and energy. However, the art team delivers a rock-solid performance.

  • 60


    Nightwing #101 plays it safe by delivering a decent set up to what could be a nice arc that examines Nightwing and his relationship to the Titans. Nonetheless, while the narrative is solid, there’s little surprise in store and the competent art does little to spice things up. Tom Taylor’s Nightwing is always a pleasant read, but longtime readers may be growing weary of the slightness of it all.

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