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Nightwing #108

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.

Amid Nightwing’s investigation of the mystery behind the secret society called the Hold and their connection to the origin of Blüdhaven, Dick runs into his old flame Bea Bennett!

Is Bea back to confront Nightwing for some closure, or is she somehow related to the secret pirate society?

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34 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    As always, Nightwing #108 is a comic with amazing scripts, stunning art, glorious color, and crystal clear, crisp lettering and sound effects from Wes Abbott. This series has been nigh-on perfect month after month for years, and that's why it's at the top of my reading list every time.
  • 90


    The pirate life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be as Dick Grayson has quickly found out within ‘Nightwing’ #108, the penultimate chapter of the hero’s current story. Bold colorful action alongside some character work is the name of the game for a story-arc that has proven to be a good bit of fun all around.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This issue is a pure swashbuckling adventure, that actually manages to work in some really excellent dialogue along the way. It's certainly a weird divergence for the titleand one that leaves many of the ongoing subplots behindbut it actually has some fascinating reveals about the way Bludhaven works that promise some interesting fallout.
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Nightwing is undercover for this four-issue arc, but it hasn’t felt like a time-killer. And with this unexpected cliffhanger it’s gonna be a long wait for the next installment.
  • 80


    While Taylor and Byrne have one last issue together for “The Crew of the Crossed,” this one ends on a huge cliffhanger that will leave fans wondering what happens next and how everything will fall into place in the conclusion. Meanwhile, “Odd Hours” ends on a great note, offering a fun adventure and a heartwarming conclusion. Overall, Nightwing #108 is another solid entry in the series.
  • 80

    From the leap, it's clear Stephen Byrne should have been drawing Nightwing stories long, long ago. Beyond that, Taylor's script refuses to pull any punches as the writer continues punishing Dick Grayson one panel after the next. Maybe it's sadistic, but it's a treat to see the writer work his magic on this character and story.
  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Nightwing #108 is another solid issue in this run. The surprises surprises and they suggest some deeper developments to come. This whole "pirate storyline has been interesting from the first time the Hold was introduced. There's a lot of heart in this issue between both stories, which is one of the strengths that is a part of this title.
  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Overall I liked this quite a bit, the most I've enjoyed a Nightwing issue in a while.
  • 80


    Nightwing’s pirate adventure gets bigger in a fun way, and then gets badder in a really exciting way.
  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Nightwing takes a huge leap with its latest chapter, introducing a brand new location unlike anything the series has done before. Taking action-adventure to the high seas continues to prove successful for the former Boy Wonder and his superstar creative team.
  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Nightwing takes a huge leap with its latest chapter, introducing a brand new location unlike anything the series has done before. Taking action-adventure to the high seas continues to prove successful for the former Boy Wonder and his superstar creative team.
  • 77

    Comic Watch

    Nightwing fans are likely to feel the pirate arc is overstaying its welcome—which is a bummer because there’s so much that could be done. Hopefully next issue picks up better.
  • 70


    In my opinion, I can't blame anyone for double crossing Bea. Under her and her father's watch, the entire organization is unquestionably a complete joke. Honestly, Tom Taylor has done an atrocious job of endearing readers to this strangely commercially viable pirate crew. I can't think of a single reason Quartermaster and this group should have ever thought to justify threatening anyone. Even the menacing new villain isn't enough to garner any real challenge out of Nightwing. Overall, while I very much enjoy Stephen Byrne's illustrations and the idea of the group, The Crew of The Crossed Keys are staggeringly underwhelming pirates. At this point, I just want Nightwing to get his possessions from the vault, and let Dirk revitalize the group for evil if there is a chance it will help.
  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Nightwing #108 keeps up the high stakes though the predictability in the plot did remove some of the excitement. Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne strength as a creative team keeps you investment in where Dick Grayson and Bea Bennett's story goes. Add in a fun ending to the back-up story by Michael Conrad and Serg Acuna provides more value to this comic book.
  • 70
  • 60

    Derby Comics

    This pirate arc is reaching its final sea legs in terms of keeping my interest. The issue’s plot plays out in predictable succession with forced humor mixed in to produce a slog of an entry into of the more mediocre arcs Tom Taylor’s run on the series to date. Taylor hasn’t done enough to make Bea’s role as pirate lord (or her apparent influence over Haven’s political infrastructure as revealed here) feel earned, nor does it allow the issue’s climactic final seen to payoff in the way it was likely intended. Stephen Byrne’s art is the highlight of this issue, with many callbacks to earlier designs from Bruno Redondo’s approach to depicting moving scenes into single panels. We’ll see how this arc concludes soon, but I’m ready to make port and get back on land.
  • 50

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Nightwing #108 is a mediocre entry in the pirate arc with passable art and a bizarre retcon that makes Nightwing appear even more ineffectual in his series. For once, the ending has a bit of an emotional punch, but the overall comic is dramatically flat.
  • 50

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About the Author: Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an Australian comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter. A New York Times bestselling author, his work includes DC Comics series Injustice, DCeased, i, Superman, Suicide Squad and Marvel series All-New Wolverine, X-Men Red, Superior Iron Man and Star Wars comics. Taylor is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the animated series The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.


Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia. Taylor has written X-Men: Red, All-New Wolverine and Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda for Marvel comics, along with Justice League/Power Rangers and Injustice 2 for DC Comics. He has also written Batman/Superman, Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Superior Iron Man.

Taylor is the creator, with James Brouwer, of the all-ages adventure graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons and its sequel The Vanishing Island published by Gestalt Publishing and Boom Studios. The Deep was optioned by Technicolor. 52 episodes have screened of the CG animated series, so far, across three seasons, with Taylor serving as co-creator/head writer.

In 2012, The Deep: Here Be Dragons won the Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel, Australia’s premier speculative fiction literary award. The sequel, The Vanishing Island, won the award again in 2014.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom’s works have been produced across four continents. His plays have won a number of awards and accolades including winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Writing’ in Short and Sweet – The world’s largest short play festival.

His plays have been produced at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Taylor is well known for his many Star Wars comics and graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. These include, Star Wars: Blood Ties with artist Chris Scalf, and Star Wars: Invasion, with illustrator Colin Wilson. April 2012 saw the start of Taylor and Scalf’s new Blood Ties series provocatively titled Boba Fett is Dead as reported by CNN. Taylor is also the writer of the Darth Maul: Death Sentence miniseries, which is set immediately after the end of the fourth Clone Wars television series.

Star Wars: Blood Ties won the 2012 ‘Stan Lee Excelsior Award’ as voted for by thousands of school students across the UK.

Taylor wrote the graphic novella, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes which shows a never before seen story of Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. Taylor also penned Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader. Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Vice President, says Tom Taylor has taken to writing comics faster than anyone he’s ever seen.

Taylor also wrote The Authority, published under the Wildstorm imprint, starting with issue #22 in May 2010 until the end of the Wildstorm imprint. He also wrote The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps war storyline in the pages of DC Universe Online: Legends, a Batman story with artist Nicola Scott and Rose and Thorn with artist Neil Googe.

Taylor’s award-winning play The Example has also been adapted into a comic book with illustration by Colin Wilson through Gestalt Publishing.

In October 2021, on National Coming Out Day, Taylor announced that the character Jon Kent, the son of Superman in the comic book series Superman: Son of Kal-El will be bisexual.

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