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Nightwing 2022 Annual #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Who is Heartless?

Find out who the villain is behind the platinum mask, and why he only collects the hearts of some victims and not others… and why he has no heart himself.

Then: Bitewing: Year One! Follow Haley in her first year with her humans Nightwing and Batgirl and see how she takes a bite out of crime in her first year becoming Bitewing!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
43 pages
Amazon ASIN

16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    With DC setting up Nightwing to be big and lead the Titans to new heights, this story becomes ever more critical. I never thought we would get a Nightwing Renaissance, but this annual is a dose of reality for the foundation of the next great set of Nightwing stories. So stay tuned, and grab this title!

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Huge thanks to Nightwing mainstays Adriano Lucas (another stellar flashback) and Wes Abbott for making this annual an essential part of this wonderful series, and not just a take-it-or-leave-it comic book. Everything about the Nightwing 2022 Annual is spot-on-perfect.

  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    This cute story finally gives the reader the Haley content they’ve been waiting for. Dog parents will also appreciate the care that was taken in showing the relationship between pets and their families. Haley is truly the “Bestest Doggo.”

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    The 2022 Nightwing Annual is a perfect sampling of the current run, providing three stories that speak to the artist, narrative, and emotional sensibilities of the book. It’s a rewarding read to current fans of the series, digging deeper into the key players of the run while reminding audiences of the stakes of the current villain, who’s taken the backseat to recent issues. It’s also a fun read for newcomers, offering snapshots into new characters and Nightwing’s role in the wider DC Universe. The art also sets an expectation for the style that appears in the main title while delivering different styles to Redondo linework. That expectation setting is also thanks to the cohesive colors and lettering from mainstays Lucas and Abbott.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Nightwing fans should definitely grab this issue thanks to the Heartless backstory, which felt a little overdue and got neatly addressed here. The side stories are good enough to not make this feel like a pricier standard issue in the series.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Nightwing fans should definitely grab this issue thanks to the Heartless backstory, which felt a little overdue and got neatly addressed here. The side stories are good enough to not make this feel like a pricier standard issue in the series.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Nightwing 2022 Annual #1 delivers with intent. If youd like to see the gnarled machinations of Heartless, this issue is for you. If youd like to see a somewhat retcon of history involving Dick and Shelton that kind of fits, Nightwing 2022 Annual #1 is for you. If youd like to see a unique parallel to Bruce, Alfred, and the Batman with Gerard, Shelton, and Heartless, this comic is totally for you. Readers, this story may not be critical nor does it need an explanation to follow. However, it will genuinely help your understanding of Heartless and to see where hes coming from. You certainly wont feel for the character but youll definitely understand where hes coming from and why he is how he is. I think if youve been following Taylors Nightwing, then Nightwing 2022 Annual #1 is totally for you!

  • 90


    The ‘Nightwing 2022 Annual’ #1 is all about hearts as the issue takes us on a roller coaster from the rise of a villain that is a dark mirror to our hero before gliding into two lighter fares that tug at the heartstrings in more positive ways. All of it melds well together with such strong artistic visions, keeping to the elements that have made this such a popular era for the hero of Blüdhaven.

  • 80

    At long last, Tom Taylor gives an origin story to the villain that’s been stalking Blüdhaven, ripping the hearts out of those most unsuspecting. It’s delightfully twisted, setting up the antithesis to Dick Grayson’s all-American persona. Heartless may be the worst thing to happen to Nightwing’s city, which says plenty. More importantly, however, is the short story here where Haley Grayson—yes, the dog Haley—imagines herself as DC’s next best superhero.

  • 80


    Nightwing Annual (2022) #1 is an enjoyable read with a variety of different points of view throughout the issue. Each story carries an independently strong narrative that is partnered with stellar art.

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    There’s a balance of tone between the stories as well, the shorter tales take a bit of the sting out of the lead feature. It’s nice to cleanse the brain with some fun and heartwarming content after the wrenching origin of Heartless.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Nightwing 2022 Annual maximizes the opportunity by the format to deliver three distinct and enjoyable standalone stories. Diving into the Heartless origin story and furthering the mentor-protégé bond Dick Grayson and Jon Kent have strengthened the foundation for the future of the Nightwing series. The story with Haley as Bitewing was also just a fun time. Overall if you are a Nightwing fan this is a comic book that you should pick up.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Solid scripts, very solid artwork, and a really good origin for the new villain. Fun stuff all around.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Whether you like this Annual will probably come down to whether you enjoy Tom Taylor’s Nightwing run. You get an origin for Heartless and a lot of Fan-service moments. Plus, we again find out that Dick Grayson is a great guy overall. If that’s enough for you, you will probably love this. I liked it enough but was left wanting more.

  • 60


    Nightwing Annual: 2022 #1 delivers a mostly compelling origin for Heartless, while asking for an extra two dollars for two forgettable shorts right after. I think the issue is worth picking up for anyone currently following Tom Taylor’s run, but anyone looking for a series of solid one-shot stories will be disappointed. Eduardo Pansica’s pencils are a suitable fill in and maintain the series’ high bar for art, but there is slight hesitation in a full recommendation. Completionists can stomach the extra two dollars, but casual fans aren’t missing too much if they forgo knowing every aspect of Heartless.

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