Tim Seeley, Yanick Paquette, & Javier Fernandez “Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman” (DC Comics, 2017)
Right off the top let’s address that title. He’s not better than Batman, and neither is the book. Now that’s not really a big deal, because who really is better than Batman?
But what about the book? How is it?
While this is part of the line wide “Rebirth” reboot, it doesn’t really feel like it. Sure, there are some changes since Dick Grayson was a spy, but that’s a normal sort of change in funny books. So Dick’s back to being Nightwing. And he’s picked up a frenemy, who has been placed there by the Court of Owls.
So immediately we are dealing with another secret society (an ongoing theme in the Rebirth books), as well as another Batman analogue.
It’s not that any of this is bad, per se. It just doesn’t provide either a classic look at the character or a fresh look. Quite frankly it feels a little under baked and tired.
The art, like so much I’ve seen is also a bit lacking. Not that it’s bad, it’s just nothing I would be excited about.
This is perfectly fine if you are a Nightwing fan. But the character deserves better than that. Maybe a creative team with some exciting ideas.