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Dan Jurgens, the writer and artist best known for his work on "The Death of Superman," takes over as writer of Nightwing. There's a new team in Nightwing's hometown of Blüdhaven--and they will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn't mean you're cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed team calling themselves the Nightwings deal with a fiery threat t Dan Jurgens, the writer and artist best known for his work on "The Death of Superman," takes over as writer of Nightwing. There's a new team in Nightwing's hometown of Blüdhaven--and they will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn't mean you're cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed team calling themselves the Nightwings deal with a fiery threat they never saw coming, reluctant recruit Ric Grayson has to make the choice between a carefree life without capes or answering the call that's been ringing his entire life--the call to be a hero. Join Ric Grayson and the Nightwings as they learn what it takes to be a team--and what happens when you fight who you truly are. Best-selling writer Dan Jurgens takes over as writer on the adventures of Nightwing with this new volume 1 that collects NIGHTWING #56-69, Annual #2!


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Dan Jurgens, the writer and artist best known for his work on "The Death of Superman," takes over as writer of Nightwing. There's a new team in Nightwing's hometown of Blüdhaven--and they will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn't mean you're cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed team calling themselves the Nightwings deal with a fiery threat t Dan Jurgens, the writer and artist best known for his work on "The Death of Superman," takes over as writer of Nightwing. There's a new team in Nightwing's hometown of Blüdhaven--and they will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn't mean you're cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed team calling themselves the Nightwings deal with a fiery threat they never saw coming, reluctant recruit Ric Grayson has to make the choice between a carefree life without capes or answering the call that's been ringing his entire life--the call to be a hero. Join Ric Grayson and the Nightwings as they learn what it takes to be a team--and what happens when you fight who you truly are. Best-selling writer Dan Jurgens takes over as writer on the adventures of Nightwing with this new volume 1 that collects NIGHTWING #56-69, Annual #2!

30 review for Nightwing, Vol. 1: The Gray Son Legacy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I'm glad this book finally got good again. The Ric Grayson story up to this point has been kind of stupid. But with the return of Dick's great grandfather, William Cobb, it all begins to make sense. He's a great foil as Talon as well. Jurgens actually made this one of the better Year of the Villain storylines. Ronan Cliquet takes over on art with Travis Moore doing the annual. The book finally looks pretty again. Chris Mooneyham's scratchy art in the previous arcs was certainly not for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Excellent conclusion (for now) to the Ric Grayson storyline. I loved how the Nightwings played such a part in defending Bludhaven from itself, and I'm very much looking forward to the upcoming storyline with the Joker!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Given where the stories cut off, and where the next trade apparently starts, I'm going to assume that this volume actually collects issues 63-69 and Annual #2, since that's the entire Year Of The Villain story for Nightwing. One of the best retcons from the New 52 was Dick Grayson's history with the Talons, and bringing them back in here for another set of retcons is actually a pretty good idea too. Dan Jurgens uses past Nightwing history to inform his Year Of The Villain story as well as sheddin Given where the stories cut off, and where the next trade apparently starts, I'm going to assume that this volume actually collects issues 63-69 and Annual #2, since that's the entire Year Of The Villain story for Nightwing. One of the best retcons from the New 52 was Dick Grayson's history with the Talons, and bringing them back in here for another set of retcons is actually a pretty good idea too. Dan Jurgens uses past Nightwing history to inform his Year Of The Villain story as well as shedding some light on the real effects of Ric's brain damage (and setting up his eventual return to Dick Grayson as well). Seeing Ric struggle with multiple sets of memories and trying to do the best he can with the Nightwings and Bea is a great set-up, and the fight scenes with the Talon are well done as well. Dan Jurgens clearly had a plan when he took over this title, and it's very clear from the get-go; the stories here are much more coherent than the last few, and while he does shuffle the cast around a bit (the new Nightwings definitely take a back seat), he doesn't change everything instantaneously. There's a reason Jurgens has been in this industry as long as he has. The art has definitely become more consistent as well; new series artist Ronan Cliquet takes over with his well-established smooth style, while my personal favourite Nightwing artist Travis Moore does a little fill-in and the over-sized Annual as well. Gone are the scratchy lines of Chris Mooneyham, and Nightwing's suddenly a beautiful book all over again. A new creative team knocks the cobwebs off of Ric Grayson by throwing a villain from his past directly in his face. Good storytelling, great art, and a clear plan in place mean that Nightwing's a book you should sit up and take notice of once more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Being able to understand why a character sucks is small compensation to tolerate that your character sucks. The amnesia thing has been dumb from the get go, and this long game explanation did very little to salve my emotional wounds. This character has been around for too long to be treated like this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I have already read the issues in this volume (as individual issues when they were released). And while I do think some issues are better than others, overall, I enjoyed this arc. I'm a sucker for anything Court of Owls related and seeing it and Talon (William Cobb) make a return was something I liked. This volume gives us a reason as to why Dick isn't remembering anything and why he doesn't want to. As well as how Talon plans to integrate his great grandson into the role of Talon. While some pe I have already read the issues in this volume (as individual issues when they were released). And while I do think some issues are better than others, overall, I enjoyed this arc. I'm a sucker for anything Court of Owls related and seeing it and Talon (William Cobb) make a return was something I liked. This volume gives us a reason as to why Dick isn't remembering anything and why he doesn't want to. As well as how Talon plans to integrate his great grandson into the role of Talon. While some people may take issue with it, I thought it made sense. It at least gave us an explanation for Dick's disinterest in remembering his time with Bruce along with his tenure as Robin and his time as Nightwing. I do have one little nitpick. It kind of relates to the conclusion of this arc as well as going forward, which does have a bit of a spoiler. (view spoiler)[If I had to give it issue for anything, is how Dick didn't get his memory after this. I was honestly hoping that after the Talon stuff that Dick would get his memory back, which he was starting to by the end of the last issue in here (69). I've read Annual 3 and 70 and I'm not the biggest fan of how they brought in the Joker. He, and by extent the Joker's War arc, will probably be what concludes the Ric saga, and I'm just not a fan of it. I would have preferred that Dick either got his memories back in their entirety by 69 or spend the next issue or two having him get the memories back and maybe dealing with Talon, who we only saw fall off the bridge an into the water (basically that whole no body, not dead type thing, but with Talon not being apprehended). It's not this volume's fault or the issues in their entirely, but my to cents about how it ended. (hide spoiler)] Other than that, I really enjoyed the Gray Son Legacy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    The Ric Grayson saga has been awesome so far, this volume was a bit of a mess. So it starts off with recapping everything that's just happened, Ric losing his memory. The Bat family talking to him, just for him to explain he doesn't know them, it kind of drags. Then you have a psychiatrist introduced, she's supposed to have be there from the very beginning, treating Ric right after the accident. However if you've been reading this you'll know the first psychiatrist to help Ric was Jonathan Crane The Ric Grayson saga has been awesome so far, this volume was a bit of a mess. So it starts off with recapping everything that's just happened, Ric losing his memory. The Bat family talking to him, just for him to explain he doesn't know them, it kind of drags. Then you have a psychiatrist introduced, she's supposed to have be there from the very beginning, treating Ric right after the accident. However if you've been reading this you'll know the first psychiatrist to help Ric was Jonathan Crane, so it breaks breaks continuity. The bulk of this, well the middle portion is about the court of owls trying to convert Ric into one of their own. We got a glimpse of this last volume with Lex talking to Talon, now I liked all the recruiting bit and the fights, even the love interest. Where it falls apart is the mind control device, they use on Ric to make him don the mantle of a Talon. Great idea but they use three different things to control his mind, really? You couldn't settle on one, it just makes it convoluted. (view spoiler)[You have the mind control goggles, which are my personal favorite. Then you have the mind crystal which just seems stupid, the doctor uses this but also uses drugs to make him more susceptible to suggestion, if they just stuck to one this whole thing would have been a lot smoother. (hide spoiler)] The whole court of owls bit rubbed me the wrong way, they state that everything was planned. Even though Dick getting shot in the head was a random, it's like being pooed on by a bird, only to say you planned for it to happen. It's just so left field, that no one could possibly think of that. Now I had to actually check this was all written by the same person, and yes it was all written by Dan Jurgens. I don't understand how it turned into such a mess, when only one guy was writing it. Now I'm not a writing but if I was telling this story. I would have had the Talon acting independently, with the mind control goggles provided by Lex. Thus cutting out all the messy bits provided by the court. They just serve no purpose in the story apart a plot device, plus a lot of them where killed in the new 52. So it's not that far fetched that Talon was acting alone. There just so many things in this that breaks the narrative, that's been set up before. It even ends with a slap in the face where Ric says, Ric Grayson is evil and Dick Grayson is good. They're the same person, it's like saying Bruce Wayne is evil but Batman is good, it makes no damn sense.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I stuck with this whole Ric Grayson thing for longer than I probably should have. (view spoiler)[This story arc ties it up (mostly?) and restores the Dick Grayson memories. But they couldn't just do that cleanly, nope, they had to go and add another layer of complication on top of it by revealing that it was all a clever plan from the Court of Owls. Sigh. (hide spoiler)] The writing, by Dan Jurgens, and the art, mostly by Ronan Cliquet, are both pretty good here. This is certainly a competently t I stuck with this whole Ric Grayson thing for longer than I probably should have. (view spoiler)[This story arc ties it up (mostly?) and restores the Dick Grayson memories. But they couldn't just do that cleanly, nope, they had to go and add another layer of complication on top of it by revealing that it was all a clever plan from the Court of Owls. Sigh. (hide spoiler)] The writing, by Dan Jurgens, and the art, mostly by Ronan Cliquet, are both pretty good here. This is certainly a competently told story, and I did enjoy reading it. But I'm kind of tired of the direction that this book has gone in. It's not the fault of this writer or artist. There have been some good moments in this book. But I think I'm done with it for now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebalioness

    Can we be done with all the Court of Owls nonsense?

  9. 4 out of 5

    VL

    I actually really enjoyed this one. Reveals a lot of why Dick can't remember the past decade.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Saraokelokee

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kieran Campbell

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  14. 4 out of 5

    Travischesser

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert Higgins

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dwayne Keller

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wasan Syananondh

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Whalen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allison Hendricks

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meharvan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rickey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zach Gyorffy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa La

  27. 5 out of 5

    July

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.R.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ross

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