Nightwing: Volume 1: Better Than Batman

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Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman by Tim Seeley is the return of Dick Grayson to the Batman Universe as the superhero Nightwing. The DC Universe has changed and the issues (basically the identity reveal and faked death of Dick Grayson) that forced the character of Nightwing into hiding are no longer a part of the current reality. Now Dick Grayson has returned and can once again be Nightwing.

While this may be applauded by Nightwing fans, it does come as something as a slap to fans of the comic Grayson. This comic was actually one of the better written successes of the New 52 slew of comics. Dick Grayson as a Bondesque super spy for an organization that may or may not be on the side of good, was a very good book. Hopefully the new Nightwing comic will maintain some of the elements of Grayson to encourage that readership to follow the new run.

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This new book has Nightwing teaming up with a questionable ally, breaking dates with Barbara Gordon and joining the Court of Owls to solve a mystery that has its roots in the history of both himself and the Batman. We get a glimpse of a far more tragic Dick Grayson, someone whose time away the New 52 run, has him playing catch up with relationships and his place in the Batman Universe. Which is okay since you never get the sense that Dick wants to be part of this Universe. No we start to see a Dick Grayson who is ready to come into his own.

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Nightwing is a good book, it runs on the periphery of the Batman Universe but still does not set Dick Grayson free to be his own man. In Nightwing he is still in the shadow of Batman, he is still the first Robin. This is something that the Grayson books gave him a chance to be. His own man. The writing is good and the artwork strong but it will be sometime before we see if this run is strong enough to win over Grayson fans.

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