Nightwing Vol 1: Better Than Batman - Tim Seeley
"He was the first Robin - and a replacement Batman. He was a superspy - and a dead man. Now after going underground and around the world in a battle to reclaim the secret identity that was stolen from him, Dick Grayson is returning to Gotham as his own man, his own hero: Nightwing!"
So I've recently started getting into graphic novels as I love the movies/TV shows at the moment, so I thought why not see where they originated from? I know this is a bit controversial and please don't hate me but I love Marvel & DC equally 🙈 I know so many people who have such strong opinions and will fight tooth and nail for their preferred comics but I just can't choose!
I started watching Titans on Netflix and absolutely loved it. So much so, that Dick Grayson A.K.A Nightwing became one of my favourite superheroes, so I figured I might as well start my comic book journey there. This comic series was written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Javier Fernandez & Chris Sotomayor. Before we go any further, I'd thought it'd be a good idea to write a little bit of background on the character.
Dick Grayson grew up in the circus where he & his parents had an act called "The Flying Graysons". One night, his parents' ropes were tampered with and with no net to catch them, they fell to their death. Bruce Wayne, who was also there that night, saw the similarity to his own parents' death and took Dick under his wing. From there they became Batman & Robin. However, after some time away, Dick Grayson has now resurfaced as his own hero - Nightwing.
In this comic, Dick is trying to take down the Parliament of Owls which is an organised crime group and secret society. To do this he has allied himself with the mysterious Raptor and although it is not really possible to tell whether he is actually trustworthy or not, I really enjoyed this character. As he has the same sarcastic tendencies and charm as Dick, it made for them being a well paired and funny duo. I would love to see them work together again down the line.
Dick is trying to balance what he learnt during his time with Batman and his own instincts as he tries to figure out what kind of new hero he wants to be. Even if this tests his relationships with those closest to him. All of which made for a really good and interesting storyline. Plus, there was some amazing artwork!
I'm really glad that I have started reading graphic novels as the different format, away from the typical prose, was such a nice change and really helped me get out of a reading slump! Also, I really loved seeing the Batfamily in action and seeing Dick being a good older brother to Damian. Although, I haven't read any previous Nightwing comics, this was a really good place to start and definitely made me want to read more.