Rek Reviews: Nightwing Annual 01


Welcome back to our new series in which we review the comics that we read every week. This week Rek is going to be reviewing Nightwing Annual 01 by Benjamin Percy and art by Otto Schmidt.




For those who don’t know what’s going on in Nightwing since Benjamin Percy took over, then I suggest you catch up. To those who have an idea about what is happening, then you will be glad to know that the story arc is reaching it’s climax. Percy started his arc by bringing in the idea of living in a virtual world that is better than our own. These devices were gifted to every citizen in Bludhaven and that’s when Dick Grayson’s life turned into the Matrix. With the help of Barbara Gordan, Dick is managing to fight against the virtual monsters of the Dark Web, but this virus is starting to spread to Gotham. This is when we meet the real villain, Vire. She’s…

I don’t want to spoil anything, but I do have some words to share about this story arc so far.

Personally, I think that it is a great story about the chaos of social media and how it could be used for evil. The slander, the fake news, the vile newscasters. It’s all there!

However, I don’t see it as a Nightwing story. Yes, Nightwing is the main character in the book and we follow him every step of the way, but there isn’t anything that makes it a Nightwing story.

I guess that in the pre-New 52 comics, Dick is shown to preferring the simple lifestyle of landlines and cash, but that’s the only connection I can make.

Also, the art is good and keeps the whole rebirth vibe. So if that’s what you like, then you’ll be happy.

In conclusion, I think that Percy wanted to write this story, but I’m not sure if it works well with Nightwing.




Storytelling:     4

(How good is the story? Does it stand up to others?)

Art:     3

(Does it tell the story? Does it work well with the character?)

Importance:     2

(Does this story need to be told? Is it helping the Character?)

Character:     2

(Is the character represented well? Does the writer understand the character?)


Total:     11 / 20


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