When I first picked up Nightwing: Rebirth #1, I could almost feel how heavy the issue was with loose ends to tie up. Normally, I flip through the pages first to get an idea of what I’m getting myself into, and I realize that I am right. Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is going to answer all the questions I still had at the end of Grayson as well as give Dick Grayson a nice, warm welcome back into the DC Universe.
The issue opens and gives avid bat-readers something familiar in a trip to the arcade with Damian. Though this makes me nostalgic for Morrison’s “Batman and Robin” series, it serves as the platform for Dick catching us up on our story as Damian becomes the surrogate audience.
The issue does seem to rush cleaning things up a bit in Dick’s life by bouncing from loose end to loose end, but as a reader, this may be the best-case-scenario for how to handle all of the stuff the readers never wanted to see in Dick’s life anyway. In essence, this comic closes a lot of open doors in Dick’s life and lets us, the readers, and them, the writers, get on with how Dick Grayson should be.
This issue turned out to be a fun little read, but this issue mainly exists to serve a purpose. This issue fills in gaps in stories that got out of hand and gets Dick back into the blue and black costume that readers know and love. Furthermore, this book also serves as a stepping stone and lets readers say goodbye to Agent 37 while welcoming back our old friend, the real NIGHTWING.
Review by Alex Mitts.