The best Nightwing comics start long after Dick Grayson joined forces with Bruce Wayne to become Robin, the more colorful member of the Dynamic Duo all the way back in the 1940's Detective Comics #38. He remained a kid for far longer than anyone has a right to, but by 1984, Grayson's image got an update (and a proper bit of aging) to become Nightwing, a hero all his own, who no longer needed the Dark Knight to take him from crime to crime. Nightwing has been one of the most popular DC Comics superheroes since he was first introduced in Tales of the Teen Titans #44, and in the intervening decades, he's been in a ton of stories.
Over the 36+ years he's been fighting as his own solo superhero in Blüdhaven, New York, and Gotham city, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Nightwing, making it hard to determine which is the best of Nightwing's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Nightwing reading guide.
Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Nightwing story ever told!
Story Found In: Detective Comics #871-881
Details: When a series of horrific murders pushes Batman's skills as a detective to the limit, he finds himself confronting one of Gotham City's oldest and malevolent evils. It's not long before the Dark Knight finds himself trapped in the deadly Mirror House.
While he isn't wearing his Nightwing costume in this tale, being Batman is almost as natural to the former Boy Wonder. This classic tale pits Grayson up against a dark and dangerous evil he may not be fully equipped to handle. Will he be able to fill the boots of his former mentor, or will the new Batman find himself in an early grave?625A great storyline?
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Details: "The Judas Contract" is often considered to be the best Teen Titans story ever written, but it's more than that, as it includes the first appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing. He donned the new identity in the pages of Tales of the Teen Titans #44, having cast off his Robin persona for one that was unique to him.
"The Judas Contract" transformed Robin, the Boy Wonder into a man and the leader of a team of superheroes. He was no longer a sidekick, and the tale that began his new career was both harrowing and compelling. It introduced Deathstroke, a major betrayal within the team, and more.
Fans of the team can't leave this story behind, as it helped define precisely who the New Teen Titans were, and how they would proceed in the future.6614A great storyline?
Robin: Year One
Story Found In: Robin: Year One #1-4
Details: The "Year One" story format was started by Frank Miller for Batman, and it's back for Robin, but more specifically, Dick Grayson, the one and only Nightwing! The story details one from early in his career as Robin, the Boy Wonder, and it's told from Nightwing's perspective.
As an early character's origin story, it functions more as a retelling, and it's as dark and interesting as any fan would hope to read. It's partly about growing up, partly about becoming a hero, and entirely about a superhero, the fans have come to love. This is easily one of the best Dick Grayson stories out there, and a must-read for any fan.525A great storyline?
Batman & Robin
Story Found In: Batman & Robin #1-6
Details: One of the most celebrated stories to come out in recent years was the ongoing series of Batman & Robin. In the books, Bruce Wayne is dead, but the name of Batman must live on. For a short time, Dick Grayson abandons his Nightwing persona to take the one his mentor wore for decades to become the new Batman.
Of course, Batman will always need a Robin, so the young lad who stands in the red, yellow, and green beside the man who once wore it is none other than Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce. The pair develop a bond, but that doesn't mean they got along all the time, and this series could just as easily been called "Batman vs. Robin."465A great storyline?