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!
Faces Of Evil
Story Found In: Nightwing #152-153
Details: Ra's al Ghul may have been a longtime foil of the Dark Knight, but that doesn't mean he was a good buddy to the young Mr. Grayson. In this story, Nightwing finds the old enemy attempting, once again, to take over Gotham City, and he's not exactly willing to let that happen.
After an initial confrontation, their fight goes from fisticuffs to blades in the desert, and Nightwing proves that he was far more than a simple sidekick. After all, he was trained by the best, and his opposition to Ra's earns him the same moniker he applied to Bruce, "Detective."384A great storyline?
A Fine Performance
Story Found In: Grayson #12
Details: The overarching story of "A Journey Home" explores how a single person can have a major effect on your life, but more specifically, Dick Grayson's life. In "A Fine Performance," Dick meets up with some of the people closest to him, including Damian, Barbara, Tim, Jason, and Bruce, after they learn that Dick faked his death the year before.
Each meeting with his friends and allies is emotional, and they cover the entirety of his publishing lifetime, which is fairly extensive. When it's all said and done, the story delves into the character of Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing by exploring the nature of his relationships with the people closest to him.357A great storyline?
Better Than Batman
Story Found In: Nightwing: Rebirth #1 & Nightwing #1-4 & 7-8
Details: Dick Grayson has been around the world as Nightwing, and now, he's back where it all began in Gotham City. He's going to have to fight to regain what's rightfully his, but when a new evil comes calling, Dick will have to make a choice to stay where he is or head out to face the new darkness imposing on his life.
Dick thought he knew who he was as Nightwing, but this story takes everything he thought he knew and threw it in the bin. How did he manage his relationship with his former mentor, and who is he without Batman? It all comes to a head in a story that suggests Nightwing might just be "Better Than Batman."274A great storyline?
Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet
Story Found In: Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet
Details: Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet is a one-shot story that details the night that Dick Grayson became Robin, which isn't to say it's the story of him putting on the suit; it's much more than that. To earn the title of Robin, Dick had to pass a final challenge designed by Bruce, and he has to do it on his own.
The story isn't about Nightwing, but it is about the development of the character who would one day put on the Nightwing costume to rebrand himself. The mission doesn't go according to plan, but in the end, Dick manages to prove himself worthy of being called Batman's sidekick.221A great storyline?