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Nightwing Vol. 1: A Knight in Bludhaven Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563894254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHUCK DIXON
Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe and A-team for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers. He is also the co-publisher of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War.

In addition to his work in graphic novels, Chuck is currently writing a series of action novels about a team of Navy SEALs and their missions in the global War in Terror available on Kindle and Nook. His latest work is BAD TIMES Book One: Cannibal Gold available now through Kindle!

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In the process Nightwing decides to stay in Bludhaven because he can make a difference as well as get away from under the shadow of Batman.
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The action scenes read like a Hong Kong action flick thanks to the wild, dynamic art of Scott McDaniel.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Griffen on March 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
When Batman instructs his former protege, Nightwing (a.k.a., Dick Grayson, the first Robin), to go to the city of Bludhaven to help solve a murder mystery, he eagerly accepts. But what he expects to be a "weekend outing" soon becomes a life mission.
Nightwing takes to Bludhaven, a city with no spandex-clad, super heroes of its own, and quickly discovers that he likes having his own turf to patrol.
"A Knight in Bludhaven" is the first story arc of the NIGHTWING regular series, featuring the story of Nightwing's adoption of the dismal, blighted city of Bludhaven and the discovery of the nasty villain who holds sway over the city. It's very much a coming-of-age story for a character who has existed for sixty years now. Dick Grayson isn't Robin anymore. He's his own man and he has his own unique way of dispensing justice. The best chapter of the story is the one which features Tim Drake, the current Robin, as a guest star. Robin contrasts Nightwing and Batman and shows just how much the two men are cut from the same cloth.
Great reading and a non-stop thrill ride. The action scenes read like a Hong Kong action flick thanks to the wild, dynamic art of Scott McDaniel. Writer Chuck Dixon is top-notch at plotting and characterization. Don't miss out! This is one great book!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Savant11 on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Needing an aesthetic fix I picked this book up one day simply for the art and after reading I was not disapointed either by the writing. Chuck Dixon is a great writer and along with Scot McDaniels pencils it makes this book a must have.
Nightwing is a spin off character from the Batman franchise. He's the first Robin, Dick Grayson, all grown up now and his own man. He goes to a Bludhaven an industrial city sent by his mentor/Father Batman to solve a crime. In the process Nightwing decides to stay in Bludhaven because he can make a difference as well as get away from under the shadow of Batman.
I like Nightwing a lot. He's likable, smart,kind,confident and sexy.the type of guy every girl dreams of having for a boyfriend (or husband). Nightwing is constantly being hit on by women in his books and not without reason. For male comic book readers he has more of a realistic kind of masculinity, none of the overbearing machismo, which is what makes him so popular with male readers.
Nightwing is supposed to be his own character in his own right. But frankly I think that he's DC's answer to Spiderman. I find the two characters very similar except for the fact that Nightwing has no superpowers and he's a bit more confident than Spider-man in his real life. Unlike Batman (or Spider-man) Nightwing does not do what he does because he feels it's his responsibility to make the world right. He does what he does because its the right thing to do.
Anyway this is a very good book one of the better books in DC's arsenal because it has a lot of action and the character, unlike Batman really does have a life when he's not in costume. I love the character so much that even though I have the four TPB I also collected the entire run in single print. Its that good. I would also recomend the second TPB Rough Justice as the art work is a bit more sexy and hard edged. TPB 3& 4 Love and Bullets and a Darker Shade of Justice are a bit more cartoony. But the writing is good all around
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wang on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Chuck Dixon is King of the Action Hero and Nightwing is the perfect foil for him to tell Die Hard type stories on the comic page. Combined with a great art team that exudes flying bullets, acrobatic moves and Hong Kong style scenes, this TPB is a fun read. My only criticisms are that the conclusion was a little bit of a letdown and that some of artwork took a couple of looks to understand. Other then that if you are looking for a Batman comic with less brooding and more fun, give this a try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Corum Seth Smith on July 12, 2005
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I've always enjoyed reading Batman comics and graphic novels, so I figured, why not try a Nightwing graphic novel? Anymore the way the comic world operates you have to subscribe to Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl just to know what is going on with Batman anyway.

Nightwing has a different personality from his mentor. Dixon does a good job establishing that he has a sense of humor. For example, a thug cuts Nightwing's ponytail: "I was getting sick of it anyway." Batman would just punch the guy harder than the other thugs. Nightwing is no longer under the shadow of his mentor.

"A Knight in Bludhaven" describes the transition for Dick Grayson as he becomes a crime fighter in a city that is even more corrupt than Gotham: Bludhaven. There are no Alfreds, Jim Gordons, or Barbara Gordons in this urban cesspool.

Nightwing becomes the protector of Bludhaven as Batman is the protector of Gotham. Nightwing has finally come of age to call his own shots. He is a different character with a different set of enemies. In fact, the secret Bludhaven crime boss is a resurrected baddie from Dick's past.

This is a great coming-of-age story that shows that Grayson is ready for the big-time. If this is what Nightwing is like, I'll probably get a few more of his storylines. Good stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "zsinj16" on November 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best spin-off saga in the Batman mythos that I have read, in my honest opinion!
It's about Dick Grayson, who was once the Dark Knight's vigilante sidekick, Robin. But, because of their differences and internal conflicts with one another, Batman and Robin went their separate ways, and Dick Grayson went from the vigilante sidekick, Robin, and assumed the identity of a new vigilante just about as rough and as vicious as Batman himself, Nightwing!
In this first volme of the "Nightwing Series", Batman orders Nightwing to investigate the brutal and grotesque murder of over twenty gangsters belonging to a Chinese Mafia. Nightwing is charged with finding out who is the culprit of this hideous and insidious crime, and has to go deep into the city of Bludhaven's underworld to find out.
No Batman fan should miss this great spinoff in the Batman mythos that is filled with action, intrigue, and dark mystery.
I myself can't wait to buy the next volumes in the Nightwing series!!
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