10 Best Nightwing Comics To Read Before The Game Comes Out

Dick Grayson is the former Robin, and the first ward of Bruce Wayne, Batman. Dick is a unique, beloved, and important character in the DC mythos. Gotham Knights provide fans with a new look at Nightwing, an integral character in the Batman family.

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After many years of training and differences, Dick Grayson left the shadow of Batman, and the mantle of Robin behind to become Nightwing. An incredible acrobat, more hopeful than his adoptive father. Dick Grayson has been in comics since the 40s, and there’s an endless supply of great stories that would help fans better understand his purpose in the upcoming video game Gotham Knights.


10 Nightwing: Night Of The Owls

As part of DC’s reboot, The New 52this comic is perfect as an entry point for players who are curious to learn more about both Dick Grayson, and one of the five enemy factions in Gotham Knights, The Court of Owls. The comic has Nightwing facing undead assassins of the court, and discovering his connection from him to them.

Although it does not offer much in service of Dick Grayson’s character development, it is a great look into his relationship with Gotham City, the Batfamily, how he can handle himself in a fight, and perhaps how he will play in Gotham Knights.

9 Batman: Prodigal

Taking place after the infamous events of Batman: Knightfall, Bruce Wayne is still recovering from having his back broken by Bane. He approaches his first ward of him, Dick Grayson, and asks him to don the mantle of the Batman.

It’s interesting to see one of the earliest depictions of Dick Grayson taking up his father’s legacy. It’s a personal story of how Dick feels about taking on the challenge, of becoming The Batman. Yet in classic Dick Grayson fashion, he gives it his all.

8 Nightwing: Leaping Into The Light

This comic is a continuation of The New 52 line, and DC’s rebranded reborn series is a great way for new fans of Nightwing to drop in and check the character out. This volume serves as a great story, with lots of well-thought set-ups for later down the line.

It features Dick Grayson back in his adoptive city, Bl├╝dhaven. It’s great to see Dick Grayson working with members of the Batfamily, like Batgirl, another playable character in Gotham Knights. This comic is great for understanding certain relationships these characters have with one another, and how co-op might work.

7 batman hush

Regarded by some fans as one of the most essential Batman comics, batman hush features a new villain, wrapped in a bandage of mystery. The comic can serve as a great entry point for new readers, as it establishes a lot of Batman characters and lore, including the city itself, something Gotham Knights should explore.

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This comic delves into Bruce’s caped relationship with Dick and features them working together. It shows how much Bruce cared for his ward of him, and how he was one person of a minor few that he could entirely trust with everything.

6 Nightwing: Freefall

The bodies of fallen and defeated villains begin to strangely disappear, luring Nightwing into an unraveling mystery that features Talia Al Ghul, and the ghastly Dr. Creighton Kendall. The eerie undertones and use of his teamwork with his family make for a great read.

This comic prominently features Tim Drake as Robin, pairing up with Nightwing. It’s always a great dynamic to see the sons of Batman together. These two characters are the protagonists in Gotham Knightsso seeing their relationship as older and younger brothers is a dynamic that the game will capitalize on.

5 Nightwing: Year One

Taking place at a point in Dick Grayson’s life when Batman fired him as Robin, this coming-of-age comic has Dick Grayson finding his place in the superhero world as his own person with his own identity. He seeks guidance and advice from heroes like Superman and Deadman, and it helps him to become the hero he is today, with his combat style unique to his gameplay in Gotham Knights.

It’s great to look at this comic from the outlook of Gotham Knights, where we see Dick Grayson return to Gotham City after the death of Batman. Will he remain as Nightwing, or take up Batman’s mantle?

4 Nightwing: The Great Leap

Nightwing enters NYC, the big apple, in an attempt to stop one of Batman’s most infamous adversaries, Two-Face. It’s up to Nightwing to keep the city from falling into the two hands of this number-crazed madman and former district attorney.

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This comic lines up well with Gotham Knights, as it is set after the events of Batman’s supposed death. Nightwing battles with the loss of his father and mentor, as well as the inner turmoil about himself dealing with Batman’s rogues. There is a lot of heart in this comic about Dick Grayson.

3 batman black mirror

As one of the final stories in the DC Universe that is before the reboot, this features Dick Grayson as Batman. He is comfortable in the cowl upon taking his father’s mantle, and there is a lot of detective work in this comic. It’s also written by Scott Snyder, co-creator of the Court of Owls, a villain group that Gotham Knights focus on.

Grayson’s time as Batman is something that this comic gets right. It shows a world where Dick is the new Batman and provides an important reading into what awaits the character in Gotham Knights if Bruce Wayne is truly dead.

two Batman: Dark Victory

Batman and Robin have a great history together, spanning across comics, animated shows, films, and games for well over 80 years now. que Dark Victory serves as is a re-telling of that origin. It’s a story that involves how Bruce Wayne met Dick Grayson, and how the young boy became a ward to Gotham City’s most famous philanthropist, Bruce Wayne, and a sidekick to Gotham City’s most feared vigilante.

Readers of this comic can expect a greater understanding of the relationship and history between Bruce and Dick before entering into the fray to avenge Batman in Gotham Knights.

one The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

A rare feature in comic books is to see characters not just grow mentally, and into stronger characters, but physically grow into adulthood. que The Judas Contract features are the classic Teen Titans, a great team for their own game, growing up into mature adults, and it reflects in the more serious battles and consequences they face.

The team is led by Nightwing which shows how great of a leader he is. It wouldn’t be surprising if Gotham Knights featured Dick Grayson leading the Batfamily in their crusade. Dick understands the importance of friendship and sacrifice, and this comic brings a mature edge to the Titans.

Gotham Knights is currently scheduled to release on October 25 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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