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Nightwing: The Lost Year [Paperback]

Marv Wolfman , Marc Andreyko , Joe Bennett

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Book Description

March 5 2008 Nightwing
Growing up as Robin the Boy Wonder, Dick Grayson lived a lifetime in the shadow of Batman.As an adult, the former sidekick took the identity of Nightwing and now forges his own identity as a crimefighter. This latest volume in the series written by Legendary author of THE NEW TEEN TITANS, Marv Wolfman, explores the lost year of Dick Grayson's life, after he quit being the Dark Knights partner and before he joined the New Teen Titans.It's the year a friend, a foe, and a love from the past returned from the darkness to haunt him and changed his life forever.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216719
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #921,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A interesting read...a little racy and PG-13 June 12 2009
By BWaynebaby - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this look into the "Lost Year"...I loved how it delved more into Dick Grayson's relationship with Barbra Gordon who I love, and his frustration with Bruce and how their relationship at that time, like most adults and their teenaged children, always hits a rough patch where the teenager thinks he/she is adult and knows everything and the adult is wrong about pretty much everything, but also how the adult can be insensitive to the struggles and complexities in the life of a young man/woman on the verge of adulthood.

I though it was well written and fast paced.

It made Dick Grayson more real and accessible, he is my second favorite hero next to Batman,, his flaws and missteps are very similar to those of most young men who arent' secret vigilantes, he can be an absolute pig and insensitive, selfish jerk to a former girlfriend, but he can also make some pretty good decisions showing he took to heart the principles and integrity he was raised with.

However, I found it to have a lot of sexuality, not good for younger readers, which is typical for Nightwing stories, the writers tend to give him a pretty healthy sex life, he seems to have more time for that, (or interest in it) than Bruce, who, I think, despite Bruce's tough guy, hard as nails, demeanor, he is still a cultured, aristocrat, and a mature man, who, and in the last few years is a little more selective about who he sleeps with.

Dick, after all, is still a hot young man with an active libido. So I get it.

I think its worth a peek.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story about Dick Grayson! July 17 2011
By zombie phreak - Published on Amazon.com
I've never read a comic about Dick Grayson before. I knew he was the original Robin and that he later went on to become Nightwing, but I didn't know that character had such an interesting backstory to him and such in depth motivations behind him.

The story concentrates on Dick's coming of age and moving out from under Batman's shadow, which is something I think everyone can relate to. We all have someone's expectations that we try to live up to, or someone we are compared to. Be it a sibling, a parent, a friend, a mentor, a co-worker we're all compared to someone else and at one point we all want to stop being compared to them and stand on our own two feet. However most of us aren't superheroes ;-)

Dick is used by a group of young people to try to break into Wayne Industries and steal technology and money. Dick stops them and they get busted. However Dick later goes on to forgive that group of people and have dinner with them when they are out of jail and he forgives them, but never fully trusts them.

They again try to use Dick to get what they want, but Dick again manages to outwit them and stop them dead in their tracks and bring them to justice. Batman is only seen mostly in flashbacks and once in present day, but he is used only to advance the plot and he doesn't over-shadow Nightwing.

It was a good story and the artwork is good too. You should definitely check it out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet Dec 21 2008
By Hully - Published on Amazon.com
*Spoilers* I was a bit skeptical at first, as I had read some negative reviews about it, but The Lost Year quickly became one of my favorite Nightwing TPBs. The new Vigilante stands for everything that Nightwing thrives not to be, and accompanied by the look into Grayson's past, it makes for a very good read. My only regret is that it was cut short (thanks to The Ressurection of Ras Al Ghul), but hopefully with the Vigilante series starting later this month, will eventually get more of what happened. Still, the cliffhanger it ends on was satisfying enough for me, and I'd definately recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Nightwing book, but still good May 12 2011
By marvels R great - Published on Amazon.com
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Nightwing: The Lost Year was a good story, but did have some flaws. I haven't read any of the Nightwing stories prior to this issue, only books that came after, so if anyone is in the same position, the story comes off as detached and confusing. There are many characters who the reader is not familiar with. However, the important ones are explained later on in the story, and the plot is much less confusing, making for a good story. The artwork, which is half of what makes a good comic book, is average. It is clean and easy to follow, but somewhat dull, especially for a Nightwing/Batman story. I should also warn that this book is for mature audiences, although the amount of relationship "stuff" is not overdone. Overall, I did enjoy the book. Nightwing is one of the best DC characters out there, and Batman fans should consider purchasing any Nightwing story. This is not an "origin" story, but rather one to fill in the gaps, which it does very well.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Abrupt July 12 2009
By Drake - Published on Amazon.com
The Lost Year is taken from Nightwing #133-137 and Nightwing Annual #2. It looks back on the story of how Dick and Barbara's relationship came to be and also features Dick's other relationships. I thought that there was a lot of sexual overtones to this book. That would have been fine if it was done in a better way, but in this story it seems to be there as part of a joke. I like stories with more action and adventure in them. The second half of the book introduces the new Vigilante. He captures Dick to interrogate him about his past in the story "321 Days". It winds up being an interesting arc but ends abruptly and unfinished leaving you wanting the rest.

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