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Exclusive: NIGHTWING #14 4-Page Preview

The upcoming issue of NIGHTWING will feature a battle between Dick Grayson and Lady Shiva, but will Nightwing manage to defeat one of DC's greatest fighters?

For some of us, this is one of the moments we have been anxiously anticipating. Readers first saw the very beginnings of what might be a truly epic battle in NIGHTWING #13, and in the next issue of NIGHTWING we will finally see Dick Grayson face off in a fight against Lady Shiva. This might actually be a pretty important battle for Nightwing, since, these two characters have known one another since they were both very young (at least according to New 52 cannon). Maybe DC knows how much I like Lady Shiva, or perhaps this is a simple coincidence, but the publisher has given Comic Vine an exclusive look at NIGHTWING #14 written by Tom DeFalco due in stores on November 21st. Base don the four pages provided, what do you think of this fight? Is this a book you are looking forward to reading?


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The epic martial arts throwdown of the year: Nightwing vs. Lady Shiva! Nightwing may be outmatched this time, but he’s not going down without a fight! This issue leads directly into the “DEATH OF THE FAMILY’ event!

Written by: Tom DeFalco

Art by: Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin

Cover by: Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

Page Count: 32

U.S. Price: 2.99

On Sale Date: Nov 21 2012

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Posted By DocFishstick

Nightwing is my favorite and yeah the art is ok but can't wait to see whaat the joker has plan for him.

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Posted By ronzimmerman

I love this art. don't know why everyone doesn't. it's a reboot. he's meant to be young again.

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Posted By RedOwl_1

Looks like something, not going to read it because it makes me lazy (When I get the comic I jump what I already read on previews XP)

The art isn't it's strong point..... but I read Teen Titans all the way with THAT art..... so I'm sure I can handle this :D

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Posted By Reignmaker

I really dig Nightwing as a character and I know his book sells ok. But I don't really see myself ever consistently following his solo book because I just don't feel like DC ever gives him the all-star talent Batman receives.

Oh well, will probably hop on for the Death of the Family tie-in.

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Posted By OmgOmgWtfWtf

I have so many questions...Is Dick Asian now? He looks like my cousin. When did Lady Shiva rob Shredder of his costume? Why is she carrying ninja weapons, even though she's Chinese? Also why does she decide to fight Dick in BROAD DAYLIGHT? So many questions that need to be answered.

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Posted By pingclang

Shiva looks like she is wearing a bottom feeder fish on her head. Kinda dumb. I look forward to the issue but this feels like a 90's Image book to me as of late. I guess we'll see.

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Posted By zachkastner

Sorry Nightwing but I'm out for this issue.

No Higgins, no Barrows, a crappy Shiva redesign and a lackluster issue 13. I'm just going to gear up for Death of the Family. I'll be back Dick, but not for this Shiva garbage.

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Posted By Stormbox

Lol this looks lame

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Posted By Crash_Recovery

The Lady Shiva redesign really seems unnecessary. I liked Nightwing's old blue outfit, but I appreciate that the red brings him more in line with the color themes of the Bat family at this moment.

Shiva looked pretty good in her older outfits and now seems more generic. At first glance I actually thought she was a variant on one of the Court's Talons.

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Posted By chocobojam

So when we will see the new 52 Cassandra!?

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Posted By TheDarkestNight

Not liking Nightwing's hair.

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Posted By TDK_1997

I want Eddy Barows back!

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Posted By CatBoy

@SmashBrawler: Amen. They did that in the Batgirl Annual. It's just cheesy and takes the reader out of the story. And who are they announcing their names to? We obviously know who they are. Annoying.

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Posted By Perfect 10

@DDangelico: i was thinking the same thing except i actually like the art lol. he just needs to make him look his age. but why are they still on this mortal kombat shiva concept? let it co DC. she is deadly with just her hands and hardly EVER uses any weapons. can we go back to that please?

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Posted By ganthetjr

Guinaldo makes Dick look like an over-muscled ten-year-old.

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Posted By SUNMAN

hope thee two end up as a couple

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Posted By The Poet

interesting...look forward to actually reading this...

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

How many times are they going to do the "Robin dies at Dawn" shtick? This is like the second or third time (in a way).

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Posted By mightypug78

I think he'll put up a good fight but in the end, he'll lose. nightwing is great but he is nowhere near as experienced as lady shiva.

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Posted By Mercy_

Not a fan of the art at all.

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Posted By The_Ghostshell

Seems like this story is taking forever to develop. Other then that I kinda like the Shredder look as well as the art. My only concern is how New 52 Shiva compares to original Shiva. Is she gonna be a jobber? Or will she actually be on par with Batman in terms of martial arts prowess....

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@HexThis said:

What is he doing out in daylight? This was an issue I had with the recent Huntress series, she was out during the day far too often. I don't think it works for certain heroes.

If I knew that the Joker and Shiva were both after me, I wouldn't wanna be running around Gotham at night either. Which reminds me. I'm calling it now: They fight, Nightwing wins only to get taken out by Joker or Batgirl.

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Posted By tomtomiii

I have to admit I like the Nightwing Blue outfit better. But then I'm not sure I'm sold on New 52 Nightwing. I do get the book each month, but more because I'm hopeful this Dick Grayson will grow on me. I can buy pre-Flashpoint Nightwing going toe-to-toe with Lady Shiva, but new 52 Dick would have his but handed to him. Unless she is a pushover too.

I'll get this issue too, because Dick Grayson has ALWAYS been a favorite character of mine. New Teen Titans #1 was the first comic I remember buying from a shop, and taking care of. Dick Grayson was a great Robin and I loved the first Nightwing run (well most of it anyway). But the New 52 has gutted the character. The New Teen Titans never existed, Dicks relationship with Babs minimized to virtually nothing, and his time as Robin Truncated to a faction (4 Robins in such a small window). The last being the most puzzling of course. I mean apparently he is still a Millionaire (even though he much younger and has no job), Tight with Lucius Fox, and has he skills of the hero he was pre-Flashpoint (in a fraction of the time).

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Posted By the_stegman

Shiva kinda looks like a female Shredder here.

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Posted By FoxxFireArt

Is that suppose to be Lady Shiva's hair with the blades on it? That's sort of a silly design choice. What if you were to fall down or get knocked into a wall? You could inadvertently stab yourself. Having a weapon on your body that you can't control is reckless. Hardly something a world class assassin would do.

Her design should be something closer to the Elite Guard of Talia in ARKHAM CITY.

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Posted By Mbecks14

Love the cover but Shiva's design is...ridiculous

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Posted By TheCowman

Eh, Cassandra Cain already took her out twice.

And yeah, I agree Shiva's outfit looks kinda silly. But then, part of the New 52 seems to be bad outfits. Just look at what they did to poor Harley.

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Posted By cameron83


just my opinion

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Posted By cameron83

WOW...I actually like shiva's look...

I don't think goofy makes sense when people go out at night dressed as a humanoid bat...Or when a soldier wears bright colors,etc

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Posted By Miss_Garrick

I still prefer blue for the Nightwing look.

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Posted By carnivalofsins00

Thanks for the preview guys, really. Now I know not to pick up this issue.

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Posted By namtabmi

loving the cover

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Posted By MizariSeth

I don't picking this, I wait until the next month number -.-

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Posted By SmashBrawler

DeFalco writing this issue explains the horribly placed Nightwing logo in Dick's speech balloon. Hate that sh!t.

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Posted By ME24601

It's interesting to see someone in the Bat Family out in the day time in Gotham City...

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Posted By drreneninja

@MadeinBangladesh: I couldn't have said it better myself. This series was good, but it fell off the rails after the Night of Owls. Something I don't mind skipping every month.

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Posted By arnoldoaad

The art is really bad here

the Shiva design is just so ugly

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Posted By Spideycap

Nightwing is my favorite DC character, so yes I am very excited for this issue. Honestly though I am really looking even farther forward to the Joker tie-in. Really loving the new 52 take on Dick and cant really get enough.

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Posted By Cavemold

Fill in issues circular logic

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

I really enjoyed this book when it first started, but i lost total interest in this book.

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Posted By KZR

I am unimpressed. The art is meh.

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Posted By Gotham's Dark Knight

Not loving the art. Dick is looking like he's 15.

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Posted By HexThis

What is he doing out in daylight? This was an issue I had with the recent Huntress series, she was out during the day far too often. I don't think it works for certain heroes.

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Posted By DDangelico

Boy--that art is less than stellar. Dick looks like he's 16 and the Penguin's nose looks even stranger than usual.

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Posted By geoff2005

for some reason nightwing looks a little like he's asian in these previews

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Posted By kennybaese

@Jonny_Anonymous: He's only filling in for two issues so Higgins would have time to work on the DotF tie in issues.

I gotta say, Shiva's character design was always kind of boring, but this costume looks a little goofy. There are elements of it that I like, but the hair with the blades is a bit much.

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Posted By Fhiz

@Jonny_Anonymous: he's not.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

I didn't know DeFalco was taking over from Higgins

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Posted By Zeeguy91

@CircularLogic: Higgins is taking some time off to work on his "Death of the Family" tie-ins

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Posted By CircularLogic

Why is Tom DeFalco writing instead of Higgins? He's a terrible writer.