Retroactive: Nightwing 1995 & Daredevil 2008

In Retroactive I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular series. Each entry will cover an entire year and I’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Last time on Retroactive we covered Legends of the Dark Knight 2010-2013 and Daredevil 2007. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. Below you’ll find the two series that I’m currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that series. The last section is reserved for my Top Picks from each year. Click the logo or travel to the third page to view them.


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7 thoughts on “Retroactive: Nightwing 1995 & Daredevil 2008

  1. I really like Daredevil # 103.
    First of all, it has a very unusual perspective: we’re seeing the scene from the bottom upwards, and thanks to this artistic choice we have the illusion that Daredevil is about to fall on us. It takes tons of talent to create this effect.
    Secondly, I love the fact that the villain’s face is not shown, and also the fact that we’re seeing the scene through his eyes. This makes us feel even more involved in the scene depicted on this cover.
    Thirdly, once again the Daredevil colourist made a wonderful job. One of the buildings behind Matt has been coloured with a gorgeous tone of orange, and this makes us understand that the fight is taking place at sunset. I also love how the sun partially lights up the gloves of the villain.
    Special mention for Daredevil # 102: the outfit of those villains has an Old West vibe I absolutely adore, and I also love the question – raising artistic choice of splitting the background into two parts, one coloured with sky blue, the other one coloured with red.
    It was a really hard task to choose the bronze medalist. On one hand we have Daredevil # 109, with Matt holding a submachine gun and acting like the goddess of justice; on the other hand we have Daredevil # 111, which shows a brand new character and an extremely beautiful background. At the end I decided to pick Daredevil # 109.
    As for Dick, I completely agree with the cover you chose.
    Special mention for Nightwing: Alfred’s Return # 1. Once again we get an image full of layers: first we have an action packed brawl, then we go back further and we see London swathed in shadows (apart from a gorgeously lit up Big Ben), and then we go back even further and see Alfred smiling. The action packed brawl would deserve the silver medal alone, and all the other details led this cover very, very close to the first prize.

    • “I really like Daredevil # 103.”
      This was one of the other two covers I mentioned that made my decision extremely difficult. I knew that it would be your overall winner and we came so close to picking the same one. The other cover that rounds out my Top 3 is DD #106. I love the pose and the use of rain. Other covers that deserve special mention are definitely #102 which I agree is awesome and #112’s Lady Bullseye cover with special guest star Iron Fist. Much like #102 I love the colouring and the composition.

      “Special mention for Nightwing: Alfred’s Return # 1.”
      This one nabs third place for me with #4 earning the silver medal. I love the tattered civilian guise giving way to the Nightwing suit, the bullet-riddled background, and the “Nightwing symbol” emblazoned behind our hero. It sure looks like he is going to be in for the fight of his life against possibly insurmountable odds.

      Thanks for sharing your selections and for your wonderful analysis. It is always a pleasure to read it.

  2. Well, have to pick Nightwing #1, the series debut, with a nice dark & moody cover, as Nightwing takes centre stage in his own title. Having captured a criminal, Nightwing strikes a classic Batmanesque pose on the edge of rooftop, his face swathed in shadows, with the image of the Dark Knight looming in the background as the moon shines high in the sky. Wonderful!

    Daredevil vol 2 #109 is another great cover with DD balancing the scales of justice, a popular image on many covers before, but this time he’s holding an automatic rifle in his other hand. A very striking image indeed, one I’d expect to see on a cover for the Punisher, but not Daredevil. It makes you wonder just how far DD is prepared to go this time.

    A great new retroactive and nice to see the Nightwing issues alongside the Daredevil covers, two of my favourite heroes in one retroactive, excellent 😀

    • So you, wwayne, and I all selected Nightwing #1. You know it is something pretty special when that happens. DD #109 is another brilliant cover in a collection of stunning images. These Daredevil covers the last few weeks have been quite a challenge to pick just one.

      “A great new retroactive and nice to see the Nightwing issues alongside the Daredevil covers, two of my favourite heroes in one retroactive, excellent.”
      Well this new tag team will be around until Daredevil’s time runs up which will be in about a month or so. Then I must choose the successor. It’s going to be a might difficult decision.

      Thanks for providing your choices and I hope you have an amazing weekend! 🙂

      • Yes, the Nightwing #1 cover united all our views, a superb cover. The Daredevil covers have also been great to revisit, how about Moon Knight as a successor for this retroactive? Will look forward to seeing who you choose to feature. Enjoy your weekend as well 😀

        • This edition of Retroactive has the aim of showcasing Marvel series that are legacy titles, that have produced over 300 issues. Moon Knight would be a good choice though for the Retroactive that is currently focussing on Ultimate Spider-Man since that one is 300 and below. Thanks for the suggestion.

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