a recent issue if Batman, Nightwing
was shot in the head by an assassin. Significant trauma, but he has physically
recovered, through not without cost. Nightwing is gone, leaving in his place a
completely different person, with no desire to be any kind of super-hero. He’s
a civilian now; borderline petty criminal.
years I’ve thought of Nightwing as bit of Tom Cruise, and his Jack Reacher-like
behavior in this issue reinforces that. Perhaps it’s the smirky
self-confidence, or maybe just the hair. But that hair is gone now, replaced by
Joey Lawrence-style stubble. I find this symbolic, representing the stunted
presence of what we once knew. Batman, Batgirl and others would love to have
their old partner back, but that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon.
He’s content to live his days, driving a cab, sleeping where he can, even if it
means a wee bit of home invasion.
is fine, told partly in flashback by one artist aping Walt Simonson, while
another tells the tale of the new and not-terribly-improved Dick Grayson. I’m
unable to tell which artists did what, but they all did fine, except for the
flashback. Whoever drew it put Dick Grayson in Tim Drake’s costume, and we all
this as a temporary diversion, much like the electric Superman or the Azrael
Batman of some years back. Things will change back soon enough. Perhaps when
Booster Gold fixes the Heroes in Crisis
fiasco, he’ll impact time in a way to prevent Nightwing’s near death
We needed this change like we need a hole in the head.