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The current twice monthly scheduling of Nightwing is good news for those of us who like more Dick in our lives, but can make the deciding of when to make posts a little tricky, but I'm working on it.

The latest arc has Dick moving away from Gotham, to somewhere both familiar and different, on multiple levels.




I've probably waffled on in the past how I felt that the 90's stories tying Dick down to one city was a bad idea (as opposed to just generally tying Dick down which, as you might imagine, I have no problem whatsoever with)

Dick was not from Gotham, he grew up these after his parents died, but he'd lived a travelling lifestyle before then. He went to college in Hudson U, a couple of hours away from Gotham (at least) and then spent years living in New York with the Titans. The decision to have him move to Bludhavem, Gotham City's nastier, uglier smaller cousin just along the coast never really worked for me.

New 52 went a bit too far in the other direction though, with no Titans, and no college, Dick had never actually left Gotham, and so was just hanging out in another part of the city to Batman and Robin, which seemed to make him extra pointless, especially when his horribly convoluted new origin tied his family lineage back to Gotham too. Eventually this seemed to be realised because after "Death of the Family" Dick moved to Chicago but any attempt at making much use of that was shot down by "Forever Evil" and then in Grayson, he became a gloetrotting secret agent, which seemed to really suit him.

Rebirth has retconned back his time with the Titans but nothing much else.

So during the Superman cameo a couple of issues back I was surprised that this got referenced during a trip to Nightwings dreams with Superman in tow.... and remember that this Superman is the one from pre-Flashpoint DCU, not the New 52 one...

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That seems... slightly random, but what the heck. I didnt NEED to include this whole page in this post as only the last couple of panels are relevant, but I really do love Superman's assessment of Nightwing and his importance to the DCU and wanted to include it.

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So issue 10 starts with some setup for Dick's visit to Bludhaven. We see a city which is obviously rather desperately trying to reinvent itself. (Their current city slogans are "Get your Blud up" and "A scary name for a great place to live"!!)

A mobster we've never heard of before is killed, and then we move to a job interview. (I have to assume that the colourist was trying to represent harsh fluorescent lighting, or that Dick has been spending most of his waking hours at night, because he looks rather pale here... and sorry, I doubt my scanners quality helps)

I should also add that this story arc is being drawn by Marcus To, best known to Batfans for his long run on Robin and Red Robin, and who draws a VERY nice Nightwing)

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Yeah, that did seem a little... infodump-y Dick.

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Another balance which it has been tricky to show recently has been Dick as Dick Grayson. He had a private life in the New 52, and then in Grayson he really didn't, and in the first couple of arcs in Rebirth it's been very Nightwing heavy, but here we see that start to change.

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Couple of cute things;

Moving from reading "Robin Hood" to the comic book "Robin Hood Rebirth" is a bit on point

"Lost World of the Warlord" is a very definite riff on DC's old title "Warlord" about an ordinary guy who ends up insde the Hollow Earth where he gets into all kinds of whacky sword and sorcery hi-jinks.

Not sure I see Dick as being the type to get bored after a mere te nine minutes though, he shouldn't be THAT much of an action junkie

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dagnabit they went and brought back the back holsters for his esxrima sticks, that never made ANY sense. One thing that NEw 52 did was have them be in leg holsters, which seems eminently more practical in every sense imagainable.
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Oh well, never mind, as long as he looks this pretty in shots like this, I can live with it.

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Dick ends up fighting Gorilla Grimm, a former resident of Gorilla City) who claims to be trying to reform, but who is carted away from the police anyway. (Gorilla Grimm appeared a time or two in pre-Flashpoint Nighwing, and ends with Nightwing discovering that the woman who interviewed him is actually an old face from his past, a minor costumed criminal from Gotham who used to be known as The Defacer.

I did intend to post four scans from the newly released #11, but found it just so plot dense it was almost impossible to, so I'll catch up on that one once #12 is out next week or the week after, but it does seem to include some interesting reinventions of some of Chuck Dixon's cast of villains from 1990's Nightwing and Robin titles.
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