Nightwing Gets a Visitor Who Might Get in the Way of a Batgirl Wedding

With suggestions of a possible marriage between Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson, Batgirl and Nightwing, in January's Nightwing #100 from DC Comics, the conclusion of today's Nightwing #97 throws a spanner in the works, rather. Despite how #96 ended…

Nightwing Gets a Visitor Who Might Get in the Way of a Batgirl Wedding

…as the arrival of a yellow taxi causes some consternation from the pair.


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Or rather, who appears to be driving the taxi in question.

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Complete with scar to the back of the head. A number of years ago in the Batman comic books, Dick Grayson, the original Robin and also the original Nightwing, suffered a major brain injury. You may remember a certain rooftop scene with Batman, the Commissioner and Nightwing. And across the way, the KGBeast, operating under the command of Bane.

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BANG. And for Dick Grayson, Robin, Nightwing, everything changed.

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He survived.

Nightwing Gets a Visitor Who Might Get in the Way of a Batgirl Wedding

But the amnesiac Dick Grayson changed his name…

Nightwing Gets a Visitor Who Might Get in the Way of a Batgirl Wedding

…rejecting any history as a superhero, even as he was haunted by dreams of what he once was.

Nightwing - No Longer Ric Grayson

But he had, at least found some contentment in his life. Rejecting the old for the new.

Nightwing Gets a Visitor Who Might Get in the Way of a Batgirl Wedding

In the Nightwing Annual #2 we got to see that bullet-to-the-brain scene again, shown to an amnesiac Dick Grayson. Because somehow it was being filmed at the time. With appropriate and well-timed close ups. Maybe Batman has a body cam, that's my only explanation.

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He does have a point. I guess Bruce Wayne just doesn't want that all that Batbodycam footage to go to waste. And as for that name change…

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However later in the issue, as Dick… sorry, Ric Grayson underwent therapy regarding his memories, and we discovered that not all was as it seemed.

Nightwing - No Longer Ric Grayson?

Nightwing #66 saw the Court Of Owls reveal all. That he never suffered amnesia at all. It was all down to them.

Nightwing - No Longer Ric Grayson?

And so we get a rewriting of Grayson's history from the inside out. A Batmanectomy, and something else inserted instead. But eventually Dick Grayson came back.

 

Nightwing High-Kicking His Way To Recovery (Justice League #54)

Very much his old self.

Nightwing High-Kicking His Way To Recovery (Justice League #54)

 

But that was then, this is now, and somehow Ric Grayson is… separate from Nightwing? It can't be Clayface again, can it? It's always Clayface… Nightwing #97 by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo is published today.

NIGHTWING #97 CVR A BRUNO REDONDO
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Bruno Redondo
…Batgirl gives Nightwing her answer. And they have a long talk with each other about what that means.
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 10/18/2022

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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