The Daughter That Dick Grayson's Dad Had Under His Mother's Nose

Dick Grayson Family Tree time! Bleeding Cool scooped the goss a while back before it hit the shelves. In last month's Nightwing #81, it was revealed that the new mayor of Bludhaven, Melinda Zucco, the estranged daughter of Tony Zucco, part of the Zucco family of Bludhaven, and seen working for the Marini crime family was actually Dick Grayson's sister. The hows and the whys were up in the air.

Nightwing #81 – Mystery Of Mayor Melinda Zucco, Revealed (Spoilers)

This week in Nightwing #82, she is revealed as the daughter of John Grayson, Dick Grayson's long-lost unknown half-sister, created by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, Mayor Melinda Zucco's only three appearances so far have been Nightwing #78, #79, and #81 with copies of Nightwing #78 now selling on eBay for up to $22. With Nightwing #82 promising to clear this all up. And so it has.

Mr Nightwing Had A Daughter Under Mrs Nightwing's Nose

Melinda Zucco's mother, Meili Lin, trafficked into the USA by Tony Zucco, who escaped to stay with the circus while the Flying Graysons were there – but before they were the Flying Graysons and just two trapeze artists, John and Mary, who worked together. Giving a chance for John and Meili to get in there first.

Mr Nightwing Had A Daughter Under Mrs Nightwing's Nose

Only for Meili Lin to be kidnapped again before she knew she was pregnant, and for her daughter Melinda to be raised as Tony's own, while the Graysons became… the Graysons. Flying and everything.

Mr Nightwing Had A Daughter Under Mrs Nightwing's Nose

But then for Dick Grayson's parents to receive a revenge treatment from Tony based on what he may have suspected. Which ties everything together and gives Dick Grayson a new branch on his Batfamily tree. Will Melinda end up in a cape and cowl like everyone else?

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Bruno Redondo
Melinda Zucco's connection to the man who killed Dick Grayson's parents wasn't a surprise to the Blüdhaven hero, but what the former Robin discovers about Melinda's ties to the Flying Graysons leaves the usually upbeat detective speechless.
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 7/20/2021

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About 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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