Nightwing #50 Review
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist(s): Travis Moore, Chris Mooneyham and Klaus Janson
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Artists: Chris Mooneyham and Nick Filardi
Variant Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers
Note: This issues continues from Batman #55, to better understand context make sure you read that first.
Dick Grayson’s been shot in the head! He got better. However is this Richard Grayson the same as before? Does he even know he was Nightwing, protector of Bludhaven? This issue reveals just how much changed with the first Boy Wonder.
As a long time fan of the character of Dick Grayson and the Batfamily in general, this issue is honestly heartbreaking. The decision to have both a present story dealing with how Dick’s life has changed and a flashback story detailing Batman and Robin taking down the Scarecrow was a smart choice, and maybe we’ll see Dr.Crane as the villain of this next arc possibly?
Percy does an amazing job showing just how different Dick is, but the same in some aspects, such as showing him stopping an attempted robbery of a diner, but at the same time minor details, like where he’s been and what he’s drinking seem completely separate from the Dick Grayson we know and love. Percy uses two moments to show just how much the status quo has changed. First we see that Barbara Gordon is in Bludhaven attempting to jog her former teammate’s (and in this writer’s opinion Soulmate) memory, Dick, brushes her off saying that the person she came to see essentially no longer exists. The second and seemingly final nail in the coffin for Nightwing is when Dick is working as a cab driver and goes past a crime scene remarking to his passenger “No sense worrying about somebody else’s problems” The creative team of this issue does a fantastic job of showcasing that this is no longer a book about Nightwing, this is a book about Richard Grayson, whoever that is now.
However, I do have one negative to touch upon. As good as this story is, we as fans know it can’t stick. Dick Grayson is one of fandom’s most beloved character’s and it is unlikely, thought not impossible that DC would make the decision to fundamentally change him in the long run. Realistically speaking, within 6 issues Dick Grayson will be back in the tights, flipping across rooftops. Maybe the next writer will pick up what Benjamin Percy put down and surprise us all.