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Dick Grayson fans should enjoy this volume, but if you have no attachment to this character, I think you will find it an OK read
on February 26, 2014
The New 52 has de-aged Dick Grayson, and he is now back to his crime fighting as Nightwing. Even in the New 52 past, Dick still subbed in as Batman for a bit while Bruce Wayne was missing, and it seems like this is the start of his story moving away from that chapter in his life. This storyline brings Dick back to his roots to set his life on a new trajectory for this new series. Dick Grayson fans should enjoy this volume, but if you have no attachment to this character, I think you will find it an OK read.
Issue One: This issue pretty much just sets the stage for the new status quo for Dick Grayson. He is Nightwing again, after a year of being Batman, but still living in Gotham. He visits his old circus friends from Haly’s, and gets attacked by a hired killer who says that Dick Grayson is one of the fiercest killers in all of Gotham and he doesn’t even know it.
Issue Two: Dick’s new, potential, love interest, Raya, was introduced in the last issue. In this issue, she bring him to see C.C. Haly, owner of Haly’s Circus, and he tells Dick that he knows that he is Nightwing, and that his destiny was supposed to be the circus. C.C. planned to one day leave the circus to Dick’s family, so now that he is dying, he leaves everything to Dick. The assassin from the last issue shows up and kills C.C. His name is Saiko, and he learned from C.C. the true identities of Batman and Nightwing. As C.C. lies dying he tells Dick that they are after him because of the secret about what the circus really is.
Issue Three: This was a good set up issue, but nothing so big happened that I felt like taking note of it along the way. It does sound like Dick plans to take over the circus though, so it will be obvious when the circus is traveling from city to city, and Nightwing shows up in every city where the circus is.
Issue Four: This issue features Batgirl, who I loved in the 1966 Batman TV show. DC Comics recently started a Superman/Wonder Woman series, but I’d rather see a Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon series. They are great together!
Issue Five: The reveal here is that Saiko is actually Dick’s childhood friend, Raymond, and that he and Raya are playing Dick. Raymond has been “dead” for years, but appeared in Dick’s flashbacks throughout the last few issues. He didn’t seem that important during the flashbacks, so the reveal of who he was didn’t hit me that hard.
Issue Six: This issue sets the stage for the big finale. Plus, Alfred appears, but Bruce is still missing (not just from the book, but at this point in Batman’s storyline, he is actually missing).
Issue Seven: Nightwing defeats Saiko pretty easily, so not much to say about the final fight. The best part of this issue is when Bruce (who has returned) tells Dick that he was selected by the Court of Owls a long time ago to one day become a Talon (the name of their hired assassins). A a weird side note, Raymond and Raya now know that Batman is Bruce and Dick is Nightwing. Raymond looks to have died, but Raya is arrested. What is stopping her from spilling the beans on their secret identities?