Preview ‘Nightwing’ series conclusion

May 23, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.

Right from the start, the “Forever Evil” series was meant to bring major changes to Nightwing. From his Issue No. 1 unmasking at the hands of the Crime Syndicate to the few minutes where he technically died in the aptly titled “Murder Machine” in Issue No. 6, Nightwing hasn’t had an easy few months.

Not that DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns would have had it any other way. In an interview with Hero Complex when the series began, Johns talked of the significance of the character.

“With the Justice League out of the way, the top of the heap is Nightwing,” Johns told Hero Complex in a phone interview. “Every other hero, in my opinion, looks up to Nightwing…. And I think in some cases, people listen more to Nightwing than they would to Batman, because Nightwing is sincere, and Batman can be a little bit mysterious.”

Now, after months of delays that led fans to think that perhaps the series title “Forever Evil” might be literal, the story line has concluded, and “Nightwing” No. 30 is tasked with clearing up the mystery surrounding the character’s fate and finishing the series altogether.

Hero Complex readers can check out pages from “Nightwing” No. 30 in the gallery above or by clicking on the links below.

Issue No. 30 Cover | Variant Cover | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11

So where do we go from here?

With Alfred  still in mourning in Page 9 of the Issue No. 30 preview, it appears that he is being kept in the dark for the time being about Dick’s survival. Meanwhile, judging by the intense training session taking place on Page 11, it seems like Grayson is revving up for a comeback.

In fact, he’ll be getting his own series. As DC announced last month, “Grayson” will debut in July, with the outed superhero transitioning into a special agent of sorts. The series will be written by Tim Seeley and Tom King, a former CIA counter-terrorism operative, and will feature art from Mikel Janin.

So, in a sense, the “Forever Evil” story line did result in the demise of Nightwing. With his secret identity revealed to the world, it appears the character has no choice but to hang up the domino mask.

How will DC bid him adieu in this final issue swan song?

Find out when “Nightwing” No. 30 hits stores on May 28.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex


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3 Responses to Preview ‘Nightwing’ series conclusion

  1. LarrBerr says:

    Isn't it common knowledge in the DCverse that Nightwing used to be Robin? And if it's now public knowledge that Dick Grayson is Nightwing, was Robin, then isn't Bruce Wayne is Batman pretty much assumed or at the very least Highly Suspected?

  2. Shawn Matthews says:

    So sad to see that incompetent hacks are writing these comics. Hey, DC….I thought the New 52 was supposed to fix all the insanity due to the lack of continuity? You sure had us fooled. At the very least, Grayson's long time association with Bruce Wayne and Batman, Inc., would shine a spotlight on Batman's true identity. Looks like another great amnesia event is in your future. Way to go. You should have hired me to write the reboots. I, at least, take notes, and take story continuity seriously. You really underestimate your fans intellect.

  3. Marlowe says:

    Agreed Shawn. DC always did seem to "write down" to their perceived audience. In DC's defense they never did seem to be that great at continuity. Big reason I quit DC was the entire 52 multiverse was setting up to be a colossal disaster. Not to say Marvel is perfect by any means, they just do seem to get it better. Too bad as DC does have some great characters. The only reason I read this article is because NW was one of my favorites.

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