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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