It's been a rough few years for Dick Grayson. First, he was shot in the head and lost his memories. Then, he was manipulated by the Joker. But that's all behind him now — with his memories restored, Dick is back to being Nightwing and ready to take on whatever is in front of him.
Even if that happens to be a poor, abused little puppy in need of saving.
But as Nightwing stops bad guys from (literally) kicking a dog, he is also confronted by the ghosts of his past when Barbara Gordon shows up as the executor of Alfred Pennyworth's will. And there is also the crime boss Blockbuster, ready to crush anyone and everyone in his way. In fact, Blockbuster just killed the Mayor of Bludhaven and handed the Mayorship over to the next in line: Melinda Zucco. Daughter of Tony Zucco, the man who killed Dick's parents.
Tropes in Nightwing (Infinite Frontier):
- Asleep for Days: After the events of the first arc, Dick collapses immediately after entering his apartment safehouse. After Tim and Barbara carry him to bed, he wakes up and sees that it's morning. He remarks to Barbara that he didn't expect to wake up that early. Barbara says that he had been asleep for two days and that Tim had been patrolling Bludhaven the past few nights.
- Attack on the Heart: Someone is killing people and taking their hearts. At the end of issue #79, Nightwing even finds a tent city full of kids who ask him if he's "the man without a heart."
- Audience Participation: After it was revealed that Dick was getting a puppy, the readers were invited to vote for the puppy's name on Twitter. The winner was Haley.
- Bald Women: Melinda Zucco's bodyguard Audré is completely bald.
- Beat Panel: As the cops come to question Dick in regards to Heartless' latest murder victim (as he had used Dick's credit card to check into a hotel), they ask him what his relationship with Barbara Gordon is, as she had provided an alibi by saying that she had been in the apartment all night. The two stare at each other in the next panel, with Dick exhaling loudly. He then replies that he's still wondering that himself.
- Bully Hunter: As the opening flashback shows, both Dick and Barbara disliked bullies as kids and would protect other kids from them. It's actually how they first met in their civilian identities.
- The Bus Came Back: After not appearing in forever, Clancy, the superintendent of Dick's first Bludhaven apartment from the first Nightwing ongoing, reappears when he needs someone to dogsit Haley.
- The Cavalry: After Dick is presumed captured at the end of issue 81, he calls off a rescue attempt in the preview of #82. Oracle does call off the rescue, which consists of the Titans (Donna Troy, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy) as well as Bruce, piloting the Batplane. Clearly, she does NOT mess around.
- Cuteness Proximity: Barbara practically squees at the sight of Dick's new puppy.
- Dramatic Irony: In the opening flashback of #78, Barbara and Dick stop a group of bullies from beating up a kid. When the police arrive, the main bully gloats that now they are in trouble because his father "owns the police." As both the audience and Barbara know, however, that isn't going to happen, because her father is the police commissioner.
- Kick the Dog: Some punks in #78 aren't just kicking the dog, they are also going to shoot the dog For the Evulz. Nightwing stops them and ends up taking the poor dog in himself.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Melinda Zucco reveals to Dick that her biological father was actually John Grayson, making them siblings.
- Mythology Gag:
- Barbara at one point wears a T-shirt with the image of Batman slapping Robin.
- There's a mug depicting Batman holding a bomb over his head.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: One of Dick's recent regrets is not being there for Alfred, since he was literally a different person when the latter died.
- Not Me This Time: Nightwing and Robin defend squatters from Brutale and Executioner, until the whole slums are suddenly set on fire. The villains are immediately accused of starting the fire, but they were just as surprised as the heroes were. The real culprit is new villain Heartless.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Dick gets pickpocketed by a couple of street kids. When he asked Barbara not to tell anyone about this, did she reveal that she spread the whole news to the Bat Family's group chat. Dick himself lampshades that they are probably not going to let up on reminding him of that little mishap.
- Precious Puppy: Nightwing saves a puppy. He doesn't mean to keep it, but Barbara knows him better than that:Barbara: Sure, you're so well-known for turning your back on innocent creatures in need. The second she came through that window, this became her forever home. Just accept you have a fur baby now, Dick Grayson.
- Secretly Wealthy: Alfred. Due to the Wayne Industries stocks he received and a lot of well-made investments, Alfred was actually a billionaire himself. Dick asks the obvious question:Dick: Why would a billionaire make me sandwiches and do my washing?Barbara: For the same reason a billionaire would fight crime in Gotham. It's what he wanted to do.
- Serial Killer: Heartless has a wall lined with rows upon rows of his bottled heart "trophies", indicating he's been at it for a while now, with a sizeable body count.
- Signature Style: As with many of Taylor's works, this book focuses on positive familial and romantic relationships, quippy dialogue, and a cute adopted animal.
- Spiritual Successor:
- Take That!: Tom Taylor includes a not-so-subtle jab at the "Ric Grayson" era, where Dick had lost his memories and worked as a cab driver:Nightwing: I'm not letting you shoot a puppy in the head—in my experience, the next thing you know, the dog will have lost its memory and be driving a cab. And with or without amnesia, a dog shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car.
- Unskilled, but Strong: This is Dick's analysis of Heartless' fighting style. He's been enhanced beyond a normal human, but has no technique, which is how Nightwing balances the odds.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: What does Dick ultimately decide to do with the vast wealth he inherited from Alfred? Give it all away to the city of Bludhaven by establishing the Alfred Pennyworth Foundation: A self-sustaining philanthropic organization dedicated to eradicating poverty and homelessness in the city by tackling big-ticket issues such as public and affordable housing, access to employment, prisoner rehabilitation, public transportation, free renewable energy, health care, and guaranteed living wages.