Nightwing is a 2016 comic book series published by DC Comics as part of the DC Rebirth branding initiative. This series, published semi-monthly, is written by Tim Seeley, and features two main artists on rotation: Javier Fernandez and Marcus To. Nightwing Rebirth serves as a Sequel Series to the critically acclaimed Grayson, in which title character Dick Grayson recovers his identity once again and dons the familiar black and blue suit of Nightwing.
The first arc deals with the fallout from Robin War, in which Nightwing infiltrates the international Parliament of Owls to bring it down from the inside. Following that, he returns to set up shop in the city of Blüdhaven once again.
In November of 2017, it was revealed that Tim Seeley would be leaving the series and move to Green Lanterns. Green Lanterns writer Sam Humphires would in turn take over writing duties on Nightwing.
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Contains examples of:
- Action Girl: A mild example. Shawn Tsang, once she's freed, takes part in the ensuing fight against the dollotrons, and even gets in a Groin Attack on Professor Pyg.
- Affably Evil: Blockbuster is shown to be much friendlier than in previous canons, even having a drink with Nightwing after the latter narrowly escaped a Death Trap set up by the former.
- Amicable Exes: Both Barbara and Kori are friendly with Dick, and are supportive of his new relationship with Shawn Tsang. Shawn herself, in Seeley's last issue, makes it clear that she wants Dick to be happy, and their final break-up is ultimately down to things in their lives making a working relationship too difficult, rather than an issue with one-another.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: From #50, after Dick got amnesia from being shot in Batman (Rebirth) #55. Ric Grayson has been told he was Nightwing, but doesn't feel any connection to his past life. This turns out to be a gambit by the Court of Owls to finally turn "the Gray Son of Gotham" into a Talon.
- Bat Family Crossover: "Night of the Monster Men", which began in late September and ended in early October, running through rotating issues of Batman (Rebirth), Nightwing, and Detective Comics (Rebirth), in that order. The cast of all the books join forces to battle Dr. Hugo Strange and an army of kaiju threatening Gotham during a massive storm.
- Bittersweet Ending: The first run by Tim Seeley ends with Grayson finally defeating most of the criminal leaders of Bludhaven and Raptor (who passes away due to injuries), and outsmarting Blockbuster. However, his relationship with Shawn is over with her specifically telling Dick that "he can call the Defacer [for help], but cannot call Shawn" with the rest of the Run-Off now having a less-than positive opinion of Dick due to the death of one of their members. Add to that the man Dick is named after became a treacherous criminal and passed away after their final battle.
- Bland-Name Product: Damian is seeing reading through comments on "Chirper" on his phone.
- Breather Episode: Issue 21 is a standalone story that's basically just Dick Grayson and Wally West hanging out.
- Casual Kink: Shawn, who mentions off-handedly she likes to be spanked when disappointed that Dick was leaving their date to go 'spank' crime. Dick is all for it when he comes back.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Raptor has betrayed nearly every partner or employer he's worked with. Though he betrays Dick, he shows remorse for it having to happen and appears to legitimately want to build a lasting working relationship with him.
- Continuity Nod:
- Dating Catwoman: Lampshaded by Dick, who finds himself inexplicably attracted to Shawn Tsang (aka Defacer) moreso when she's in her supervillain costume. Also downplayed, as Shawn is reformed, and was only guilty of vandalism as a teenager.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The Parliament of Owls is dispatched two-thirds of the way through the first arc. The actual Big Bad turns out to be Raptor.
- Evil Counterpart: Raptor is one to Nightwing, as a charismatic globetrotting costumed adventurer with a Robin Hood complex. Only Raptor is willing to betray and kill those in his way.
- He's also one to Batman, being a Crazy-Prepared animal-themed costumed Badass Normal, with a strict moral code, and acts as a mentor to Dick. However, his code differs from Batman's, and instead of being a rich man who uses his wealth to fight street crime, Raptor is from a poor background and fights the one-percent.
- Evil Mentor: Raptor tries to mentor Dick and bring him around to his way of thinking. However, he's pretty bad at it, and does very little actual mentoring; he's more concerned with undoing what Bruce taught Dick.
- Fake Memories: Dick's therapist, actually a member of the Court of Owls, uses a crystal to implant memories of Dick being raised by the Court and becoming their Talon. It doesn't quite overcome his Thous Shall Not Kill beliefs, but it gets close. Then this plot gets hijacked by Joker, who makes Dick believe he raised him as "Dicky-Boy", as part of The Joker War.
- Five-Man Band: The Run-Offs
- Groin Attack: Shawn defeats Professor Pyg in issue #18 by kicking him in the balls.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Issue 21, which features Dick hanging out with Wally West.
- Kinky Spanking: In #16, while making out with Shawn, Dick gets a call on his radio about a crime, and makes a joke that he has to go "Spank some badguys". Shawn then remarks "I've been bad, too", making Dick promise to save some for her when he get's back. Of course we don't get to see this.
- Legacy Character: When Deathwing slashes Dick with a knife, suddenly all previous Dick Grayson incarnations in DC Comics appear before him. Damian hits his head and sees them too.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Lampshaded. Raptor attacks Nightwing in the first issue, but in the second, he says he's trying to relate to him, since this is how superhero first meetings tend to go anyway.Raptor: Hey, wait! I was just trying to relate to you on your level. Isn't that how it works in the superhero crowd? Fight, then team up?
Nightwing: (Inner Monologue) Sigh. But then again, Batman has fought every friend and ally at least once... his and Superman's fights are their versions of getting a beer and talking about sports.
- Like a Son to Me: Implied by Raptor, who's desire to become Dick's Evil Mentor takes on new light once we learn that he used to be in-love with Dick's mother and would have taken him under his wing had Bruce not adopted him. While he still fights Dick, it shows his Pet the Dog moments and admiration towards him is genuine.
- Taken to its tragic conclusion with the revelation that Mary named her son after Raptor, who's real name is Richard.
- Mr. Fanservice: Downplayed compared to Grayson, but it's more present in the Blüdhaven arc, which focuses more on his personal life (and his romances). Also, because he's drawn by Marcus To, who likes making his characters very pretty. This doesn't stop when Seeley leaves, as Dick finds a job as a personal trainer (and thus, has more time showing him exercising), and at one point pretends to be a male stripper in order to get past security.
- Ms. Fanservice: Shawn, to a lesser extent than Dick, when the two start dating. Though she's initially presented as a cute tomboy, once the two are together there's many scenes of her in her underwear or casual short-shorts, and she begins donning a new Defacer costume, one that's a leotard that shows off her figure more.
- Mythology Gag:
- Shawn Tsang's former criminal boss is Pigeon, a villain that has only appeared in a Hostess ad of a comic book.
- The Run-Offs are all based on minor villains originally created by Chuck Dixon. Only here, they're all part of a reformed ex-villain support group.
- Dick offhandedly mentions tangling with a "blonde British lady with kukris", a nod to the Chuck Dixon-created Lady Vic.
- The title of the third arc, "Nightwing Must Die!", isn't just a generic title. It's a callback to "Batman and Robin Must Die!", the final arc of Grant Morrison's run on Batman and Robin, which "Nightwing Must Die" borrows heavily from.
- Doubling as a Take That!, Deathwing wears Dick's New 52 red-and-black Nightwing outfit.
- The Power of Friendship: The series has brought in a number of guest stars, all of whom have mostly positive relationships with Nightwing, including Batman, Superman, Damian Wayne, Jason Todd, Barbara Gordon, Starfire, Wally West, Midnighter, and many others.
- The Resenter: Raptor towards Bruce Wayne, due to him being a one-percenter and for adopting Dick and raising him in wealth, away from Dick's culture with the Romani circus, when Raptor planned to take care of him himself.
- Sequel Series: For Grayson, and also Grant Morrison's Batman, in that it addresses the parting of ways between Dick and Damian, and how it affects them, as well as following up on a few of the villains from that run.
- Spoiler Cover: The surprising return of Dr. Hurt given away by the cover of a later issue.
- Stalker with a Crush: Raptor was this for Mary Grayson; Dick's mother.
- Straight Gay: Stallion of the Run-Offs, who after lashing out at Dick, admits his Hair-Trigger Temper is born from his troubled acceptance of his sexuality and he's trying to work on accepting himself instead of taking it out on people.
- They Do: Dick and Shawn enter a relationship at the end of the Blüdhaven arc.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: There's considerable Ship Tease between Dick and Barbara. It's temporarily sunk, however.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Two Big Bads fall into this category, with Raptor waging a war on the 1%, and Mr. Nice murdering corrupt city officials.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Barbara gives one to Dick after he goes off-grid and allies himself with the Ambiguously Evil Raptor.
- Would Hurt a Child: Deathwing murders a Damian Wayne Dominotron.