Since late last year when DC Comics began teasing the new weekly Batman series, Batman Eternal, there has been one character that has generated interest - Nightwing.
When the first artwork for the title was released it included just about every character in the Bat-verse - except for Dick Grayson/Nightwing. Hmm.
Than we saw the Thanksgiving teaser which showed the cast of Batman Eternal and no recognizable Dick Grayson. But did show Harper Row.
Add to that the ongoing tidbits that suggest that Dick Grayson and Nightwing wasn’t long for this world which culminated in the cancellation of the Nightwing book in April - concurrent with the arrival of Batman Eternal.
Meanwhile the book’s showrunner Scott Snyder had tweeted out the art from Batman #28 showing a female Nightwing.
And now we have the first look at Harper Row in Batman #28 - also drawn by Dustin Nguyen.
DC had already announced the demise of some books with the arrival April most notably Teen Titans. With the release of their full solicitations it added a few other titles on to the cancelled list including Nightwing. Dick Grayson has been put the mill in Forever Evil and there have been hints that he would finally face the fate he just missed in Infinite Crisis - Death by Didio.
So is this the end of Dick Grayson? Will Bruce face the death of two sons this year? Or is just a massive tease that will end up like every other death in the DCU with him really being alive? Will there be a new Nightwing solicited in May?
What do you think?
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The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they’ve been through, can they stand together?
I put up a post making the case for Lois and Clark Kent/Superman to earn your vote for Favorite DC Couple. I didn’t get any submissions for Babs and Dick but you can read this one from two years ago which is very good.
And here’s some vintage Valentines of them.
To get to today, these two couples had over come 22 over couples in matches that were decided in some cases by just a few percentage points.
Voting is open until 8:30 PM EST. One vote per person please!
Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Joanne Lane!
Dick Grayson/Robin, Nightwing and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle!
The winner of yesterday’s matches were Batman and Catwoman and Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. They join Friday’s winners Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.
Twenty-four couples came into the contest but only two couples will go to Thursday’s final. You will decide who they will be.
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya/The Question
and Match 2
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl;Oracle and Dick Grayson/Robin;Nighwing
One vote per person. The polls will close at 8:30 PM EST.
The winners of Friday’s matches were Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.
Here are today’s matches. The semifinal, consisting of today’s and Friday’s winners, is tomorro. The final is on, what else, Valentine’s Day. As in past years I’m going to look for a guest post on why each of the finalists should win. The post will have to be turned around fairly quickly so if you think you would be interested drop me a note on what couple and a link to something else you’ve written at dcwomenkickingass at the yahoo address. Here are today’s matches:
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman!
Tim Drake/Robin, Red Robin and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl!
Dick Grayson/Robin, Nightwing and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle
Wally West/Flash and Linda Park-West
There is also a non-canon match today so look for that too. Polling closes at 8:30 PM EST.
One vote per person, please.
Kyle Higgins today tweeted Cully Hamner’s original design for Nighwing’s costume today that resembled the last version seen in comics:
Well close but no finger stripes. For what Higgins says were “design reasons” the went with this version.
I’ll never not look at this and not think of this. At least there’s no plastic nipples.
This is by the same artist, Ammotu, who did the Men of DCU I posted earlier. He does commissions and his samples look great.
According to the 1976 DC Comics calendar, this Thursday, November 11, is the birthday of Richard Grayson, the triple threat of the Batverse. And when you look at the women of DC, Dick has had a relationship with a lot of them. And not just his romantic relationships with Kory, Barbara, Clancy and Helena but his friendships with Donna. His big brother role with Supergirl and his relationships with his female teammates on the Titans and the Outsiders.
Is there any male DC character who seems to like women as much as Dick?
Sure, he can be a, well a dick, at times as he was with Cass Cain (can we chalk that up to bad writing?). But who accepted Stephanie as Batgirl? Who gave Kate Kane a Batarang to show her acceptance into the Batfamily?
Of course, there have been times when Dick hasn’t been welcoming. (That’s Talia, of course.) But for the most part I feel that Dick is female friendly (The double entendres just flow like … I’ll stop now). So this week I am going to pay tribute to the Dick Grayson and his relationships with women. And I want you to help. See November 11 is also my birthday. And to give me a bit of a break this week, I would like you to contribute to my joint celebration with Mr. Grayson. I’d love to hear your thoughts about Dick and women. (You know what I mean). I am going to be highlighting his relationships with Kory and Babs on Wednesday and Thursday and I welcome contributions on what you think about Dick and those women. I’d also like to feature your favorite panels of Dick with female characters as well as any thinky thoughts you wish to contribute about Mr. Grayson and women. I’ll credit you, of course. You can submit by email (dcwomenkickingass@hotmail) or using the “Submit” button. So what do you think about Dick Grayson, the man who loves DC Women?
.. without question Blumoonx06x. They draw a beautiful Babs. Go visit the gallery. Wonderful stuff.
"Wear the mask" - I don’t ship them a lot, but this one definitely gets me.
Batgirl. Watching over. I’ve posted this one before.