by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Kindle Edition – Read February 12, 2015
Original Release Date: August 1, 2005
Length: 144 pages
Dick Grayson was the first Robin, the teen sidekick to the Dark Knight, Batman. Then he became Nightwing and stepped out of Batmans shadow. The story behind that transformation and how it affected Batman, the Teen Titans and Dick himself is explored in this graphic novel. When Batman fires Robin, an angry Dick Grayson is unsure of where to go. On his journey, he receives advice from Superman and aid from Deadman, and makes the decisions that lead him to become a brand new crimefighter.
How did Dick Grayson become Nightwing? We all know how he became Robin, that story is told over and over again, from comics, to film, to TV. The original Robin’s story is well known, we also know his story in Teen Titans. We know he grows up, there are other Robins in Batman’s life. So what happened to Dick? Of course we know he became Nightwing, but why, how, what was his motivation to finally grow up? Not being an avid comic book enthusiast, I don’t already know these answers. I actually did not buy this as a volume set. I have the individual comics on my Kindle which was pretty awesome to have on vacation. I could read all the comics, zoom in on the tiny text, because these old eyes don’t need to strain. Seeing as it’s hard to find a reasonably priced print copy, the kindle is a decent alternative to those of us who don’t need the actual copy to collect.
Anyway, the story is interesting, there are lots of cameos by different characters we’ve got Superman, Batman, Batgirl (I like their story it’s cute), brief glimpses of the Teen Titans, Deadman and so on. The art is alright, nothing to jump and scream about though. The story was pretty great. We see a great coming of age story about Dick where he discovers who he is without Batman and the Titans. He discovers who he wants to be, returning to his roots and discovering what he is meant to do. Of course there are some pretty great moments between him and Batman and Alfred. Words were said that they may regret, and Batman doesn’t seem to want to be alone. Also, apparently Alfred is a great actor. Overall the story is fantastic, I’d recommend it.
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