Nightwing Dead

Last week, writer Kyle Higgins announced that he would be leaving the title he started with the debut of the New 52 and that a new creative team would be taking his place. However, it turns out that there’s a lot more to the story than that! Earlier today, DC Comics released their official solicitations for the month of April and with it came word that former Talon and upcoming Batman: Eternal writer, James Tynion IV, would be taking over writing duties while Meghan Hetrick would illustrate. But if you look further down the blurb you’ll see that DC has also declared this to be the final issue of the series! This means that this spring we will be gaining the weekly Batman: Eternal title, but in the coming months Batman readers will see the end of Nightwing, Talon, Teen Titans, Batman: Li’l Gotham, and Batman: The Dark Knight. In fact, the original headline for this article was “Catwoman still not canceled, fans flabbergasted.”

NIGHTWING #30
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T FINAL ISSUE

The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they’ve been through, can they stand together?

There has been a great deal of speculation about whether or not Dick Grayson will survive the latest DC event titled “Forever Evil.” To begin with, it has been known for some time that co-publisher, Dan Didio, wanted Nightwing killed off during another event called “Infinite Crisis.” Then when Forever Evil began, Didio said  “One of our major recognizable characters will be affected in a very dramatic way.” This was soon followed by an ad campaign for Forever Evil that featured Nightwing’s symbol coated in blood.

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In the first chapter of Forever Evil, Nightwing was captured by the Crime Syndicate and his secret identity was unveiled to the world. Not much has happened in the issues since, but it definitely looks like something major is on the horizon for the former sidekick and it’s going to be big enough and bad enough to shut down his own comic book. If we look to an ad and the first cover for this April’s Batman: Eternal, we see that Nightwing is missing in both images (or perhaps that’s him with blond hair enjoying “Batsgiving”).

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All signs are pointing to the death of Dick Grayson, but should they be believed or is this just misdirection?