Nightwing’s Blockbuster confessionPosted: 12/13/2013
It’ll be anti-climatic, but you’ll have a sense of closure that’ll enable you to finally sleep soundly at night once again. Well mainly me, because I’ve been procrastinating and writing these at midnight. Anyway, as Nightwing’s guilt slowly destroys him, he begins to take bigger risks, jump deeper into danger, and put himself in situations where radiation poisoning’ll boil his insides. Especially the third one in Nightwing #116-117, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Wellington Alves, Marcos Marz, & Brad Walker.
In Infinite Crisis #4, Blüdhaven blows up. That’s the city Nightwing spent 116 issues attempting to protect and reform.
Millions of people and a piece of Nightwing’s heart die in that radioactive blast. With Nightwing trying to kill-himself-by-danger to ease that guilty conscience, a glowing wasteland of a city seems like the perfect place. Look, I know I haven’t been as terribly kind to Nightwing these past few weeks. But I do adore Nightwing. It’s the idea of one acrobat valiantly struggling to save one city from eating itself alive from crime and corruption. We know it’s impossible. Hell, Batman and his entire team of gymnasts in capes can’t possibly rid all evil from Gotham City (though I believe Batman likes it that way).
Still, as Nightwing, with his batons and grappling hook, fights his unending battle against forces always stronger than him, he’s the closest we have to a “normal” guy parading as a superhero. Batman can’t qualify for that role. People believe the Dark Knight could win against Superman. Comics have been written about his victory (or at least tie). Superman — the superhero who could split the moon in two with a single karate chop. The superhero who can circumnavigate the world in the time it takes Batman to throw his first punch. But Nightwing? No one thinks he would win. We all agree Superman would squish the former Robin into a pellet small enough to feed to an actual Robin. It’s because he’s seen as a normal guy (at least to me), despite that Nightwing has the same skill, talent, speed, training, and intelligence as Batman. Readers love normals, which is probably one reason Hawkeye is selling so well. My 1 AM Nightwing theory aside, I don’t think I’m talking entirely out my butt.
But back to Blüdhaven and a few pages I selected.
Delirious hospital bed confession time coming up. A nuclear blast and building wall combo attack can be more effective than any truth serum. And Nightwing’s final line before he passes out? Beautifully written — Nightwing’s gushing about hope, especially his lack thereof that cost Blockbuster his life.
Discussion over. Batman only deals in tough love. The Dark Knight’s advice summed up? I’ll get over your moral failing, but not if you use it as an excuse to drown in self-loathing. Grow up, learn from the experience, move on, punch bad guys. Something like that. So Nightwing takes his advice, as any son would when your father dressed as a giant bat screams in your face. The first step for recovery? He should start with repairing some mistakes that can be fixed.
They break up next issue, but at least the Boy Wonder takes the first step in becoming the Man Wonder.