Nightwing Art Proves The First Robin Is Ready To Become A Mainstream Icon

Dick Grayson may be one of the best Robins, but a new cover proves that Nightwing is a superhero who deserves to be a household name.

He may have been Robin at some point, but a new cover for Night Wing #95 shows exactly how Dick Grayson became a hero worthy of being among the A-Listers.

Any comic book fan worth his salt knows that before he was Bl├╝dhaven’s freewheeling hero, Dick was the original Boy Wonder, fighting alongside Batman for years. Though he was one of the longest-serving Robins in the Bat-Family, Grayson eventually had to stand on his own two feet and pursue his own career as a hero. Named Nightwing, Dick explored the ups and downs of heroism, making countless allies and connections. Although Grayson broke his teeth in his years as Robin, he spent almost as much time becoming a hero as Nightwing.


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A variant cover for an upcoming issue of night wing shows how far Dick Grayson has come in his journey as an independent crime fighter. series writer Tom Taylor posted the 95th issue variant by artist Jamal Campbell on Twitter. The image shows Dick dressed in his traditional outfit, poised in the shade as the moon glows behind him. Nightwing uses his old circus skills as he crouched between two buildings way above the ground. From the shadows emerge the hero’s default blue colors, a warning to any criminal in the night. With his escrima sticks at the ready, Grayson prepares to strike at the first sign of trouble.

The post was loved by thousands of fans, all of whom liked the cover and praised the consistent quality of Taylor and Bruno Redondo’s series. With the recent series of Eisner Awards for which the comic has been nominated, Dick Grayson is experiencing a revival of fan love and appreciation. Nightwing was never quite an unpopular hero, but now more than ever he inspires admiration reserved for some of the greatest and most famous heroes in the entire medium. The recent waves Nightwing has made is a solid argument that Dick should be considered one of the top dogs in the DC universe, up there with Superman, Wonder Woman, and even Batman.

The hardest thing for any sidekick on their journey to become a hero is to step out of their mentor’s shadow. For someone who spent decades as the Dark Knight’s second banana, it took Dick a long time to prove that he wasn’t just another Batman with no cape or hood. The reception at Nightwing #95s cover shows Dick successfully found his niche as a hero and connected with fans in his own way. He may not have the history or cultural swing of Batman, but Grayson is a widely loved hero who deserves to see his name among DC’s greatest heroes. If there’s anything you can take from Campbell’s? night wing cover, it is that the former Robin has become the most underrated A-Lister.

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