Alternate Universe Nightwing Story Upsets Fans With New Direction
Dick Grayson, the Boy Wonder himself, is about to become a homicidal maniac hellbent on wiping out all superheroes in Nightwing: The New Order.
The upcoming mini-series will see Nightwing lead a group of elite soldiers in exterminating DC's most powerful characters.
The New Order is set ten years in the future in an alternate universe, but that still hasn't quelled the furor of the former circus acrobat's biggest fans.
The official synopsis is as follows:
NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER is the story of a future world without "weapons"- where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible?
None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers.
But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders' aim towards Grayson's own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he's been hunting for years- the last metahumans of the DC Universe.
This is a drastic shift in tone for the character.
In contrast with his mentor, Batman, who is famous for his dour and gloomy demeanor, Nightwing is known for a more jovial and comedic attitude towards crimefighting with a flair for the dramatic.
And seeing as how Nightwing assumed his name from a Kryptonian legend, it is completely out-of-character for Grayson to go all Lex Luthor out of nowhere.
DC does have a history of these alternate universe stories however.
Most notably, Superman: Red Son which famously told the what-if scenario of Superman crashing in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville.
Red Son challenged fans' perception of the character and was received with widespread acclaim.
When asked by a fan if Nightwing was getting the Red Son treatment, The New Order writer, Kyle Higgins said it was, "a good comparison."
Even though the hypothetical Superman story is now treated as a classic, some fans aren't giving Higgins' Nightwing the same amount of leeway.
It appears misery loves company in the comic book world as Marvel is garnering a similar amount of backlash for their "Captain America is a Hydra sleeper agent" story.
However while, Nightwing: The New Order is a hypothetical storyline, Marvel's is actually canon. So DC can breathe a sigh of relief in that regard.
I think this response is a bit of an overreaction. Or rather, a complete overreaction. Sure, Nightwing: The New Order might be out of step with the character.
But here's a hypothetical scenario: What if we actually waited to see how it turns out before freaking out?
Nightwing: The New Order releases August 23.