Nightwing's New Titans Set Up Base in One of DC's Most Dangerous Cities

Nov 19, 2022 · 19


Nightwing is moving the Titans to his home city, which happens to be one of the DC Universe's most dangerous and corrupt locales.

DC has announced its February 2023 solicitations, including details for Nightwing #101 written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Travis Moore. The issue is set to take place after the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event, where Nightwing stepped up and led many other heroes into battle against Deathstroke and Pariah's Dark Army. The solicitation states that following a talk with Superman, "Nightwing gathers a group of friends to be the premier league in the DC Universe and moves their base of operations to Blüdhaven."

NIGHTWING #101

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art by TRAVIS MOORE
  • Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • Backup written by C.S. PACAT
  • Backup art by EDUARDO PANSICA
  • Variant cover by TRAVIS MOORE
  • Variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • 1:25 variant cover by VASCO GEORGIEV
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 2/21/23
  • After the events of Dark Crisis, Superman has a talk with Nightwing, letting him know that now is Dick’s time to lead…so Nightwing gathers a group of friends to be the premier league in the DC Universe and moves their base of operations to Blüdhaven. Meet the new Titans!
  • Then, following the events of the Nightwing 2022 Annual and the Superman and Nightwing crossover, Nightwing continues to mentor Jon Kent in ways that Dick learned from being trained by Batman…but in his own more encouraging way.

Based on main and variant cover artwork for Nightwing #101, DC's new Titans team comprises fan-favorite members: Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, Donna Troy and Flash Wally West. Previously in comics, the base shared by these heroes was the Teen Titans Academy located in New York, where all the aforementioned heroes -- except for Wally West -- worked as teachers for the next generation of heroes. The Titans have visited Blüdhaven to help Dick in Nightwing before, such as when he faced a public assassination attempt in Nightwing #88.

The Origin and Corruption of Blüdhaven, Explained

Blüdhaven first appears in 1996's Nighwing #1, created by writer Chuck Dixon and artist Scott McDaniel. Dick's adopted home is located close to where he grew up fighting alongside Batman, Gotham City, and rivals Gotham's crime rate. For example, recently in Nightwing #97, Blüdhaven's police commissioner called for assistance from the Gotham City Police Department to transport mob leader Salvatore Maroni to Gotham. This was because the Blüdhaven Police Department was so corrupt, one criminal was murdered right in a police interrogation room, causing Maroni to have better chances of surviving in the crime-ridden Gotham City.

Blüdhaven used to be under the control of the mob boss Blockbuster, aka Roland Desmond, but it has seemingly fallen under new management. After Blockbuster was defeated by Nightwing and the hero's allies, as well as had his own hired muscle turned against him, he was murdered in an alley by the newcomer Heartless, who promised the dead Desmond, "Your city is mine now." Heartless made his debut in Nightwing #79 and was created by Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo, but the villain's identity remains a mystery as of writing.

Along with Taylor and Moore, Nightwing #101 features main cover art by Redondo and variant covers contributed to by Travis Moore, Jamal Campbell and Vasco Georgiev. The issue includes a backup story where Dick mentors Superman Jon Kent, written by C.S. Pacat and illustrated by Eduardo Pansica. The issue is set to go on sale Feb. 21, 2023 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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