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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
November 1989 to March 2007 (214 Issues)
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Issue 23
Year
Oct 1991
Character
Dick
Role
3 Panels
Rating
Writer
Mike W Barr
Artist
Bart Sears
Title:
"Faith Part 3"
Story Arc:
Faith
After:
LoDK #22
Next:
-
Summary:
Official Summary - In the third and final chapter of "Faith," the men who have been helping Batman in his vigilante quest for justice turn against him! Now, The Dark Knight must permanently stop the gang before it goes too far.

Comments - This story provides an insight into why Bruce took Dick on as a partner.

So, the great loner actually longed for someone to join him. It is at this point, we see a young Dick Grayson in his circus trailer reading about Batman.






Issue 62
Year
July 1994
Character
Nightwing
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Chuck Dixon
Artist
Ron Wagner
Title:
"KnightsEnd Part 4 - Devils"
Story Arc:
Knightsend: Batman 509, SotB 29, DC 676, LotDK 62, Robin 8, Catwoman 12, Batman 510, SofB 30, DC, 677, LotDK 63
After:
Detective Comics #676
Next:
Robin 8
Summary:
While Batman continues his pursuit of the mysterious arms dealer, Lady Shiva's scheme to corrupt Bruce Wayne into a killer appears to succeed before the very eyes of Nightwing and Robin.

Nightwing and Robin choose not to follow Azreal Bat, but instead decide to go and spy on Bruce. They arrive in time to see Bruce kill a man... or so it seems.

Nightwing plays a passive role in this story... in the entire Knightsfall and Knightsend arcs. I just don't see Dick this way - prepared to stand back without stepping up to help BRuce more forcefully - judging with what he sees rather than what he knows. Jumping to conclusions etc. It is very poor characterisation.
           


Issue 100
Year
November 1997
Character
Dick & Robin
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Dennis O'Neil
Artist
Dave Taylor
Title:
"The Choice"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
This issues contains a retelling of Robin's origin - both Dick's and Jasons. Also included is a pinup gallery.

Yes, another attempt to update Dick's origin, or perhaps, simply to pad out the original telling. It is interesting to note that this is one of the only times Jerry Robinson and Bill Finger are credited with the co-creation of Robin.

Before I bein on the story, t I want to comment on the art. It is pencils (no ink) and is beautiful.

As stated above, this is very much a padding out of the original origin story told in "Detective Comics" #40. Basically Dick's character is very two dimenstional. Dick seems to recover from the deaths of his parents very quickly and easily and Bruce seems to reveal himself to the boy without too much hesitation. The thing I dislike the most is below.



Teacher, mentor, partner, but never a father. Its a bit harsh isn't it? I can understand if this had come from Dick... a statement that he can't accept a new father. However, this comes from Bruce. So what he is actually saying is you can be my pupil, student and partner but never my son. That's cold. Thislittle boy has just seen his parents fall to their deaths and he's basically being told you'll never have family again. Now, I know Alfred dismisses this statement (see below) and we are ment to see that this this declaration of Bruce's is just Bruce trying to protect himself... and that Alfred knows he will fail, but still. Bruce is really cold here, and I have never seen him that way toward Dick.



STORY ONE: The Choice

                                                       

STORY TWO: A Great Day for Everyone

   

PINUP GALLERY

       


Issue 120
Year
August 1999
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Greg Rucka
Artist
Mike Deodata
Title:
"Assembly"
Story Arc:
No Man's Land
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
This story happens mid-way through No Man's Land. Batman calls his team to arms. Below is the image from the cover. I don't know if it is intentional or not, but Nightwing is drawn higher than the others and at Batman's right arm... the symbolism works for me. :)


This is an excellent story. Rucka has a wonderful understanding of Dick's character. While he has total faith and trust in Batman, he's now older and demands explanations when he feels they are warrented. At other times, he simply accepts Batman's statements as facts because he knows the man and trusts him implicitly.

The story starts with Batman sending out a message for his team to collect. While they are on the way, he goes to speak to Jim Gordon but is rejected.

Nightwing arrives and we see the death of the relationship between he and Tim and he and Barbara. When Batman arrives, he states he wants everyone's help but they are to wait... while he and Nightwing head off together. Dick wants to know what is going on, but Batman isn't forthcoming. Not particuarly, happy, Dick goes. Why did Batman take Nightwing? Because he knew of Dick's former affair with the woman and hoped Dick may influence her? I don't think so. Because he wanted Dick to understand his plan for Huntress completely... I'm more partial to this.

Batman confronts Huntress who has taken on the Batgirl uniform. He demands she follow orders or get out of his way. Naturally Huntress reacts badly. Dick tries to intercede but Huntress says...



"Sumbit to him because you want to." For me that says it all. Dick does submit to Bruce, but because he chooses to. We see the softer side of Dick as he tries places his hand on Huntress's shoulder and tries to help, but he is rejected.

When they leave, Dick points out that Huntress isn't going to listen and will go rogue, which is what Bruce wants... and probably intended all along.

The pair return to Oracles, where Batman explains he's made a mistake trying to return to his roots and take back Gotham alone. He needs everyone's help, including Cassie's. Dick isn't convinced and here we see the truth in Huntress' statement. Dick doesn't submit blindly. It only when Barbara encourages him... letting him know she approves of Cassie taking on the Batgirl role... that Dick agrees.

Batman then gives out assignments... and wow, does he expect a lot of Dick.


This story has a wonderful feel to it. There is the banter between Robin and Nightwing, and Nightwing and Barbara. There is the absolute trust Batman has in is second in command (Nightwing). We see Dick stand up and ask for more and Batman respect him enough to explain. And we see a clarification of the relationship between Nightwing and Batman... Nightwing submits because he chooses to. An outstanding story because of the way it handles Dick's character.

                               


Issue 126
Year
Feb 2000
Character
Nightwing & Dick
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Greg Rucka & Devin Grayson
Artist
Damien Scott & Dale Eaglesham
Title:
"NO MAN'S LAND: Endgame Part 1 - Silent Night, Holy Night..."
Story Arc:
No Man's Land
After:
-
Next:
Batman #574
Summary:
Help finally arrives in Gotham but there is a problem. The Joker has disappeared. There are some wonderful moments between Dick and Tim and Dick's reaction on hearing that the reason he's been summoned is because the Joker has gone missing is priceless.


The best part of this story is the interpersonal moments shown... but then why should we be surprised. Devin Grayson is co-author. :) First between Tim and Dick and second in the scene showing Bruce, Dick, Alfred and Leslie sharing Christmas.



Great moment between this unusual family. Oh, and you have got to love Alfred. "Master Dick, if you persist, you shall go without supper!" :)

           


Issues 149 to 153
Year
Jan to May 2002
Character
Robin & Dick
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
J. M. Dematteis
Artist
Trevor Von Eden
Title:
"GRIMM: Part 1 - I Encounter a Strange Girl"
"GRIMM: Part 2 - My Adventures Underground"
"GRIMM: Part 3 - A Terrible Tragedy"
"GRIMM: Part 4 - Fairy Tales"
"GRIMM: Part 5 - I Prove My Worth"
Story Arc:
Grimm
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Dick struggles to adjust to the changes in his life. The difference between being a circus performer and Bruce Wayne’s ward is, at times, overwhelming, despite Dick enjoying his Robin activities. For this reason, he sneaks out of the mansion to spend some time alone.

On this outing, Dick chases and captures a young pickpocket not much older than him. Dick is fascinated by Wendy who describes him as a ‘spoiled brat in a circus costume.’ She then distracts him by kissing him and escapes. Before Robin can give chase, Batman appears behind him. To Dick’s surprise, Batman isn’t angry. He’s understanding, but does insist that Dick doesn’t run off on his own again.



Yes, a smiling Bruce Wayne. We can see here the incredible difference Dick has already made in Bruce's life.

However, this incident leds Bruce to question if he has done the right thing in taking Dick in and in attempting to raise him. He appears to decide that he has done the wrong thing, despite Alfred’s support, and believes Dick may be better with a foster family.



Dick can’t get Wendy out of his mind, mulling over how easily fate could have dealt him her hand… he ending up on the streets after the death of his parents. Unable to get passed this, he defies Bruce and goes out again. Robin comes across Wily Wendy but she isn’t alone and Dick is overpowered by the large group of street kids.

When he regains consciousness, he finds himself in what looks like a carnival place house. This is Mother Grimm’s Dreamland, a place she has built for wayward kids. Mother Grimm, a plump, odd looking woman, has provided love and a place to belong for kids who don’t fit in anywhere else. This resounds with Dick who is struggling to adjust to the recent changes in his life. The carnival-like atmosphere is closer to the life he had at the circus and Dick feels a strong sense of belonging here with the other kids his age… and particularly with Wendy.

When Batman bursts in, Mother Grimm reprimands him for trying to turn Robin into a smaller version of himself, playing into his self-doubts relating to raising Dick. She then demands Dick make a choice between staying with her and with Batman. Angry and confused and despite sensing this is all too good to be true, Dick sends Batman away, choosing to stay with Mother Grimm and the other kids.

Bruce is clearly devastated but chooses to leave for the time being. He doesn’t get far before he is captured, drugged and imprisoned by Mother Grimm.

Meanwhile, Dick is enjoying the delights of Dreamland. He soon discovers that everything isn’t what it seems and that Batman is being emotionally tortured by Mother Grimm. Robin springs into action and rescues his partner. Wendy proves Dick’s faith is warranted by risking her life for Robin on two occasions. In the end, Robin must confront Mother Grimm who is in fact a woman with psychological problems. He tries to encourage her to do the right thing but she stabs him.



Batman appears, Mother Grimm is washed away down a churning river and her body never found. Dick realizes he both belongs with Bruce and at Batman’s side as Robin and Bruce no longer has doubts about his ability to mentor the boy.






Comment
This story acknowledges both the difficulties Dick would have faced moving from the life of a circus performer with friends of his own age, to being the ward of billionaire Bruce Wayne with largely only adults with whom to interact… and Bruce’s difficulties in becoming a father. I like this story on a number of levels. Dick is portrayed as respectful, but full of courage and independence. It shows how much Bruce does care for Dick and Dick for Bruce. Most importantly we see Bruce was vulnerable and did doubt if he’d done the right thing in choosing to raise and mentor the boy. It is interesting to note that this story is actually recounted by an adult Dick Grayson who concludes that he could not have been trained by a better mentor, nor had a better father. For me, this is important for we see Dick himself views Bruce as both mentor and father.



                                   




                                   




                                       




                               




                                       


Issue 183
Year
Nov 2004
Character
Nightwing
Role
1 image
Rating
Writer
A.J. Lieberman
Artist
Brad Walker
Title:
"War Games: Act 2 Part 2 Philosophical Differences"
Story Arc:
War Games
After:
-
Next:
Nightwing #97
Summary:
Official Summary - Faced with overwhelming numbers of criminals at war, Batman realizes it’s time to join the enemy…in the form of Matches Malone! Plus, the return of Jim Gordon!

Comments - Dick appears as Nightwing in one image when Batman calls his team together.




Issue 184
Year
December 2004
Character
Nightwing
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Dylan Horrocks
Artist
Brad Walker
Title:
"War Games: Act 3 Part 2 The Road to Hell"
Story Arc:
War Games
After:
-
Next:
Nightwing #98
Summary:
Official Summary - As Batman drowns in a sea of enemies, the rest of Gotham’s heroes race to save him! All the chaos and violence so far was merely a prelude to this. To make matters worse, the G.C.P.D. is about to break ranks!

Comments - Nightwing plays a very minor role, saying only two words and then appearing in group shots as he joins the others in battle.

                   


Issue 199
Year
March 2006
Character
Nightwing
Role
One panel
Rating
Writer
Will Pfeifer
Artist
Chris Weston
Title:
"Blaze of Glory Part 3: The Fire"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Official Summary - A dying career criminal waging a one-man war against Gotham City and Batman gets his final opportunity to go out in a "Blaze of Glory!"

Comments - Nightwing appears in one panel as part of the dying criminal's dream