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I have provided scans of the pages Dick appears in. The text is too small to read... this is deliberate. The purpose of the scans is to show other fans the scope of Dick's role. If you want to read, you will need to buy a copy of the comic... and support DC writers and artists.


Batman: Dark Victory
Oct 2009 - Sept 2010 (6 Issues)
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Issues 1 to 4
Year
Issue 1 - Oct 2009
Issue 2 - Nov 2009
Issue 3 - Dec 2009
Issue 4 - Feb 2010
Character

Issue 1 - Robin and Nightwing
Issue 2 - Robin
Issue 3 - Robin
Issue 4 - Robin and Nightwing
Role
Minor
Writer
Kevin Smith
Artist
Walt Flanagan
Title:
Issue One: Part 1: Turning and Turning
Issue Two: Part 2: The Falconer
Issue Three: Part 3: Things Fall Apart
Issue Four: Part 4: The Centre Cannot Hold
Story Arc:
The Widening Gyre Mini Series
After:
-
Next:
Rumoured "The Widening Gyre Volume two containing Issues 7 to 12.
Summary:
There has been a lot written about this series. It appears people either love it or hate it... and there is very little in between. This was supposed to be the first volume of two containing a total of 12 issues. This one contains 6 of which Dick appears in four issues. There are two main plots... Batman's life... and Bruce Wayne's life. Bruce is caught up considering both... first as distinct entities and then gradually coming together to be one as the life of each impacts upon both.

The story is told through internal monologuing. Of most interest to Dick Grayson fans, are Batmanís reflections of the fact that he has only had children to back him up. The opening scene is a flashback to when Dick was Robin fighting alongside Batman. The story flashes to the present to Dick as Nightwing and compares and contrasts what is different and how much has stayed the same. I absolutely loved these scenes. While I find Smith's portrayal of Batman 'different' and not quite 'right', the scenes between Bruce and Dick are spot on. I love Bruce's reflections on Dick. There is so much admiration and paternal pride in them. Things like he'd believed that Dick would grow out of this lifestyle but, of course, he doesn't. What Bruce finds amazing is that despite everything Dick has been through he can still find something to smile about. Smith rights Dick as light, upbeat and positive... really enjoying what he does coupled with great competence. That is the way Dick Grayson should be written. Again, I will say, I love how Smith writes Dick and his interpretation of Bruce's thoughts about his son. I have provided enlarged scans of Dick's scenes in Issue One because once you read them, you'll go out and buy it. (g)

The rest of Dick's appearances are flashbacks as Bruce reflects on the lessons that presented in the past but which he never learned. In particular how to trust, love and care for others. All of this is connected to the second plot line which has to do with Bruce rekindling his love affair with Silver St. Cloud... ultimately leading to his proposal and her acceptance. Naturally she has to die and does so on the last page of the comic leaving a cliffhanger for the next series.

There are a few things I want to comment on. First, while all of this is happening, Batman connects himself with a new hero - Baphomet. This new hero seems to be mirroring Batman and for some reason Batman decides to trust this guy... not just work with him, but take him to the cave and reveal his secret identity to him. This simply doesn't work for me. I get what the author is trying to do. Bruce has had an epiphany with regards to learning to trust and prioritizing his life and he has decided that once Tim leaves the nest there will not be another Robin and that if he wants a partner it will need to be an adult. The only problem is I don't think Batman is stupid enough to open up his life to someone he's only just met and knows so little about... even if that person has proved capable and saved his life. Surely someone as experienced as Batman can tell he's being played. If not from the beginning then at least when the guy pulls off his mask.

Second: while I understand we are seeing Bruce relaxing a little and being less uptight and anal, I just don't see him saying something like, "Okay Dad," to Tim. It doesn't work.

Finally: The second plot line follows the same old pattern. Hero falls in love. He finally lets go of his inhibitions and then the girl is brutally murdered because of who the hero is. I can only assume that if the second volume of this story arc is actually written we will see Bruce fly into a rage, return to his dark and untrusting ways by tenfold and became a creature of the night accepting that a loveless life trusting no one is his destiny. Time will tell if I'm right.

Back to Dick. Below are his appearances in each issue. I think the writer got Dick and Bruce's interactions right and I very much enjoyed them.

Final comment is on the art. I like this artist. Facial expressions are basically natural and realistic.

I recommend this series to all Dick Grayson fans.

Issue One


             


Issue Two


   
Issue Three


   
Issue Four