Nightwing's New Tactics Totally Flip How Batman Is Defined by Darkness

Although Nightwing was expertly trained by Batman to fight crime, the former Robin continues to put his own twist on his mentor’s techniques, including how he handles informing the public.

Bruce Wayne taught Dick Grayson everything he knows. As Batman’s first Robin, Dick naturally listened to every lesson Bruce taught him, but that didn’t mean he agreed with all of them. Their repeated disagreements led to their relationship becoming contentious and to Dick striking out on his own to find a new identity outside of Batman. On the way, he explored which of Bruce’s teachings he wanted to use and which ones he could live without. Dick eventually emerged from the shadows as Nightwing, a hero who mastered all of Batman’s techniques but who also developed his own method of carrying out missions.

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In Nightwing #93, written by Tom Taylor with art by Bruno Redondo, Nightwing tackles one of Blüdhaven’s major problems in a distinctly un-Batman-like fashion. The commissioner of the Blüdhaven Police Department is giving a speech denouncing an attack on the community hub of Haven. He declares that it was the very people Haven was built to help who did this. Dick lets the speech continue, allowing the commissioner to dig his own grave, before he interrupts and reveals that the perpetrators were actually members of the police department. Oracle broadcasts the proof to every major news network, successfully exposing the commissioner’s previous speech as nothing but lies.

Nightwing’s chosen method of exposing corruption in broad daylight is not how Batman operates. Bruce’s preferred method is to black out other people's communications, such as when he took over the police band during War Games. He chooses to silence others and relies on superstition and rumor, embracing the dark. In contrast, Nightwing offers people more, not less, casting light on the truth rather than condemning lies to darkness. Tom Taylor’s Nightwing run has placed major emphasis on Nightwing as a champion of the light, and this difference in tactics between him and his mentor really makes that clear - he's applying that logic on every level of his hero career and even as a civilian. He's not a creature of darkness weaponizing rumor, but someone hellbent on dragging the truth into the light.

Although Nightwing and Batman don’t use the same methods to fight corruption, they are both still aligned with the same common mission they’ve always shared: to help the people in their cities, and to take down anyone who stands in the way of that goal.

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