*Includes Spoilers for upcoming Nightwing issues, turn back if you don’t want it spoiled*
Right on the heels of the news that Benjamin Percy is leaving his post as Nightwing writer with the upcoming 50th issue, DC Comics has revealed who is taking over and what happens next. For some time the publisher has teased an upcoming injury to the hero and now they have revealed what is happening.
As reported by Comic Book Resources, Red Hood and the Outlaws writer Scott Lobdell will take over Nightwing effective immediately with issue #51 while artists Travis Moore and Christopher Mooneyham will remain on board. This move has Lobdell picking up the new story that Percy begins that spirals out of Batman #55.
DC is still mum about what has caused this changed, but Percy’s tweets about the matter indicate that this was not a long-term planned change as he stated “I really wish I could have told the story I planned to tell…but I promise I’m leaving you on a high note” in his tweet.
Alongside the writer change comes a bit change for Dick Grayson, as DC revealed that the injury he sustains in the aforementioned Batman #55 is a gunshot wound to the head that causes some amnesia including forgetting that he was ever Robin or Nightwing. As Scarecrow and some other villains come calling on Bludhaven, a blissful Dick who is living a normal life begins to piece together his past as things come back to him.
Check out the issue summaries below:
After the cataclysmic events of Batman #55, our hero doesn’t remember training to fight, being a member of the Bat family, or being a superhero… and he could not be more content. It’s his life, and he’s happy to just live it with new friends and a roof over his head (wherever that roof might be). So when Bludhaven finds itself without a protector and a new group of vigilantes pick up the slack, Grayson is more than happy to yield any perceived responsibility to the people of the city. But as things start to spiral out of control, muscle memory kicks in… and he is startled to discover that he’s more than just a pretty face.
The city of Bludhaven is descending into madness… with citizens falling victim to not only a group of vigilantes taking justice into their own hands, but to a new brand of fear focused on the past. While Grayson is happy to simply look to the future and move forward with his life, how will he deal with a threat that originates in his past? A threat dead set on destroying the Boy Who Fears Nothing? A threat that goes by the name of Scarecrow? Will Grayson continue to leave it all behind, or will he be left with no other choice but to pick up the pieces of Nightwing’s shattered life… starting with a mask?
Nightwing was shot in the head… and now, only Grayson remains, caught in the clutches of the Knight Terrors! As the group of vigilantes take on the persona and mantle of Nightwing, he is forced to ante up his hand when one of his close friends is murdered… Will he cast his lot with his old superhero friends to take down these rogues, or will he decide to embrace his “newfound” abilities and fight against those who have wronged him? The answer lies somewhere in the gray area, when an unexpected threat from Scarecrow changes the game.