Flying Grayson’s Murder
Richard “Dick” Grayson was born on the first day of spring, son of John Grayson and Mary Grayson, a young aerialist couple known as the “Flying Graysons”.
Young Dick Grayson was born on the first day of spring. His mother nicknamed him “little Robin,” because when he was up on the trapeze, he reminded his mother of a robin. As an eight-year-old circus acrobat, having been trained since birth, Dick joined as the youngest of the family act called The Flying Graysons of The Haly Circus.
In his first appearance, while preparing for a performance, Dick overhears two gangsters attempting to extort protection money from the circus owner during a tour in Gotham City. The owner refuses, so the gangsters sabotage the trapeze wires with acid. During the next performance, the trapeze from which Dick’s parents are swinging snaps, sending them to their deaths all while many of Gotham’s elite watched on. Young Dick felt responsible, because he failed to warn his parents in time. Before he can go to the police, Batman appears to him and warns him that the two gangsters work for Tony Zucco, a very powerful crime boss, and that revealing his knowledge could lead to his death.
Adoption by Bruce Wayne
Shortly after the tragedy, shown in Batman: Year Three and Year One Annual: Robin, Dick was placed in an uncaring juvenile services system, on the grounds that social services was full. He got beaten up by a number of the inmates, and he was later sent to a Catholic orphanage. Bruce Wayne rescued Dick by adopting him as his ward, because the boy did not want to replace his deceased father with the billionaire. Batman (Bruce Wayne) takes him in as a legal ward (retconned as an adopted son in some cases) and the crime-fighting partner Robin. Frustrated by the lack of attention from his new guardian and the mystery still surrounding his parents’ death, Dick snuck out of Wayne Manor one evening to solve the crime on his own – only to stumble into Batman, who was also investigating the murder. After waking up in the Batcave, he is shocked to learn that Bruce is really the Batman. When Batman recounts the murder of his own parents, Dick asks to become his aide. Seeing a reflection of himself in Dick; that he could temper compassion with a thirst for justice, Batman made the young orphan the offer of a lifetime; the chance to become his crime-fighting partner. Dick chose the name Robin, after the nickname his mother gave him, and his training began.
Bruce taught Dick fighting techniques and detective skills for a grueling 6 months. Finally, Dick had to pass a final test – “the Gauntlet”. Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham for one night – from sundown to sunrise – without any outside help. Dick succeeded, simultaneously bringing Gotham gangster Joe Minette to justice. Dick took to the streets as Batman’s full-fledged partner in crime-fighting: Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Robin, The Boy Wonder
After extensive training, Dick becomes Robin and starts his first adventure by disrupting Zucco’s gambling and extortion rackets and eventually capturing him. Although the exact age varies based on which continuity you read from, generally Dick is depicted as adopting the Robin mantle as a young teenager not too long after his parents’ death and being adopted by Bruce Wayne.
The name “Robin the Boy Wonder” and the medieval look of the original costume were inspired by the legendary hero Robin Hood, as well as the famous red-breasted Robin, which continued the “flying animal” motif of Batman. Robin’s origin had a typological connection to Batman’s in that both witnessed the crime-related deaths of their parents, creating an urge to battle the criminal underworld. This provided a bond and understanding between the two.
Leader of the Teen Titans
As well as being Batman’s crime-fighting partner, Dick establishes himself as the leader of the Teen Titans, a team of teenage superheroes. The Teen Titans was formed as a junior version of the Justice League of America led by Dick Grayson, and joined by two other teenage sidekicks, Aqualad (sidekick of Aquaman) and Kid Flash (sidekick of the Flash), to stop the menace of Mr. Twister. Later, the three sidekicks join forces with Speedy and Wonder Girl in order to free their mentors in the JLA from mind-control. They decide to become a real team: the Teen Titans. By virtue of the tactical skills gleaned from Batman, Robin is swiftly recognized as leader before the Titans disband some years later.
Dick continued his adventures with Batman and began attending college at Hudson University. Robin started to take on solo missions as well and found himself to be a capable crime-fighter in his own right. Shortly afterward, the mysterious Raven summoned Dick Grayson, and several other young heroes, to form a new group of Titans. Robin again resumed leadership. This led to Dick appearing more sporadically with Batman. During this time with the Titans, he had a falling out with Batman, leading to an estrangement that would last for many years.
Dick realized he no longer relied on Batman and, in fact, he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime-fighting methodology as Batman used torture and Dick didn’t like it. His newfound independence and Titans’ duties in New York left less time for his former commitments in Gotham City. He also dropped out of Hudson after only one semester. Since he was no longer Batman’s partner, Dick relinquish the Robin outfit and role and developed the new hero persona of Nightwing.
The New Batman Adventures: Old Wounds
In the animated series “The New Batman Adventures” the split is depicted differently. In the episode “Old Wounds”, Nightwing explains to Robin (Tim Drake) that he fought with Batman over the latter’s controlling nature and what the former saw as an unnecessarily harsh approach, causing Dick to leave Gotham as a result and returns years later as Nightwing. Eventually he partially reconciles with his former mentor and works with Batman several times during the course of the series.
Nightwing Year One
During the Nightwing Year One storyline Dick shows up late during one of Batman’s battles with Clayface. Frustrated at his sidekick’s lack of commitment, Batman fires him. Dick decides to go talk to Superman about it. This leads to Clark Kent telling him a story of an old Kryptonian legend about the heroes Flamebird and Nightwing. Dick decides that he still wants to fight crime even if he is solo and returns to Gotham as Nightwing. After his arrival he meets with Jim Gordon on the police quarters rooftop, the Joker in Arkham Asylum, and a rough club in his full Nightwing gear to make a name for himself in the city. To his surprise Batman has already found a replacement as Robin named Jason Todd who finds Dick as part of a training exercise from Batman. Later on Barbara Gordon alerts Nightwing and the new Robin that Batman had been injured and Alfred is missing so the two investigate. Dick and Jason rescue Alfred from Killer Croc after realizing that Alfred had disguised himself as Two-Face as part of a test for Jason. Killer Croc believed it was the real Two-Face and captured him for revenge in a beef they had.
Teen Titan Early Years
Dick Grayson began leading the Teen Titans since its inception when the characters of him, Kid Flash (Wally West), and Aqualad (Garth) joined together to defeat Mr. Twister. During this run Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) and Speedy (Roy Harper) also joined the team until it disbanded. At some point later on Raven reunited a new team that would be referred to as the “New Teen Titans” which consisted of Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Starfire (Koriandr), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Changeling (Beast Boy, Gar Logan), Cyborg (Victor Stone), and Raven with Terra (Tara Markov) joining later. Some of the main villains they faced included, Trigon, HIVE, and Deathstroke.
Tales of the Teen Titans Before Judas Contract
Notable story’s taking place around this time include “Who is Donna Troy?” which depicts Robin investigating Wonder Girl’s origins. “Crossroads” which features Dick announcing that he is giving up the role as Robin, and Kid Flash announcing that he is retiring from being a hero. It becomes apparent in subsequent issues that Kid Flash is dealing with health problems that are connected to him using his powers. Also, “We Are Gathered Here Today…”, tells the story of Wonder Girl’s wedding. “The Judas Contract” marks the very first appearance of Dick Grayson under his new costume and codename Nightwing in publication.
The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
The team’s adversary, Deathstroke the Terminator, takes a contract to kill the Titans to fulfill a job his son had been unable to complete. This led to perhaps the most notable Titans storyline of the era. 1984’s “The Judas Contract featured the betrayal of the Teen Titan Terra, psychopathic girl with the power to manipulate earth and all earth-related materials. She infiltrates the Titans in order to discover their weaknesses and secret identities allowing Deathstroke to capture them all with the exception of Dick Grayson who narrowly escapes an ambush. Soon after Dick meets with Adeline Kane, Deathstroke’s ex-wife who gives him the location of the H.I.V.E. command center. Dick is joined by Adeline’s son Joey that has the power to possess people and adopts the hero name Jericho. Since Dick had recently retired the Robin identity, Dick adopts a new costume and identity as well calling himself Nightwing for the first time. The two battle H.I.V.E. but are eventually captured. When Deathstroke realizes that his son Jericho is being held captive as well, he turns on H.I.V.E., which leads to Terra turning on him. She loses control causing the whole facility to crash down and killing herself in the process although the Titans and Deathstroke escape. The Titans let Terra’s brother, Geo-Force, believe that she died heroically while fighting the H.I.V.E. A movie based on this comic book story called “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” was released direct-to-video in 2017.
Tales of the Teen Titans After Judas Contract
After the events of “The Judas Contract” Jericho joins the Teen Titans and the face off against additional villains such as the Fearsome Five. Cyborg struggles with his looks and goes through an operation to look more human but ends up getting his Cyborg body back to help defeat the Fearsome Five.
New Teen Titans Vol. 2
During Volume 2, controversy arose when Grayson and Starfire were depicted in bed together, although it had been established for some time that they were a couple. The initial storyline, “The Terror of Trigon”, featured Raven’s demon father attempting to take over Earth and Raven’s own struggle to remain good despite Trigon’s demonic blood inside her.
The New Titans
After graduating from the title of “teens”, the titans continues their stories starting with a retelling of Donna Troy origin story titled “Who is Wonder Girl.”
A new origin story for Wonder Girl, her link to Wonder Woman having been severed due to retcons created in the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Furthermore, the addition of Danny Chase (a teenage psychic) drew negative fan response due to his abusive attitude towards the rest of the team.
The Wildebeast, a villain who used proxies and surrogates to hide his true identity while vexing the Titans, was expanded to a full army of villains and revealed to be a front for the remaining members of the super-villain group HIVE. The group fell under the control of Titan Jericho, who in turn was being possessed by the corrupted souls of Azarath. During the Titan Hunt storyline that followed, Cyborg was destroyed and rebuilt, along with being lobotomized; Danny Chase and Arella (Raven’s mother) were killed and resurrected as the gesalt being Phantasm (an identity created by Chase early in the series); while Raven, Jericho, and obscure Titans ally Golden Eagle were killed. New character Pantha joined the team, along with Deathstroke and Red Star.
Other important events included Starfire and Nightwing broke-up, the return of Speedy as Arsenal, and the resurrection of Raven as a villain.
Following Zero Hour, the series saw a revamp: Nightwing was removed from the series by Batman editorial and a roster of new young heroes such as Damage and Impulse were inserted into the team to try and renew interest, along with Team Titan survivors Mirage and Terra II. New Green Lantern Kyle Rayner was also brought onto the title and given a prominent romance with Donna Troy, whose marriage with Terry Long had collapsed. The series finale saw the return of Blackfire as an ally, as the Titans purged Raven of evil once again in order to prevent Raven and the revived Citadel Empire from reconquering the Vega star system.
Nightwing Solo Series #1 – #47
Nightwing had finally moved out of the shadow of the Bat, and would lead the Titans through some hard times. Dick endured brainwashing at the hands of Brother Blood, his relationship with Starfire would suffer due to her marriage of state, he would be deeply affected by the fact that Batman trained a new Robin (Jason Todd) only for him to be seemingly killed at the hands of the Joker.
As Nightwing, he continues to lead the Teen Titans and later the Outsiders. He also moves out of Gotham and becomes the protector of Blüdhaven, Gotham’s economically troubled neighboring city, the locale the character is most closely associated with. He has also been depicted as protecting the streets of New York, Chicago, and Gotham City over the years.
The team returned with many of the original cast including Nightwing, Troia, Arsenal, Tempest, Flash, Starfire, Cyborg, Changeling, Damage and Argent. One new member, Jesse Quick, joined. The West Coast branch of the team, Titans L.A., appeared once.
Between Teen Titans and Titans, a new generation of young heroes formed a team in Young Justice, consisting of Superboy, Robin, Impulse, Wonder Girl, Secret and Arrowette. The two series concluded with the three-issue limited series Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, which led to two new series: Teen Titans and Outsiders.
Nightwing Solo Series #48 – #100
Last Laugh and killing the Joker
When the Joker is told he is dying by his doctor, he unleashes Joker juice on the inmates at the Slab, causing a breakout. At the end of the arc, Nightwing is responsible for killing the Joker against the wishes of Batman and Oracle. Nightwing becomes depressed and Oracle tries to bring him out of it. Soon after, Batman manages to revive the Joker.
Leader of the League
Sometime after “No Man’s Land” ends, the JLA disappears on a mission to locate Aquaman and Atlantis (The Obsidian Age). Before they vanish, Batman instigates a contingency plan, in which a handful of heroes would be assembled to create a new JLA, consisting of Nightwing, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Major Disaster, Faith, Firestorm and Jason Blood. Nightwing is chosen to be leader until the original JLA are found, leading the group against the powerful Atlantean sorceress Gamemnae and helping to revive Aquaman to ask for his help in sinking Atlantis, but subsequently returns to the reserve list.
Nightwing Solo Series #101 – #153
For several years, Nightwing leads various incarnations of the Titans and becomes the most respected former sidekick in the DC Universe. However, in the Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day crossover, a rogue Superman android kills Lilith and Troia, an event that tears apart both Young Justice and the Titans. At Troia’s funeral, Dick declares he is tired of seeing friends die and disbands the team, officially ending the Titans. A few months later, Arsenal persuades Nightwing to join a new pro-active crime-fighting team: the Outsiders, who would hunt villains, acting as co-workers rather than an extended family. He reluctantly accepts.
Death of Blockbuster
Dick plays a key role in exposing the corruption in the Blüdhaven Police Department. Despite reaching his original goals, Dick continues as a police officer during the day while spending nights as Nightwing, pushing himself to his limits and straining his relationships. The line between his police work and his vigilantism began to blur, and ultimately Amy Rohrbach (his friend and superior officer, who knew his secret identity) fires him rather than let him continue using questionable methods.
Wrongfully blaming Nightwing for the death of his mother, the mob boss Blockbuster bombs Dick Grayson’s apartment complex and promises to kill anyone in Dick’s life. When the vigilante Tarantula arrives, Nightwing chooses not to stop her when she shoots the villain dead. He enters in a catatonic state after this action, and Tarantula takes advantage of his emotional trauma to rape him. At length, Nightwing shakes himself from his depression and takes responsibility for his inaction. He captures Tarantula and turns her and himself in to the police. Amy, however, feels the world needs Nightwing free and so prevents him from being charged.
Though, Dick has destroyed the police corruption and removed the greater part of organized crime from this city, but his role in Blockbuster’s death is still a source of tremendous guilt for him. He retires from crime fighting, with Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain as his replacements.
Grayson moves to New York, where he works closely with the Outsiders. After “insiders” threaten both the Outsiders and the newest incarnation of Teen Titans, however, Nightwing realizes that the team has gotten “too personal” and quits.
Due to a crisis of conscience, Dick adopts the new villainous persona of Renegade in order to infiltrate Lex Luthor‘s Secret Society of Super-Villains. This ruse includes Nightwing aligning himself with his long-time enemy Deathstroke in order to track the manufacturing and distribution of Bane’s venom serum and to keep tabs on the Society’s activities in Gotham and Blüdhaven. He also begins training (and subtly converting) Deathstroke’s daughter, Ravager.
Deathstroke takes revenge on Nightwing when Blüdhaven is destroyed by the Society. The Society drops the super villain Chemo on the city, killing 100,000 people. Dick tries to rescue survivors but is overcome by radiation poisoning; only to be rescued himself by Batman. Nightwing confides that he let Blockbuster die and asks Batman to forgive him. Batman tells him that his forgiveness doesn’t matter; Dick has to move beyond Blockbuster’s death. Inspired by his mentor, he proposes to Barbara Gordon, who accepts his proposal with a kiss.
Batman then entrusts Nightwing to alert other heroes about the danger that the Crisis poses. Dick flies to Titans Tower, but due to the chaos resulting from the Blüdhaven disaster, the OMAC onslaught and other Crisis related events, the only hero who answers his call is Conner Kent. Together, they locate and attack Alexander Luthor‘s tower, the center of the Crisis, only to be repelled by Superboy-Prime. Prime is ready to kill Nightwing when Conner intervenes, sacrificing himself to destroy the tower, ending the destruction of the Universe.
During the Battle of Metropolis, Nightwing suffers a near-fatal injury from Alexander Luthor when he attempts to save Batman’s life. Originally, the editors at DC intended to have Dick Grayson killed in Infinite Crisis as Newsaramarevealed from the DC Panel at WizardWorld Philiadelphia:
|“||It was again explained that Nightwing was originally intended to die in Infinite Crisis, and that you can see the arc that was supposed to end with his tragic death in the series. After long discussions, the death edict was finally reversed, but the decision was made that, if they were going to be keeping him, he would have to be changed. The next arc of the ongoing series will further explain the changes, it was said.||”|
Saved by the Justice Society, Nightwing recovers with Barbara at his side. As soon as he’s able to walk again, Batman asks him to join him and Robin in retracing Bruce’s original journey in becoming the Dark Knight. While Nightwing is hesitant, due to his engagement with Barbara, she encourages him to go and returns his engagement ring so he can make an honest decision for himself. Barbara feels that it is important he rediscover himself, and until he does they’re not yet ready to be married. They part on good terms, though before he departs Dick leaves her an envelope containing a photograph of them as Robin and Batgirl, along with the engagement ring on a chain and a note promising he’ll come back to her one day.
Soon after his journey with Batman and Robin ends, Nightwing returns to Gotham, following Intergang’s trail. He works with the new Batwoman and Renee Montoya to stop Intergang from destroying Gotham, shutting off dozens of fire-spewing devices spread across the city.
The Nightwing title concluded in April 2014 at issue 30, and was replaced with a new title, Grayson, which depicts Dick having given up his life as Nightwing at age 22 and going undercover as an agent of the Spyral organization where the former Batwoman Kathy Kane works. Written by Tim Seeley and former CIA counter-terrorism officer Tom King, the career change for Dick Grayson comes from the urging of Batman himself, who convinces him to remain dead to the world. Seeley stated that the series will be “leaning into” Grayson’s sex symbol status. The character’s look also is resigned with no mask but a blue-and-black outfit calling back to his pre-New 52 Nightwing counterpart with an addition of a “G” on his chest, said to be reminiscent of the Robin “R”.
In the “Agent of Spyral” storyline, Dick (known as Agent 37) is enlisted by Mister Minos, the Director of Spyral, after having been chosen by Helena Bertinelli to serve as a new candidate. However, Dick serves as a mole under Batman due to their agenda of unmasking heroes by collecting the Paragon organs, organs in which contains the DNA of the Justice League and bestows meta-bioweapons the ability to use their powers. He assists Spyral’s agenda to know more about Minos and his endgame, resulting in Spyral attaining most of the scattered organs. In a later story arc, Minos betrays Spyral and attempts to leak its secrets. To his surprise he finds the new Agent Zero, who reveals she along with the upper echelon of Spyral had used Minos to attract Dick into Spyral and kills Minos as he has outlived his life full of humor .
During Batman and Robin Eternal, Grayson finds himself working with various other members of the Bat-Family- during the time when Bruce Wayne is amnesic after his resurrection- against the ruthless villain known only as ‘Mother’, who it is revealed briefly met with Batman early in Grayson’s career as Robin, believing that he shared her views on using trauma to make people stronger. Mother intends to trigger a global collapse with the reasoning that the survivors will rebuild a stronger world after being broken by tragedy and without the hindrance of parents to force their ideals on them, but Grayson and the rest of the Family are able to defeat her, Dick affirming that Batman helps the Robins become their own people who can avoid the mistakes he made in dealing with his own trauma rather than Mother’s belief that she and Batman each teach people to use their trauma to define themselves. At the conclusion of the storyline, Dick meets with the restored Batman, assuring Bruce that, unlike Mother, he never forced his ideals on them, but simply gave them all an example that they chose to emulate while avoiding following it so exactly that they became like him.
When the Court of Owls plant a bomb inside Damian Wayne, they are able to blackmail Dick into officially joining their organization, although all sides are aware that Grayson intends to try and use his new position against them.The Grayson series ended at Issue 20, where in the final issue, it was revealed that all knowledge of Dick’s identity was erased from most of the world with one of Spyral’s satellites, allowing Dick to resume his superhero activities as Nightwing once again.
Titans Vol. 2
Nightwing joins a new team of Titans, with the same roster of the New Teen Titans, to stop an offspring of Trigon, which has not yet been named, from enacting his vengeance over Raven and the Titans, of every generation. Nightwing yet again leads the team, and they manage to stop the sons of Trigon from accomplishing their first attempt at global destruction and again a few days later.
Following the defeat of Trigon’s sons, the Titans are approached by Jericho who had been stuck inhabiting the body of Match, Superboy’s clone. The Titans managed to free Jericho, but found themselves once again in trouble, due to the fact the Jericho’s mind had become splintered due to all the bodies he had possessed in the past. Torn between evil and good, Jericho possesses Nightwing’s body in order to keep from being captured. During this time, Jericho forces Nightwing to relive all of his greatest pains. Soon after the JLA arrived intent on taking Jericho in. Unfortunately they fail to apprehend him.
Following this, Nightwing decides to leave the team again, due to the events of the “Batman R.I.P.” storyline, and due to Batman’s apparent death, Nightwing feels his attention should be better aimed at protecting Gotham City.
Nightwing New 52
In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC’s continuity. In this new timeline, Grayson’s costume changed the color of the “Nightwing symbol” from blue to red, and the emblem rolled over the shoulders, rather than traveling down the arm onto the middle and ring fingers. The costume also shifted from a skin-tight unitard look to an armored, full body suit, with spiked gauntlets such as Batman’s rather than simply long gloves. Dick, along with all other members of the Batfamily, was a few years younger than previous incarnations. Despite being in his early twenties as opposed to his mid-late twenties, he was drawn a bit shorter than in his pre-relaunch frame. Starting with issue 19 there was a change in the suit.
After the events of Flashpoint as part of The New 52, Nightwing was relaunched with issue #1. Grayson resumes the role of Nightwing following the return of Bruce Wayne. The new series, written by Kyle Higgins, opens with Grayson having returned to Gotham, when Haly’s Circus comes to town. Through a series of events, Grayson inherits the circus and is working through internal struggles with his past as he investigates the secrets the circus has brought about.
During the events of Death of the Family, a Batman Family crossover, Haly’s circus is targeted by the Joker. As a result, the circus is burnt down and the circus members leave. Dick is left feeling depressed and lost as a result of this and the death of Damian Wayne, the new Robin, and is at a loss for what to do with his life. However, when Sonia Branch reveals to him that she believes her father, Tony Zucco, is alive and living in Chicago, Dick makes the decision to take him down. Therefore, in 2013 Nightwing relocated to Chicago to hunt down Tony Zucco and also take down The Prankster, a new supervillain hacker in Chicago.
As part of the Forever Evil storyline, Nightwing’s identity is revealed on every electronic device in the world when Superwoman takes his mask off. Nightwing was captured prior when bringing Zsasz to Arkham Asylum and mistakes Owlman for Batman, which leads to Owlman knocking Grayson out. Currently, Grayson is being held captive by the Crime Syndicate. Owlman plans to ask Grayson to join them to fill in the spot of Earth-3 Richard Grayson who was Owlman’s sidekick Talon who died when the Earth-3 vigilante Joker killed him and put his dismembered body parts in boxes for Owlman to find.
During his captivity, Nightwing is imprisoned in a containment unit built to hold Doomsday, with his heart monitored to set off a bomb should he attempt to escape. The alliance of Batman, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Captain Cold, Bizarro, Sinestro, Black Manta and Black Adam break into the fallen Watchtower in order to free him but also to sabotage the Syndicate. When they are detected, the bomb is triggered to detonate in minutes. Batman tries to free Nightwing, but Luthor, believing there is no time, incapacitates Batman and Catwoman before suffocating Grayson until his vitals drop and he appears dead. The bomb is deactivated. An enraged Batman begins to brutalize Luthor, while Luthor tries to tell him that there may still be time to revive Dick before he is gone for good – and so they do. However, with his secret identity compromised, he gives up the Nightwing persona and is persuaded by Batman to fake his death and infiltrate the Spyral organization.
On January 21, 2014, DC Comics announced that the series would end in April with issue 30. It was succeeded by Grayson, a solo series focusing on Dick’s exploits as an agent of Spyral. The series lasted until June 2016 and was succeeded by a new Nightwingseries with DC Rebirth.
Following the erasure of the knowledge regarding his secret identity from most of the world in the final issue of Grayson, Dick went back to the Nightwing identity in the DC Rebirth era solo series, and the costume’s colors were changed back to the traditional black and blue. At the start of the series (rebirth) Nightwing is still a member of the Court of Owls (after Robin War) and he goes on missions around the word for the Court. They give him a partner named “Raptor” and like Nightwing he wears a costume, but he is much more violent then Dick and multiple times Dick has to try to stop him from killing. Dick finds out that Raptor is a double agent as well and really working for the Kobra cult and looking to tear down the Court of Owls in his own way.
Throughout the story arc Dick must work as an undercover agent but also has to keep his morals and not kill even if the Court tells him to.
Titans Vol. 3