From Emerald Sight to Former Boy Wonder
When it was announced that Humphries would be leaving Green Lanterns, he noted on Twitter that it was because DC offered him an amazing opportunity to which he couldn’t say no. Asked if Nightwing is that opportunity, Humphries exclaimed, “Yeah! This is the one! Dick Grayson is one of the greatest characters in all of the DCU -- he's got heart, humor, legacy and he kicks ass. That's why this run is called 'Nightwing: The Untouchable.'” He also had nothing but excellent things to say about his predecessor Tim Seeley, who is taking over Green Lanterns with #32. Humphries refers to Seeley's time on Nightwing “a historic, hang-it-in-the-rafters run.”
Nightwing is a character that has deep connections throughout the DC Universe, far beyond his Bat-Family roots. Humphries and Chang’s run on the title will explore that history and connections with a new adversary based in Dick Grayson’s past. “The new villain is a devious new creation by me and Bernard — a murderous cold case from Nightwing's past. But to fully unravel the scope of this guy, and to dig deep into Nightwing as a character, we're going to experience some of his early days as Robin, and also his time as Hudson University student, Dick Grayson. It's all tied together — his history is part of what makes him so exciting.”
Humphries also has nothing but stellar things to say about his collaborator Bernard Chang, noting that their close proximity to each other in Los Angeles allows them to have a level of collaboration most creative teams don’t have the opportunity to utilize. “Working with Bernard is a blast. He is a razor sharp artist and a killer collaborator. we're just a subway ride from talking, chatting, throwing ideas and inspiration back and forth. For the process nerds out there, I'm writing "plot first", giving Bernard greater influence over the page. I mean—his work on Batman Beyond is just stellar. From the moment he signed on, I knew this was gonna be a great partnership.”
One of the best things about Tim Seeley’s current run on Nightwing — with artists such as Javier Fernandez and Marcus To — is how it created a new world and new supporting cast for Dick Grayson. Characters like Defacer felt like they’ve been around in the DC Universe for decades rather than brand new creations, and Humphries is very aware of how important Dick’s supporting cast is. “One of my favorite things from the run is, Tim understood that Nightwing is a great hero in his own right. He needs his own top shelf villains, supporting cast, and city environment. Bernard and I are keeping that tradition alive. We've got a new bad guy, we'll be developing his supporting cast (both friendly and unpleasant), and we'll be exploring the past and present of Blüdhaven. 'Nightwing The Untouchable' is gonna be filled with crazy ideas and big street-level action, all threatening to collapse on our star character, Dick Grayson.
Here’s the full solicitation text for Nightwing #35
- Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
- Art by BERNARD CHANG
- Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
- Variant cover by CASEY JONES
- “THE UNTOUCHABLE: HUNTERS!” Nightwing finally feels like he’s got his life in Blüdhaven under control. But the one thing he wasn’t expecting was for a case from his past in Gotham City to rear its head here—a murderer he never set eyes on, but whose unmistakable signature has arrived in his new city! How many people will die before he’s stopped this time? Or worse than that...what if Dick can’t stop him? Incoming creative team Sam Humphries and Bernard Chang kick off a story that will take Nightwing back to his days as Robin and force him to question his future as well!
- On sale DECEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T