For many DC Comics fans, Dick Grayson -- aka the original Robin, former Batman and current Nightwing -- is quite simply the most pure and true hero in the DC Universe.
What, then, could drive him to not only stand against his fellow superheroes, but to hunt them down and kill them?
That's the question to be explored in Nightwing: The New Order, a new miniseries arriving this summer from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Trevor McCarthy. Announced via Screen Rant, The New Order is "the story of a future world... where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed." At the center of this is Grayson and his team of Crusaders, who have systematically hunted down and eliminated those with meta human abilities.
"My all-time favorite DC books throw characters we know and love into future worlds that are equal parts familiar and terrifying, laced with moral issues that aren’t black and white or easily solved," Higgins told Screen Rant. "Ultimately, these stories say something about our world. And that’s what we are aiming to do with this Nightwing series, through the lens of a future generation of heroes.”
Whether Nightwing: The New Order is in continuity has not been formally announced, but considering the series opens with the death of the Man of Steel "twelve years ago," and the DCU is currently embroiled in the unfolding Rebirth mega-event storyline, it's a safe bet that we're not really looking at how the Justice League dies. That said, seeing Nightwing kill Superman in cold blood is a bit disquieting. Higgins and McCarthy are going to have a challenge ahead of them if they want to convince Dick Grayson fans that there's a good reason their hero is slated to eventually break bad.
Check out the series' first few propaganda poster-styled covers and preview pages in the slideshow below, along with DC Comics' official description for the series.
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NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER is the story of a future world without “weapons”—where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers. But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years—the last metahumans of the DC Universe.
Nightwing: The New Order arrives in stores August 23, 2017.