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When Nightwing and Starfire Didn't Get Married And No One Told Flash

This is "How Can I Explain?", which is a feature spotlighting inexplicable comic book plots.

The other day, I wrote about how Dick Grayson and Wally West were never particularly close until a mild retcon in the mid-1990s suddenly had them as longtime best friends. In that article, though, I wrote about the guest appearance that Nightwing made in the pages of Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo's Flash run that was the set-up for the later reveal that Wally and Dick were best friends. It was a story that was the "victim" of a continuity foul-up. I said I would write about that foul-up later, but then my pal Michael asked about it on Facebook, and I guess I'll just do it now!

First, a little set-up!

There was this whole weird storyline in the New Titans where the shapeshifting Mirage captured Starfire and then took her place. She debuted a new, sexier costume and had sex with Nightwing a number of times. The story was pretty much resolved when I guess the new editor, Rob Simpson, figured that the whole thing was sort of glossed over, so Starfire suddenly got really angry about it again (fair enough, of course, the only issue is that it really didn't follow from how she was acting in the issues before this point). Finally, in New Titans #99 (by Wolfman, Tom Grummett and Al Vey), Nightwing finally gets Starfire to talk to him and he proposed marriage to her and she accepted...

Here's the deal, though. As I wrote in an old Nothing Was Delivered, the original plans for Nightwing is that he was going to get his own miniseries by Art Thibert that would have ended with Nightwing and Starfire engaged and then they would get married in New Titans #100.

Art Thibert Nightwing poster

However, as I noted in that piece:

Art Thibert Nightwing promotional poster

So Wolfman had to handle the engagement himself and obviously, with the change in editorial, the wedding plans were also altered, so in New Titans #100 (by Wolfman, Grummett and Bill Jaaska), right when they were about to be declared husband and wife, a now evil Raven attacks...

Raven then messes with Starfire's mind, leading to the wedding being called off...

Of course, the decision to make the wedding NOT happen was done late enough in the game that a Flash story arc set after the wedding guest-starring Nightwing and Starfire was already in the works...

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