Kyle Higgins is one of the few creators left on a book that he started at the New 52 relaunch over two years ago, and it's with good reason. His self-professed love for the character continues to show in how deftly he handles this book, and the respect with which he treats Dick Grayson's past and future.
And Will Conrad, oh my god, I can't say enough about this guy's work on Nightwing so far. After suffering through Brett Booth on this book for a number of months, it is amazing to open the cover and be absolutely in love with the art now. Conrad's Nightwing may be one of my favorite depictions of the character ever, and that is a long history to compare to. I hope he stays on this title for a long time to come.
As Dick's first adventure in Chicago comes to a close, one of the questions on most Nightwing fans' minds was if Dick would stay in Chicago, or head back to Gotham. Well, it looks like we have our answer, and I think it's the right one.
In Nightwing's previous series in the old DCU, him operating out of Blüdhaven was integral to the growth of the character beyond where he had been kind of stagnating for years as the leader of the Titans, and always being in Batman's shadow. The success that was achieved with the character in the 90s and 2000s was largely due in part to the fact that he was relocated, and allowed to grow outside of the Batman mythos. It is also what eventually led to him being able to assume the cowl when Bruce Wayne was gone based on merit, more than on inheritance.
From the hints that Higgins is dropping so far, it looks like Dick will be essential to the growth of superheroing in Chicago, and will (hopefully) lead to many new heroes and villains in DC's already vast cadre of characters. I can only hope that this is what indeed does happen, as a character as important as Dick Grayson should always have huge things going on around him, and what could be more important than growing the current DC Universe beyond where it currently stands?
I think it's always been known that Nightwing is the premiere non-Justice League character in the DCU, and with his current role in Forever Evil, as well as the coming developments here in Nightwing, perhaps this will be the doorway to finally seeing this character on solo adventures outside of comic books. One can hope and dream, right? Dick would approve.