Okay, just finished re-reading this set for the first time since the series was running. The issue wear the college girls chase him around the school is most definitely one of the better issues. And the one issue titled: “The Gun Goes Off” has one of the moments where I was like “I know damn well they did not just… YAASSS!”
It’s brought a lot back for me. And brought so many new things. To answer the question:
It’s weird (not really) but this isn’t much of a stretch in my opinion. I mean, it’s exactly who the character should be. Taking him away from the Batfamily was the best thing they coulda did because without those connections his personality was able to shine through. He might not be wearing a mask or going by Nightwing in this series but his character hasn’t felt more rich in any of his series. For some reason adding a mask and keeping him in touch with the Batfam causes writers to make him more serious and less of a performer. As it was said in one of the issues, “The bigger the talk, the more dangerous the stunt.” And his performance doesn’t stop at just his personality which leads me to the next thing:
Artist Mikel Janin even expressed his performance in his body language and the way he moved, what he wore, what he didn’t. My biggest thing especially with art in comics is CONSISTENCY which he brought in every panel. Every panel had something to catch your eye. Everything was so sleek and down right sexy. Not only did Seeley show off Dick’s personality and heart (like in the dessert issue with Tiger and the baby which was another great issue) in this series but Mikel Janin CAPITALIZED on his sex appeal. It’s a shame none of these things were brought over when Seeley moved onto Nightwing Rebirth. Still good but still missing that spark Grayson has.
Somebody needs to take Dick’s personality, heart, and sex appeal and translate it into Nightwing ASAP. The only thing that wasn’t featured in the series (mainly because it didn’t exist at the time) is Dick’s taunting. I will remind everyone every chance I get that the chemistry Nightwing and Penguin had in GCPD Lockdown was amazingly hysterical. Nightwing’s taunting “CoS wE jUsT gOt OuR aSsEs KiCkEd” took me all the way out! So somebody needs to takes all theses things and be like yes, this is Dick Grayson, this is Nightwing and translate it into his superhero identity IMMEDIATELY.
I’m really looking forward to re-rerading the rest of this series.