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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Panel or Two

I'm still too lazy to actually post, but as it turns out NOT too lazy to mock Dick Grayson. (Hey, I may LIKE the guy now, but that doesn't mean I don't find him ridiculous. I just, apparently, find ridiculous endearing.)

I mentioned these panels in a previous post, but hadn't decided to scan/post them. I figured I'd remedy that. From Nightwing #91:

I don't really think Alfred would approve either

I'm a horrible horrible person, but I find these panels kind of hilarious. There's just something so melodramatic about the whole situation! I mean, it make sense in that in as much as I'm sure Nightwing has like 800 superhero friends whose couch he can crash on, he probably does want to stay in town and actually resolve this whole deal. But really, Dick, you can't check into a Motel 6 or something? (Alfred brought clothes after all, I'm pretty sure he could bring a credit card!)

I suppose a motel 6 wouldn't be nearly as dramatic as sleeping curled up in full costume under newspapers on a fire escape though.

I still think the funniest part would be Damian's reaction if he ever knew about it.

In the end, I think this epitomizes why I actually do like the character, possibly even best of the Bat-family, (Oh, it still makes me grind my teeth to say that!). Reading through Nightwing issues, I found the character's state to be perfectly believable (though I found some of the events a tad contrived) at the time. The melodramatic angst made perfect sense and fit the character.

But Dick Grayson of 2011 is in such a completely different place physically, mentally, emotionally, and in terms of his relationship to the Bat-family, that this entire plot seems very unlikely to ever happen again. And it's not really like you can point to one single catalyst for change either. The character has grown a lot, even organically, over the last five (real-time!) years. That's not too shabby for a character that's 71 years old!

So I can enjoy the panels for two reasons, really. But mostly I enjoy the near-Dickensian level of melodrama.

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