Warning: This article contains spoilers for Nightwing #98!The love triangle between nightwing, bat girl and Starfire is an age old debate. While some prefer Grayson with his childhood sweetheart Batgirl, others prefer his romance with Titan Starfire. If there’s one thing comic book fans love, it’s debating their favorite heroes. Both Batgirl and Starfire are pretty much on par when it comes to Nightwing’s love life, and DC Comics is all too aware of fan reactions.
Currently, Nightwing and Batgirl are together and happy. Despite the many obstacles they’ve faced both in canon and by fans, a breakup doesn’t even seem like a bright spot for Dick and Babs. When Nightwing’s secret identity is discovered by Blockbuster in Battle for Bludhaven’s Heart, Dick nearly breaks up with Babs for her own safety. Luckily, Batgirl refuses to let that happen. After all, their lives as superheroes will be constantly at stake.
Nightwing’s fifth dimensional leprechaun joins the love triangle debate
in the Night Wing #98, by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo, Nightwing meets his own fifth-dimensional goblin, Nite-Mite! Unlike Bat-Mite, Nite-Mite seems genuinely intent on helping Nightwing rather than causing trouble. He’s also the president of Nightwing’s fan club (they have t-shirts). While Nightwing’s goblin supports all of the former Boy Wonder’s decisions, there is one caveat: Nite-Mite believes Nightwing belongs with Starfire. “But whatever makes him happy… I guess.”
Instead of trying to break up Nightwing and Batgirl, as some fans would prefer, Nite-Mite instead does what he thinks will make Dick happy by planning an impromptu wedding for the couple and all the Titans and Robins and even Batman himself invites! This tongue-in-cheek response to online debates makes for a light-hearted comic moment while also hinting at the ridiculousness of fan wars. Many superheroes are involved in multiple relationships at different points in their careers, whether it’s Superman and Lana Lang or Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy. Those relationships are no less important because a character is now dating someone else. If a fan wants to read Nightwing and Starfire, they can look no further than those two Teen Titans series with the couple.
Not surprising, Night Wing #98 has already been criticized on Twitter, with Creator, tom taylorreacts to the hate:
At the end of the day, comic book characters are just that – characters. Sure, superheroes can fulfill readers’ fantasies of love and heroism, but not everyone will be satisfied. It’s about time the love triangle debate ended. Starfire will always be one Nightwings most iconic love interests, but at this moment bat girl offers the stability he needs. As Nite-Mite points out, readers should care more about “whatever makes them happy,” right?
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Night Wing #98 is available now DC comics.
Source: tom taylor