Nightwing gets the coolest upgrades of his entire DC career

In the latest issue of DC Comics’ Nightwing, Dick Grayson gets his biggest upgrades ever (though one of them is a little embarrassing).


Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Nightwing #98In a bizarrely grand turn of events, nightwing has just received two of the most epic upgrades of all time thanks to the debut of Nite-Mite, his very own fifth-dimensional goblin. Taking place in Bludhaven after Nightwing’s victory over Blockbuster, Nite-Mite needs Dick Grayson’s help to deal with some of the consequences of the crime boss losing control of Bludhaven. However, he makes sure Nightwing has the perfect new weapons, while also making sure he’s not alone in this new installment.

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Inside earlier nightwing, Dick and Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl decided to become an official couple after The Battle For The Heart Of Bludhaven. However, there is still work to be done, like keeping Salvatore Maroni alive to testify in court and ensure the blockbuster empire is truly buried. That being said, the arrival of Nite-Mite has revealed a much more pressing crisis that needs Nightwing’s help.

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In the new Night Wing #98 by Tom Taylor and guest artist Daniele di Nicuolo, Nite-Mite (real name Dyxl) emerges as Dick’s biggest fan, a five-dimensional counterpart to Batman’s Bat-Mite and Superman’s recurring villain Mister Mxyzptlk. However, Nite-Mite proves to be a key resource for all of his enthusiasm (like trying to get Nightwing and Batgirl to have an instant nuptials). Nite-Mite alerts Dick to the plight of Blockbuster’s innocent firstborn daughter, whose soul he sold to demons to protect his own, and gives Nightwing the perfect upgrades to send the demons back to Hell.


Nightwing gets a massive weapon upgrade

Nite-Mite releases Nightwing Escrima Stick Boost

Upgrading Nightwing’s classic escrima sticks with the power to cast out demons is objectively impressive. However, the “power phrase” required to activate them makes them even better (while also being a little embarrassing for Dick to say): “Nightwing is great”. While Dick naturally asked for a different expression of power, Nite-Mite claimed it was already committed and could not be changed. However, it should be noted that the phrase is no less true (regardless of Nightwing’s comfort level in saying it out loud).

Nightwing’s dog becomes an official DC super pet

Nightwing's dog becomes official Superpet

Also, Nite-Mite turns Nightwing’s dog, Haley, into a legitimate DC super pet. Complete with her own costume and the ability to talk to Dick, Bitewing is ready for action in this edition, joining Nightwing in his demon battle as the perfect ally (while also being insanely lovable). While it seems like the transformation was temporary, nothing says Nite-Mite can’t transform Haley back into Bitewing in future stories. Likewise, her ability to talk to Dick is truly heartwarming, giving her a chance to thank him for saving her and taking care of her and adorablely calling Nightwing a “good person.” While it’s unclear when Nite-Mite might make an appearance in DC’s future nightwingthese new upgrades prove he’s the best goblin Dick could have wished for. Night Wing #98 is available now from DC Comics.

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