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Scott Snyder Teases new Bat-Character

Who is this new character and what will she mean for Batman?

Another reason you have to love Twitter is sometimes creators will send out teases for their books. Scott Snyder just teased a new character appearing in BATMAN #28 (26 is on sale this week).

The only thing listed was:

tease from the new BATMAN #28 by Arkham escapee Dustin Nguyen

At first I read that as the character was an Arkham escapee but it could be that Scott is referring to Dustin as the escapee. You have to admit the blue is a little reminiscent to Nightwing's original look. Of course anyone can have purple hair if they really wanted it but we are reminded of Harper Row, who has been trying to do more in Batman's world. Could this be her new look? The big old gun makes that a little questionable. We'll have to wait and see.

What do you think?

You can read what Scott has to say about Zero Year and a special surprise coming half way through HERE.

EDIT

To make it clear, click the link above to read what Scott has to say about BATMAN #28. Basically, Scott wanted to expand the issue a little to give it more room and not have it feel crammed. In order to be fair to Greg Capullo, he thought having an issue instead show the future of BATMAN for #28 would be nice to give Greg more time.

Then I started thinking about all the crazy plans we have in BATMAN, and in BATMAN ETERNAL (the weekly), for Gotham of 2014, and I figured: what if, as a thank you to you guys for all the support, we took a month off from ZY right at the halfway point, and instead did a special issue that showed you what's coming up in the world of Batman AFTER ZY? Not an issue that cuts to the present, but one that actually shows you a glimpse of the FUTURE of Batman - Gotham circa summer 2014?

So I got to talking with the other Gotham writers, and we agreed that with all the crazy stuff that's going to happen in 2014 - and my goal above all in 2014 is to keep things daring and fun - it'd be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue. A stand-alone issue that takes place in the near future and reveals all sorts of massive surprises coming to Gotham in the spring and summer of 2014.

After getting the ok from editorial on the issue, I approached pal Dustin Nguyen about drawing it, told him the crazy stuff in it, and he signed on, to my immense gratitude.

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Edited by Nightw BR

@mojo65 I hope this is the case, because I've heard some other things like someone saying that Dick will die in the last issue of forever evil and claiming to have read it. I sure hope this is true and I'd appreciate it if it were plus this would make since for Dick. Would rather have Dick outlawed than dead.

@mojo65 said:

This was posted on /co/ over a month ago by someone claiming to be a DC insider.

>There will be three new Justice League titles launching in April. The already announced JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA will replace JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA thru August as a result of events in FOREVER EVIL. The others will spin out of FOREVER EVIL as well:

>OUTLAW JUSTICE. In this modern day western adventure series, superheroes have been outlawed in post-FOREVER EVIL America and the most wanted man in the country is Dick Grayson. He will lead an underground band of heroes operating behind enemy lines, hunted by both sides.

>YOUNG JUSTICE will focus on the lives and loves of the next generation of superheroes. This series will include THE NEW 52 debut of heroes like: Aqualad and Miss Martian.

>All of these series will be part of the build up to September 2014's big event: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, a 52-week long Justice League series, featuring heroes and villains from across time and space, led by Booster Gold and a popular returning hero not seen since THE NEW 52 started.

>Also debuting in April, THE ALL NEW NIGHTWING #30. Who is the mysterious new guardian of Gotham City? Not even Batman knows HER secrets.

HMMMMMMMMM HMmmmm HMMMMM.

Though I guess with the change in what they are doing with the Batman main title she'll be introduced a bit earlier. Or this is total bullshit and just a weird coencidence, I hope not though cause other than hero's being outlawed I like the sound of everything here.

Edited by Rixec

@hushofthewind said:

I can't believe so many people of approve this. Im kind of pissed that DC is just giving Dick Grayson's mantle away again. Yeah i know that Nightwing was first a Kryptonian hero first but Grayson pretty much made that character. I dont mind Harper Row becoming "bat" character but why take the name of such an established character? I hope this doesnt last long because Dick deserves better.

I can't believe there are so many getting pissed for her being Nightwing when it is not official yet. Sure, her costume bears some resemblance but it may just be a red herring. And saying someone else shouldn't take up the mantle is too late. Jason was Nightwing once upon a time and there was another Nightwing in the more Krptonian honor before the New 52 back when Dick was Batman. Even before then several have taken the mantle of Robin, an established character just as Wally became Flash, Cassie became Wonder Girl, and so on. Mantles are passed to honor those who once held them. But still, we don't know for sure yet if she is Nightwing. So save all your bitching until it is confirmed. Once it has feel free to whine. Also, if the name is to be passed on it will not be because of Snyder, since Johns is the one handling Dick's fate at the moment. Why do people always look over details like that?

Posted by Rubear

@mojo65 said:

This was posted on /co/ over a month ago by someone claiming to be a DC insider.

>There will be three new Justice League titles launching in April. The already announced JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA will replace JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA thru August as a result of events in FOREVER EVIL. The others will spin out of FOREVER EVIL as well:

>OUTLAW JUSTICE. In this modern day western adventure series, superheroes have been outlawed in post-FOREVER EVIL America and the most wanted man in the country is Dick Grayson. He will lead an underground band of heroes operating behind enemy lines, hunted by both sides.

>YOUNG JUSTICE will focus on the lives and loves of the next generation of superheroes. This series will include THE NEW 52 debut of heroes like: Aqualad and Miss Martian.

>All of these series will be part of the build up to September 2014's big event: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, a 52-week long Justice League series, featuring heroes and villains from across time and space, led by Booster Gold and a popular returning hero not seen since THE NEW 52 started.

>Also debuting in April, THE ALL NEW NIGHTWING #30. Who is the mysterious new guardian of Gotham City? Not even Batman knows HER secrets.

HMMMMMMMMM HMmmmm HMMMMM.

Though I guess with the change in what they are doing with the Batman main title she'll be introduced a bit earlier. Or this is total bullshit and just a weird coencidence, I hope not though cause other than hero's being outlawed I like the sound of everything here.

That sounds in one time promising, confusing and explaining... Will we have another crisis after 52-week series?)

Edited by kid Apollo

DAMIAN RETURNS AS A CHICK!!!!

Posted by Xaos
Posted by Seafarinhare

Ugh,... Snyder STAHP!

is this the 90's again?

If it is, might as well stop reading comics for about 10 years. The good stuff will be in trade to read later, anyways.

Posted by batpala

But we don't want new characters. There's a wealth of good characters that you just can't be bothered to use because they're apparently ~to difficult~

Ugh.

Posted by doombot890
Posted by frozenedge

Another character for Batman to tell doesn't deserve the bat symbol because they're too young only to eventually take them under his wing and then get them killed a little while later

Edited by fACEmelter88

It's probably Harper or Earth-1's Huntress (or maybe Harper becomes Huntress). Speaking of Huntress, has the Huntress of Earth-2 (from World's Finest) met Batman of Earth-1 yet?

Posted by Rixec

@batpala said:

But we don't want new characters. There's a wealth of good characters that you just can't be bothered to use because they're apparently ~to difficult~

Ugh.

There is nothing wrong with new characters. Once upon a time even characters like Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Spoiler, and so many more famous faces were new. If they didn't create new characters they would never be able to move on.Why is it people never bother to think these days?

Posted by RustyRoy

@the_tree said:

Looks very cool. I'm wondering what's up with the guns, though. Being a Batman fan, Harper would probably know of his aversion to firearms. I guess it could be made to fire nonlethal bullets. The mohawk looks cool in the design, but I think it'll end up looking weird in action or under the pencil of other artists.

This. The design is really cool and right now I'm liking the Mohawk but that's probably because it was drawn by Dustin, I'm not sure the others can pull it off, anyways I'm gonna get that issue just because it will be drawn by Dustin and maybe it can bring back my interest in the series, I haven't read it since DoTF.

Posted by Omnicrono

Looks pretty cool. I like it. Thanks to Snyder & Co. for all the great work they've been doing with Batman. :)

Posted by bigsoto74

Dang, Batman is getting more spin off characters. Soon he will have more than Spider-Man....lol

Edited by AlKusanagi

The 90s called. X-Force needs its character design back.

Posted by KLspiderflash11

That is defiantly Harper. Without a doubt.

Posted by ravisher

please dont kill grayson

Posted by MTiger

The design is ultra cool, I DIG it (wish that it's not just another girl taking up the name Nightwing)! I bet (hope) it's Cassandra Cain in her new costume and/or moniker!

Posted by cameron83

@mojo65 said:

This was posted on /co/ over a month ago by someone claiming to be a DC insider.

>There will be three new Justice League titles launching in April. The already announced JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA will replace JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA thru August as a result of events in FOREVER EVIL. The others will spin out of FOREVER EVIL as well:

>OUTLAW JUSTICE. In this modern day western adventure series, superheroes have been outlawed in post-FOREVER EVIL America and the most wanted man in the country is Dick Grayson. He will lead an underground band of heroes operating behind enemy lines, hunted by both sides.

>YOUNG JUSTICE will focus on the lives and loves of the next generation of superheroes. This series will include THE NEW 52 debut of heroes like: Aqualad and Miss Martian.

>All of these series will be part of the build up to September 2014's big event: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, a 52-week long Justice League series, featuring heroes and villains from across time and space, led by Booster Gold and a popular returning hero not seen since THE NEW 52 started.

>Also debuting in April, THE ALL NEW NIGHTWING #30. Who is the mysterious new guardian of Gotham City? Not even Batman knows HER secrets.

HMMMMMMMMM HMmmmm HMMMMM.

Though I guess with the change in what they are doing with the Batman main title she'll be introduced a bit earlier. Or this is total bullshit and just a weird coencidence, I hope not though cause other than hero's being outlawed I like the sound of everything here.

Wow. This all sounds cool

Posted by Denn979

Harper Row becomes the new Nightwing because Dick has to get a new identity following the events of Forever Evil. The Nightwing comic is a very good-selling comic in DCNU, so they can't cancel that.

Posted by TDK_1997

The design ain't bad but I am a little sceptical about this.

Posted by BR_Havoc

@alkusanagi: damn that made me laugh because its so true.

Edited by KJPComics

@facemelter88: Not yet, came close though. Batman was tailing her and Power Girl snatched her up and flew away. lol

Posted by The Average Bear

I think Dick is probably gonna either die or somehow disappear for some period of time. Nightwing persona being revealed on television and all that. Also, in the Batman: Eternal promo it looked like Nite-Wing (that guy who named himself after a sandwich or something) was sitting with the Bat Fam with poor Dick no where to be found.

Of course the costume looks like pre-52 Nightwing but did he ever wear blue in the New 52 timeline? I thought I saw disco collar Nightwing in a few issues or something (or I'm hallucinating).

If it takes place in the future I'd put all bets on it being Harper Row.

Posted by DEGRAAF

I actually like the character and all the more if it is Harper (don't see how it couldn't be her). I was excited from the moment i saw it just because i love the Blue and black Nightwing look.

This does make me very curious about Nightwing though. He could obviously still be Nightwing and she could be called something else and just have similar costumes but Nightwing will have to change his persona or his identity or both after Forever Evil anyways so i'm curious what they will do with him.

Posted by DEGRAAF

@mojo65 said:

This was posted on /co/ over a month ago by someone claiming to be a DC insider.

>There will be three new Justice League titles launching in April. The already announced JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA will replace JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA thru August as a result of events in FOREVER EVIL. The others will spin out of FOREVER EVIL as well:

>OUTLAW JUSTICE. In this modern day western adventure series, superheroes have been outlawed in post-FOREVER EVIL America and the most wanted man in the country is Dick Grayson. He will lead an underground band of heroes operating behind enemy lines, hunted by both sides.

>YOUNG JUSTICE will focus on the lives and loves of the next generation of superheroes. This series will include THE NEW 52 debut of heroes like: Aqualad and Miss Martian.

>All of these series will be part of the build up to September 2014's big event: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, a 52-week long Justice League series, featuring heroes and villains from across time and space, led by Booster Gold and a popular returning hero not seen since THE NEW 52 started.

>Also debuting in April, THE ALL NEW NIGHTWING #30. Who is the mysterious new guardian of Gotham City? Not even Batman knows HER secrets.

HMMMMMMMMM HMmmmm HMMMMM.

Though I guess with the change in what they are doing with the Batman main title she'll be introduced a bit earlier. Or this is total bullshit and just a weird coincidence, I hope not though cause other than hero's being outlawed I like the sound of everything here.

I hope this is all legit. I would love this and am interested what Dick Grayson's new persona is going to be.

Edited by Maddpanda531

I really like this mystery character. I honestly wouldn't mind her replacing Dick as Nightwing (so long as he doesn't die). Here's hoping that it's Harper!

Posted by SFX87

cool cant wait

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@mojo65 said:

This was posted on /co/ over a month ago by someone claiming to be a DC insider.

>There will be three new Justice League titles launching in April. The already announced JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA will replace JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA thru August as a result of events in FOREVER EVIL. The others will spin out of FOREVER EVIL as well:

>OUTLAW JUSTICE. In this modern day western adventure series, superheroes have been outlawed in post-FOREVER EVIL America and the most wanted man in the country is Dick Grayson. He will lead an underground band of heroes operating behind enemy lines, hunted by both sides.

>YOUNG JUSTICE will focus on the lives and loves of the next generation of superheroes. This series will include THE NEW 52 debut of heroes like: Aqualad and Miss Martian.

>All of these series will be part of the build up to September 2014's big event: JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, a 52-week long Justice League series, featuring heroes and villains from across time and space, led by Booster Gold and a popular returning hero not seen since THE NEW 52 started.

>Also debuting in April, THE ALL NEW NIGHTWING #30. Who is the mysterious new guardian of Gotham City? Not even Batman knows HER secrets.

HMMMMMMMMM HMmmmm HMMMMM.

Though I guess with the change in what they are doing with the Batman main title she'll be introduced a bit earlier. Or this is total bullshit and just a weird coencidence, I hope not though cause other than hero's being outlawed I like the sound of everything here.

Wow. This all sounds cool

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

I like the costume. I also happen to like Harper Row as a character. I wouldn't mind it at all if she ended up working with Batman.