Before anyone goes and rips my head off let me just say Nightwing is my favorite comic book character and I apologize in advance if this has already been discussed. Anyway here we go, I feel incredibly disappointed with Nightwing so far in the New 52 (and YJ but that’s another story.) I want Nightwing to have more and to be on par as his own superhero. I mean that’s why he became NIGHTWING isn’t it? So far he’s just a carbon copy of Batman and a generic sidekick. I have read all of Nightwing’s New 52 comics and some of the other bat family’s (i.e. Batman and Robin, Red Hood, Red Robin, Etc) and to me there is nothing that makes Nightwing unique. He seems to be a watered down version of a sidekick that has Dick Grayson elements to him. For example in night of the owls there was nothing special about him. He fights a couple Talons while Batman fights a horde of them. The Gray –Son thing seemed really cool and could be possibly be made into a great story but they just dropped it and went on to a different villain. The reason I liked Nightwing so much in the past is he grew up. Very few characters actually grow up in comics. He left his role as Robin to be more and so far he really hasn’t. He is as generic as the other Batman sidekicks. If you locked me in a room and asked what makes Nightwing a real hero and not a sidekick I couldn’t come up with anything. Dick was the first and the original Robin that grew to be something more, so give it to him. In fact if I am correct he may have even been the first sidekick to attempt to get out of the hero’s shadow but DC has made a great concept with no delivery.
Instead of just complaining here is my idea for a solution. First off put him back in BLUE, distinguish him from the rest of the family. Send him back to Bludhaven and use the new Talon comic as Nightwing’s nemeses. Talon if used correctly could be a great villain for Nightwing. It fits into growing up and finding one’s own destiny thing but instead Talons just a man on the run. the Court of Owls can catch Calvin and offer to leave him alone for Nightwing's head, both trying to escape their past but caught up on what was supposed to be. That’s just my thoughts what are yours?