Eventhough I'm a huge fan of Frank Miller and I have always loved Neal Adams dynamic and realistic Batman artwork, I can't help but be a little wary of this announcement. Two years ago the big announcement was the launch of All-Star Batman and Robin headlining Frank Miller's writing and another comic favorite of my, Jim Lee, on artwork. The two of them were suppose to put out a 6 (possibly 8) issue storyline.
24 months later and we've got four issues (I think), and the story so far has spent most of the time with Batman and Dick Grayson (he isn't even taken on the identity of Robin yet) just sitting in the Batmobile. Even my near blind faith in Frank Miller as a storyteller couldn't stop me dropping this comic from my pull-list out of frustration.
Will Batman: Odyssey be any better? Sure Adams is the main driver on the project, but besides working with Adams on this book Miller needs to be finishing up All-Start Batman and Robin all the while writing/directing the first The Spirit feature film and working on a Sin City movie sequel. With Miller attached to Adam's project, I can see the production on this comic slowing way down. In the end the story might be great, but I think I'll wait for the trade collection.
So when I saw this post on Wolfman's blog it gave me some hope that all this angsty Nightwing stuff has an end in sight.
The trick to Nightwing is giving him purpose and drive. Because the murder of his parents was resolved quickly he never developed the rigid obsession that has motivated Batman. His motivation comes from the pursuit of justice. But maybe something happened between the last days of the first run of Teen Titans when he disbanded that group for reasons we will learn, and the first issue of the New Teen Titans where he returned to the fold more grown up and less a kid sidekick than he ever had been before. Coincidentally, it's also a year where he wasn't with Batman 7/27. Something changed him then, and now that something has returned. And as I say, if what happens in our second Bride & Groom story lights the fuse, our third storyline is where everything in Dick's life is going to explode.Wolfman's comments don't completely alleviate my concerns for the title, but maybe Wolfman can create something close to the fantastic run Chuck Dixon has on the title. If four or five months from now I'm still feeling "eh" about the book, then maybe it's time to cash my Nightwing chips in and resign myself to the fact that nobody is going to weave Nightwing tales that captured my imagination and interest like Chuck Dixon did. After all, I still have all my old Dixon-penned issues to re-read whenever I want.
The Nightwing fans care very much for Dick and company, and what I'm hoping to do is not just change the status quo that we've seen 'til now, but make them like what we're doing. For some reason Dick Grayson has always been one of my favorite characters to write. I hope to make him one of the most compelling to read, too.