Nightwing: The New Order #1 Review

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Nightwing: The New Order and Marvel’s Secret Empire. Both mini-series deal with a beloved hero turning against their allies and helping to usher in a new world order. But this series is less concerned with the hows and whys of Nightwing’s fall from grace than it is in simply telling a dark, character-driven story that wouldn’t be possible in the regular DCU. As such, it’s well worth a read for fans of all things Dick Grayson.

Essentially an Elseworlds tale, The New Order unfolds in a futuristic DCU where a middle-aged Dick Grayson is responsible for eliminating the vast majority of the world’s superhuman population. As Dick sees it, he’s making the world a safer place for the ordinary, human residents of the DCU. But there’s a thin line between security and fascism, and Dick increasingly finds himself on the wrong side of that line as this issue unfolds. As much as this series also brings to mind the world of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Dick makes for a more conflicted and relatable protagonist than that version of Superman ever could be.

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