Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Petula Neale as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

This week on Bloodbath, we take a trip into the past. Not the general past. No, we revisit the specific past of one famous costume sidekick to see what happens when a boy wonder becomes a man wonder! Dick Grayson went from being Robin to Nightwing in the early 80s. But it wouldn’t be until the mid 2000s where we saw the steps it took to make that change. To find those answers, one needs to read Nightwing Year One!

Written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty, Nightwing Year One is the third collaboration between the two writers involving the origins of a Batman character. It’s the final chapter in their unofficial “Sidekick Trilogy”. The first chapter is Robin Year One. The Second is Batgirl Year One. Unlike those stories that were self contained miniseries, Nightwing Year One happened within the run of the Nightwing series – issues #101 to 106. It was a bit of a reunion for the book as it was not only the return of Chuck Dixon to the book, but Nightwing artist Scott McDaniel as well. It also acts as a retelling of the Jason Todd Robin as well, making this a tale of two Robins!

Join Andrew and Petula as they look back on this story from 15 years back and see if it still holds up in the current comics climate. It just might be the bit of fun your looking for in these troubling times. Give us a listen and find out!

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of Nightwing Year One: The Deluxe Edition for this episode.

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