Yesterday it was confirmed that Benjamin Percy will be exiting Nightwing with the upcoming issue #50. Now the publisher has revealed his replacement and give us more info on the dark twist in the tale of Dick Grayson.
From issue #51 acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell will take over. Lobdell has long been in the comics business and is perhaps best known for his Uncanny X-Men run and spinoff series, Generation X.
In confirming the news DC also released synopsis for Nightwing issues #51-53, the events of which spin out from a catastrophic event which takes place in Batman #55. In that issue Dick will be shot in the head causing him to suffer an amnesiac episode in which he forgets ever becoming Robin and, later, Nightwing.
Here are the full synopsis so beware of spoilers!
After the cataclysmic events of Batman #55, our hero doesn’t remember training to fight, being a member of the Bat family, or being a superhero… and he could not be more content. It’s his life, and he’s happy to just live it with new friends and a roof over his head (wherever that roof might be). So when Bludhaven finds itself without a protector and a new group of vigilantes pick up the slack, Grayson is more than happy to yield any perceived responsibility to the people of the city. But as things start to spiral out of control, muscle memory kicks in… and he is startled to discover that he’s more than just a pretty face.
The city of Bludhaven is descending into madness… with citizens falling victim to not only a group of vigilantes taking justice into their own hands, but to a new brand of fear focused on the past. While Grayson is happy to simply look to the future and move forward with his life, how will he deal with a threat that originates in his past? A threat dead set on destroying the Boy Who Fears Nothing? A threat that goes by the name of Scarecrow? Will Grayson continue to leave it all behind, or will he be left with no other choice but to pick up the pieces of Nightwing’s shattered life… starting with a mask?
Nightwing was shot in the head… and now, only Grayson remains, caught in the clutches of the Knight Terrors! As the group of vigilantes take on the persona and mantle of Nightwing, he is forced to ante up his hand when one of his close friends is murdered… Will he cast his lot with his old superhero friends to take down these rogues, or will he decide to embrace his “newfound” abilities and fight against those who have wronged him? The answer lies somewhere in the gray area, when an unexpected threat from Scarecrow changes the game.