Nightwing Gets the Coolest Upgrades of His Entire DC Career

Nightwing Gets the Coolest Upgrades of His Entire DC Career

In the latest issue of DC Comics’ Nightwing, Dick Grayson gets the greatest upgrades of all time (even if one of them is a little embarrassing).

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Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Nightwing #98In a bizarrely awesome turn of events, Nightwing just got two of the most epic upgrades of all time thanks to the debut of Nite-Mite, his very own imp from the Fifth Dimension. Taking place in the aftermath of Nightwing’s defeat of Blockbuster in Blüdhaven, Nite-Mite needs Dick Grayson’s help to handle some of the consequences that have emerged thanks to the crime boss no longer being in control of Blüdhaven. However, he makes sure Nightwing has the perfect new weapons while also making sure that he won’t be alone in this new issue.


Previously in Nightwing, Dick and Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl decided to become an official couple in the aftermath of the “Battle for Blüdhaven’s Heart”. However, there’s still a lot that needs to be done like keeping Salvatore Maroni alive to testify in court, ensuring that Blockbuster’s empire is well and truly buried. That being said, the arrival of Nite-Mite has revealed a much more pressing crisis in need of Nightwing’s help.

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In the new Nightwing #98 from Tom Taylor and guest artist Daniele di Nicuolo, Nite-Mite (Real name Dyxl) reveals himself as Dick’s biggest fan, a Fifth Dimensional counterpart to Batman’s Bat-Mite and Superman’s recurring villain Mister Mxyzptlk. However, Nite-Mite proves himself to be a major resource for all his enthusiasm (like attempting to spring an instant wedding on Nightwing and Batgirl). Alerting Dick to the plight of Blockbuster’s innocent firstborn daughter whose soul he sold to demons to protect his own, Nite-Mite gives Nightwing the perfect upgrades to send the demons back to Hell.

Nightwing Gets A Massive Weapons Upgrade

Nite-Mite Gives Nightwing Escrima Stick Boost

Upgrading Nightwing’s classic escrima sticks with the power to banish demons is objectively impressive. However, the “phrase of power” required to activate them makes them even better (while also being somewhat embarrassing for Dick to say): “Nightwing is Awesome”. While Dick naturally asked for a different phrase of power, Nite-Mite claimed it was already locked in and couldn’t be changed. However, it should be noted that the phrase is no less true (regardless of Nightwing’s comfort level when he says it out loud).

Nightwing’s Dog Becomes An Official DC Super Pet

Nightwing's Dog Becomes Official Superpet

Additionally, Nite-Mite also turns Nightwing’s dog Haley into a legitimate DC Super Pet. Complete with her own costume and the ability to speak to Dick, Bitewing is ready for action in this issue, joining Nightwing in his demon battle as the perfect ally (while also being insanely adorable). While it seems as though the transformation was only temporary, nothing says Nite-Mite can’t turn Haley back into Bitewing in future stories. Likewise, her ability to talk to Dick is truly heartwarming, giving her the chance to thank him for saving and taking care of her, adorably calling Nightwing a “good human”. While it’s unclear when Nite-Mite might show up in the future of DC’s Nightwing, these new upgrades prove he’s the best imp Dick could have asked for. Nightwing #98 is on sale now from DC Comics.

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