Short, decent interview. I’m not a fan of this part, though:
CV: What is Nightwing’s greatest strength?
KH: I think Nightwing’s greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. I’ve said this before, he’s a character who is in constant motion both emotionally and literally. Being able to move on from things that hurt him, past tragedies, is something that is very desirable. I wish I could do that. But at the same time, something we saw in issue #0, if you keep moving on from things, that’s actually a big negative as well.
Allow Icon UK to correct you on perpetual physical motion.
And as I whined on Comic Vine:
“I suppose I shouldn’t quibble with the writer (since he is the writer and Kyle has been doing a good job), but it seems so trite to say Dick’s greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. I feel rather ambivalent about that statement: Dick’s ability to move on is a great strength but I’m not sure I agree he’s always in motion, physically or emotionally. Plus, I think trying to highlight one “greatest strength” sells Nightwing short.”
(P.S. Here’s a pod-cast. I haven’t listened yet because it’s almost an hour!)
Oh Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. You come so close. But then you fall so short. What’s absurd about this is that you’ve actually correctly identified Dick’s greatest strength, in a previous interview:
“While Batman will always be a symbol of fear to criminals, I believe Nightwing can be something more… a symbol of hope to the people. This is in large part due to the fundamental difference between the two men—Bruce helps people out of guilt, while Dick helps people because he enjoys helping people. And if you’re going to fight for a city’s future, hope and inspiration can be powerful tools.”
THAT is Dick’s greatest strength. His optimism and his empathy and, most of all, his incredible capacity for love. There’s a reason fandom loves to play with the idea of Dick as a Star Sapphire, and it’s not just because he looks hilarious in that ridiculous costume. It’s because Dick’s essence is love. Nightwing is a hero who comes from a place of love. It’s written in there right from Nightwing’s inception, and it still defines who he is. Scott Snyder correctly identified this in The Black Mirror when he emphasized the theme that what makes Dick exceptional as a hero is how deeply he cares for others - like he says here, “Dick, his strength really comes from his empathy and his altruism”.
And Kyle, I know that you know this, because that’s pretty much exactly what you’re saying in that earlier quote up there.
This series seems to really be emphasizing Dick’s capacity for “moving on”, and I can’t say I really like it.
Yes, Dick did move on from his parents’ death, in the sense that he doesn’t let himself be pulled down by it or defined by that loss. But Dick never, ever lets go of the people he holds close to his heart, and I will punch anyone who says otherwise. Dick “moved on” from his parents because they were taken from him and he couldn’t let that tragedy consume him the way Bruce did. And he is a healthier, stronger person for it. But he’s never let go of his love for them or the way they inspire him, and he’s spent pretty much his entire life forming connections with people to replace the family that he lost. Dick doesn’t want to move on. Dick wants to cling to someone with everything he has and never let go. If anything, that’s probably his weakness. He wants so badly to love and be loved, sometimes he just can’t see when love isn’t enough. He doesn’t know how to let go.
In fact, as much as I love Snyder’s writing, it actually really irked me for this reason when he planted this seed about Dick liking to be “mobile” in The Black Mirror. Dick likes to move around, physically, yes. But in the larger sense? Dick wants a home. Dick wants a family. Dick wants to feel like he belongs to someone and some place. Dick does not want to move forward and forget the people who are home to him. It’s something he has a lot of trouble with, in fact. Whenever he’s had to sever important connections, it’s always left him feeling lost and unsure of himself.
In other words: Nice try, Kyle Higgins, but no gold star for you.