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DC confirms the one performance that makes a superhero A-list

In the latest issue of DC Comics’ Nightwing, Dick Grayson develops one of the most bizarre status symbols, confirming his rank as an A-list hero.

Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Nightwing #98Thanks to the latest edition of nightwing, a significant achievement proving the A-list status of heroes in the DC Universe was unveiled. As he deals with the aftermath of the “Battle for the Heart of Bluedhaven,” Dick Grayson encounters the most bizarre ally he could ever wish for: his own fifth-dimensional goblin. However, it seems that this is an odd but very revealing milestone for Nightwing, who has recently become a major hero on par with the likes of Superman and Batman himself.


Inside earlier nightwing, Blockbuster was defeated by Nightwing, who summoned several allies to help him dismantle the Kingpin’s criminal empire at once. However, there is still work to be done, such as keeping Salvatore Maroni alive to testify in court, a task that saw Dick and Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl protect the crime boss in one of Batman’s secret bunkers in Gotham Forest. While it was a nice opportunity for the two to spend some time together, now that Nightwing and Batgirl are official, the arrival of Nightwing’s own goblin following Blockbuster’s defeat has sparked a brand new crisis.

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Named itself in the new Nite-Mite Night Wing #98 by Tom Taylor and guest artist Daniele di Nicuolo, the Fifth Dimensional leprechaun presents himself as Dick’s biggest fan. He also attempts to marry Nightwing and Batgirl right away, teleporting all their friends and family to witness the surprise marriage. While Dick and Barbara aren’t ready for that kind of commitment just yet, Batman’s comment on DC’s newest goblin carries quite an implication. Having his own goblin (Bat-Mite), the Dark Knight is familiar with beings from the fifth dimension and sees them as an obstacle and sometimes even a threat in the case of Superman’s Mister Mxyzptlk. However, it seems as if “development of a goblin” is a major achievement for heroes, a clear sign that their reputation is impressive enough to draw the attention of other planes of existence. That being said, Nite-Mite proves to be quite different from other goblins.

Nightwing’s NIte-Mite isn’t like Batman or Superman’s Imps

Nightwing's five-dimensional goblin Nite-Mite

Throughout this new installment, Nite-Mite proves to be a key ally, enhancing Nightwing’s weapons (and dog) while alerting him that Blockbuster’s innocent daughter is being threatened by a horde of demons. Seeing his desire to be helpful instead of just being an annoying fan, Nightwing calls Dyxl a true hero after successfully rescuing Blockbuster’s daughter. However, Nite-Mite’s heroism strongly reflects Nightwing himself.

While there have been many other indicators, the existence of Nite-Mite is an important sign of this nightwing has become an A-list hero in the DC Universe. Likewise, this issue helps confirm that evolving a goblin seems to be one of the greatest, but also most bizarre, milestones a hero can achieve.

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Night Wing #98 is available now from DC Comics.