The late change to the creative team of Nightwing #30 was made to introduce the new creators behind Grayson, the next chapter in Dick Grayson’s life launching this summer. Now, according to original art reseller Wednesday’s Heroes, artist Meghan Hetrick, who was solicited as the artist of the issue when James Tynion IV was meant to write the issue, is selling her original pages - of the entire original version of the issue.
The website presents 30 pages of original art said to be “unpublished pages from Nightwing #30,” and they do tell a story, and one that fits the theme of death and rebirth. The story is mostly a look back at the history of Dick Grayson so far in the DC Universe. There are goodbyes from Alfred, from Gordon and Bullock.
There is reminiscing from his more recent supporting cast, plenty from Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), and even moments for all of the “Red Hood and the Outlaws” crew (establishing a much closer and personal history with Roy Harper and a much closer personal history with Starfire that makes its way into the New 52). Tim and Jason have a brotherly moment saying goodbye to their brother together, and we see Batman revealing to Dick that he’s going to stay dead, at least in the eyes of the public, just before he’s “buried” amongst friends and family who don’t know the truth. Finally, Dick boards a plane, alone as Dick Grayson.
Now, there’s no way of verifying, short of DC Comics coming out and releasing the pages themselves. When reached for comment, DC Comics only confirmed that Hetrick was the original solicted artist, and that the version published last Wednesday was meant to better setup the new ongoing series Grayson. But the art shown here tells a similar, but different story for the Nightwing finale, with much more looking backwards than looking forward. Check out more pages (the whole issue), or even buy them, at the link while it’s there.