DC is once again jumping to the future in the upcoming Elseworlds-style miniseries Nightwing: The New Order. The new series, first reported by Screen Rant, is set roughly 10 years in the future, where Dick Grayson commands an army tasked with hunting down supervillains and superheroes alike. Nightwing: The New Order is written by Kyle Higgins and drawn by Trevor McCarthy, and is scheduled to launch August 23 and run for six issues.
"Nightwing: The New Order is the story of a future world without 'weapons' - where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed," reads the official synopsis. "The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers.
"But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years - the last metahumans of the DC Universe."
Higgins wrote the ongoing Nightwing title from 2011 to 2014, and also has some experience with DC's future having worked on Batman Beyond.
“My all-time favorite DC books throw characters we know and love into future worlds that are equal parts familiar and terrifying, laced with moral issues that aren’t black and white or easily solved," said Higgins. "Ultimately, these stories say something about our world. And that’s what we are aiming to do with this Nightwing series, through the lens of a future generation of heroes.”
Nightwing: The New Order is also a return for McCarthy, who debuted at DC in 2001 with Nightwing #60.
“As an artist, there’s nothing better than world building. Diving in and figuring out a visual identity for a book, a character, a city…this is why I love making comics. Add to that the fact that it’s Nightwing - the first book I ever drew as a pro - and a chance to work with Kyle again, and I was beyond thrilled for the opportunity.”