Sam Humphries and Bernard Chang are taking over DC Comics' Nightwing series with December 20's #35. Announced via CBR, their run will begin with an arc titled "Nightwing: The Untouchable."
"Dick Grayson is one of the greatest characters in all of the DCU - he’s got heart, humor, legacy and he kicks ass," Humphries said.
The duo will be introducing a new adversary for Nightwing in their run, who has deep ties to Grayson's past that go all the way back to his time as Robin and going to college.
"The new villain is a devious new creation by me and Bernard - a murderous cold case from Nightwing’s past," said Humphries. "But to fully unravel the scope of this guy, and to dig deep into Nightwing as a character, we’re going to experience some of his early days as Robin, and also his time as Hudson University student, Dick Grayson. It’s all tied together - his history is part of what makes him so exciting.”
Humphries said that for Nightwing he's writing 'Marvel-style,' providing Chang only the plot for the artist to then elaborate on before Humphries scripts the dialogue. The two both live in Los Angeles, and are taking advantage of it to collaborate more than is usually possible.
"Working with Bernard is a blast. He is a razor sharp artist and a killer collaborator. we’re just a subway ride from talking, chatting, throwing ideas and inspiration back and forth," said the writer. "For the process nerds out there, I’m writing 'plot first,' giving Bernard greater influence over the page. I mean - his work on Batman Beyond is just stellar. From the moment he signed on, I knew this was gonna be a great partnership.”
Here is the solicitation for Humphries and Chang's December debut.
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Variant cover by CASEY JONES
“THE UNTOUCHABLE: HUNTERS!” Nightwing finally feels like he’s got his life in Blüdhaven under control. But the one thing he wasn’t expecting was for a case from his past in Gotham City to rear its head here—a murderer he never set eyes on, but whose unmistakable signature has arrived in his new city! How many people will die before he’s stopped this time? Or worse than that…what if Dick can’t stop him? Incoming creative team Sam Humphries and Bernard Chang kick off a story that will take Nightwing back to his days as Robin and force him to question his future as well!
On sale DECEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T