Nightwing Found Out About Jason Todd’s Death In the Worst Way Possible

Nightwing Found Out About Jason Todd's Death In the Worst Way Possible

Nightwing and Red Hood have always had a rocky relationship, but nothing prepared Dick for the trauma Jason’s death would bring.

Few things could make a family member’s death more tragic, but unfortunately, Nightwing managed to find them after Jason Todd’s death. When Jason Todd died in A Death in the Family it sent shockwaves through the Batfamily and when Nightwing found out, just about everything that could’ve gone wrong happened.

After Dick Grayson left to become Nightwing and focus more on the Titans, Batman encountered an orphan on the streets of Gotham, named Jason Todd. Needing a new partner and wanting to set Jason down a better path, he took him in and began training him as the new Robin, something Nightwing seemed initially apprehensive about and even admonishes Bruce for what little training Jason seems to have. Eventually, Dick moves onto a more mentor role and even gifts Jason his old Robin costume, as seen in White Gold and Truth. The few interactions seen between Nightwing and Jason only make it all the more tragic that readers never really got to see their friendship progress. Resolution would be the last time they interacted before Jason’s untimely death. At the time of his death, Dick was out in space, on the planet Tamaran, which explains why Bruce couldn’t contact him when it happened, but it doesn’t explain why Bruce didn’t contact him, at all.

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In New Teen Titans #55  by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Nightwing found out about Jason’s death through a mutual Titan, the perpetually arrogant and callous Danny Chase. Nightwing would later use Jason’s death to justify firing Danny. Nightwing was, understandably in shock when he found out, and after venting his anger over Danny Chase brutally revealing Jason’s death, he visited Bruce, where after a heated argument, Bruce would punch Nightwing in the face, claiming he didn’t need or want another partner ever again.

Batman hits Nightwing over Jason Todd's death.

After the death of Jason, Dick’s relationship with batman became difficult and Dick struggled a lot with grief and rage. Adding to the trauma is that this stole Jason Todd’s heroic destiny from him. In Joker: Last Laugh #6 after Joker mentions how hard he hit Jason, Dick responds by beating Joker to death with his bare hands. Joker is eventually resuscitated by Batman, but it still shows the mental place Dick was in that he willingly and easily broke the Batfamily’s number one rule: No Killing. The trauma of Jason’s death stayed with Nightwing for a long time, he felt like since he left the position of Robin, Jason was left to take up the mantle which put him in line to be killed. Since Nightwing had been a trained acrobat long before he ever became Robin, he felt he would’ve stood a better chance due to his quick thinking than Jason, who was just a child off the street.

Jason’s death and the events around it were so traumatic that Nightwing, when he was infected with fear toxin, one of the central themes of his nightmare was Jason’s death as shown in Nightwing #10.  Thankfully after Jason’s revival, he and Nightwing have gotten the chance to foster an actual brotherly friendship.

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