DC's 'Young Justice, Outsiders': Nightwing is the best among all Robins, here's why

The boy wonder aka Robin, has been a big name in DC comics since time immemorial, and now he leads his own team in DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders'


                            DC's 'Young Justice, Outsiders': Nightwing is the best among all Robins, here's why

Robin refers to one half of the Dynamic Duo which includes Batman. Robin is a character who was created during the golden age of comics, and he was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, to serve as Batman's efficient (albeit colorful) sidekick.

Robin is a name used by many of Batman's sidekicks over the years, and we'll start out with Jason Todd, the second Robin. Jason Peter Todd was an impulsive orphan who was caught by Batman for trying to steal tires from the Batmobile. Rather than incriminating Todd, Bruce Wayne (Batman) took Todd in and provided him all the necessities to build his youth and also simultaneously, his crime-fighting career.

But this little Robin was not meant to be and in a totally unexpected move by DC Comics, Jason Todd was brutally murdered with a crowbar by Batman's arch-nemesis, The Joker. Todd later comes back to life with the help of the Lazarus pit (a pool of mystical water which has restorative properties), but loses his mind and instead becomes the anti-hero, The Red Hood.

Tim Drake as the third Robin. Source: DC Comics
Tim Drake as the third Robin. Source: DC Comics

Next is the wily boy-detective, Tim Drake. Drake is Batman's third Robin, and while he's not as impulsive as Todd, he's not as good a fighter as Dick Grayson. His detective skills, on the other hand, are said to rival that of The Dark Knight himself. Tim Drake took up the mantle of Red Robin a little too early, and while he's almost on par with The World's greatest detective, he still isn't half the Robin Nightwing was.

Stephanie Brown, who's the girlfriend of Tim Drake, and the fourth Robin thus far, is the first and only female Robin. Brown, who previously went by the name Spoiler, took the name of Robin after Tim Drake's resignation from the sidekick role.

Though her intentions to help Batman rid the city of crime seemed noble, Stephanie tends to not follow orders and be a little stubborn in her approach to crime-fighting, usually causing more harm than good. A good sidekick needs to follow orders to a T, and her inability to do so led her to take up the old name of Spoiler once again.

Damian Wayne, the 5th Robin. Source: DC Comics
Damian Wayne, the 5th Robin. Source: DC Comics

Next up is Damian Wayne, who's one of the most interesting Robins because we learn he is the son of Batman and Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Talia al Ghul (Ra's al Ghul is one of Batman's many foes). Damian Wayne's existence was unknown to Batman for several years and was suddenly (and fortunately) thrust upon the Dark Knight when Batman was in need of a sidekick.

Damian was originally intended by Ra's al Ghul to be used as a vessel for his soul and Damian was trained to be an assassin and infiltrate Batman's lair. But the Dark Knight's astuteness leeched into the hot-headed teen, who then grew fond of his father. Being an assassin, his fighting skills were impeccable, but his teenage hormones usually made him impulsive, and that hindered his ability to think on his feet. He's still better than Jason Todd in most aspects and his discipline makes him a formidable sidekick, but he's still no Robin.

Lastly, we have the first and original Robin, Dick Grayson! 

Red Arrow, Nightwing, Guardian, and Arsenal in 'Young Justice: Outsiders'. Source: IMDB
Red Arrow, Nightwing, Guardian, and Arsenal in 'Young Justice: Outsiders'. Source: IMDB

Dick Grayson was a trapeze artist who came from a circus family (his parents were also trapeze artists). Dick was just eight years old when his parents fell to their deaths in an "accident" (it was later revealed they were killed due to not paying their dues to a mob boss), and he found himself taken in as a ward to billionaire and philanthropist, Bruce Wayne.

Bruce took the young to-be-sidekick in and trained him to be a detective, proficient in martial arts, and together they found Dick's parents' killer. This is the only Robin who's storyline was developed to such an extreme, and once he grew up, Dick parts ways with Batman and takes on an identity of his own, Nightwing.

Nightwing has been a crucial part of bridging the gaps between the adult superheroes, and the teen sidekicks. He co-created and co-lead many teams from the 'Teen Titans' to the 'Young Justice' team, and he's a better team player than The Dark Knight.

Grayson now leads a team of "Outsiders" in the 'Young Justice' series, and he formed a new team due to the whole 'Justice League' having been responsible for the destruction of a planet while under mind-control. Dick takes matters into his own hands in the new season of 'Young Justice' and makes sure he and his team stop the trafficking of meta-human children.

Having lived and grown through his whole story arc, it is wonderful to see Nightwing becoming a better superhero than Batman and the rest of the Robins. DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' will be available for streaming exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.

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