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Nightwing #85 Repeats a Titans Season 3 Plot Point

A preview for the series’ latest Fear State tie-in repeats a moment with Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon recently seen in live action.

In this week’s issue of Nightwing, Barbara Gordon repeats a move her live action counterpart took earlier this year.

This year’s Batman event, Fear State, has plunged Gotham City into a world of terror and chaos. Barbara, who left her life as Batgirl behind following the events of last year’s event, Batman: Joker War, has been assisting the dark knight as Oracle, her tech savvy alter ego. However, her technology has been hijacked by an unwanted party, causing her to pull a card out of the deck of Titans’ Gotham City Police Commissioner–Barbara Gordon.

A preview for Nightwing #85 kicks off with Barbara warning allies that the Oracle system has been compromised and should she reach out via this network, the communication cannot be trusted. While she reaches out to Bat Family members and Batgirls Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain, the final message also goes out to notable Justice Leaguers Green Arrow and Black Canary, currently at the forefront of DC titles like Justice League, Checkmate and Deathstroke Inc. Also contacted is Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), who recently returned to the main DC Universe following her sacrifice in Dark Nights: Death Metal.

Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Barbara then come face to face with Seer, Oracle’s hijacker. To try and prevent Seer from doing further damage, the two heroes begin to destroy all the equipment housed in the clock tower base. This is similar to what happened in Titans Season 3, during the seventh episode “51%.”

In the Titans series, Oracle is a super computer housed in the basement of the GCPD, but decommissioned by Barbara for fear of what it is capable of. Dick convinces her to use it against Dr. Jonathan Crane AKA Scarecrow–who happens to also be the main villain of Fear State–since it stopped him the last time Batman fought him. However, that version of Oracle had also been hijacked, but by Scarecrow, causing Barbara to destroy Oracle so Crane could no longer use it, but neither could the heroes as a result.

The preview and solicitation for Nightwing #85 can be found below.


  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Pencils and inks by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
  • Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • Variant by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • $4.99 US (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 10/19/21
  • Babs takes the Anti-Oracle attack on her Oracle Network personally, and she suits up as Batgirl, accompanying Nightwing and Tim Drake to track down who is responsible. But with fear consuming the streets of Gotham, Batgirl and Nightwing accidentally get hit with something that reveals their deepest fears…and it involves each other.

Nightwing #85 is written by Tom Taylor with art by Robbi Rodriguez, colors by Adriano Lucas and letters by Wes Abbott. The main cover art was created by Bruno Redondo and connects across Nightwing #84, #85 and #86 to form a complete image. Variant covers for the issue were created by Redondo and Jamal Campbell. The issue goes on sale Oct. 19 from DC Comics, while Titans’ Season 3 finale releases on HBO Max on Oct. 21.


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