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"Once Upon a Night in Gotham, Part 1": Gotham. Several years from now...

Quote1.png Things have been tough, they will be tough... but so are we. We're his legacy. He lives through us -- through The Resistance. And we're better for it. We will fight until it's over, until we win. Just like he would have. Quote2.png
Dick Grayson

Future State: Nightwing #1 is an issue of the series Future State: Nightwing (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 2021. It was published on January 19, 2021.

Synopsis for "Once Upon a Night in Gotham, Part 1"

Gotham. Several years from now...

A couple is being attacked by the cybers of the Magistrate, to lure Nightwing into action: Dick saves the day, and so the husband reaches out to thank him, but Nightwing reads his body language, and understands he is faking his good intentions. Both him and her wife are Magistrate agents, part of their Special Forces group. After taking them out, he also neutralizes a sniper ready to shot him, showing also a more violent approach than usual. The Magistrate is searching him because he's the head of the Mask Resistance, and when Dick goes away, the sniper communicates to the HQ that the mission has been accomplished...

In the Magistrate's headquarters, Peacekeeper-01 and Peacekeeper-06, the latter just promoted, discuss about the anti-Nightwing plan: they are inches away from giving Gotham back to the citizens, but the former right hand of Batman has too many followers and too much success. They cannot just take him down, they must send a message, with blood running and bodies on display. That's why Peacekeeper-01 has a precise plan to deal with Nightwing, with Peacekeeper-06 being a key part of it.

The Ruins of Arkham Asylum. Current headquarters of the Mask Resistance

Dick is back inside Arkham, coordinating the operations of the other members of the resistance, while informing them of the recent moves of the Magistrate. Batgirl informs him about the new Batman, and Dick tells her he will look into that: the people might call him Batman, but there was only one. As Nightwing leaves and tries to reason with himself on the next steps he wants to make, the new Batman comes into the Asylum, he wants to talk. But Nightwing has other ideas: after a brief fight, he orders the Asylum's new security protocols to activate, sending some high voltage shock into the new Batman.

After Batman comes back to his senses, he asks Nightwing if he took a look under the mask, but Dick tells him he does not need that: he has a movement-matching software that already told him what he wanted to know. He values privacy, and Batman tells him he understood it when he found out he took refuge inside Arkham Asylum. No one expected a hero to do that after the horror of A-Day. Still, Batman wanted to reach out because of a case: Sarah Dowell, a ten year old girl who he saved from slave smugglers. After that, he tried to track her down, but once again she disappeared: the cybers took her to interrogate her about Batman's location.

Batman is sure she was killed, and it is sick: what kind of monsters could to that? Nightwing answers that the Magistrate is far worse than a monster. But the thing is, Batman wants to stop them as much as Nightwing, and he wants in on the resistance. In that moment, the alarm goes on: enemy forces approaching. It's Captain Marks, also known as Peacekeeper-06, personal assistant of Peacekeeper-01 that also participated in the murder of the original Batman. The current Batman is sure he was not followed, but Dick tells him they are here because they shot him with a nanotech bullet with a tracking device inside. Batman asks Nightwing why he let them find him, if he knew they had the means to track him down. And he tells Batman it's because he's done with it: no more skirmishes, no more guerrillas. This time, he goes to war, on his home field.

Appearing in "Once Upon a Night in Gotham, Part 1"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Magistrate
    • Peacekeeper-01
    • Peacekeeper-06 (First appearance)
    • Special Group Twelve (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Bruce Wayne (Flashback only)
  • Sarah Dowell (Flashback only) (Only appearance; dies)
  • The Resistance (On a TV or computer screen) (First appearance)
    • Batgirl (On a TV or computer screen) (First appearance)
    • Batwoman (On a TV or computer screen) (First appearance)
    • Bluebird (On a TV or computer screen) (First appearance)
    • Huntress (On a TV or computer screen)
    • Man-Bat (On a TV or computer screen) (First appearance)
    • The Signal (On a TV or computer screen)
    • Spoiler (On a TV or computer screen)
    • Talia al Ghul (On a TV or computer screen)
    • Two-Face (On a TV or computer screen)
  • Commissioner Montoya (Mentioned only)
  • Gotham City Police Department (Mentioned only)
  • Previous Peacekeeper-06 (Mentioned only)


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