Robin patrols with Nightwing’s best girl in perfectly adorable fan art
Super cute fan art by illustrator Helen He shows Robin on patrol with one of Nightwing’s closest (and hairiest) friends.
Haley, a three-legged gray pit bull recently adopted by Dick Grayson, is Damian Wayne’s companion in the work. Tied on a blue leash and looking perfectly ready to leap across the rooftops alongside the Boy Wonder, Haley looks like a crime-fighting hound in training – a perfect fit given that “Bitewing” is the nickname given to her by Barbara Gordon and other members of the bat family.
Nightwing first met Haley during the first issue of his series from writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo, night wing #78. Dick rescued the pup from a group of men who were hurting her for his pleasure, and after she instinctively bit him in response, he reflected on the dark nature of the town he had chosen to live in. his house. “Blüdhaven doesn’t have the craziness of Gotham…it’s just cruel,” he explains. “And the thing is, cruelty teaches cruelty… This poor girl has been through a lot and doesn’t trust anyone. I remember her very well.”
Dick originally planned to put Haley back in the pound, but the pup quickly became his close companion and a fan-favorite character among night wing readers. She is far from the first dog associated with a member of the Bat Family, as she is preceded by Ace the Bat-Hound, who first appeared in 1955. Batman #92, and Titus, a Great Dane who debuted in 2011 Batman and robin #2.
Damian Wayne, in particular, has shown a great fondness for animals, often getting along better with them than with humans. Grant Morrison’s races on batman and robin and Batman Incorporated in the late 2000s and early 2010s, Damian would invite a large number of creatures into the Batcave, including a cat he named Alfred Pennyworth and a cow he rescued from Professor Pyg and nicknamed “Bat- Cow”. In his 2015 solo series Robin: Son of BatmanDamian also ventured alongside a dragon bat – a massive winged beast named Goliath that recently reappeared in robin #4. With all those animal companions under his belt, it’s only natural that Damian would jump at the chance to babysit Dick’s new pup.
He is a New Zealand visual designer and illustrator currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Besides her Bitewing fan art, she has also illustrated many images of Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and the various Robins from the DC Universe.