Our Gotham truck continues to overflow with merchandise of the Batman variety. Check out this J-Mart Favorite that is getting stocked on Aisle 1. We hope it becomes a member of our new Legacy Line.
Please, please, PLEASE, let this be real foreshadowing and not a tease...
BATMAN (RICHARD GRAYSON)
11 (185 pp) – OPL:
STR: 18 (+4) DEX: 22 (+6) CON: 18 (+4) INT: 18 (+4) WIS: 16 (+3) CHA: 18 (+4)
Acrobatics 13 (+19) [Accelerated Acrobatics, Acrobatic Bluff, Perfect Balance, Skill Mastery
] , Bluff (+4), Climb (+4), Computers (+4), Concentration (+3), Craft [Electrical]] 6 (+10), Craft [Mechanical] 6 (+10), Diplomacy 6 (+10) [Connected, Skill Mastery
], Disable Device (+4), Disguise (+4), Drive (+6), Escape Artist 4 (+10), Gather Info (+4), Handle Animal (+4), Intimidate 6 (+10), Investigate 7 (+11), Knowledge [Streetwise] 4 (+8], Knowledge [Tactics] 6 (+10), Knowledge [Technology] 6 (+10), Languages 6 (Japanese, Cantonese, Spanish, French, Pick 2 more, Base: English), Medicine (+3), Notice 10 (+13) [Skill Mastery
], Pilot (+6), Profession (+3), Ride (+6), Search (+4), Sense Motive 9 (+12) [Assessment
], Sleight of Hand (+6), Stealth 7 (+13) [Skill Mastery, Vanish
], Survival (+3), Swim (+4)
Acrobatic Bluff, Assessment, Attractive (1), Beginner's Luck, Benefit (3) [Wealth x3
], Challenges (3) [Accelerated Acrobatic, Perfect Balance, Vanish
], Connected, Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll (1), Dodge Focus (8], Equipment (10), Evasion (1), Grappling Finesse, Improved Critical (1) [Unarmed
], Improved Initiative (1), Inspire (1), Jack-of-All-Trades, Leadership, Luck (2), Master Plan, Minions (5) [Alfred
], Power Attack, Quick Draw (1), Set-Up, Skill Mastery (1) [Acrobatics, Diplomacy, Notice, Stealth
], Sneak Attack (1), Takedown Attack (2), Teamwork (1), Two-Weapon Mastery (1), Uncanny Dodge [Auditory
Bat Suit (10ep):
Protection (2ep) 
Immunity (Environmental Heat and Cold [2ep])
Camouflage [Urban] (1ep)
Cowl (CommLink, Night Vision, Rebreather, Gas Mask [4ep])
Extra Long Cape (Protection [1ep]) 
Utility Belt (33ep array):
Masterwork Flash Bangs (20ep)  - DC:15:ref
Batarangs (Masterwork Boomerangs; Blast 2, PF: Improved Critical, Mighty, Ricochet [1ep])  - DC:21:tough
Thermite Grenades (1ep)  - DC:15:ref
Bat Shuriken (Masterwork Shuriken; Extra: Auto-Fire [1ep])  - DC:16:tough
Escrima Sticks (Strike 2, PF: Mighty, Improved Critical, Thrown, Split Attack [1ep])  - DC:21:tough
Stun Gun (1ep)  - DC:17:fort
Smoke Grenades (1ep)  - DC:14:ref
Grapple Gun and Swing Line (Super Movement [Swinging] and Speed 1; 1ep) 
Burglar's Kit, Mini-Tracer, Flash Light, Handcuffs, Forensics Kit, Cutting Torch, PDA (7ep)
Vehicle: Batmobile (Vehicle: Huge [21ep])
Str 35, Spd 5, Def 7, Tough 8, Alarm x5 (DC 40), Caltrops, Hidden Compartments, Navigation System, Remote Control, Smoke Screen, Powers: Impervious (4), Communication Link [Batcomputer]
Base Attack +13, Melee +13, Ranged +13, Escrima Sticks +15, Batarangs +14, Bat Shuriken +14, Grapple +19 [Unarmed +4, 19-20 (Bruise); Escrima Sticks +6, 19-20 Critical (Bruise); Batarangs +6, 19-20 (Bruise); Bat Shuriken +1, 19-20 Critical, Auto-Fire
(Bruise)]; Defense 24 (13 flat-footed); Init +10; Knockback -4
Toughness +8 (+7 flat-footed) Fortitude +7, Reflex +12 (Evasion), Will +7
Abilities 50 + Skills 24 (96 ranks) + Feats 50 + Powers 0 + Combat 38 + Saves 13 – Drawbacks 0 = 185 / 185
OK, let the “Wow, Batman is a Dick” jokes begin!
In Battle for Cowl, it looks, I repeat, LOOKS, like writer Tony Daniel is actually going to go with the will of the masses and have Dick Grayson take up the cowl in Bruce’s absence. We’ll see if a big schwerve happens in Battle of the Cowl #3, though. As I've stated here in the Sidekick's Lounge before, I am fine with them giving Bruce's character a break, I just think that Grayson HAS to be the new Batman for it to work.
On a side note, looks like we're getting a new Cap, Black Panther, Sorcerer Supreme and Batman in a year's span. I see a trend. I wonder who's next?
It’s looking like a showdown between him and Jason and it should be a good one. I built these last two builds in hopes that I would actually follow through on a preview battle just for giggles, but with my current list of honey-dos, I don’t see it. But I can dream, can't I?!?!?!?
I were to do the fight, I really think Dick would have his hands full with Jason, even with a PL and 35pp extra to his advantage. Jason is built to do a lot more damage overall, so if he got the drop on Dick, it would be a hard fight for him to win.
This build is ripe for a reworking after a we see what happens, but I think it’s a good mix of where Dick is and what he is hopefully becoming. I moved most of Bruce's equipment over to Dick, I mean, Richard (they made a point of Alfred calling him Richard for most of the last issue so I guess they're trying to avoid my earlier joke being commonplace) and just tweaked my other Nightwing build a bit, added Taliesin's Two-Weapon Fighting feat, which seemed to really fit him with his Escrima Sticks being two-handed and considered it done. But I figure once, or if, he does for sure take on the Bat Mantle, he'll become better at everything like automatically, so I'll have to make some updates.