Wow. I did not realize that that is how they closed Grayson. seems like a big waste to have everyone forget....thats a frustrating aspect of DC storytelling: Forever Evil had a chance to change the status quo but they did not stick to it. I mean, we could have had Nightwing again but explore how his role changes since folks know who he his. anywho....
I like the idea of Waller keeping around info revealing that Grayson is Nightwing. I would have to go back to Nightwing 30 to reread the details of why he joined Spyral but I imagined this as being a much more personal thing. I remember Spyral knowing lots of different identities so it was kind of like he was saving everyone. this is Babs and damian and alfread he is thinking about (not to mention bruce and the others). I imagined that as being a much more personal reason for him agreeing to this. as the "older brother" he feels responsible or burdened to protect them. maybe it isnt that different than The Spyral reason, though.
I am fine with Waller having something else of interest to Grayson but id want it to be something that impacts someone else....you know, he is sacrificing for someone else.
I just reread your idea and I do find it interesting....DG having a family.
Its funny: I reread your ideas regarding Rose and I think we were thinking the same thing. not sure what idea of their relationship I conveyed but I meant it almost exactly as you characterized it. rose is there to watch over him. I think she is characterized a bit differently in the N52 than she was before. You said they hinted at history between nightwing and rose in the new deathstroke series? can you show me where? im not reading that book right now but that would be great to see.
Hmm...I dont think I agree about Nygma, however. I probably did not make a good case for him being there but I really think the dynamic he adds would be valuable. There is the obvious hero vs villian bit. theres the fact that Nygma would be older than Grayson. I read Snyder's Death of the Family (actually, i think it was a backup to that run) where he was basically characterized as a genius. Grayson is my favorite comic book character and is a lot of things: an amazing leader, really sharp guy, a great field commander, excellent detective and a superb tactician. I have never seen hm characterized as a genius in the comics, though. Not saying he is dumb by any means but that doesnt make him the "chessmaster" type. I think that is what The Riddler could bring to the table