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Best comics featuring my OTP

As it is Valentine’s Day, I could have written a cute post about my husband, that only he would want to read. Or I figured I could write a more in-depth post about my OTP, (One True Pairing). Barbara Gordon and Richard Grayson, AKA Batgirl and Nightwing. I have previously written about several of my other OTPs as part of Five Fandom Friday post, but this is much more indepth.

This post is about several comics storylines by DC Comics.

It includes recent issues please be warned it will contain spoilers.

When Barbara Gordon was first introduced into the Batman storyline, in the 1960s. There is an age gap between Batgirl and Robin. She working as a librarian, and several years older than Dick Grayson who is still at school. During the Batman Family comics, Batgirl’s alter ego is a congresswoman and Robin is studying at university. The Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline rewrote Barbara’s history, making her younger and it is then their relationship really began. If you want to read more about their relationship during this time I recommend the 13th Dimension’s excellent article The Ballad of Babs and Dick.

Over the years, Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson have been known by several other alter egos. She was Batgirl, just Barbara, Oracle and then after the events of Flashpoint she once again became Batgirl in the New 52 era. Dick Grayson was originally Robin, before leaving Gotham city and becoming Nightwing. He had a brief stint as Batman (after the Battle for the Cowl storyline), then ‘died’ and became Agent 37. All of this time the pair seemed to have an off again, on again relationship. However, when Dick returned to Gotham as Nightwing and was reunited with Batgirl, they seemed to have finally cemented their relationship, which leads to some cute stories*.

The Best Comics featuring the Batgirl and Nightwing romance!

Batgirl Year One #4 (Included in the Batgirl Year One)

In this post-Crisis on Infinite Earths re-telling of Batgirl’s origin. Batman and Robin drug Batgirl and take her to the Batcave. Batman is unhappy with the newest vigilante on Gotham, whilst Robin is a little happier. Whilst Batman plays bad cop, Robin takes on the role of good cop Robin and assesses Batgirl’s skills. It is later revealed Dick had uncovered Batgirl’s secret identity.

Birds of Prey #8
Birds of Prey 08

Following the event of Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon takes on a new alter ego. That of Oracle, information broker and leader of the Birds of Prey. In this iconic issue from 1999. Nightwing and Oracle have a “not date” discussing their past. The issue ends with Nightwing taking her to the circus and enabling her to fly once again.

Nightwing #117 (Included in Nightwing: Renegade)

Over the years, the Birds of Prey and Nightwing teamed up for several storylines. And during this time Oracle and Nightwing relationship bloomed. After a horrific mission, Dick meets Barbara at the airport and propose to her. As this was the last issue before the One Year Later storyline and the wedding never happened.

Convergence Nightwing/Oracle
Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle

Whilst Nightwing and Oracle never got their wedding the current timeline. They did during the Convergence event. In the alternative timeline constructed by Brainiac, this story picks up where just before the events of Flashpoint. Barbara is still paralysed, operating as Oracle and dating Dick. He once again proposed and they do get married. Although this storyline isn’t necessarily canon I am including it because we finally get the Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson wedding, we deserve.

Grayson #12 (Included in Grayson: Nemesis)

At the end of the Forever Evil storyline. Dick Grayson fakes his death with the help of Lex Luthor and Batman. Working undercover in the spy agency Sypral, Grayson going under the name Agent 37. He has kept his death a secret from the Bat-family including Barbara. This issue sees him returns to Gotham he has to reunite with his old teammates.

Batgirl #45 (Included in Batgirl: Family Business)

After the re-boot of FlashpointBarbara once again dons the Cape and Cowl and returns to being Batgirl. When Grayson returns to Gotham, Batgirl runs off rather than talk to him. Later he sneaks into the apartment to talk. Finding her getting ready for her friend’s wedding, Dick steals the wedding ring to force Barbara to follow him. Donning her Batgirl outfit she chased Grayson through the streets of Burnside. In the end, Dick tries to kiss Barbara, but she stops him stating she is in the relationship.

Batgirl #10 (Included in Batgirl: Son of Penguin)

After Dick Grayson returns to being Nightwing and operating in Gotham City. Batgirl continues her life in Burnside. During the Son of Penguin storyline, Barbara starts dating Ethan Copperpot. When she is dealing with problems with her relationship, she turns to Dick for support. Showing they will always be there for each other.

Batgirl #15 (Included in Batgirl: Summer of Lies)

When a villain from Batgirl’s past returns into her life she is made to remember her early days in Gotham. Teaming up with Nightwing to investigate the current threat. Batgirl relives when she shared her secret identities with Robin. All the memories stir up old feelings and Batgirl and Nightwing share a kiss.

Batgirl #17 (Included in Batgirl: Summer of Lies)
Batgirl 17

In the concluding part of the Summer of Lies storyline. Barbara still remembers her early relationship with Dick. Echoing their current relationship she recalls how they kissed and then agreed it was not the right time for their relationship. Instead both in the past and now they agree they are best friends and will always be there for each other.

Batgirl #25
Batgirl 25

The anniversary issue of Batgirl collects four different stories. Once again Barbara turns to Dick when she is feeling down. They hijack Bruce and Selina’s honeymoon suite. (which was booked for the wedding that never was). Babs and Dick mess around, talk about their dream weddings, and how they will always there for each other. Giving the reader some hope that they will eventually get together.*

*I know following the events of Batman #50 ‘Ric’ now has amnesia and has forgotten his years as a masked vigilante, and more importantly his relationship with Barbara but I am assuming this is temporary!

The Best Batgirl and Nightwing Storylines

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100 Cups of Coffee

100 Cups of Coffee
Confession time. I hate shopping in supermarkets. We do a big shop online and buy fresh ingredients locally.  Several times a year I have to go to the supermarket, one of those is the pre-Christmas food shop. One of the few joys when shopping is the free coffee from Waitrose (this time in a seasonal cup).

I took a break from the #100 cups of coffee project, and had planned to start again in March. But seeing as coffee is one of my loves, it seemed ideal to start again on Valentine’s Day.

The Ivy
Jason and I were both busy over during Valentine’s week, so on the Friday had a belated Valentine’s meal. We started with pre-dinner cocktails at the The Ivy Market Grill. I plan on working my way though the best martini bars in London list this year. So I thought I would start with the Salted Caramel Espresso here.

At the start of this year, I was constantly busy and as a result, not doing anything fun. Normally, I like to plan a catch up brunch with friends at least once a month. For the first brunch of the year, at the end of February we headed to an old favourite The Outsider Tart for one of their Munch & Brunch specials.

Hidden Figures
This year, many great films had cinematic released around the same time. It’s hard to find the time to actually get to the cinema to see them all. Whereas some films I will wait until they released on Netflix or Sky Movies. Others its important to see in the cinema. I try to support female filmmakers and those films with from female casts. So even, though it was weeks after it’s initial released. I wanted to see Hidden Figures, in the cinema to support this film.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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(P)inspirational- Galentine’s Day Gift


Some how Parks and Recreation seemed to pass me by, but last year, it popped up on my recommendations on Amazon Prime (I think it was due to my love of the Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy), so I thought I’d give it ago. I love Leslie Knopes’ enthusiasm and her quirky gift giving. One of her more fun ideas was Galentine’s Day (celebrated on the 13th of February), she’s gather all her girl friends for brunch and they celebrate their friendship. I noticed on Pinterest a rise of Galentine’s gift ideas – here’s hoping it becomes an real celebration.

These Waffle flavoured lip balm from Better World on Etsy, are a cute favour for your guests at your Galentine’s Day brunch. As Leslie says “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third

Love taking Selfies of you and your girlies, rather than keep them on your phone – why not share them with this Instagram frame. You can even change the hashtag to something cheesier to express your friendship.

What better cliché gift for your gal pal than a chick flick and chocolate! (Or a horror movie if that’s your thing). This tutorial from Allred Design, is great for wrapping a DVD, the gift box will fit a DVD or Blu Ray and has a pocket for a microwave popcorn pouch and large chocolate bar – as well as several printable quotes about friendship.


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(P)inspirational- Valentine’s Crafts


At the end of last year I became a little obsessed with peyote beaded rings, (I will show off some of my creations once I get around to take some photos), I loved the How Did You Make Thiss tutorials,  as they are both easy to follow and adapt, I would only make one heart bright pink against the white background.

I would hang decorations in the house for every major holiday,  given the chance. A garland over the mantel, bunting in the hallway, scented Yankee Candles, a themed table-cloth and centrepiece. I can’t seem to find the original source or English directions for this felt garland – but the photo tutorial is pretty straight forward.

The other thing I would love to do is display a seasonal wreath on my front door (which always looks so boring after Christmas), I also love that this project uses up scrap yarn (don’t we all love a stash-busting project), I also think this would look good in the autumn in gold and browns with leaves instead of felt roses.


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