Just wanted to talk about this a bit. I've been really disappointed with the treatment of the Nightwing and Batgirl franchises in the New 52. I feel these books are mired in constant excessively dark, dreary, violent, grim surroundings. Nightwing is fighting a killer named "Saiko," finds out he was meant to be an assassin, has all his friends from his old circus killed, etc. Batgirl fights a bunch of serial killers and is caught up with home invasions, her own brother is a psycho, she has PTSD trauma all the time, etc.
To me the appeal of Nightwing and Batgirl is that they are so bright and optimistic in contrast to Batman. I understand that the writers are trying to push this idea of Dick and Babs staying positive in the face of all this darkness, but after a while you just get consumed by the darkness, and no matter how the characters react, if you read enough violence in the book, the book itself just feels dreary and grim. Higgins and Simone seem obsessed with having Dick and Babs face the most horrifying or gruesome circumstances possible, and the artwork and coloring on these books is also often dark and grim.
I understand that "Nightwing smile hour" or "Babs goes to a tea party" is not going to sell, but I think that these two books are going way too far in the opposite direction. Brett Booth on Nightwing should hopefully make things a little more fun over there, but in general I feel these two books have really missed the point of these characters existence in the New 52. They can be exciting and dangerous while still maintaining a sense of "fun," which I feel has been totally lost.