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This Herocopia entry discusses events that occurred in an issue of Astro City Comics published within the last 90 days.

Feel free to "comment out" this alert anytime after August 17, 2017.

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Status: Active
Earliest (in world) Appearance: 1982
Affiliation: partnered with Sunshrike (1980s)

partnered with Sunbird (1990s onward)

Base of Operations: Astro City

Personal Data


Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.1 #5

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #1, 21

Event Timeline


A dark and moody hero, Nightingale is rarely seen alone, either partnered in her early years with Sunshrike, and then later, with her new teammate, Sunbird.



Her dual partnerships are unique. She was the younger sidekick to Sunshrike, but seems to be the strong mentor and motherly companion to Sunbird.

In the early 1980s, A cat was also a part of their entourage, seen many times roaming the streets with them. Something not atypical of the species, but according to creator Kurt Busiek, the feline doesn't seem to be much of a team player.


In addition to being a skilled acrobat and martial artist, Nightingale can project a mist-like field of darkness. As Sunbird is the super-powered half of the team, this would seem to be a function built into Nightingale's costume rather than a bonafide power.

Speculations, Theories

  • It's wildly speculated that Nightingale and Sunbird are lesbians, but they neither confirm nor deny the allegations. It has also been speculated that they might be sisters, or perhaps a mother and daughter team of crime-fighters.
  • Based on the brief preview provided today(12May2017), let's hazard a wild guess that instead of the previous speculations, the relationship is much different, Nightingale is Sunbird's legal guardian and Sunbird is the daughter of Sunshrike.
  • There seems to be an informal camaraderie among these street fighting superheroes. A common core of them associate with each other on many occasions. Crackerjack, Jack-in-the-Box, Quarrel, Sunbird, and Nightingale cross paths often. Depending on the time-range, you might also include Street Angel in the mix, along with the Irregulars.
  • A cat and a couple of birds don't seem to be the most compatible of partnerships, and shrikes, despite their small size, are know to be carnivorous.