Blüdhaven is a highly populated city located not very far from Gotham City. Blüdhaven is both south of and located close or adjacent to Gotham City, home to Batman. Maps of the two cities fit corresponding points on the New Jersey coast: Gotham's geography fits the Little Egg Harbor area of Ocean County and Galloway Township in Atlantic County, while Blüdhaven fits in to the area of Atlantic City or Brigantine Island. Its metropolitan region is divided between two counties, named Haven and Avalon.
Dixon and McDaniel created the city as a former whaling town, which was officially incorporated as a Commonwealth in 1912. The town has been depicted as having a generally poor socioeconomic populace, owing in part to failed efforts to transform itself into a manufacturing and shipping center. The stories often state that culturally and financially, Gotham City has always overshadowed Blüdhaven, and that the city has a worse crime rate than Gotham. Not unlike Gotham, organized crime syndicates always dominated Blüdhaven, which were, until its final years, protected by endemic police corruption. These parallels represent a good setting for Nightwing - a character whose life often mirrors that of his mentor Batman - to carry out his war on crime.
Introduction to the DC UniverseEdit
Blüdhaven first became a major setting in the DC Universe with the start of the Nightwing ongoing series. Nightwing goes to Blüdhaven in pursuit of the supervillain-turned-crime-boss, Blockbuster. Blockbuster proceeds to take over organized crime in the city. Soon Nightwing sets up shop in Blüdhaven, becoming its protector. In his civilian identity of Dick Grayson, Nightwing joined the force himself and fought the corruption from within.
X-men Move InEdit
Professor X of the X-men recognizes that some of his students would do better in a less affluent setting (or simply need to be closer to family and friends), and sets up shop in Blüdhaven. He buys an abandoned apartment complex where he allows an older student to run a candy store on the ground level. The basement is a refurbished classroom for the students' formal studies. The apartment complex serves as a dormitory for the students and instructors.
Nightwing let the amoral vigilante Tarantula shoot and kill Blockbuster, although he could have stopped her. Suffering a crisis of conscience and wracked with guilt, Nightwing left Blüdhaven, apparently for good.
Poison Ivy's Spill Over EffectEdit
Poison Ivy's attack on Gotham City spilled over into Bludhaven. However, it was beneficial to the city, offering more plants and clean air than the city had ever seen before. The vines destroyed a few of the more polluting power plants. The sky is clear once more. The mayor has encouraged all the citizens of the city to take care of the environment.
Arkham Asylum is located on the outskirts of Gotham City, and is where those of Batman's foes considered to be legally insane are incarcerated (other foes are incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary).
Avalon Hill The 'upper-class' section of Bludhaven. Blockbuster's villa was located here.
ParaphernaliaEquipment: Cerebra, Image Inducer, Cyber-glasses. Although most X-Men choose to individualize their costumes, standard blue and gold uniforms are available. All X-men carry a communicator.
Transportation: Batboat · Batcopter · Batcycle · Batmobile · Batplane · Redbird · Windrider's powers
Links and References[Windsong - Bludhaven]