You know what would suck about being Torque? Everything. Eating would be a nightmare, and you may as well kiss chili dogs and sloppy joes goodbye. Standing on line for anything would redefine the term "awkward silence", and trips to the dentist would be...problematic. It's no wonder he's crazy and evil.
Torque was an attempt to give Nightwing a grotesque villain on par with Batman's rogues. I like the palindrome thing, too. I think he had a lot of potential, but he was barely used before being killed off in a controversial storyline.
I don't know what the whole story was there, but I think it's a shame to waste a good character for no good reason. I always liked Nightwing better on his own, and I liked that he was starting up his own life with his own enemies, out of Batman's shadow. Torque could have been Nightwing's Joker, but I guess it's not to be. I suppose they could always say that Evil Superboy reality-punched him back back to life. Yeah, that's the ticket.