Nightwing ongoing 2003 (issues 75-86)

Nightwing 75

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Judgment Day
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Batman gave Dick all the information he had on Bludhaven's Mayor Avers. Dick believed that, along with Mary's journal, would make a solid case. Bludhaven PD began being brought in for questioning on corruption charges. Nightwing went in to get two officers who'd barricaded themselves in an apartment. He encountered a "new cape." He tracked her down, she called herself Tarantula. Oracle worried about Dick's fascination with caped females. As he worried about her affiliation, they stopped a gang shoot-out. Later, Dick took Barbara flowers and crashed on her couch. 56 Bludhaven police officers were indicted and 72 were asked to retire.


Nightwing 76

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Untouchable
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Mike Lilly, Andy Owens
Storyline: Nightwing charged in as renegade police began blasting at Amy Rohrback's home. He got her and her family (husband and two children) out before a bomb completely destroyed the house. After their shift began, Dick took Amy back to the site and began showing her evidence. She questioned his motive and he explained his parents and the circus to her. She told him she'd been offered the rank of captain.


Nightwing 77

Cover Date: March 2003
Subtitle: The Web
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Patrick Zircher, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Dick met his new partner, Gannon Malloy (Amy took the captain position). He ran into Tarantula that night. He again asked her to go out for BPD - especially since 62% of the force was now gone. He stressed the "no killing" to her as they took down a drug dealer. He chastised her for approaching a cop after they broke up a shootout. She swore to be his enemy after he forbade her "to operate in Bludhaven." While talking to Oracle, he found a dead body.


Nightwing 78

Cover Date: April 2003
Subtitle: Supercop
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Nightwing and Tarantula were seen by cops and a reporter at the site of Dudley Soames' corpse. They got clear, but the journalist was intrigued. Officer Grayson broke up some gay bashing in the locker room - some of the other cops were not happy about Malloy, Dick's new partner. On patrol, they had to stop a potential police brutality.


Nightwing 79

Cover Date: May 2003
Subtitle: No Son of Mine
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Nightwing began to see a pattern with the officers - increased strength and mood swings. His relationship with Barbara began to falter due to his lack of sleep. On his way home from an aborted date, he ran into John Law - the original Tarantula. Dick found anabolics in a new sports drink. He brought down the operation and informed Captain Rohrback about it. When he got home, Deathstroke was waiting for him on his couch.


Nightwing 80

Cover Date: June 2003
Subtitle: Venn Diagram part 1: Close Encounters
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Deathstroke told Dick he was in Bludhaven on a contract and hoped they didn't cross paths. Nightwing shook down some low-level gangsters in hopes of finding who hired the assassin. Dick caught a glimpse of him while on patrol. He caught a bullet in the arm while trying to get his partner away from Deathstroke.


Nightwing 81

Cover Date: July 2003
Subtitle: Venn Diagram part 2: Friends under Fire
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Bruce, Alfred, Cassandra, and Barbara visited Dick in the hospital. He asked Cassandra for help with Deathstroke. A reporter, Maxine Michaels, interviewed Dick. When she questioned his acrobatics, he told her he came from circus lineage. He got away from her and told Bruce he planned to turn in his badge. Batgirl battled it out with Deathstroke and was able to get some surveillance footage. From it, they learned he was out to get Amy. As she was leaving the office that evening, Nightwing saved her from Deathstroke. She realized who he was.


Nightwing 82

Cover Date: August 2003
Subtitle: Venn Diagram part 3: That and a Buck Fifty
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Mike Lilly, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Nightwing got Amy clear, but Deathstroke continued after her. Roland Desmond was given a video tape depicting the car crash which may have led to his mother's heart failure. Dick began getting closer to finding who hired Deathstroke - it appeared to be Mac Arnot - a former officer. $30,000 in cash had been stolen from the evidence room. The assassin got to Amy and her husband at their hotel room, but Nightwing burst in with $30,001.50 for him not to kill her. The next day at the station house, Dick told Amy the details and she asked for his badge.


Nightwing 83

Cover Date: September 2003
Subtitle: Incrimination
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang, John Lowe
Storyline: Dick turned in his badge and gun per Captain Rohrback's request. He began investigating Chief Redhorn's murder more deeply. Desmond's tape showed Nightwing in the background, so he blamed the vigilante for the car pile-up and his mother's ensuing death. Nightwing found remnants of suction cups on the window of Redhorn's office and realized Tarantula had killed him.


Nightwing 84

Cover Date: October 2003
Subtitle: Did Not Shoot the Deputy part 1
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: As Nightwing pursued Tarantula, Tad Ryerstad (formerly Nite-Wing) contacted Maxine Michaels; they got together. Tarantula got away from Nightwing and returned to her boss - Blockbuster. Michaels reported that Ryerstad had killed Redhorn and Soames.


Nightwing 85

Cover Date: November 2003
Subtitle: Did Not Shoot the Deputy part 2
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Dick woke up and saw a "Wing-Signal" shining across the sky. Nite-Wing (Tad) was waiting for him at its origin. Nightwing broke the light as Tad asked him for help. He admitted killing Soames, but said he'd not killed Redhorn. Nightwing set him up to visit Catalina Flores - Tarantula. The police arrived and arrested them both. Flores' brother, a DA, visited Captain Rohrback. Gannon visited Dick hoping he'd try to fight his dismissal from the force.


Nightwing 86

Cover Date: December 2003
Subtitle: The Calm Before
Writer(s): Devin Grayson
Artists(s): Patrick Zircher, Andy Owens, Sean Parsons
Storyline: Nightwing chased members of a new motorcycle gang who were also involved in drug trafficking. After taking some of them down, he hobbled to Barbara's. She called Alfred to come patch him up. He insisted that Dick be out of action for no less than four days. Barbara got upset with the constant reminders of her past and sent Dick home.


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