Nightwing ongoing 2007 (issues 126-137)

Nightwing 126

Cover Date: January 2007
Subtitle: Targets part 2
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Storyline: Nightwing talked to Alfred while on a stake out. Neither Raptor nor the assassin showed up. Dick told Alfred he'd be coming to the party and joked about getting his own Robin. On his way home, he stopped in to see JJ, his weapons guy. JJ was keeping Dr. Slater, whom Nightwing believed was a future target - he was the only person still alive from the Raptor's list. Dick headed to Bones to get another massage, and stopped to help a boy who was practicing on a trapeze. Ryan saw him and he told her he used to be an act in Haley's Circus. JJ's safehouse was attacked by the assassin (who rode in the back of a Hummer Limousine). JJ escaped, but Slater was killed. Nightwing ran down a name that JJ got from Slater and found the Raptor dead. Jace Lorens was killed by the man from whom he'd been trying to save the others. Nightwing met his wife after the funeral and told her he didn't believe Jace was a murderer. The real murderer waited nearby and was contracted for $6 million to kill Nightwing.


Nightwing 127

Cover Date: February 2007
Subtitle: Targets part 3
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Storyline: Nightwing was surprised and overtaken by the assassin. He was thrown into Jace Lorens' empty coffin and buried alive. He began to dig his way out using the hook from his grapple. As he did so, he went over the case in his mind: JJ had gotten him the autopsy report - Lorens was dying of radiation before he was killed. The Raptor suit had been stolen, but they both believe it must have a leak which let the radiation that powered it get to the wearer. He'd gone to the grave site only to find Lorens' body had been exhumed. He was hit in his injured shoulder with a shovel and kicked into the hole. As Nightwing finally got to freedom, he thought he remembered the attacker calling him by his real name.


Nightwing 128

Cover Date: March 2007
Subtitle: Targets part 4: Conclusion
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Storyline: Raptor 2.0 body armor had been developed. It used the same design as the original, but with more radiation shielding. The people who developed it kept it when LexCorp declared bankruptcy - even though Luthor himself shut down the project. Nightwing got word from JJ that Raptor had been spotted in the city. Police had called for backup. As the designers (and would-be sellers) watched via cameras they'd set up to get footage for potential buyers, Nightwing attacked. As he opened fire on the vigilante, one of the technicians found the leak - it was in his weaponry. Nightwing turned one of his flame throwers on him and he was fried. Coroners found that he would have died from radiation anyway. Luthor contacted the group unknown to them as the prospective buyer. He told them he knew about the leak and detonated the building they were in. Jace Lorens' body was reburied.


Nightwing 129

Cover Date: April 2007
Subtitle: Bride and Groom part 1: The Courtship
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Storyline: Dick went to a local bookstore to look for some information on what fighting technique the assassin had used on him. An attractive redhead smiled at him while a man with a mohawk watched her. He later got into costume and visited Dahlia Lorens, the Raptor's widow. He gave her a ride to work on his motorcycle (he'd gotten her a job at a Wayne-owned company). She was concerned about one of her sons; Nightwing told her he'd check up on the boy. The man with the mohawk - Groom - showed "Bride" his catch: the redhead from the bookstore. Nightwing got a lead on Phillip Lorens' whereabouts. He jumped a bouncer outside a building. Once he got inside, he found it to be a shelter for people in trouble run by Father Benjamin Ortega. Nightwing told Phillip his mother was worried about him. Dick attended a party thrown by Bruce at Wayne Manor. Though he dreaded it, he and Bruce had a great conversation and got along well. The next morning, he headed to Bones and accepted a job offer to instruct teenagers.


Nightwing 130

Cover Date: May 2007
Subtitle: Bride and Groom part 2: The Courtship
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Storyline: Nightwing tracked some thieves who'd been pawning the belongings of missing people. They told him they'd seen a man dump a body there and had been scavenging - bodies were littered throughout a landfill. Strangely, the killer didn't bother to even take their wallets. Nightwing recognized one of the bodies as the redhead from the bookstore. He called the police, who picked up the scavengers and began loading the bodies. Bride (Violet) worried that she was no longer immortal - she used to be able to feed from the energies of others for weeks, but now she was feeding at least daily. Groom (Thomas) seemed to have the power to "see" which people would be best for her. She shared the immortality with him. Nightwing read autopsy reports - all the victims were missing all traces of iron, zinc, and white blood cells. While going over them, he got a message that the Lorens family - except for Phillip - was dead. He tracked the boy's cell phone GPS to a boat leaving the harbor. He hopped aboard and saw Bride feeding on the boy. She hit him with an energy blast, and Groom used some sort of mental suggestion to stop him. Nightwing fought through it and stopped Bride from killing anyone. The ferry ran aground. Several were killed in the crash, and the killers escaped. Phillip left with his aunt. Bride finally accepted Groom's proposal as he shared his energies with her.


Nightwing 131

Cover Date: June 2007
Subtitle: Bride and Groom part 3: The Engagement
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Nightwing crashed into the Dark Side Bar looking for Violet and Thomas. Barbara had told him about the place - low level metas and small-timers congregated there. When he realized no one there knew them, he offered a deal: he would be back at midnight, and the person who could give him information would get a "free pass." Nightwing tore through several other gangs only to find no one knew anything about Bride and Groom, who were busy trying to track him. Thomas wanted to leave town - they'd always left when someone got close to them, that's how they'd lasted 300 years. Violet wanted Nightwing destroyed. Later that night, Bride and Groom entered the Dark Side Bar. They set up shop and waited for him to return. When he finally showed up, Groom attacked him. Nightwing was able to fight him off, and he was cut by his own knife. Bride set fire to the place.


Nightwing 132

Cover Date: July 2007
Subtitle: Bride and Groom part 4
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Paco Diaz
Storyline: Nightwing gathered up the survivors from the bar and led them out to attack Bride and Groom on the condition that no one would kill. Before Bride and Groom escaped the blaze at the bar, Nightwing had gotten a tracer on one of their feet. They soon found a burning church - after putting out the fire, they watched the tapes from the security camera - Bride and Groom had officially become bride and groom. As they waited for their attackers, Thomas told Violet that there had been others before her, but they all had dried up. Nightwing's team attacked. Groom was able to use his power to turn some of them against their leader. Bride killed one of them - Calcutta. Bride and Groom ran. Snow and Aquarius left before things got more intense. Powerpunch chased the couple with Nightwing and Charge close behind. By the time they caught up, Bride had almost killed Powerpunch. Nightwing recited their victims' names as he throttled Groom. Charge attacked Bride. Nightwing helped Powerpunch and told Charge to tie up Bride and Groom. Violet wouldn't have it and blew up the cave. Nightwing and his two remaining team members got out alive, but Bride and Groom were buried inside.


Nightwing 133

Cover Date: August 2007
Subtitle: 321 Days part one
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Storyline: Nightwing broke up a kidnapping attempt with some thugs in coordinated outfits and helmets. A sniper fired on them and one fo the kidnappers was hit. His boss's lawyer fed poison into his IV, but the man was later accosted in his hospital room by an unseen party. A note to his boss was left attached to his body.
Nightwing later investigated the scene / hospital room, and found nothing - no prints, no evidence. A sniper shot at him again. Outside, he found more of the coordinated attackers. He followed one back and found the woman who'd been kidnapped - Liu, a former love interest of Dick Grayson's. He set the woman free and disappeared.
A week later, Liu met Dick at the gym where he worked. They went for a walk and attended a party together. Vigilante watched as they left together. Liu was his mark.
Note: "Five years. I wrote you. You never answered." (Dick to Liu)


Nightwing 134

Cover Date: September 2007
Subtitle: 321 Days part two: The Best Friend
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne
Storyline: While spying on Eddie and Liu, Nightwing thought back on his earlier days - Robin was felt that Batman was too controlling and he ended their partnership. He got caught up in a scheme under a man calling himself Metal Eddie.
Nightwing caught a quick glimpse of Vigilante aiming into Eddie's window. He jumped and scuffled with the new Vigilante, but he let him go when innocents were placed in danger. Nightwing went to JJ, who'd supplied weapons to the original Vigilante, but he only found a note.
Dick had dinner with Eddie and Liu. He forgave the man for what he'd done. Afterwards, he check on a coworker and found her boyfriend attacking her because she was breaking up with him. Dick stopped the man and had her call the police. Back at his own apartment, Vigilante was waiting - he wanted to know the relationship he had with Eddie and Liu.
Note: Robin was 16 when he ended his partnership with Batman.
"It was almost ten years ago, Eddie." (Dick to Metal Eddie)


Nightwing 135

Cover Date: October 2007
Subtitle: 321 Days part three: The Gang
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jon Bosco, Alex Silva
Storyline: Vigilante interrogated Grayson. After over two days, he'd still not given in completely. Dick played it just well enough to be believed - he had quit Eddie's "Tigers" when he realized they were just using him to get an 'in' to steal Bruce Wayne dry. What went untold was Robin was there to stop them, backed by Batman. The two mended their relationship.


Nightwing 136

Cover Date: November 2007
Subtitle: 321 Days part four: The Plan
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jon Bosco, Alex Silva
Storyline: Nightwing tracked clues to Belgium, where he was attacked in one of Eddie's places by the Tigers - Eddie's group that had been targeting him of late. He had what he needed and split.
Back in New York, Eddie and Liu hit the Dark Side bar. They killed the bartender and two patrons for some sort of DNA testing. Dick went out with Liu again, but turned down her invitation to go back to her place. He was attacked by the Tigers on the way home. Vigilante came in to aid him - he knew Grayson was Nightwing.
Vigilante got news that Eddie and Liu were in Wayne Medical.


Nightwing 137

Cover Date: December 2007
Subtitle: 321 Days conclusion: The Assault
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Jon Bosco, Alex Silva
Storyline: Nightwing and Vigilante arrived at Wayne Medical and went after Eddie and Liu. Vigilante realized Nightwing couldn't fight Liu. He hit her in the neck with a knife. Eddie escaped with the DNA he was testing while Nightwing got Liu to a hospital. Vigilante followed hoping to get answers from her.
Using what Vigilante knew, Nightwing realized they were dosing the Tigers with "powered" DNA.
Eddies people got Liu back once she stabilized. They cleaned out their operation and left town. Vigilante suckerpunched Nightwing and fled.
Note: "Liu. For the first time in ten years, my stomach isn't tying itself in knots when I think her name." This puts Dick at 27 years old.
"321 Days" basically refers to the time between the first Titans group disbanding and the second forming: "321 days. Day one was the day I learned the truth. The day I realized she (Liu) was using me. I'd already left home (referencing the previous issue where Robin and Batman split). ... I was on my own. ... On day four, we disbanded it (the first Teen Titans). I didn't want to be around anyone. I spent the next year pretending nothing had happened."


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