Nightwing: Love and War

Nightwing 125

Cover Date: December 2006
Subtitle: Targets part 1
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Storyline: Nightwing perched atop a gargoyle and waited for his prey. He thought about spending more time out of costume. He leapt off and grabbed the Raptor, a man in an armored suit, who was wanted for murder. He was able to grapple him with one end of his line and attach the other end to a construction site. Nightwing landed hard on his shoulder - he was preoccupied by someone unseen telling him he should be dead. Raptor cut himself loose and escaped. Nightwing found him inside Biotech Pharmaceuticals - the Raptor was standing above a man who'd been burned alive. Raptor again escaped after claiming innocence. The next morning, Dick bumped in to two girls from his apartment building, Ryan Diaz and Zen. Ryan was a masseuse and helped pop his back into place. She invited him to the spa where she worked. After a shower, he started looking for a job. He found one as a taxi driver, but it didn't last long. He took Ryan up on her massage offer and visited Bones Spa. While on the table, he picked up on something he missed while chasing Raptor. Nightwing checked out the crime scene and found an employee record chart on the computer where he'd found the dead guy. The place appeared to be owned by Luthor. Nightwing followed the list (some people on it were already dead) and found the Raptor threatening a weapons plant manager. Their fight carried outside; Raptor escaped. Nightwing led the police inside and they found the target dead. Raptor had not killed him. That night as he slept, a shadowy figure came into Dick's bedroom saying he would correct the error of him not dying.

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.

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