Nightwing: The Great Leap

Nightwing #147

Cover Date: October 2008
Subtitle: The Great Leap part one (part of Batman RIP)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Jay Leisten
Storyline: Nightwing answered a makeshift "Wing Signal" - it was Harvey Dent. He wanted Nightwing to protect a former colleague - DA Carol Bermingham. She was going up against the mob in court in Gotham City. Two-Face had placed a couple in a death trap nearby. He escaped while the hero saved them.
Nightwing saved Bermingham from mobsters who had killed her FBI bodyguards. He got her to the courtroom in time for her secret session. Afterwards, a sniper hit her entourage, including the helicopter pilot. Nightwing saved her, but was hit with shrapnel from the crashing copter.

Nightwing #148

Cover Date: November 2008
Subtitle: The Great Leap part two (part of Batman RIP)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Bob Petrecca
Storyline: Nightwing got Carol to a safehouse, then he headed to the Manor where Alfred fixed him up. After some rest, he borrowed one of Robin's motorcycles and headed back for Carol. He got her to another safehouse (transferring her from Gotham to New York). Her cell phone rang - it was Harvey.
Later, Nightwing headed out from the Cloisters when got a blip that the safehouse had a security breach. Alfred warned him that the bullets he'd extracted had been laced with Scarecrow's fear gas.

Nightwing #149

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: The Great Leap part three (part of Batman RIP)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Jay Leisten
Storyline: At the safehouse, Nightwing was met by Killer Croc, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, the Joker, and Two-Face. He had enough of his wits left to realize they were all figments of the fear gas. After he'd taken down Two-Face's goons, the madman shot the woman he'd asked Nightwing to save. Two-Face escaped while Nightwing tried to save her.
Nightwing watched her funeral while Two-Face went for the payout on Carol's contract. He killed the man who hired him to kill her.

Nightwing #150

Cover Date: January 2009
Subtitle: The Great Leap conclusion (part of Batman: RIP)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Jay Leisten, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Barbara visited Dick's new place to upgrade his security. Nightwing went out to find that Two-Face had shot up the cemetery where Carol Bermingham had been buried.
While out with Deb, pennies began falling from the sky. Dick got her to safety and went looking for clues. He rescued the bank employees from where he'd gotten the pennies. By chance, he saw several blimps flying toward the city. He latched on to one and found they were carrying acid.
He was able to bind them all together and crash them into the river. Two-Face was apprehended.

Nightwing #151

Cover Date: February 2009
Subtitle: The Great Leap ...and Into the Black - epilogue (part of Last Rites)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Doug Mahake, Shawn Moll, Christian Alamy, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: After taking Carol a pizza (her death had been faked - she was now in witness protection), Nightwing visited Two-Face in Arkham.
The next day, Deb told Dick she was leaving New York to go back home to California.
Nightwing, Superman, and Green Lantern (John Stewart) put the finishing touches on their new vault / mausoleum under the JLA headquarters.
Dick took his the last step in his skydiving - setting four records: (1) free fall altitude, (2) human balloon flight altitude, (3) longest free fall, and (4) fastest free fall. Only Alfred and Tim were there to witness it. They went home and watched a movie with Bruce's recliner empty.

Nightwing #152

Cover Date: March 2009
Subtitle: Eminence Front
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Jay Leisten
Storyline: Nightwing was attacked by ninjas in the batcave. After rendering them all unconscious, he spoke into one's camera - the viewer was Ra's al Ghul. He wanted to see Nightwing face to face and asked for a temporary truce. Dick obliged and met him in the Thar Desert above one of the Lazarus Pits.
Ra's took him below the surface and they chit-chatted until Nightwing confronted him about the purpose of the meeting. Ra's wanted to know for sure that "the Detective" was, indeed, dead. Nightwing's expression gave him all the answer he needed. After a sword fight, Nightwing prepared to leave. Ra's offered him the sword he'd used, which was once used by Batman. He refused it.
The sword was waiting for him when he arrived in the cave. Ra's referred to Dick as "Detective."

Nightwing #153

Cover Date: April 2009
Subtitle: Black Dawn (also includes Origins and Omens short)
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Jay Leisten, Sandu Florea, Rodney Ramos + Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo (O&O)
Storyline: Nightwing and the JSA moved his headquarters out of the Cloisters. He was keeping his NYC apartment, but he saw no need of keeping the hideout.
Back in the cave, he, Robin, and Alfred found the giant penny that had been lost in the recent destruction. After talking with Alfred, Nightwing headed out to make a new vow - it was the anniversary of the Waynes' deaths. Gotham would always have hope.
Origins and Omens: Dick took Barbara skydiving as a surprise birthday gift.

#150 variant cover


  • These issues tie into Batman: RIP. 147 shows Harvey Dent metioning Batman's "Technicolor dream suit" and in 148 and 151 he mentions Nightwing's stay in Arkham.