Nightwing: Freefall

Nightwing #140

Cover Date: March 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter one
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Michael Bair
Storyline: Dick did a sky dive onto Wayne Manor property and met with Bruce, Tim, and Alfred in the cave. Batman wanted to make sure Talia and Ra's were on everyone's radar since they were still at large.
As bodies were being stolen and museums were being robbed, Dick researched New York looking for a new home and hoping to get a good lay of the land. Before going out for the night, he bumped into Talia, who let it be known that she was watching them as much as they were watching her.
Nightwing visited the Cloisters as they were being robbed. He took down most of the bad guys, but a winged man snatched a body and flew off. Nightwing took hold, but was shaken off when he he was smashed into a lighthouse.
Later, Robin met him at the Cloisters and Nightwing told him he was moving in. Superman appeared after Robin left.


Nightwing #141

Cover Date: April 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter two
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Michael Bair
Storyline: Superman and Nightwing discussed the missing bodies of their allies and enemies (including Black Condor). They both went their separate ways to investigate in their own ways. Nightwing placed some sensors around graves of metahumans.
Dick met with his new employees - he'd used his Wayne connections to become the curator of the Cloisters museum. He would be shutting the place down for a few months for renovation (or to create a headquarters on the grounds). He took his new friend Deb out to a Yankees' game and rented a penthouse from her brother. Continuing to work on his surroundings, he sent a list of strategic properties to Bruce to acquire. Flash visited him in his new home.


Nightwing #142

Cover Date: May 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter three
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Mark Propst, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Nightwing, on his new glider, swooped down on some soldiers looting KGBeast's grave. One of them was able to escape with the former villain's head. Nightwing's captive was detonated remotely. He took the remains to Dr. Mid-Nite.
Dick continued teaching at the gym and skydiving.
Nightwing visited the cave. He and Robin took a field trip to visit Talia, who he now believed was behind the grave robbing and Frankenstiening.


Nightwing #143

Cover Date: June 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter four
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Christian Alamy, Mark McKenna
Storyline: Nightwing and Robin set up shop on the shore of Talia's island. Dick contacted the JLA satellite and got Red Arrow to send him images of the area. They made it into the subterranean headquarters. The duo split up - Robin checking the computer systems while Nightwing did recon. Nightwing headed after his partner and was attacked by winged men. He was able to turn the men against their creator, Dr. Creighton Kendall, by showing them he was killing others in their ranks. Kendall escaped and detonated his island. Nightwing and Robin swam back to find their borrowed Batplane / sub.


Nightwing #144

Cover Date: July 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter five
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Rags Morales, Christian Alamy, Michael, Bair, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Dick did another skydive en route to meeting Deb for a date. Mother of Champions was kidnapped by Talia's men. Talia met Dick in his new office to let him know she was not afraid of his surveillance - she gave him a picture of Deb sleeping.


Nightwing #145

Cover Date: August 2008
Subtitle: Freefall chapter six
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Michael Bair
Storyline: Dr. Kendall's men continued experimenting on Mother of Champions' children. Talia came for a visit to see the progress being made for her new army.
Nightwing checked on Deb and was attacked by more winged men. He captured one and took it back to the cave. He refused to talk.
Ra's al Ghul escaped from Arkham Asylum. Batman and Robin went after him, Nightwing continued to go after his daughter. Talia sent one of her men (who'd been roughed up by Nightwing) with a message. He returned with a message to her: Nightwing was watching them and friends and family were to be off-limits.
With help from Alfred, Nightwing found Dr. Kendall's new location.


Nightwing #146

Cover Date: September 2008
Subtitle: Freefall conclusion
Writer(s): Peter Tomasi
Artists(s): Don Kramer, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Nightwing found Dr. Kendall's underwater graveyard and realized he was close. Talia was not impressed that Kendall was disposing of children (Mother of Champions' children aged 10 years ever day) who were useless to him. She ordered his operation to be shut down, but he had his men apprehend and imprison her.
Nightwing rescued her. They rescued Mother of Champions. Dr. Kendall used something derived from the child with normal aging (the only one so far) to restore himself to a younger age - with wings. Nightwing took him down and saved the infant. He got Mother of Champions to the Chinese Consulate after she freed all her children.
Nightwing followed up with Superman - they discussed plans for a chamber under the JLA headquarters that would house the remains of heroes and villains.


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