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The definitive NIGHTWING creative team of Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, and Karl Story are joined by an all-star cast of guest comics creators for NIGHTWING VOL. 4: LOVE AND BULLETS. For months, Nightwing has been waging war against the criminal cartel that runs everything from street corners to the mayor's office in the city of Bludhaven. After discovering that super-villai The definitive NIGHTWING creative team of Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, and Karl Story are joined by an all-star cast of guest comics creators for NIGHTWING VOL. 4: LOVE AND BULLETS. For months, Nightwing has been waging war against the criminal cartel that runs everything from street corners to the mayor's office in the city of Bludhaven. After discovering that super-villain turned mob boss Blockbuster is the brains and brawn of the city's corruption, Dick Grayson decides to take the fight directly to him. But what happens when his former lover and current vigilante, the Huntress, joins him to take down Blockbuster? Now these two veteran crime-fighters must not only battle for the heart of Bludhaven but also their own feelings toward each other. After all this, Nightwing faces the return of the imposter superhero Nite-Wing and the all-new threat of the deadly duo known as Double Dare. Maybe a visit by the Man of Steel and the Batman from the 853rd century will boost his confidence! Plus, an untold tale of Dick as Robin with his teammates in the Teen Titans and profiles of all his friends and foes make this a collection not to miss. Collects NIGHTWING #26-34, NIGHTWING #1,000,000, and NIGHTWING: SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS #1!


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The definitive NIGHTWING creative team of Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, and Karl Story are joined by an all-star cast of guest comics creators for NIGHTWING VOL. 4: LOVE AND BULLETS. For months, Nightwing has been waging war against the criminal cartel that runs everything from street corners to the mayor's office in the city of Bludhaven. After discovering that super-villai The definitive NIGHTWING creative team of Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, and Karl Story are joined by an all-star cast of guest comics creators for NIGHTWING VOL. 4: LOVE AND BULLETS. For months, Nightwing has been waging war against the criminal cartel that runs everything from street corners to the mayor's office in the city of Bludhaven. After discovering that super-villain turned mob boss Blockbuster is the brains and brawn of the city's corruption, Dick Grayson decides to take the fight directly to him. But what happens when his former lover and current vigilante, the Huntress, joins him to take down Blockbuster? Now these two veteran crime-fighters must not only battle for the heart of Bludhaven but also their own feelings toward each other. After all this, Nightwing faces the return of the imposter superhero Nite-Wing and the all-new threat of the deadly duo known as Double Dare. Maybe a visit by the Man of Steel and the Batman from the 853rd century will boost his confidence! Plus, an untold tale of Dick as Robin with his teammates in the Teen Titans and profiles of all his friends and foes make this a collection not to miss. Collects NIGHTWING #26-34, NIGHTWING #1,000,000, and NIGHTWING: SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS #1!

30 review for Nightwing Volume 4: Love and Bullets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I absolutely loved the issue where Superman comes to Bludhaven. The book does dovetail with what was happening in No Man's Land over in the Batman books. Dick joining the police force was really inspired. Overall, these are just fun stories. I love how acrobatic Scott McDaniel draws Nightwing and his rogues. They're always flying across rooftops and up the sides of buildings. I absolutely loved the issue where Superman comes to Bludhaven. The book does dovetail with what was happening in No Man's Land over in the Batman books. Dick joining the police force was really inspired. Overall, these are just fun stories. I love how acrobatic Scott McDaniel draws Nightwing and his rogues. They're always flying across rooftops and up the sides of buildings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Another entertaining volume of Dixon's long Nightwing run. This time we have Dick trying to figure out how to balance his life. He wants to help people but he's also trying to date the girl of his dreams on top of now joining the police academy. There's a lot of interesting ideas with the personal life here that they begin to explore. On the crime fighting side we have Blockbuster planning as he always does, a return of a old villain that might turn some heads (you'll get it if you read it), and Another entertaining volume of Dixon's long Nightwing run. This time we have Dick trying to figure out how to balance his life. He wants to help people but he's also trying to date the girl of his dreams on top of now joining the police academy. There's a lot of interesting ideas with the personal life here that they begin to explore. On the crime fighting side we have Blockbuster planning as he always does, a return of a old villain that might turn some heads (you'll get it if you read it), and Huntress grand return. There's a lot to like here. Dixon has Dick's voice down perfect. A good plan of a good guy doing all he can to help others. I also really enjoyed the relationships with people like Huntress, Barbara, his new girlfriend, and even the villains like Blockbuster. The art is stylish and fun most of the time. However, sometimes, it is really hard to tell what is happening due to the art being so over the top. Also, the pacing is weird as Nightwing keeps getting dragged to different events. Overall though, this was a fun run of the mill Nightwing adventure. Nothing great but strong character showcase helps it big time. A 4 out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    It's the return of old foes and old friends, as Huntress and Torque hit Bludhaven - hard. Plus, Nite-Wing's back, and a visit from the Batman from the 853rd Century! This is...fine. I've heard people rave about this run on Nightwing, but I still haven't seen anything that differentiates it from any other Nightwing comic just yet. This volume is very much more of the same, with the same villains returning, the same plots taking place, and subplots moving exceedingly slowly. I'm all for a slow burn It's the return of old foes and old friends, as Huntress and Torque hit Bludhaven - hard. Plus, Nite-Wing's back, and a visit from the Batman from the 853rd Century! This is...fine. I've heard people rave about this run on Nightwing, but I still haven't seen anything that differentiates it from any other Nightwing comic just yet. This volume is very much more of the same, with the same villains returning, the same plots taking place, and subplots moving exceedingly slowly. I'm all for a slow burn, but we're in the third year of the title now and things aren't moving at all. Huntress's return is well handled at least, although I don't think I buy Dudley Soames as a crazy killer with his head on backwards. Nite-Wing's story is literally the same thing every time he turns up, so that's beginning to grate as well. Most of the other villains are fairly unmemorable, like the acrobats Double Dare and the continuing parade of useless minions that Blockbuster throws at Dick. The DC One Million issue is interesting, but it's a bit like some of the issues in the previous volume; it's a small part of a larger story, and you don't get any of the catharsis from the conclusions since they're not collected here. I get that it's collected for completeness, but it'd be nice just to have a catch-up page between issues. There's a primer page, why not something at the end? Speaking of same-old same-old, Scott McDaniel's drawn 34 issues of this title and counting without a break. Poor guy needs a break. Nightwing's adventures are getting a bit repetitive at this point. They're still fun, but I'd like something to shake things up a bit now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars. This is painfully 90s. I know, I know, but I've read books written around this time (and before it) that didn't feel so painfully 90s. Part of the vibe is the art and the outfits, but a big part is the fact that every female character that shows up here is either currently dating Dick or constantly thinking about it. Like near death experiences don't stop them from thinking about it. Even I think that's weird. Anyway, the first part of this book deals with another run in with Helena Be 2.5 stars. This is painfully 90s. I know, I know, but I've read books written around this time (and before it) that didn't feel so painfully 90s. Part of the vibe is the art and the outfits, but a big part is the fact that every female character that shows up here is either currently dating Dick or constantly thinking about it. Like near death experiences don't stop them from thinking about it. Even I think that's weird. Anyway, the first part of this book deals with another run in with Helena Bertinelli. I've already written off thinking she's ever going to be done justice in this series. I've said it before: I hate when a female character is introduced just to show what not to do. They do this a lot with skilled women: she comes in too hot, thinks she's amazing and the entire point is to take her down a peg. It's never empowering in any sense and it's just downright annoying. This run in with Nightwing just reiterates what we already know: Dick isn't interested in being with her romantically or professionally because she believes in an eye for an eye and Dick doesn't. I don't understand why we had to have her go through a huge ordeal and nearly die and the first words out of her mouth to Dick are "can we get back together" (or something to that effect). There's an issue where Superman drops in and that was kinda fun. Always like seeing Dick and Clark together. Next, it's Dick dealing with gentrification. And considering when this was written, that was painful to read. It never got any better and now we have millionaires living in apartments and lower class people living 6 to an apartment just to survive. It's depressing and I wish I could say I saw it getting any better in the future. Anyway, all the Gothamites moving out to Bludhaven means that Clancy's property taxes are impossibly high and she might lose the building. Of course, Dick solves that problem and then decides to join the police force to fix it from the inside. Worth noting, he joins because he's aware the police force is doing more harm than good. There's the Double Dare twins, who are constantly thinking about how cute Dick is. I wish I could tell you what they're evil goals were. I feel like they weren't focused on as much as their crush on Dick, which was a shame. The book ends in the middle of Dick's part in No Man's Land (which I also never finished). Over all, it's a recommendation if you're particularly attached to this series. For me, I wouldn't read this again. It was all the 90s tropes I never loved and the art just isn't my cup of tea. There were some cute moments with Dick Grayson, but I definitely think there are better books that show off his personality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    When this series focuses on Dick and his everyday life in Bludhaven - hanging out with Clancy, helping his building survive, training at the police academy - it’s great. Dick is one of the most relatable, down-to-Earth characters in DC’s arsenal, so showcasing this side of his life is a major strength. Sadly, I don’t find the crimefighting plots as compelling. The whole thing with Soames and Blockbuster just doesn’t interest me, and while I like Huntress, her mob takedown team-ups with Nightwing When this series focuses on Dick and his everyday life in Bludhaven - hanging out with Clancy, helping his building survive, training at the police academy - it’s great. Dick is one of the most relatable, down-to-Earth characters in DC’s arsenal, so showcasing this side of his life is a major strength. Sadly, I don’t find the crimefighting plots as compelling. The whole thing with Soames and Blockbuster just doesn’t interest me, and while I like Huntress, her mob takedown team-ups with Nightwing feel uninspired. I don’t know, it seems like I should like this stuff more than I do. I’m still enjoying the series as a whole, though. I’m entertained while reading it and like Nightwing’s new setting. This series oscillates between being truly about something - a young man setting out on his own for the first time - and rote superhero stories. There’s enough of the former to keep me reading. I have to mention the Secret Files and Origins issue. It contains some Who’s Who-style entires plus a few short stories. The stories are all pretty good, but the one with Dick and Barbara is absolutely adorable. There’s also a story where it’s revealed how Dick got his name from Superman (Supes also appears in a great earlier standalone issue where he visits Dick in Bludhaven).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aggelos

    Many of the emotional beats are lost if you haven't read the Huntress/Nightwing mini. Many of the emotional beats are lost if you haven't read the Huntress/Nightwing mini.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arthi

    The majority of this issue was just okay. Dick goes on (and ruins a date) with Clancy, teams up with (and kisses) huntress and gets a visit from Superman. The Superman issue was honestly pretty cute, and you could tell McDaniel had fun illustrating this issue as he drew Nightwing a full head shorter than Supes. There are also a lot of cute scenes that follow the trope of a kid standing up to someone bigger and stronger and the person laughing at them, only to turn around and see the kid's dad be The majority of this issue was just okay. Dick goes on (and ruins a date) with Clancy, teams up with (and kisses) huntress and gets a visit from Superman. The Superman issue was honestly pretty cute, and you could tell McDaniel had fun illustrating this issue as he drew Nightwing a full head shorter than Supes. There are also a lot of cute scenes that follow the trope of a kid standing up to someone bigger and stronger and the person laughing at them, only to turn around and see the kid's dad behind them. It's also refreshing to see Dick idolizing Superman, as he concludes the mission with the phrase "That was so cool." Furthermore Dick demonstrates the difference between him and his mentor as he disagrees with Batman's (sort of racist) statement that "Superman's not from our world. His loyalty will forever be in question. He's not human." and says "I'm not sure of that. He must be the most human guy I ever met." I love how much faith Dick puts in his friend, and honestly the faith is well earned. Superman is as much an earthling as any on else and has always been dedicated to helping the people on his planet. (Sometimes in a misguided way though) The whole issue is very wholesome and cute. There is also the one millionth issue in which Dick is visited by a Batman from the future. It feels a little out of place and disconnected but the banter is fun and its nice to see Nightwing get along with the new Batman instead of immediately treating him as an adversary. Also, Dick sleeps in Batman boxers and I think that's the cutest thing. The highlight of this volume, though is Nightwing Secret Files and Origins. It contains a few stories that define and explore Nightwing's character. There is one that shows us the origin of his name, a hero from Krypton whose family disowned him. After Supes recounts his tale of heroism, Dick asks if the original Nightwing's family ever realized their mistake and Superman responds, "Does it matter?" It's a powerful piece of dialogue that reminds anyone from a dysfunctional family that they can be good for the sake of being good, and even then they may never win the approval of their family. But if all they're trying to do is win their family's approval then they're not really being good. It's a line that stuck with me. Then we also have a great issue of Dick with his new found family, the New Teen Titans. On the anniversary of the Graysons' death, the Titans wrap up a mission that involved the death of a child and Dick beats himself up over not being a good enough son. But luckily his new family is there to show him that he still has love and support even without his blood family. The issue also highlights the bond between Wally and Dick, and that's probably my favourite friendship in all of DC so I really enjoyed that. Finally, there is an issue where Dick gets injured and goes on a a trip down memory lane with Jason Todd as his guide. I am also a sucker for any Jason Todd inclusion (especially scenes where it seems like he was actually valued and loved by people) so I really enjoyed it. There's a line where Jason teases Dick about his extremely active love life and I like that Dick is a bit of a sex icon in DC. It works with his personality and it's nice to see a guy under that spotlight for once, instead of a woman. There are also fun additions like a map of Blüdhaven and the layout of Dick's apartment along with character bios (which I'm not a fan of). Overall the main part of the book would be a 3/5 but my love for Nightwing Secret Files and Origins bumped it up to a 4.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    This trade paperback picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next nine issues (26–34) of the 1996 on-going series, the DC One Million tie-in (Nightwing #1000000), and the supplement issue of Nightwing: Secret Files and Origins. In the on-going series, Dick Grayson continues to wage his war on crime from the street corners to the police department and mayoral mansion. Grayson faces off with Blockbuster, Torque, Double Dare, and Nite-Wing, his impostor. He doesn't face these cha This trade paperback picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next nine issues (26–34) of the 1996 on-going series, the DC One Million tie-in (Nightwing #1000000), and the supplement issue of Nightwing: Secret Files and Origins. In the on-going series, Dick Grayson continues to wage his war on crime from the street corners to the police department and mayoral mansion. Grayson faces off with Blockbuster, Torque, Double Dare, and Nite-Wing, his impostor. He doesn't face these challenges alone; Huntress makes a cameo in a story arc as well for Superman for one issue. It culminates with Grayson quitting his job at the bar and joining the Blüdhaven Police Force to fight the corruption from within. The DC One Million tie-in has Batman from the future working alongside Nightwing and to the present Batman to stop a virus from the future. The story line was rather interesting, but poorly executed. It ended far too abruptly and like most Crossover Event Tie-ins, it ended with little or no resolution. The Nightwing: Secret Files and Origins provide good insight to Nightwing, his surroundings, his rouge gallery, major and minor people in his life – basically his universe. This bonus material is very useful to keep in handy to refresh yourself of who's who in Dick Grayson's complicated life. All in all, I enjoyed this trade paperback, however like the previous volume, Love and Bullets suffers from mediocre filler stories and too many cross-over events or stories, which jars the overflow of the story that Dixon wants to tell. Still, I'm looking forward to the next trade paperback.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This volume is a published combo of Nightwing: Love and Bullets and half of Nightwing: A Darker Shade of Justice, but skips on some of the best issues from A Darker Shade of Justice: #35-#37 (Nightwing in Blackgate) and #38-#39 (and his escape with Babs). Its inclusion of Taking Wing Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1, seemed super without context because Nightwing gets clocked on the head at the end of issue #35 while in Blackgate making him hallucinate that issue/story in the first place... This volume is a published combo of Nightwing: Love and Bullets and half of Nightwing: A Darker Shade of Justice, but skips on some of the best issues from A Darker Shade of Justice: #35-#37 (Nightwing in Blackgate) and #38-#39 (and his escape with Babs). Its inclusion of Taking Wing Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1, seemed super without context because Nightwing gets clocked on the head at the end of issue #35 while in Blackgate making him hallucinate that issue/story in the first place... but *shrug*. You'll see those issues in the next volume. I've never understood how DC editors put these books together... I did like the first issue in this volume: The Anachronism Nightwing #1,000,000, with Batman One Million. Kind of a bummer that the story doesn't continue. 3 stars for the way this volume is collected. I liked the originally printed volume Nightwing: A Darker Shade of Justice much more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    TK

    Why am I reading these again? I feel like there is some smart long term storytelling happening here. The development of Torque as a villain is a cool, long term play out. Plus I love me some Huntress, and I really enjoy the relationships he as with Oracle and our latest Robin. There's some really great humor and touching moments that show up in those interactions, those moments really make me feel like this series is getting slowly better, but at the same time volume is also bogged down by some u Why am I reading these again? I feel like there is some smart long term storytelling happening here. The development of Torque as a villain is a cool, long term play out. Plus I love me some Huntress, and I really enjoy the relationships he as with Oracle and our latest Robin. There's some really great humor and touching moments that show up in those interactions, those moments really make me feel like this series is getting slowly better, but at the same time volume is also bogged down by some unexciting filler and by too many cross-overs. I'm already reading this to fill in the Birds of Prey crossover, I don't want to have to dig up two or more other series on top of it to fill in the full picture. I think if I felt stronger about this series and this character I would make that effort but as it stands there are moments where I just feel like a glutton for punishment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    An improvement over the volume, Dick Grayson's adventures continue. Huntress and Superman guest star in impactful ways. The volume still has issues that connect to different stories and go nowhere (within this volume). An improvement over the volume, Dick Grayson's adventures continue. Huntress and Superman guest star in impactful ways. The volume still has issues that connect to different stories and go nowhere (within this volume).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    I have been really enjoying DC Comics re-publishing versions of the 1990s run of Nightwing and this volume is no exception. Even though it has the same title as the previous collection, this volume includes additional material, making it a good buy even if you had the previous version. The first story in this collection is "The Anachronism" a recreation of "Nightwing 1,000,000" - a Batman from the far future, part of the Legion of Superheroes, returns to "the present" to work with Dick Grayson, N I have been really enjoying DC Comics re-publishing versions of the 1990s run of Nightwing and this volume is no exception. Even though it has the same title as the previous collection, this volume includes additional material, making it a good buy even if you had the previous version. The first story in this collection is "The Anachronism" a recreation of "Nightwing 1,000,000" - a Batman from the far future, part of the Legion of Superheroes, returns to "the present" to work with Dick Grayson, Nightwing. The other members of the Legion of Superheroes had also gone back in time while the Justice League will be sent to their time to attend celebrations. However, the Hourman Virus is released in the "present" and Nightwing and future Batman must stop it. It's an interesting concept - but it ends abruptly without the story being concluded. The next story brings back Huntress who is now even more vicious, driven by vengeance, and willing to use extreme violence to accomplish her goals. It also introduces a new villain, Torque, formerly Dudley Soames, a dirty cop who's head was twisted 180 degrees. Surviving this, Torque is determined to bring down Blockbuster, who had caused his unique condition. Dick meanwhile has settled in in Blüdhaven - he's finally started to date Clancy, his landlady, as well as secretly helping her financially through Haly Holdings. In the previous volume, when Clancy's apartment building was damaged by the quake in Gotham and threatened with a demolition order - Dick stepped in, secretly. In this issue, when Clancy gets a huge tax bill, Dick has Haly take care of it. This prevents Clancy from losing her home, as well as Amygdala, and the mysterious "Dr. Fledermaus". Dick also sees to it that his namesake, the vigilante "Nite-Wing" is taken to Dr. Leslie Thompkins clinic for care. Dick cares about the people around him and the consequences of actions in his universe. He'd given Huntress a chance - but convinced she's behind the recent string of unusual deaths of Blockbusters lieutenants - he not only breaks off his relationship with her, but becomes determine to capture her. As it would turn out, though, it isn't Huntress who's killing Blockbuster's lieutenants - it's Torque. Though Huntress works briefly for Torque because her ultimate goal is to wipe-out the mob, she later changes her mind. "Just Passing Through" takes place after the great quake in Gotham and Gotham being declared "No Man's Land". With no place else to go, many ex-Gothamites end up in Blüdhaven. Nightwing protects them as he protects all of his city. In this story, he's aided by Superman - who's basically a sounding board for Dick, who in many ways, is still trying to figure out if the role of solo crimefighter is what he wants to do. The next stories brings in Double Dare, a pair of sisters who are circus aerialists and bank robbers. Their techniques are similar to Nightwing's so at first he's blamed. And when Dick goes to stop them they are pretty evenly matched. But Stallion and Brutale try to take out all three for Blockbuster - which forces Nightwing to work with the two women for a short time. Meanwhile, the imposter, "Nite-Wing" is caught by the Blüdhaven PD, but the corrupt police chief Francis Redhorn sees "Nite-Wing" as an opportunity to get out of the thumb of Blockbuster. Once he's take care of Clancy's financial issues, Dick talks to her about the direction of his life. He decides that he really wants to be a police officer - to fight corruption from the inside and to stop crime by legal means. He also discovers Clancy had wanted to be a doctor but didn't have the money for college and was too intimidated to try for a scholarship. He pushes her to apply for a Wayne scholarship and grant. Yet, within a few weeks of his training at the police academy - Dick receives an urgent message from Batman. Next we see Dick - he's dying and hallucinating Jason Todd as he relives his life. I was a bit confused as to how Dick ended-up drowning or dying. This new version of Love and Bullets also features a number of extras - write-up summaries of info of all the major and minor characters that make up Dick Grayson's (Nightwing's) universe. A map of Blüdhaven, a map of Dick's apartment and his floor in Clancy's building, even a year-by-year history of the character of Dick Grayson in DC Comics (which was brilliant - I'd always wondered when the Teen Titans fit in). This is a handy reference to Dick's universe. I hope DC Comics continues to publish these updated re-prints of the 1990s version of Nightwing. I enjoy reading the collected volumes very much. The bonus material in this one is awesome and helpful, and the thicker, shiny paper holds the colors very well - so they pop off the page. Also, the drawing of Grayson himself in his black and blue uniform is just gorgeous. Nightwing Love and Bullets (Vol. 4) collects: Nightwing # 1,000,000 (Nov. 1998) Nightwing # 26 - 34 (Dec 1998, Jan. - Aug. 1999) "Taking Wing" from Nightwing Secret Files # 1 (Oct. 1999)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kameron

    3.5 stars

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    Andrew Sartor

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josh Racela

  16. 4 out of 5

    Socialite

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Landry

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sfletcher

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aoko

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Grumbine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jude Folino

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda StJohn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shane O'Neill

  27. 4 out of 5

    VL

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sans

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amelie Rae

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scratch

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