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Action Comics Weekly
May 1988 to May 1999 (601 to 642)
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Issue 613
Year
Aug-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 1
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Nil
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 614
Summary:
The story begins with Nightwing fighting a group of criminals. Abruptly he finds himself facing a gun. An arrow from nowhere saves his life courtesy of Speedy who has coming looking for his friend. He needs Dick's help to track down Cheshire... the mother of Roy's child. Dick offers to get the Titans together but Roy insists it can only be the two of them. Cheshire has be hired to assassinate an ambassador and Roy needs to stop her. Dick and Roy share a heart to heart about Dick's relationship Batman. It is interesting to read Dick's thoughts on it. Nightwing and Speedy arrive and warn the Ambassador. Final panel -Cheshire has her gunsite on Roy.

       


Issue 614
Year
Aug-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 2 - First Blood
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Action Comics Weekly 613
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 615
Summary:
Cheshire moves her site to the Ambassador but hits a bodyguard. Roy races off after Cheshire, depsite Dick's warning not to. Speedy is about to meet his maker when Nightwing springs to the rescue stating, "I told you to stay put, Harper. You're an archer, not a fighter." Cheshire fights dirty and slashes Dick with a toe claw and escapes by tossing him a bomb which he despences with safely. Roy fills us in on how he and Cheshire met... not love, according to him, just hormones. Dick senses that there is something that Roy isn't telling him and when the Ambassador is killed, Dick decides it is time to find out what Roy is keeping from him. Roy, meanwhile has gone off to meet Cheshire... and they both know that at some stage one of them will have to kill the other.

       


Issue 615
Year
Aug-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 3 - Tracks of a Killer
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Action Comics Weekly 614
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 616
Summary:
Nightwing's suspicions grow and he goes to speak to Lord Hill. Dick is still suffering effects from an injury to his leg. Cheshire goes on a killing spree. Then we see her and huging Lian who she admits looks like her father. Speedy calls Dick and reaizes that his friend is getting suspicious and so he decides not to wait for his partner and sets off on his own. Meanwhile, Dick calls the Titans and discovers Roy was fired from CBI (the group which had apparently sent them on this mission).

         


Issue 616
Year
Sept-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 4 - Counterpoint
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Action Comics Weekly 615
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 617
Summary:
Roy finds where Cheshire is staying but is attacked and defeated by her master. Rather than killing him, the master decides to leave the deed to Cheshire when she gets home. Nightwing has a discussion with some police and discovers Roy is leaving a trail of beaten thugs. Dick tracks down one but Cheshire kills him before Dick can get any answers. Nightwing and Chesire fight and the comic ends with Nightwing trying to avoid Cheshire's poisoned claws.

       


Issue 617
Year
Sept-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 5 - Motives
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Action Comics Weekly 616
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 618
Summary:
Nightwing is able to 'get away' from Cheshire and she is surpised that he runs... for good reason. He isn't interested in her... only in finding his friend and he knows she holds the key to Speedy's whereabouts. Cheshire realizes that Nightwing is trying to trick her and will try to follow... which he does using a police helicoptor. Cheshire goes home,beats up Roy promising him that he will never see his daughter. Just as Cheshire is about to kill Roy, Nightwing crashes through a window. Before he can recover, Cheshie is upon him. He fights back but is distracted when Speedy calls out to him. Roy frees himself and rushes across to help, only to be slashed by Cheshire's poisoned fingernails. Nightwing is left with a choice... save Roy or pursue Cheshire. There is no choice to make. Later, we see Cheshire and her Master... she knows that Roy has her daughter.

       


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Issue 618
Year
Sept-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman
Artist
Church Patton
Title:
"The Cheshire Contract:"
Part 6 - Conclusion
Story Arc:
The Cheshire Contract - 6 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 613 - 618
After:
Action Comics Weekly 617
Next:
Nil
Summary:
Roy wakes up in hospital and Nighwing introduces him to his daughter. Roy tells Dick how sorry he is for deceiving him and how much he has always envied him. Dick reminds him that everyone makes mistakes and that no one is completely together. Nightwing traces the buy he placed on Cheshire, and captures her. As she is taken away, she begs Nightwing to look after her baby... to which Dick replies, "Lian is in good hands. The best of hands." Roy is lieft to face a hearing for what he did and one to seek custody of Lian. Dick flies home into the waiting arms of Kory where he admits that he has always been jealous of Roy's carefree and open personality.

         


Issue 627
Year
Nov-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Marv Wolfman and Cherie Wilkerson
Artist
Tom Mandrake
Title:
"Rocks and Hard Places" Part 1 - Travels and Part 2 - Distractions
Story Arc:
Rocks and Hard Places - 9 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 627 - 634
After:
Nil
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 631
Summary:
Nightwing has returned to Ireland to visit Speedy who is taking six months off to regroup. When on a ferry, Roy goes to feed Lian, while Dick is distracted by a girl, follows her and watches as she drives a van containing a coffin off the boat. Nightwing follows and ends up in the freezing water battling to get on top of the coffin to survive. Problem: some thug is trying to kill him. Speedy hears the comotion and jumps onto the recuse boat. He fires Dick a line only to watch horrified as thug uses it to try and strangle Dick. Then a second boat appears and tries to run Nightwing down. While the police begin firing on the second craft, Roy focuses on rescuing his best friend. He finally pulls a freezing Nightwing from the water. Back at their roon, Roy explains how he was fired from CBI - he discovered some things he didn't like invovling drugs and reported it to his superior... next thing he knew, he had been fired. Roy and Dick go for a stroll with Lian in a pram and are followed and then attacked. Before Nightwing can question the people a sniper kills the attacker. Nightwing heads back to the US to investigate the CBI. On the final page a mystery man states that Nightwing will be taken care of and that Roy, too, will be dealt with.

               


Issue 631
Year
Dec-88
Character
Dick
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Cherie Wilkerson
Artist
Tom Mandrake
Title:
"Rocks and Hard Places" Part 6 - Old Friends, New Enemies
Story Arc:
Rocks and Hard Places - 9 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 627 - 634
After:
Actions Comics Weekly 627
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 632
Summary:
Dick and Roy end up involved in a car chase... being pursued by someone trying to kill them. Great exchange between the two of them with Dick first telling him to slow down so they aren't killed and they telling him to go faster so they aren't killed. (g) Dick ends up having to shoot the baddies with one of Speedy's arrows.

   


Issue 632
Year
Dec-88
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Cherie Wilkerson
Artist
Tom Mandrake
Title:
"Rocks and Hard Places" Part 7 - A Time of Changes
Story Arc:
Rocks and Hard Places - 9 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 627 - 634
After:
Actions Comics Weekly 631
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 633
Summary:
A girl (Moira) Roy befriended is injured in a blast. Meanwhile Dick finds himself in the middle of a gunfight... being shot at by both sides until Roy turns up. The pair discover the enemy is called the F.O.E.S. We meet Paul O'Connor who has been selling drugs to finance the war between rival gangs. O'Connor is set to go to the US where the detective Dick and Roy deal with, is waiting.

     


Issue 633
Year
Jan-89
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Cherie Wilkerson
Artist
Tom Mandrake
Title:
"Rocks and Hard Places" Part 8 - Behind Closed Doors
Story Arc:
Rocks and Hard Places - 9 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 627 - 634
After:
Actions Comics Weekly 632
Next:
Action Comics Weekly 634
Summary:
Roy and Dick land back in Washington... minus Lian. Not sure where she is. They are met at the airport by CBI... Dick was expecting them. Roy is suspicious. The detective from Ireland is kidnapped after spotting the man he knows is behind everything. Roy and Dick's car is attached by kids playing soldier and the head of the CBI disappears leaving the two friends to walk back to town. They receive a lift from the Irish detective (Hunter). They end up back in CBI office where Lord Danvers appears and he and the head of CBI have Nightwing and Speedy framed and arrested.

       


Issue 634
Year
Jan-89
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Cherie Wilkerson
Artist
Tom Mandrake
Title:
"Rocks and Hard Places" Part 9 - The Circle Closes
Story Arc:
Rocks and Hard Places - 9 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 627 - 634
After:
Actions Comics Weekly 633
Next:
Nil
Summary:
Speedy and Nightwing free themselves and then discover that the CBI have been on to their crooked head for some times and had been looking for the Irish connection. Detective Hunter becomes a star when both heads are taken down. Story ends with Kory, Dick, Roy and Lian enjoying some time together.

       


Issue 642
Year
-89
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Elliot Maggin
Artist
Carmine Infantio & Jim Mooney
Title:
"Where There Is A Will: Parts 3 & 4
Story Arc:
Where There is A Will - 4 Part Series.
Action Comics Weekly 642
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Nightwing is selected by Green Lantern to represent the type of hero he is... I think. I was confused.