"The Resignation": Nightwing observes four men who are about to shoot a woman they apparently kidnapped earlier. Nightwing intervenes immediately and defeats the men before they can make use of their guns. But before he reached the last man, he had smashed the you
- Master Bruce told me of your decision. I must confess that I approve. I've always secretly hoped that you would eventually choose your own path. Sometimes, I even hope that Master Bruce will find another venue for his talents. I also hope for world peace, environmental harmony and honest politicians.
Appearing in "The Resignation"
- Boss Zucco (Mentioned only)
- Budolph (Only appearance; dies)
- Flying Graysons (Flashback only)
- Kevin Gipley (kidnapper)
- Killer Croc (Flashback only)
- Miggie Webster (First appearance)
- Mrs. Webster (First appearance)
- Pickles the Clown (Mentioned only)
- William Webster (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Resignation"
Nightwing observes four men who are about to shoot a woman they apparently kidnapped earlier. Nightwing intervenes immediately and defeats the men before they can make use of their guns. But before he reached the last man, he had smashed the young woman's head against a wall, making her unconscious.
The whole fight was thoroughly watched by Batman, whom Nightwing had called earlier because he wanted to talk to his mentor. Batman has already called police and ambulance, so the two heroes can leave the scene and embark on a rooftop. There Dick explains that he no longer feels fulfilled by his activities as Nightwing and, thus, wants to withdraw from the hero business. Demonstratively he passes his costume over to Batman.
The following day, Dick goes to the hospital to visit the young woman he rescued the night before. There he not only meets the beautiful Miggie Webster herself, but also both of her parents. Although this felt a little awkward, Dick leaves the hospital in anticipation to meet Miggie for a cup of coffee after her release.
The next morning Dick gets a visit from Alfred Pennyworth, who is very pleased with his decision to focus more on his private life. But that may have been premature, because Alfred hands over some old documents which were stored in Wayne Manor since Dick's adoption by Bruce Wayne. Dick is shocked when he discovers a letter which obviously contains a death threat to his parents and which had been written only days before they died in the circus arena. The letter's origin is Kravia, a little country where the circus had performed shortly before his parents' death. Of course, Dick wants to investigate further and immediately calls the Embassy of Kravia. His request to enter the country is forwarded to Prince Balsik. The man with numerous scars on his face recognizes the name Dick Grayson and calls him a loose end that should have been tied off 15 years ago. To make up this mistake, Balsik hires a professional killer called Goode Ole Bernie.
Only a short time later, Bernie watches as Dick Grayson leaves a coffee shop together with Miggie Webster. After Miggie kissed Dick goodbye, the killer approaches him to deliver his "Death Touch" ...
- This issue is reprinted in the collected edition Nightwing: Ties That Bind.
- Dick Grayson refers to Alfred as his "best friend," a sentiment he has previously expressed in Nightwing: Alfred's Return #1.
- Dick Grayson mentions that his parents were killed on June 27th.
- Prince Balsik mentions that it has been 15 years since the death of the Flying Graysons.
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