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Nightwing: The Hunt for Oracle Paperback – February 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Nightwing
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899409
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Hunt For Oracle" is volume five in the Nightwing Series that collects the original monthly comics (it's volume six if you count "Ties That Bind" but that one collects the miniseries). This volume continues from the previous one, "A Darker Shade of Justice" and it collects issues 41-45 of the monthly Nightwing and the two issues of Birds of Prey that it crosses-over with.
Chuck Dixon continues his excellent storytelling and characterization-work here. Nightwing (Dick Grayson) returns to Bludhaven after the events of "No Man's Land" in Gotham City. He takes his finals and graduates as a police officer. Meanwhile, the subplots from the previous volumes involving Tad (Nite-Wing) builds to a new level of intensity and violence in this volume as Nightwing attempts to take him under his tutelage. Also, new developments in the relationship of Dick and Clancy. Finally, there is the introduction of a new element into the Bludhaven police force (MacArnot) who may be a sleazier cop than even the legendary Dudley Soames was. For those who have been diligently following Chuck Dixon's developing plot-lines, the rewards of this volume are numerous. If like me, you like the soap-opera aspects of a monthly superhero comic where the characters grow, you'll love what Dixon is doing here.
Then we move on to the main plot. Blockbuster, the "kingpin" of Bludhaven wants to hunt down Oracle (Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl and Dick's girlfriend). And he does that by torturing Nightwing for information and by hiring a whole group of thugs/assassins. Oracle's partner, Black Canary, races against time around the globe to save her. This story also provides the biggest pay-out in the relationship of the "Birds of Prey" (Oracle and Canary) since the series began.
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Blockbuster has recently suffered his greatest loss not at the hands of Nightwing or Batman, but Oracle. He becomes obsessed with finding Oracle and killing him/her.

Nightwing and Nite-wing team up in this volume. It is Dick's hope that he can take Tad under his "wing." However, Tad shows a violent, antisocial streak when he kills an undercover FBI agent.

Oracle is nearly found, however, she runs circles around her enemies with superior planning and craftiness. She is proving to be a great asset to the Batman family beyond her impairment.

I could be wrong, but this looks like someone else started picking up the art in this volume on. Personally, I like the art either way, the main thing I like about the series is how action-packed it is without compromising the detective element. If you are picky about that sort of thing though, you might want to ask around.

Otherwise, I strongly suggest this book, and the Nightwing series.
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(This TPB contains BoP issues #20-21 and Nightwing #41-46.)
Just to make it clear, I started out as a Black Canary fan, then as a BoP fan, and have only recently become a Nightwing fan. I wouldn't recommend this to newcomers of either title, but it's a fun read for anyone who knows the characters and settings well enough to hang on during the ride. As a BoP fan, I really enjoyed seeing how Oracle handles herself outside the clock tower against someone more challenging than a would-be mugger or a condescending shop clerk.
Good choice of art team--while I'm not utterly opposed to any of the other artists who've worked on either series, Land, Guice, and Zirchner's realistic styles are ideally suited for this gritty story.
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This was my introduction to Nightwing's attempts to sort out problems in Bludhaven (I like Nightwing, and just decided to read Hunt For Oracle, as opposed to other Nightwing graphic novels, because I'm also an Oracle fan, from her old Suicide Squad appearances). The problems in Bludhaven include a corrupt police force, an attack on a shady lawyer named Bendel-White by a cop turned criminal named Torque, a Nightwing imposter calling himself Nite-Wing, who fights crime by being more violent than any of the thugs he pursues, and a festering gang war that centers around the withering but still-powerful crimeboss named Blockbuster who has had his success severely marred by the mysterious online interloper known as Oracle.

A lot of characters traipse through these pages, and they all make the story great...because they all want a piece of each other. Torque gets a shot at blowing two Night/Nite-wings out of existence, while Blockbuster works his Oracle problem from several angles by hiring several hi-tech and heavily-armed supercriminals to track Oracle down to her lair. This has Lady Vic and Brutale going after Black Canary, a known Oracle associate, while a couple of bizarre electronic experts--Mouse and Giz--try to zero in on Oracle's lair so a dude named Stallion and his small army of mercenaries can close in and commit mayhem. Things don't quite go as planned--not for Blockbuster and his minions, who discover that tracing Oracle is like tracing a phantom with numerous tricks up her sleeve, and not for Nightwing, whose reluctant team-up with Nite-wing sours right about when they invade Blockbuster's home.
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