I'm not going to bitch about Tom DeFalco's name on the cover. I'm just going to start reading.
I didn't think any nights paid to don a costume!
Nightwing has been out hunting for criminals all night and hasn't heard a peep. He should be happy but being that this is Gotham, he knows something is wrong. And it doesn't feel like The Joker being back in town is entirely to blame. So after he spends a few pages Narration Boxing about the problem, he decides to pay The Penguin a visit. And The Penguin knows what's going that Lady Shiva is in town, so that's a pretty good intuitive guess on Dick's part.
I assume the social calls don't begin by throwing one of his bodyguard's through a pair of heavy oak doors.
Nightwing takes care of some Amusement Mile business during the day and then goes back out on patrol that night where he and Batgirl almost kill each other while swinging around Gotham.
Is Batgirl making a joke? Joker? Back? Ha ha?
Batgirl acts like a complete asshole because Nightwing has his own thing going on and he won't help her get revenge on The Joker. She says she's going to find someone she can count on to help her. Who would that be? Jason Todd?
Nightwing finally finds a low-life nobody that knows how he can find Lady Shiva. It's always the nobody gangster on the street that hears the important stuff. Probably because they're always scanning Gotham Craigslist Criminals Needed postings for jobs. Even though every other mobster in Gotham is terrified and in hiding because Lady Shiva is coming to town, one mobster, Chipper Panoicia, has decided to kill Lady Shiva to increase his reputation. He's got snipers and gunmen all over the docks waiting for her to arrive. And now Nightwing feels like he needs to save the damsel in distress. I'm fairly confident she'll be okay.
And of course, she is. The information about her coming in at the dock was a diversion that even the great Nightwing fell for because he's a total sucker for the damsel in distress bullshit. It clouds his mind every time. Meanwhile, Lady Shiva is off killing some guy involved in some minor S.E.C. case. Sonia Branch, the daughter of the man that killed Nightwing's family and the woman working with Dick to get Amusement Mile up and running, is testifying on the same case. So her life is probably in danger as well. Good! That'll give Nightwing his damsel in distress he's constantly looking to save.
Nigthwing #13 Rating: No change. The story didn't want to make me gouge my eyes out and pull my brain through the sockets. So that's a nice piece of positive praise for Tom DeFalco. He can print this up and put it on his wall of accomplishments.