Publisher: DC Comics
Writers: Tim Seely & Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin
Colors: Jeromy Cox
Letters: Carlos Mangual
Covers: Andrew Robinson (regular), Mikel Janin (variant), and Jock (Batman 75th Anniversary variant)
Review by Scott Keys
When the speculation of Dick Grayson’s death in Forever Evil began, I thought “oh, not this again!” I was definitely intrigued by the prospects of Dick becoming a super-spy and being “dead” to the mainstream DCU (with the exception of Batman, of course). Well, after reading the debut issue, I can undoubtedly say that I like where this is going!
Seely and King do a great job of keeping the Grayson’s personality the same way we’ve known for years, but adding new layers to his personality. Of all of the “super-heroes” in the DCU, Grayson is probably the best choice to turn spy (again, with the exception of Batman). He has the skills and determination to infiltrate a spy-ring, all while seemingly having “fun” doing it!
While Seely and King have the plot and script spot-on for our acrobatic hero, Janin shows us that HE should have been drawing Grayson from the beginning! The fluidity of his style meshes perfectly with such an acrobatic hero. Hell, his moves even impressed the Midnighter! Speaking of which, that was one of the coolest fight sequences I’ve seen in awhile! He went toe-to-toe with probably the deadliest hand-to-hand combatant in the DCU (except Batman, you see a trend) without the advantage of implants or super-powers (until he uses the Hypnos implant to get away at the end, but still impressive, nonetheless!).
After such a strong debut issue by Seely, King, and Janin, I’m confident that Grayson is in good hands, and it can only get better as this team meshes over time. If you were on the fence with this book, hop on over to the DCU and pick up Grayson! DC has stepped up their game recently, and Grayson #1 continues that trend!
Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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