Saturday, December 10, 2022

Nightwing Gets His James Bond on in “Grayson”

Grayson #1 CoverSooooo…. I don’t think anyone was expecting this one…


According to USA Today, the post-Forever Evil world will see Dick Grayson hang up his Nightwing costume and enter the world of intelligence gathering and spies with Grayson #1 co-written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and former CIA counter terrorism officer Tom King with art by Mikel Janin (Justice League Dark).


After having his identity being revealed to the world during Forever Evil and apparently thought dead by the rest of the world, Dick Grayson is going to be joining the international spy organization, Spyral of Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated fame. “He has to save the world, but he’s dealing with an organization that may go beyond his comfort zone,” King says. Seeley describes the book as a “world-hopping action comic”.


They also briefly discuss the supporting cast of Grayson, including some characters from the DC Universe but also creating a mythos for Dick, including an arch-enemy. “He’s always been a character who hasn’t had a villain associated with him,” King says. “We want to give him his Lex Luthor, his Joker.”


Which makes sense. Dick Grayson has never had villains associated with him or dark counterparts. Never ever ever.


Okay, I was being a bit facetious there but honestly, I have no idea what to make of this. Part of me is still miffed that it felt like Dick’s Nightwing series was a constant victim of editorial derailing the book’s narrative (I’ll get into this more when I do my retrospective of Forever Evil come the end of May) and well…. I’m just going to say it. This feels like DC is trying to capitalize on the popularity of The Winter Soldier. Think about it, two former sidekicks who the world think are dead and are now involved with spy work and intelligence. Also, Dick Grayson with a gun is just…. wha?


On the other hand, it’s got Mikel Janin and his art on Justice League Dark was exquisite and I like Tim Seeley’s writing.


Silver linings, I guess.


Grayson #1 will be released July 2nd in all good comics shops and digital distribution.

When he is not working at a library or on his Master's Degree, Ken Godberson III is usually writing comics, prose and screenplays. He tends to be an expert on absolutely nothing except on why Impulse is the greatest superhero ever. He can be found on Twitter @kengodbersoniii or on Tumblr at

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