Grayson

Grayson

Volume 1, Agents of Spyral

Book - 2015
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Dick Grayson. Former Sidekick. Former Superhero. Former dead man. Agent of Spyral?! A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson's life begins here. A super-spy espionage thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: you might think you know Nightwing--but you don't know Dick.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2015]
ISBN: 9781401252342
1401252346
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Janín, Mikel - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Agents of Spyral

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Keogh
May 24, 2016

A new direction for Dick Grayson in the wake of Forever Evil. With his secret identity exposed, Grayson's gone underground into the spy business as a field operative with a shadowy organization- and as something of a double agent, working for Batman to uncover their true agenda. It's interesting to see a new purpose for Helena Bertinelli, who was cast aside when DC rebooted the universe for no reason at all, and there are hints of the Huntress to her. Still, it's a curious change in direction.

mvkramer Feb 21, 2016

This story follows up on Forever Evil - where Dick Grayson's secret identity was revealed to the world at large by Ultraman. Now he's trading the flashy costume for secret agent gear and infiltrating Spyral - which is DC's answer to Hydra, I guess? I like to see a graphic novel series actually acknowledging consequences for once instead of just hitting "reboot." I also like the '60's spy wackiness of Spyral. Good series so far - I'm interested in seeing where it goes.

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rswcove
Jan 02, 2016

This trade paperback suffers from a weakness of many arbitrarily collected serial publications: there isn't a whole story here. Further, the artist and writer changes and the approaches of the later writer and artist do not compliment, but rather clash with the approaches of the first writer and artist. The intent of the first writer and artist were clearly to emulate the Batman Inc. run by Grant Morrison- which is brilliant by the way, you should read it. They are hamstrung in this by the consequences of the New 52 redesign that DC foisted upon itself, but didn't apply consistently to Batman- because reasons. Still the first half of this is an enjoyable if convoluted romp. The second half wants to be 'Momento', but the writer isn't skilled enough to pull it off and can't write the characters to match their characterization in the earlier volumes. So it all falls flat. Don't bother, it doesn't satisfy and provides no closure.

forbesrachel Dec 15, 2015

Dick Grayson (aka the original Robin, aka recently Nightwing) has had a bit of a career change. He is now agent 37, a spy and action-man for Spyral, an organization with some shady motives. His partner, the Matron, is privy to his past, and requested his participation, but her personal reasons for this decision still remain hidden; Spyral and the Bat-family are not on good terms, so there is some question as to why she would want him. Dick's motives for joining are much clearer, he is the perfect double-agent. Spyral wants the pieces of Paragon, which could spell trouble for Earth's superheroes, so it is his mission to uncover the identity of the mysterious spiral-faced Mr. Minos, and stop his plans. The art still has all the punches, stunts, and edge that any other superhero comic has, although it is marred by the presence of so many guns, something which Dick himself feels extremely uncomfortable using. He himself avoids using them as much as possible, which causes some tension between him and his teammates. While the story itself is decent, the career shift never feels right, and Dick himself clearly misses his old life. If DC wanted to create a spy story, they could have chosen a character that fits the bill better, or they could have created a new character, these options might have had better results. As it stands though, Grayson does show some promise, and it is an easy series for newcomers to delve into; the opening sequence neatly summarizes his past, and no previous knowledge is required to understand the rest.

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duane767
Nov 07, 2015

Better than it deserves to be; unfortunately could be an example of a waste of a great creative team on a direction with the former Nightwing which will no doubt fly below many people's radar.

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sjcpleric
Jun 24, 2015

This was a very fun read. Part spy story, part super hero story. Lots of humor and memorable characters. Highly recommended.

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