Monday, April 14, 2014

Secret Grayson Man

Nightwing is dead, long live Grayson!

One of the biggest questions asked since Forever Evil started has been what is the fate of Dick Grayson? Batman's former "Chum" was introduced in 1940 as the original Boy Wonder, Robin and in July 1984 he struck out his own and spread his wings as Nightwing. After donning Batman's cowl (twice) Dick returned to his role as Nightwing until the Crime Syndicate Of America outed him as the vigilante Nightwing in front of the world when they took it over in Forever Evil. Now in the wake of his "death" Dick Grayson is taking on another role, that of a Secret Agent on July 2nd in GRAYSON.

Grayson, is an action-adventure series from DC Comics. It's written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer. 
"to take off the mask and step out on his own in a world where he's not simply being another hero like the hero he grew up with."
— Tom King

Grayson finds Nightwing believed to be dead after the events in Forever Evil, and Batman asks him to  remain that way, not just to the world, but to those he loves the most including Batgirl, Alfred and the rest of the Bat-Family. 
"Obviously, he's a part of a legacy. He's been Robin, he's been Batman, and now he's out in the cold by himself."
— Tim Seeley
"He's doing something that's going to cause pain to his friends and family, but he believes in the cause. That tension between having to do something good but having the cost of it being pain to his family, it drives him a little crazy."
— Tom King

Grayson trades in his spot in the Batcave for the international spy agency Spyral, an organization that was created by writer Grant Morrison during his Batman Incorporated  series. King sees it as representative of today's intelligence community: They're the people who stop bad guys from doing bad things, yet to do that, they employ questionable tactics such as mind erosion.
"He has to save the world, but he's dealing with an organization that may go beyond his comfort zone."
— Tom King

King, who worked for the CIA after 9/11, brings a unique perspective to Grayson, he plans to bring the grounded, emotional side of what is is like to work undercover while having bullets shot at you and cope with the pressure of being an intelligence agent.
"It's bliss to serve a higher cause and save people, the hard part of it is it's tough to go home and lie to your family and pretend to be a different person."
— Tom King

Seely plans on reintroducing some familiar DC faces along with creating a new mythos for Grayson, including introducing Dick's very own archenemy. 

"He's always been a character who hasn't had a villain associated with him. We want to give him his Lex Luthor, his Joker."
— Tom King

With his new title, and new job comes a wardrobe makeover, from Grayson artist Mikel Janin. The new look will have a secret agent feel to it with no mask, but will give a nod to his Pre-New 52 Nightwing days with a blue-and-black color scheme and a wear a "G" on his chest that is reminiscent of his Red Robin, and Robin costumes.

As far as the tone or feel of the book, Seeley describes Grayson as a "world-hopping" action comic, and King wants every issue to feel like a TV episode of Mad Men or Breaking Bad in that it causes a conversation.
"It's DC's The Americans. This is something where, at the end of it, you have to go and talk about it."
— Tom King

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