Rating: 5/5 – Smart and Clever Writing Hides Clues Within!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Grayson number twelve is a smart book. It takes some great ideas and a concept that was first introduced in the Future’s End special issue, and exploits them all to great effect. This issue of Grayson also uses some clever narrative techniques to also address Grayson’s absence and his Gotham City homecoming. Writers Tim Seeley and Tom King write one of the best issues in an already outstanding series that sets up another chapter in Dick’s battle and infiltration of Spyral.
Dick Grayson has been away from Gotham City since the Forever Evil mini-series. At the end of that series, Grayson was presumed dead and was given the mission to fight the Spyral organization from the inside, while allowing everyone he knows and loves to think that he’s dead. In his return to Gotham he meets back up with almost all of the Bat-Family team members including Barbara, Alfred, and Bruce just to name a few. During each of the meetings, there’s a full pages splash that has the two characters surrounded by word balloons referencing the character’s pasts and interactions. Some of the quotes I knew, but others were a mystery to me but still easy to imagine them being said. Obviously long-time Bat-Family fans will enjoy this narrative technique more than others who may be reading be reading about Dick Grayson for the first time, but for those new readers it hints at previous storylines, piquing one’s curiosity to find out more.
The ending of this issue was such a pleasant surprise that used the writing technique mentioned above to tie everything together in such a clever way that it had me going back to read the dialogue again, finding the clues that I didn’t see upon first reading. It’s so fitting that these clues were set in a book that’s heavy on spies, espionage, and of course the detective aspects of Batman and Robin. Not only that, but this issue is another strong showing by artist Mikel Janin who is making a name for himself on this book month in and month out. There are exciting things ahead for Grayson as hinted by this issue’s last page and I can’t wait to see them!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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