COMICS: Former Robin Sheds NIGHTWING Identity In New Ongoing Series GRAYSON

COMICS: Former Robin Sheds NIGHTWING Identity In New Ongoing Series GRAYSON

His identity was revealed to the world by The Crime Syndicate in the pages of Forever Evil, so Dick Grayson is now set to leave the Nightwing identity behind in order to become a secret agent for international spy agency Spyral. However, there's a twist! Read on for details.


USA Today have revealed DC's plans for Grayson, a new series from the creative team of writers Tim Seeley and Tom King. The latter describes the series as a chance for the former Robin, "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." Grayson #1 will be released in July, while the current Nightwing series is set to wrap up with issue #30 next month. According to the site, Batman insists that Dick keeps the fact that he's alive from everyone, including the likes of Alfred Pennyworth and Batgirl in order to protect them and himself now that his secret identity has been revealed to the world. As a result, Nightwing will be leaving Gotham City and will become an employee of Spyral, the international spy agency introduced during Grant Morrison's Batman, Incorporated run. However, there many be more to them than meets the eye, and King compares the series as follows: "It's DC's The Americans. This is something where, at the end of it, you have to go and talk about it." 

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JayJayCAW - 4/14/2014, 5:52 PM
......*point at picture*.....gun????......wwwwwhhhhy?
Nick56 - 4/14/2014, 5:54 PM
Could be cool
TheBuoyWonder - 4/14/2014, 5:56 PM
incepshawn - 4/14/2014, 5:56 PM
I'll actually pick this up. Dropping a number of New 52 books minus the Bat-titles and Flash.
anthonyEstark - 4/14/2014, 6:00 PM
The art looks good so far, I'll want to check out a preview for it.
Knightrider - 4/14/2014, 6:00 PM
Agent or not, I just don't see someone who was trained by Batman using a gun. I think he'd use his current skill set in a spy world. If anything they should make him the leader of a new suicide squad that way have the conflict between the gun waving crazies and him, who used the fight them, having to work together.
JV - 4/14/2014, 6:03 PM
Agree Knightrider...we already have Red Hood...Robin doesnt use a gun
MrBatfleck - 4/14/2014, 6:05 PM
Ehhhhhhh, what?
ezio619 - 4/14/2014, 6:06 PM
it actually sounds pretty cool,i was alittle thrown back by him using a gun but making him a secret agent sounds cool

Dick Grayson is trading his superhero suit for secret-agent cool.

Batman's former sidekick embarks on a new life as an undercover superspy in the comic book Grayson, an action-adventure series premiering July 2 from DC Comics. It's written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer.

After a career of being overshadowed by his cape-and-cowled father figure, this is a chance for Grayson "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," King says.

A character who first appeared in 1940, Grayson was the original Robin to Bruce Wayne's Dark Knight. He went solo as Nightwing in the 1980s and also served as Batman for a time, when Wayne was thought dead.

The current Nightwing series ends with Issue 30, due May 28. In the current Forever Evil event series, Dick Grayson has been outed in a villain-infested landscape as Nightwing and captured by the Crime Syndicate of Earth 3. (He's also seemingly murdered, but it doesn't take.)

Batman, though, wants him to transition to a different heroic life for the greater good — it's "a hard sell," Seeley says — and tells him why he needs his former partner to stay dead, not only to the world at large but to Batgirl, Alfred Pennyworth and the rest of the "Bat-family."

"Obviously, he's a part of a legacy," Seeley says. "He's been Robin, he's been Batman, and now he's out in the cold by himself."

Adds King: "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."

Grayson's new employer is the international spy agency Spyral, an organization created by writer Grant Morrison for 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," King says.

Seeley likes putting Grayson in this strange position, working for a group "that purports to be on the side of the angels, but clearly, there's some weird stuff going in. Their penchant for manipulation instantly makes them nefarious."

King, who started working for the CIA after 9/11, intends to bring to Grayson the emotional feel for what it's like to work undercover, have bullets shot at you and cope with the the inherent pressure of being an intelligence agent.

"It's bliss to serve a higher cause and save people," he says, but "the hard part of it is it's tough to go home and lie to your family and pretend to be a different person."

For the supporting cast, Seeley is planning to reintroduce some familiar DC characters but also to create a new mythos for Grayson, including his own archenemy.

"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."

Also, Grayson is one of the few superheroes "who is considered a sex symbol by ladies," Seeley says. "We're leaning into that."

At the very least, he is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson's mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a "G" on his chest, reminiscent of the old "R" from his Robin days.

In terms of tone, 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," King says. "This is something where, at the end of it, you have to go and talk about it."
BATMANx - 4/14/2014, 6:06 PM
Theres more to this
ndwwrestler2 - 4/14/2014, 6:09 PM
He's carrying guns? I hate to complain but...didn't we get past the rebellious teenager phase?
batcheeks8 - 4/14/2014, 6:12 PM
After reading that article, I can dig it
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2014, 6:13 PM
Dumbest shit ever. Bring me back to the days prior to the new 52
Spock0Clock - 4/14/2014, 6:13 PM

Seriously, sometimes I feel the only thing worse than what WB is doing to DC characters is what DC is doing to them.
batcheeks8 - 4/14/2014, 6:14 PM
Glad they're acknowledging his status among "the ladies", but there's more to him than that. Here's to new ideas.
ndwwrestler2 - 4/14/2014, 6:14 PM
Okay, Okay, I just read the description and it doesn't sound too bad. It might even be cool.
Lizardking310 - 4/14/2014, 6:17 PM
Sounds good I'll be reading this !
Brione - 4/14/2014, 6:17 PM
@ezio619 Thanks for posting that. At first I wasn't sure about this but after reading that I'm now excited for this comic and we all know that Batman is going to show up from time to time and that Alfred and Babs will find out eventually. I think this will be really good.
SwingsetKnight - 4/14/2014, 6:18 PM
Okay, I know this is a universe where the public is SO dumb a pair of glasses apparently constitutes a disguise, but that at least has the excuse of being a throwback to the days when these books were written for 8-year-olds. It's sacrosanct. That doesn't mean you have to pile MORE stupid on the wagon. HOW exactly does someone (anyone) read "Bruce Wayne's adopted son turns out to be Robin" in a headline without drawing the obscenely obvious conclusion? Blehhh...

And the gun's stupid.
DrunkenNukem - 4/14/2014, 6:21 PM
So Dick Grayson goes Jason Bourne?
TheGreenBastard - 4/14/2014, 6:26 PM
I bet it's a grabble gun. I love Dick Grayson, and hope this title sells well for him.
staypuffed - 4/14/2014, 6:28 PM
TheFox - 4/14/2014, 6:31 PM
Sooo... they didn't KILL Nightwing... they made him a secret agent?



That's just such an ODD choice for the character. And tying him to an organization that GRANT MORRISON created?

You're skating on thin ice with me, DC...

ndwwrestler2 - 4/14/2014, 6:31 PM
@DrunkenPirateNukem When you put it like sounds even more badass.
Battabing - 4/14/2014, 6:31 PM
Hmmmm, I like this, although I think it would have been better if he were an agent of ARGUS.
TheRealDorkKnight - 4/14/2014, 6:32 PM
If everyone knows dick Grayson is night wing how did not one criminal say hey Bruce Wayne must be batman!
duncboy - 4/14/2014, 6:35 PM
Definitely not a fan of this.
Atumbem - 4/14/2014, 6:35 PM
This is stupid as hell! So the world knows Dick Grayson was Nightwing, but no one can figure out Bruce Wayne is Batman from this revelation. That would make every evil or good character in the DC Universe dumb as hell. The lack of logic behind the whole thing is lol funny.
JohnTom88 - 4/14/2014, 6:36 PM
Unless the man under Batman is like Tony Stark or Steve Rogers, it would be easier for somebody to deduce Batman is Bruce Wayne.

Havenless - 4/14/2014, 6:58 PM
Is Spyral DC's SHIELD?

So is he just male Black Widow now?
Natetrix79 - 4/14/2014, 6:58 PM
@SwingsetKnight that's the first thing that popped into my mind when I started to read this, even Killer Croc can figure this out!!! Batman needs a Life Model Decoy....actually I'm surprised Bats hasn't come up with a robot or hologram type of device so him & "Wayne" can be two places at once.
TheGDBatman1 - 4/14/2014, 7:01 PM
Take me back to before flashpoint fricked everything up
TheGDBatman1 - 4/14/2014, 7:04 PM
@Nate he had a hologram mask they used to make Grayson look like joker
Jhuntdaprodigy - 4/14/2014, 7:05 PM
I'm not really sure how I feel about this. First of all, Bruce Wayne adopted Dick Grayson, and everyone knows Nightwing was the first Robin. Now that everyone knew Dick Grayson was Nightwing, you mean to tell me that no one can put 2 and 2 together that Bruce Wayne has as many adopted sons as Batman has sidekicks? They said they wanted him to break out of Batman's shadow and be known as something else. But basically they've just turned him into another secret agent. Dude above is kind of right, he's really just like a Male Black Widow now. I'll probably check the series out, but the premise does not make me very enthusiastic.
Havenless - 4/14/2014, 7:11 PM
Him holding a gun... doesn't that defy everything that Batman taught him?
davidcub - 4/14/2014, 7:13 PM
Dumb! Dumb! DUMB!!! [frick] DC...just create new characters that are actually just ripoffs of already established characters...ya know, as opposed to this....CRAP!!! Ugh.
JDKalel - 4/14/2014, 7:17 PM
FRACK!!!! Why does DC insist on screwing with a great character!?!?!?!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2014, 7:19 PM
I never thought I'd say this, but looking at this shit, I wish they just killed him
JDKalel - 4/14/2014, 7:19 PM
@ TheGDBatman1: AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!
Bl00dwerK - 4/14/2014, 7:20 PM
"So Dick Grayson goes Jason Bourne?"

More like Bucky Barnes!
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