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Grayson #12 - A Fine Performance

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Grayson decides it's time to return to Gotham City. How will he handle everyone thinking he's dead?

It's hard to believe Dick Grayson has been "dead" and a spy for over a year now. I've always loved him as Nightwing but was intrigued to see where life as a spy would take him. This series has gotten better and better with each issue. We've seen some crazy and exciting things as Dick's gotten deeper and deeper into the Spyral organization. Now with the recent shift in power at the top of the organization, the question has been, where does that leave Dick? His original mission that Batman set him out on is complete. So with that, Dick decides to go back home.

Within the year he's been away, there have been some other changes in Gotham and with characters such as Batman. Dick decides to try to interact with his "family." He is now good at disguises so that could play a part. Tim Seeley and Tom King do a remarkable job with the interactions and emotions contained here. There's a great use of dialogue from past stories that's really fun to see. You'll want to read and try to identify each one. And because this is a comic book, nothing is ever as easy as it could be. Of course there's going to be a fascinating complication that will have a big affect on where Dick can go from here. If you're worried there might be a lack of action, you can rest assured. Seeley and King deliver some juicy twists to shake things up. When you get to the end, you might find yourself scratching your head.

What can be said about Mikel Janin's art that we haven't said before? As enjoyable as Seeley and King's stories are, I love seeing the way Janin depicts each character. There's always a nice mix in the layouts. We usually get a cool two-page spread along with different shifts in how the panels are laid out. Even the pages with all the conversations are enticing because it gives us a detailed look at the characters. Jeromy Cox's colors highly compliment the mood and tone of the story. There's a variety of settings and levels of brightness and each page just looks great.

Grayson is returning to Gotham City. That doesn't mean you can predict what's going to happen within these pages. Many feel Dick Grayson should be Nightwing but Tim Seeley and Tom King's story of Dick infiltrating Spyral has been fast-paced and exciting. With Dick returning to Gotham, there's a complete feeling of not knowing what's going on or coming up and that makes things even better. There are many moments you've been waiting for in this issue and we won't even hint at what happens but it's all pretty dang glorious. And then there's the explosive ending as well. GRAYSON remains one of DC's best comics. If you're not reading GRAYSON, fix that error ASAP.

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This might be my favorite book of the month.

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Dick's gotten deeper and deeper into the Spyral organization

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I may have to pick this series up again.

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Grayson is the best ongoing series DC has right now.

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The call back to Cluemaster's Code was nice.

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@the_kidd: I agree. I wasn't a fan of any of the Futures End stuff in general. But now I'm glad I read the GRAYSON one. But then, how could I not?

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@g_man: Yeah, Grayson and the Green Arrow issues was only two I liked.

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By far the book of the month. And to think I was against the whole spy caper idea. Boy, I was wrong.

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This was great

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@the_kidd: @g_man: Did you guys read the Red Hood futures end? I thought it was fantastic.

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I really wish Grayson would kind of distance himself from the Bat family in general for a little while, build himself up as a character more. Like that time when he became a police officer.

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I really wish Grayson would kind of distance himself from the Bat family in general for a little while, build himself up as a character more. Like that time when he became a police officer.

there are plenty of solo nightwing stories in both continuities

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I really enjoyed his meeting with Damien; it went exactly as I wanted it to and really shows just how great these two were together.

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Grayson and Damian scene was one of the best thing I'd ever read. This is one great issue and a great set up for Batman and Robin Eternal. The Batfamily is the best family in comics!

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I might have to start reading this

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I feel they forgave him too quickly. I mean sure Jason decked him and Barbra just straight out told him "nope" but still, either way it was a great read.

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@the_kidd: Jason going back to being a darker character cause his friends left him. Kori back to rule Tamaran, Roy joined the Justice League.

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This might be my favorite book of the month.

Yup. Second that.

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You're alive?!

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@allstarsuperman: no she did she went to florida

Not in the Future's End timeline... 5 years down the line.

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This series is a must

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Good issue. Dat ending was perfect!

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This series is soooo good <3

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I really like how they treated the whole reunion, the whole disaster of Forever Evil could have formed this Issue in one too but they did everything right and it let's me love Grayson even more. It was great to see that they did not only treat the whole thing as a filler but tied it into the story, I still can't believe how much they put into the last page.

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DC isn't getting a lot of credit, but they are telling some really great stories.

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Was it just me or did it look like Jason and Dick had the same face in this comic?

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The Dick and Damian and Dick and Babs interactions were the best for me.

I feel like the past Robins interaction could've been handled more emotionally drawing I consider the Robin's as brothers after all.

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Can someone explain how he used the code? I keep rereading the issue and can't seem to piece together the words for the code correctly.

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@elnino: Its the first letter of every sentence he says.