Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grayson #2 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego and Juan Castro
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Who Watches the Birdwatcher?

I have to admit, I am surprised how much I like Dick as a Secret Agent.  Tim Seeley won me over and convinced me that Dick belonged right where he is and not in Chicago or Gotham.  That's a complete 180 from when this book was first announced.  This week continues the spy goodness with what boils down to a one-shot adventure that doesn't just focus on Dick, but some pretty cool guest stars as well.

This issue revolves around Dick and Helena chasing after a robotic stomach after a Spyral Agent almost dies on the case.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but that's the charm of this book.  Tim Seeley is in on the joke and laughing with the reader.  Crazy enemies, agents and assignments are par for the course and treated seriously even while everyone laughs.

The stomach is actually secondary to the character interactions Seeley gives us.  My favorite parts are Dick keeping Batman up-to-date on Spyral.  It's obvious that Dick is a little homesick and while Batman is all business at first, Dick eventually gets him to crack a smile. Seeley nails the point that no matter where Dick is or what he's doing, he's a good guy above all else.

The jury is still out on Helena Bertinelli, however.  She seems to care for Dick one moment then take joy in his pain and confusion the next.  I don't mind, the two work well together and their banter is fun.  Spyral, on the other hand, is just evil.  They seem to have a place in their ranks for any messed up meta human including the horrible woman Dick chases down this issue.

Overall, this was another fun issue.  Seeley jumps right into the action and leaves the reader a bit confused but having fun the entire time.  The mystery of Spyral is slowly unraveling, but it's more about the journey.

The art this issue was a three person affair and was pretty good  I usually hate more than one artist on a book, but everything flowed together nicely without any jarring transitions.

Bits and Pieces:

Grayson #2 is another good issue.  If you like zany 60's spy action that's fun and action packed, you'll be right at home.  Anyone worried that Dick wouldn't fit in a Spy book will be as surprised as me.  Tim Seeley has made it work and I can't wait to see what's in store for Dick in the future.


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