Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grayson #4 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley and Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Man-ty Raid!

I may be one of the few people that loved Nightwing and also really likes Grayson. Sure, if I had my druthers I'd still be reading about Dick's exploits in Chicago, but I'll take what I can get.  It makes it easier that I'm having so much fun reading this book and this month is no different.  "Fun" is the word to keep in mind because while this issue is pretty much filler, it is unabashed fun for the reader and for Dick, himself.  I don't think this issue will convince the naysayers to come over to Team Grayson, but it will put a smile on those who have already signed up.

Up until now, Grayson has been all about Dick's adjustment to joining Spyral.  It's been a fun fish-out-of-water story that keeps getting better with each issue. Unfortunately, the zany spy versus spy vibe is put on hold this week...kind of. Instead of gun toting super villains, Dick faces off with something that can be just as scary...School Girls.

You read that right.  Nothing puts the fear of God in a Secret Agent quite like a bunch of teenage school girls, right?  This month's issue wants you to think that and while Dick has been contacting Batman on the sly and not following orders, a group of girls succeeds at blowing his cover.  If only he wasn't so damn sexy.

The girls in question have some photos of our sexy hero and they go on a "man-ty raid" to find him.  Dick is up for it and what follows is an awesome game of cat and mouse that uses Dick's acrobatic skills to great effect and is such a treat for fans of the character.  After everything he's gone through recently, it's nice to see him have such fun.

It's not all fun and games, though, with Dick calling Batman after a pretty crazy attempt at finding out Mr. Minos identity.  It's a big fail, but the reason why is pretty creepy.  We also get a peek at Midnighter and Apollo of Stormwatch fame that is strange, cool and a big setup for a future confrontation.  I'm a Stormwatch fan (yep, I'm one of three) so I love seeing two of my favorites in any situation.

Back to the main story, Dick's fun little game is brought to a screeching halt by Helena who obviously hasn't heard that snitches get stitches when she hauls our Hero to Mr. Minos' office.  Since his cover is blown and the girls are aware of him, Mr. Minos comes up with a solution that is hilarious, a bit risque and is sure to lead to more fun (and fan fiction) from here on out.  Even Dick looked shocked.

If you are looking for major story developments this month, you will be disappointed.  This issue is just pure fun and really lets Dick Grayson fans sit back and smile.  I like fun and I liked this issue.

Mikel Janin's art has been one of the reasons I enjoyed this book from the get go and this month is no different.  His character work is awesome and the chase scene using the map of St. Hadrian's was a great touch.  This is one of the better looking books that I read.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is pure filler, but that's not exactly a bad thing.  Tim Seeley and Tom King give Dick Grayson fans a fun-filled issue that shows how fun it is to be him.  Without moving the story forward, they give us the most "Grayson" issue of Grayson yet and I really enjoyed it.  Mikel Janin helps out with some awesome art that accentuates the charm of the story and the fun characters within.  It may not convert the unbelievers, but Seeley, King and Janin are preaching to the choir when it comes to this reviewer.


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