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Grayson #1

Writer: Tom King, Tim Seeley Artist: Jeromy Cox, Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 9, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 30
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Dick Grayson. Former sidekick. Former Super Hero. Former dead man. And now...agent of Spyral?!
A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson's life begins in this new, ongoing series. It's a super-spy thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: You might think you know Nightwing - but you don't know Dick.

  • 10
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 9, 2014

    Besides that, the story and writing here are excellent, the characterization is wonderful, and the artwork is fantastic from beginning to end. If you have been feeling conflicted with what DC has been doing recently, specifically with Dick Grayson, put those fears aside and jump on into Grayson. You are in for one hell of a ride that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sam Kittrel Jul 10, 2014

    GRAYSON #1 is all of the best parts of spy fiction distilled into twenty-so pages of excellent color choices and intrigue. GRAYSON #1 tells this story in a better way than the issue that was meant as Dick Grayson's send off from the pages of NIGHTWING did. I've been waiting for a solid #1 issue for a new series from DC for a while now, and GRAYSON manages to deliver it on every count. I'm more interested to see where Helena Bertinelli's character goes – we're already well acquainted with Dick Grayson, and I sincerely hopes she becomes a centerpiece of this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 12, 2014

    Talk about new and different! The last issue of Nightwing led us directly into the first issue of Grayson, but this is by no means a bad jumping on point for fans both new and old alike. Writers Tim Seeley and Tom King prove with just one (technically two) issues under their belt that they "get" the character of Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jason Motes Jul 13, 2014

    I'm definitely on board with this book for a while. This is definitely one of those books where it's worth it just for the art. It certainly helps, however, that the story was lighthearted and interesting. I may not have given this a perfect score, but oh right, Dick Grayson works out in his underwear. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 10, 2014

    This is an excellent first issue, and possibly one of the best things DC has done in a long time. It seems that they are finally infusing their line-up with a little imagination, and I am on board with this fulfilling new direction. As one final note, make sure to check out just how awesome the Grayson logo is. Like the interior gold of this issue, this first issue looks streamlined and sleek, all while maintaining its roots in the Nightwing/Bat-world universe.Grayson #1 wears many hats in terms of what its jobs are, and Id say its performing everyone of them with near perfection. 9.5 out of 10 Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jul 10, 2014

    All in all, I am very stoked for this new book and it has certainly started off on a grand note. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Adrienne Crean Jul 10, 2014

    This first issue will definitely give you surprises. Like who his female partner really is, and what the leader of Spyral truly has in mind for our caped crusaders. Let's not forget to mention art done by King, who brings realistic detail throughout the comic, and sketches characters beautifully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Jul 9, 2014

    There is a monumental task ahead of him, but also the underpinnings for some amazing growth for the character the likes that we rarely get to see in the medium. Mix all that with the veneer of a vintage spy thriller and you have the makings for one of the freshest books from DC Comics. Grayson #1 is full of action, intrigue, and some surprising cameos from two characters you wouldn't expect to see make this a fantastic read and an exciting setup for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 9, 2014

    Grayson is off to an excellent start. A strong narrative vision, couple with good character work, a refreshing change of scenery and a great visual style make it a clear cut winner and already one of DC’s better books. Hopefully, the creative team can really up the ante in the coming months but judging from the early goings, that should be a problem. Seeley and King have done a great job bouncing back from their issue of Nightwing and are poised to have even more success than that book did. Mikel Janin is only just beginning to show us what he can do and that’s a scary thought. Look out, All-New Marvel Now!, Grayson might be the breakout hit of the summer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jul 9, 2014

    Grayson #1 hits it out of the park with an exciting and fun opening chapter. The creative team of Seeley, King, and Janin all come together to give Dick Grayson a brand new mission that is not only new and interesting, but one that is deserving of the character. Despite a bit of confusion in the opening pages, the creative team hits all of the right notes and sets up the perfect tone for Dick Grayson's newest series that should please his many fans. The team has perfectly captured the essence of the character while clearly establishing the high stakes premise of his new series that will undoubtedly have repercussions throughout the rest of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines Jul 10, 2014

    Grayson #1 is not just a fantastic first issue, it's a fantastic issue in general. Seeley's script is tight, Janin and the rest of the art team are on fire, and reading the issue feels fresh and exciting. It would not be surprising if Grayson slowly makes it's way on to some top series lists in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 9, 2014

    A beautifully rendered introduction to the new status quo of one of DCs longest-lived heroes, Grayson #1 is the start of a bold new direction for the Dark Knights eldest son another fine example of how the New 52 can constantly surprise and delight. And the best part is, with Seeley and Janin at the helm, I have no worries that Dick will make it through with flying colors. They get the core of his character. Im excited to see where this new adventure leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jul 11, 2014

    With a strong hook and terrific artistic direction, Nightwing's new direction in “Grayson” is certainly off to a strong start. I'm of the opinion that Dick is always at his best when he steps out from under Bruce's shadow, as witnessed in the ‘Bludhaven' era, as well as the stellar “Batman and Robin.” Dick's absence from other Bat-books, particularly “Batman Eternal,” suggests a dedication to distancing the character from the Gotham scene, a decision I applaud wholeheartedly. By further removing Grayson from his familiar haunts, Seeley and King have literally opened a whole world for the character to explore. Like the endless loop of the twisting spiral, the possibilities are apparently endless. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 9, 2014

    Dick Grayson is is good hands.  Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin combine to make a really good first issue that has me relieved and looking forward to the next one already.  Dick feels right at home as a Secret Agent and while I'll always love Nightwing, I'm glad to have Dick Grayson any way I can.  Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Daily Crate - Keri Honea Jul 11, 2014

    After the rather abrupt ending of Nightwing and the overall disappointment of the New 52 Nightwing series, it would be a gross understatement to say I picked up Grayson cautiously. Apparently it took “killing” Dick to finally get him away from storylines revolving around his past and throw him into something interesting at last. I cannot wait to see where Tim Seeley takes both Dick Grayson and Spyral in this adventure.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 12, 2014

    Grayson's in great hands, and regardless of whether there's a Freudian thing going on here, the approach looks like it's heading in a fun direction against the likes of its grim and grittier Bat-Family titles. When I first heard about the title, I was worried that DC was just cashing in on the hype of the Winter Soldier, but Grayson stands alone. It brings me back to the series Spy Boy " a comic series that had a lot going for it. If Seeley and Co. can build a series that expands on what's set up here " an entertaining and well-written story with complementary visuals that are a joy to stare at " they've got a winner on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 10, 2014

    Only Dick, among all the Bat-characters, can fully pull off the secret agent look, and Seely-King- Jann make him look good doing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 9, 2014

    Overall, Grayson #1 is a very good start. It's a very self contained mission that may not come back to be important but it does what it needs to do. It sets up the story very well, including the world Spyral inhabits. Dick Grayson still retains who he is despite this new direction. Janin and Cox also put together one of the moreartistically beautiful books from DC all year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 9, 2014

    A strong start to what I hope is the beginning of a great relationship between myself and Grayson. I finally can say I'm a fan and I owe that to the work of the people who made this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 12, 2014

    Just sit back, relax, and enjoy a comic about Dick Grayson using all of his skill and charm to be an awesome secret agent. The art is great, the characters seem like they'll be a lot of fun, and Dick Grayson is as cool as ever. Maybe they'll finally let him stick to one storyline for more than just a couple of months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Jul 10, 2014

    A good start to a new series, it has all the makings of a good espionage thriller. Secret agency versus secret heroes versus greater evil: it's pretty good stuff. If you are like me, you didn't buy this comic because you thought how cool it would be to read a spy comic: you bought it because you love Dick Grayson. It's still good thriller. I can't wait to see what happens between all the different factions in this story, and I can't wait to see it even more because of Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 14, 2014

    With beautiful art from Mikel Janin which captures the character's acrobatic roots and a fight sequence against Midnighter reminding us Grayson can hold his own, the first issue offers a glimpse at a retrieval op for Dick as he continues to learn the ropes of the organization. I'm far from sold on Spyral itself, but there's a lot to like about this version of Dick Grayson. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 14, 2014

    Overall, Grayson was a pleasant surprise for a series that dramatically changes a long time DC character. Seely and King are showing us just what type of series this will be, which is different than what's come before. Grayson may be more like “James Bond in the DCU”, but that's something I haven't seen yet which is fresh and exciting for me. Fans of Dick Grayson who are not necessarily fans of his superhero alter ego (since it's changed so much over the years) but are just fans of the character Dick Grayson, should enjoy this book puts him front and center. Hopefully readers give this book a shot as DC may have found a great fit for this character, putting him in new and unfamiliar situations while staying true to who the character is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jul 16, 2014

    I'm very happy to say that this series has a lot of promise, and I think our favorite acrobat is in pretty great hands with this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy Jul 9, 2014

    Dick Grayson enters the next chapter of his life, and seems to be better than ever as his new adventures with the organization known as Spyral are sure to create many new mysteries that could affect not only Dick, but the rest of the DC Universe as well. It is interesting to see what will come of this shady organization, and how Grayson will fit into the mysteries to come. Seeley and company have done well to createthe newest identity for Dick Grayson that is sure to catch on, just as all of his other incarnations have before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 15, 2014

    Sometimes you need to do something completely different to get out of a rut. Grayson is a prime example. I don't think anything about Dick Grayson as a character screams "secret agent," but he does possess a certain malleability with his skill sets that makes him a fun protagonist to read no matter what his setting. Combine that with some strong supporting characters, a fun mystery driving the plot, and some superb artwork, and Grayson's first mission is a resounding success. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 9, 2014

    Dick Grayson has evolved once again into a different guise in the DC Universe. No longer a superhero, he has now entered the world of espionage as he tries to infiltrate a spy organization. The big question is whether or not this change is necessary. Tim Seeley and Tom King set things up to arouse our curiosity and shows that this could be an exciting time for the character. Mikel Janin's art and Jeromy Cox's colors make this look really good. Dick Grayson as a spy might be a crazy idea but it could just be crazy enough to work. Dick Grayson fans will want to see where the character is going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 10, 2014

    The story is well crafted, I like the art a lot, with dynamic layouts and strong character designs - but there's just not enough here to hook this reader. Sorry, but I won't be back for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jul 9, 2014

    Grayson #1 is admirable if only because it takes DC's most-developed character and develops him even more. It's easy to tell DC has a lot plotted out for this character in the future, and while this first issue doesn't wow, it does suggest plenty of layers that we'll get to see peeled back in issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 13, 2014

    Grayson is a promising new direction for one of DC's oldest characters. It's the kind of changes that make their way organically into a long-running comic book, ones that can only happen once some history is behind them. It's a dichotomy that sits outside the New 52, but wholly encapsulates the best bits of it as well. Dick Grayson: Super Spy? It just might work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Jul 14, 2014

    I do have a problem with the gratuitous use of the gun on the cover, however, even if I understand that it was probably intended to signal to the reader that this is a spy story rather than a superhero story. But, of course, this isn't just any spy story. This isn't James Bond; it isn't Jason Bourne; it isn't Ethan Hunt. It is Dick Grayson; and Dick Grayson, Nightwing, Robin the Boy Wonder has no business brandishing a gun and especially no business pointing it over the shoulder of the reader at the innocents I happen to know are back there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 10, 2014

    All in all, though the series still has some rough edges to smooth out, "Grayson" #1 was a solid start to an interesting new book and new direction for DC. Hopefully this creative team can stay in place for the foreseeable future -- and if we're very lucky, some of the other re-launching books will have the same energy and rush to them that "Grayson" exudes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jul 9, 2014

    The character that we know and love is there, but everything around him doesn't work. But some beautiful artwork makes up for it Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 12, 2014

    Grayson is a book that should be a smash hit. Nightwing as a spy sounds incredible. This first issue gives a good introduction to the character. It read like a one-shot, which is a good thing. It also gives great artwork. I'm not sold on the use of the supporting characters or of the usage of super powers. This book could turn out to be a complete winner but the opening issue is a bit subdued. We'll see. This is worth picking up though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 10, 2014

    It's not a bad comic by any means, but it felt more like a mid-arc issue given the lack of narrative set up from what one might come to expect from an inaugural issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Norrin Powell Jul 15, 2014

    I hope the next few issues of Grayson focus on expanding the story, becoming more unique and less routine. I hope the characters become more complex and less predictable. As a standalone issue in an ongoing series, this would be acceptable. As a first issue, it leaves me wanting. Here's hoping Grayson gets better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 10, 2014

    Overall, Grayson is a good-looking, fun comic book, but at a time when so many other comics are achieving more entertaining, challenging and engaging stories, I need a little more than fun and good looks to hold my attention. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jul 15, 2014

    When I picked up this issue, I was talking with the staff at my Local Comic Shop. I mentioned I wasn't sold on the concept, and thought I might be dropping it soon. One of the LCS guys immediately said, "I wouldn't blame you if you did." I do believe I will. Read Full Review

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