Grayson #12

Writer: Tim Seeley, Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 23, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 25
9.2Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

For the first time since he faked his own death, Dick Grayson returns home to Gotham City. But will Spyral ever really let him go for good?

  • 10
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 23, 2015

    I was expecting an emotional return to Gotham, but I couldn't have imagined just how emotional it would be.  Seeing Dick reunite with the Bat Family was great, but Tom King goes even further by using it to set up the ongoing story that only looks to be better from here on out.  No filler here. With a great story and outstanding art, I can't really find anything wrong with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 29, 2015

    The ending of this issue was such a pleasant surprise that used the writing technique mentioned above to tie everything together in such a clever way that it had me going back to read the dialogue again, finding the clues that I didn't see upon first reading. It's so fitting that these clues were set in a book that's heavy on spies, espionage, and of course the detective aspects of Batman and Robin. Not only that, but this issue is another strong showing by artist Mikel Janin who is making a name for himself on this book month in and month out. There are exciting things ahead for Grayson as hinted by this issue's last page and I can't wait to see them! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 23, 2015

    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. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 24, 2015

    Ends are not ends, they are new beginnings and this next chapter in Dicks life has begun. Grayson #12 is once again a great bit of character driven story that is unique and a neat twisty turny episode in the life of Dick Grayson. Go buy this comic. Its that simple. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Recap - Sofia Marlasca Sep 24, 2015

    Ultimately, "Grayson" #12 is an emotional book that feels somehow like a milestone in the character's overall story, a culmination ofall the years and relationships he's accumulated in Gotham. It's sad, as I've said, seeing him part so soon from Gotham and dive back into the spy game. However, with his connections with the other members of the Bat-Family recovered, it will be great seeing Dick enter the game from a completely new angle this time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 3, 2015

    And what this means in practical terms is, I may never feel comfortable with him as a super-hero again, because I cant see Dick feeling comfortable there either. Its not that hes darkened or hardened, as he seems to imply to Superman. No, its that hes grown. And some homes you cant just go back to once youve left. From now on, Batman and company are going to have to come to him, not the other way around. And that feels right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Tajaye Williams Sep 28, 2015

    No matter what costume he dons, Dick Grayson remains an effortlessly investing character in the hands of this creative team. A reunion a yearin the making is given a real and satisfying weight, and propels the series into new and exciting territory. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jacob Torres Sep 25, 2015

    In a way the Bat-family never truly healed after Death of the Family, and Grayson's 'death' in Forever Evil left a crucial piece of them missing ever since. Tom King , Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin reunite the family with purpose and history as they lovingly reestablish his relationships and bring the character to his roots, reconnecting him with the world he'd left behind. Grayson may be returning to Spyral but now he isn't without his family. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Sep 25, 2015

    This is a perfect issue that encapsulates Dick Grayson's relationships with the rest of the Bat Family. Even though things have changed, and the lies hurt, he is still there for them and will still be an important part of their lives. And while this issue is a bit more sedated, it is time for him to do the job he was sent to do: bring down Spyral from within! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Sep 23, 2015

    At a time when DC is striving ever forward into an uncertain future, Grayson makes sure to glance back at the path that brought us to this wonderful present. That's fitting, mostly because when it comes to legacy, there's no one in the DCU who understands how important it is quite like Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Graphic Policy - Mr. H Sep 26, 2015

    Like I said before the bar keeps being surpassed each and every single month and it is a true joy as a reader to pick up a book that you don't want to put down. Those who were looking for fast paced espionage might have been a little disappointed this month but not me. I couldn't have been more pleased. This was just a good story about a uniquely estranged family which was raw and had a lot of heart. I've enjoyed this book a little more every single issue and with Dick back amongst the Bat-Family, it's only going to get better. Ladies and gentleman the band is back together and this might just be their best performance yet. Keep the lights on in the cave and see you all here in 30 days. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Matthew Murphy Sep 25, 2015

    I thought this issue was one of the best of the run so far. I think the art seems to get better by the month and the risks taken this month to explore the theme were innovations that I'd expect from a DC comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Sep 26, 2015

    A nearly perfect issue, Dick's first interactions with the family may not have played out as happily as we may have wanted, but they played out the way they needed to. Being reminiscent of one of the best issues of last year, it's fitting that this is one of the best issues of this year. Where Dick's future with Spyral goes remains to be seen, but it's good to know he isn't going it alone anymore. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 24, 2015

    With so much emotional kindling we expected Grayson's return to be good, but by hitting the heartstrings and advancing the plot, King and Seeley have delivered something special. With new wheels in motion and the Bat family at long last repaired (sort of), Grayson continues to be just as surprising and entertaining as its eponymous lead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Sep 24, 2015

    The issue ends with Dick seemingly returning to work for Spyral. Agent Zero tells Grayson that Spyral is his new family and that he is not alone. Dick agrees with her and, now being reconnected with the Bat family, he says with a smile, “I'm not alone”. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Sep 26, 2015

    Circling back around to The Return of Bruce Wayne, everyone who Dick visited comes to the realization that the gifts he'd given them were all part of a plot that hinged on him using the old Cluemaster code he used to tell a fart joke in the Future's End tie in, which in turn sets everyone up for a team up that allows Dick to gain access to the Hypnos implants and reveal Agent Zero's identity. "I'm not alone," he says with a smile in the last panel, coming into the full realization of Bruce's epiphany that the act of ringing the bell meant that being Batman was never a solo venture. The isolation that rattled him after Bruce went silent following his death has been replaced by his reunion with Babs and the other Robins, who are effectively his little brothers. It was great fun seeing Dick pushed to his limits over the last couple issues, but it's time to see him at his best again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 29, 2015

    Grayson #12 did a great job bringing Dick Grayson back into the fold of what is going on in the DC Universe and bringing the Bat Family into what he has been doing in Spyral. While it would've been easy to go down a more sentimental route with this story that is not how things went. Instead Tim Seeley and Tom King did a great job using Batgirl, Robin, Red Robin and Red Hood to further their own story. At the same time there is going to be a lot to love from these interactions for Batman fans, especially Batgirl and Robin's reactions. And now that Dick has re-established himself in the DC Universe I can't wait to see what happens next with Spyral. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Sep 23, 2015

    Its funny to think that a book like Grayson, one that was met with wide-spread derision and doubt upon its announcement has now become one of DC's most entertaining and innovative titles on shelves right now. Fingers crossed that Dick Grayson's winning streak continues long into the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Oct 1, 2015

    I don't read Grayson monthly. I tried it out when it first started, back after Forever Evil, and liked it, but didn't love it. I'm a huge Dick Grayson fan, but this series just wasn't for me. And though I probably won't end up adding it to my pull list (which is already too big for sure), I definitely am glad I jumped in on this issue and got to enjoy what may very well be the first complete Bat-Fam interaction of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 26, 2015

    In the New 52, Dick Grayson has become my favorite member of the Bat-Family. And while I'd love to see him return as Batman, that's already been done. King and Seeley have a great spy story going, and now it has the potential to get even better. The creative team has already teased that Starfire will crossover with Grayson at some point soon, and that's a great sign of things to come! Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Sep 24, 2015

    Grayson #12 is a wonderful jumping on point for new readers, with the characters return trip to Gotham setting the stage for what's to come. Delivering a gripping narrative that focuses on our titular character's betrayal of trust, the creative team really allow for an emotional look into a ever changing world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 25, 2015

    "Grayson" #12 is a fun comic, but it's the final page that has the greatest impact as he faces off Agent Zero. "Grayson" #12 ultimately reminds us what a good job this book has done in forging its own identity and how this really isn't yet another "Nightwing" comic with a different title. I'm glad this dangling plot nub has been dealt with, and that King, Seeley and Janin can get back to pushing ahead with their own storylines once more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Sep 28, 2015

    The ideas and intent behind this issue are great and heartwarming, but it's hampered by the editorial whims of the overall reboot of continuity. Read Full Review

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