Grayson #2

Writer: Tim Seeley, Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin, Jeromy Cox Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 6, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 19
8.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Grayson digs deeper into the mysterious organization known as SPYRAL and learns more about his new partner Helena Bertinelli!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kittrel Aug 7, 2014

    GRAYSON #2 is like Ian Flemings BATMAN with a touch of Jim Steranko craftiness and looks like a pastiche of old spy comics. With a resolve to potentially go to some dark places in the future, GRAYSON is content to show us a set of characters who think they're running the whole show before I'm sure it will inevitably set out to prove them wrong. If there's one story to change the status quo of the DC universe it's probably going to be GRAYSON, and it should be watched for that reason alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Aug 7, 2014

    Grayson continues to be one of the funniest, most action packed, and overall fun books out there. This second issue surpasses its predecessor and shows that Dick Grayson can fly high even when he's not dressed in his traditional fingerstriped crimefighter outfit. This new chapter in his life might prove to be one of the most entertaining books you might read this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 6, 2014

    A second issue that one-upped its first, if only because of the emotional moments slid in between the recon, Grayson #2 proves that if you stick mightily to the core of a character, no matter what their external circumstances are, youll be letting the best of him or her shine through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 6, 2014

    Grayson #2 is a solid follow-up to great debut. While remaining a done-in-one, it continues the story and character development very well with plenty of great moments and excitement. The writing is fantastic and the artwork looks phenomenal. If you haven't jumped aboard yet and sought out this comic, what are you waiting for? Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Aug 8, 2014

    "Grayson" is a quick paced book with story and art that flows beautifully. There is no filler and every scene is important or just plain fun. The writing and artistic team are able to load a great deal of characterization, wit, action, and heart into twenty pages. After only two issues, Tim Seeley's promise of "Grayson" being a book that is worthy of being talked about each month has already been fulfilled. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    We The Nerdy - Adrienne Crean Aug 8, 2014

    This issue had a lot of actual reading involved when it came to a lot of tech information that readers need to know in order to better understand what real mission could be going on within SPYRAL. At times, it did seem to drag, but was quickly relieved with a humorous pun, or funny insult. Seeley & King did a great job of keeping the serious and mixing it with comedy. Janin had a lot of clean cut art, with decent action scenes. At times, the action seemed to be a bit confusing to understand, especially if you weren't positive on who Dick was fighting with. However, as the issue went on, many things became clear, and Janin's art remained colorful and easy to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Aug 11, 2014

    The ending to this issue is very bittersweet for it reminds us of the relationships that the original four members of the Bat-family used to have, Bruce, Dick, Barbara and Alfred. Man, I wish we could get more scenes like that. All in all, definitely a fairly good continuation to last month's debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines Aug 7, 2014

    Grayson #2 is by no means a sophomore slump. Seeley, King, and Janin know exactly what type of story they want to tell and execute it brilliantly once again this month, helping solidify the title's position as one of the most entertaining and refreshing titles DC is publishing today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Gavin Rehfeldt Aug 7, 2014

    Grayson will be a landmark book for the New52 if it can maintain this level of quality, and I feel confident it can. Seeley is doing something extremely smart in having each issue individually introduce and solve a mystery (which more books should do but don't). At the same time these two issues have pushed a master-arc forward: Grayson is embedded in Spyral so he can report back to Batman on the organization's covertmission to uncoverthe identities of the World's Greatest Superheroes. (They already know so many!) What is Spyral's agenda? It's the question that plagues many a devoted Bat-fan already, but this book only begins to scratch the surface. I'm hoping this book gains the readership it deserves so we can find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Aug 6, 2014

    The comedy sprinkled throughout the story is smartly written and helps to change the pacing a bit when things start becoming a little heavy with regards to characters and situations. So many books have amazing first issues and quickly lose their pace with their followup, so it's really great to see the Grayson #2 is so far living up to all the hype behind it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 6, 2014

    While the most stringent of critics might feel that Grayson himself gets a little bit of short shrift in this second issue, there's no denying that the new playground he's in is way more fun than even Gotham City. The supporting cast, the crazy spy environments, and the superhero-enfused gizmos make Grayson way more entertaining than it has any right to be. With action, charisma and some superb-looking artwork, Spyral is definitely the hip new place for DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Daily Crate - Keri Honea Aug 8, 2014

    Okay Grayson, you have me hooked. I can't wait for next month, and I'm quite curious how this will all go down in the end.I'm terrified these little sweet moments are foretelling a very unhappy ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 6, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy Aug 6, 2014

    Grayson #2 hit a lot of home runs, only striking out on a few components here and there. While there wasn't any “wow” moments this time around, we received a much more detailed look at Helena and Dick as super-spy badasses. Batman's minor appearances were nice inclusions and the introduction of Dr. Ashemoore brings to light some interesting questions involving her ties to a well-known Justice Leaguer. What is Spyral? How are they connected to the rest of the DCU? We have yet to find that out, and we probably won't next issue either, but the build-up has been great and the anticipationonly heightens the quality of the issues, so bring on the suspense. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 9, 2014

    The first issue of Grayson was pretty good, and I'm happy to say that the trend continues with the second. Dick Grayson remains a thoroughly likable character, no matter his status quo. I hope Seeley and the gang can keep up the enjoyable quality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 7, 2014

    We end it with Dick reporting back to Bruce. He gives him an update on his mission, but they end it by bonding over an old memory that they shared together. Ending on a good note. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Aug 7, 2014

    Where issue #1 was a great deal of fun that flowed from one page to the next, the main problem with issue #2 is the great deal of exposition. There are a couple of places here where the story screeches to a halt for the sake of exposition. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Aug 10, 2014

    This is a nifty book. I wasn't necessarily thrilled from cover to cover, but it flowed nicely enough. The dialogue is light and believable. The art is stunning. The only thing I'm somewhat concerned about is that this story clearly has a finite run. Eventually, Grayson is going to uncover the corruption within Spyral. Then what? Will he go back to being Nightwing? Guess we'll have to wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 7, 2014

    Grayson continues to be an intriguing series, as though the flow was a bit awkward, there were some gripping moments. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 14, 2014

    Grayson #2 has some great moments, and it's an eclectic mix of genre tropes with some excellent surprises. I like the fact Seeley and Tom King have plotted a story that doesn't involve supervillains for name recognition. Instead, the focus is on characters and interesting plot twists that revolve around a bigger foil. For that Grayson #2 stands out. Future issues will be much stronger than this when the pacing doesn't get bogged down by setup. Action is Grayson's strongest suit, and it will benefit greatly from not having to ride the brakes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Aug 8, 2014

    Grayson #2 features strong, if uneven, character work, an interesting but familiar plot, and strikingly solid artwork. Dick Grayson is second to the mad-cap creativity of Spyral and your enjoyment will depend strongly on whether those ideas resonate with you. It's a comic trying to be a lot of things at once, a trip down a The Prisoner-esque rabbit hole, that both benefits and suffers from its ADHD outlook but, for the right reader, it will be a welcome experiment from DC. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 12, 2014

    Grayson #2 was a good continuation to the story that Tim Seeley and Tom King have put in place for this series. Dick Grayson has a lot on his plate when it comes to dealing with Spyrals mission to find out the secret identities of the DC Universes greatest heroes. Helena Bertinelli and Mr. Minos development in this issue also showed us how they will be obstacles in Dicks success as a spy within Spyral. As long as Seeley and King keep the focus on this aspect of the Grayson series, and not Midnighter, than I can see this becoming strong staple in DCs publishing line-up. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Aug 7, 2014

    A good formula is carving itself in the pages ofGrayson.A quart of mission, two cups of mystery, a tablespoon of big themes, and a dash of Batman has the potential for something truly special. At this point, I don't think anyone would call it a hit yet, but it has my attention. There are a few fumbles here and there but nothing to lose your mind over. If you were worried this series had nothing to do with Batman or Dick's past life, may this issue be a little reassuring for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Aug 7, 2014

    For all the acrobatics in art and discourse from the now enigmatic Dick Grayson, Helena's presence and one-liners are the best thing about this issue stealing the show from our title character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 8, 2014

    "Grayson" #2 continues to set the boundaries for this series from Seeley, King and Janin. Dick Grayson's past weighs heavily into his unfolding future, but that future holds secrets even the apprentice of the world's greatest detective cannot quite crack. The writing duo have built stories within stories and stories that run parallel to each other, miring "Grayson" in remarkable potential. This issue presents just enough to illustrate that Seeley and King will continue to reveal more about Spyral, surprising readers and Dick Grayson alike, which makes for entertaining comic books. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 13, 2014

    Also of interest is the fact that Midnighter returns for a cameo, still fuming at being beaten by an unknown Spyral agent meaning we're likely to get another battle between the pair fairly soon. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Aug 14, 2014

    I decided I'd give this two issues to be fair. But there are too many holes in this book. I'm done. Hopefully Dick will be back to being a hero, as he was meant to be, before too long. I look forward to that day. Read Full Review

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