Grayson Annual #1
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Grayson Annual #1

Writer: Tim Seeley, Tom King Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 24, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 12
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

At last its the secret origin of Helena Bertinelli!

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 24, 2014

    But, again, this is a story about stories. No one in this issue is exactly telling the truth, and the creators are no exception. You are being told to buy a book for a secret origin of a super spy, told from the perspective of a superhero. Instead, you are getting a meditation on truth, storytelling, and deception. And while you might not be getting what you are promised, you're getting more than you've paid for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Dec 28, 2014

    The art here is by Stephen Mooney, with colours by Jeromy Cox, letters by Carlos M. Mangual and cover by Mikel Janin. Stephen's art here seems to want to echo Mikel's own on the series, and at times it proved to be really good, but there were also moments where it didn't seem to be anywhere as good, and those scenes had more to do with body language and expressions rather than the story flow or anything like that. It is nice to see that Jeromy is on the issue since it helps bring a certain stability that otherwise was lacking in the artwork, and he turns in some gorgeous visuals with Stephen, that's for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Dec 30, 2014

    It's a neat issue to inspect and follow closely. Not quite as ground-breaking as the Futures End one-shot, but still an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 24, 2014

    A smart sidetrack to the ongoing series adventure, Grayson Annual #1 shows more than even the monthly so far just how much potential lies in telling these tales of deception and spy vs. spy have for the DC Universe. Seeley and King have found that perfect balance of knowing these characters deeply and understanding under what conditions this type of story would work. And it does, magically. We may not fully grasp Helena Bertinellis or even Dick Graysons choices, but they make sense and inspire me to want to keep digging deeper. More than anything else, thats what will bring me back month after month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 31, 2014

    Grayson continues to be one of DC's best new titles and it's great to see an Annual with the same level of quality that the monthly series has delivered since issue one. Each issue of Grayson has been a stand alone tale with the story tying into the greater arc, and this annual is no different. Although one of the main story reveals requires you having previous knowledge of Batman's history, this story can be enjoyed all on its own. Grayson is a series that deserves to be read as King and Seeley continue to show how great a character Dick Grayson can be with our without Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Tyler Sewell Dec 25, 2014

    Really the question we should be asking when it comes to annuals is: Is it worth the $5? And in this case it is. You get a very long issue that involves so much plot and information that it feels more cinematic than literary. The artwork isn't quite as good as Janin and the storyline doesn't pack as much "umph" as we're used to, but still a great issue overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Dec 25, 2014

    Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this annual, and enjoyed that it didnt further the story being told in the main series but helped to flesh out the world that Spyral inhabits. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 24, 2014

    Grayson Annual #1 is a good continuation of the regular series run.  Tom King and Tim Seeley give us a story of deception and betrayal that puts Spyral one step closer to their objective.  While the story is a bit thin for an Annual, it's still worth reading and enjoyable for fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 25, 2014

    A rather good annual, even if its secrets are a bit blatant and it doesn't yield much long-term material. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Dec 29, 2014

    With a lot of depth, "Grayson Annual" #1 toys with the idea of narrative and builds to an excellent payoff. "Grayson Annual" #1 is another solid chapter for King and Seeley, although the issue ultimately flounders a little under Mooney's peculiar art direction. Read Full Review

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