Grayson #8 – This Review Doesn't Exist!

Mark Bristow writes,

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Since Forever Evil, Tom King, Tim Seeley, and artist Mikel Janin have been paving the way for Dick Grayson's new status quo as a secret agent for clandestine organization Spyral. This week, we saw the end of the first chapter as main line DC takes a break for the Convergence event. With Grayson #8, secrets are revealed just to build more.

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Mister Minos has been a mystery for most of the story, with a lot of fans pondering the whereabouts of Kathy Kane, original Batwoman and canon-elusive former love interest of Batman and current head of Spyral in Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated. So far, she's been completely absent in this story. Last we saw of Kathy, she had just assassinated Talia Al Ghul and was making a quick escape from the batcave, leaving Bruce to deal with the aftermath of losing both his son and former lover. As of Grayson #8, everything changes.

This has been a solid book for eight months straight, helping pave the way for the 'batgirling' of the current DC Universe, and this book continues that new legacy. There are some incredible character moments in this issue and everything moves at a quick and satisfying speed. We see Minos interacting with various characters at different points in time, attempting to cast himself as some sort of double-agent. We also get more of the awesome Lotti and her sorority sisters as they fixate on Grayson's posterior, who they still believe is gay.

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The writing is full of surprises and manages to navigate around the usual pitfalls and cliches to provide a fresh take on what could be seen as an old idea. Mikel Janin's art is wonderful as always, as he continues to build his legacy as one of DC's biggest artists, and the colors from Jeremy Cox set the mood as the story shifts from quiet character dialogue to frantic big bright mystery.

I don't mind telling you that the answer to the question of Kathy Kane's whereabouts is sly and clever, breaking wide open the underlying mystery, and complete deception, of the first chapter of this ongoing story. Everything is revealed, and nothing is revealed, which is extremely fitting.

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In a lot of ways, Grayson is the successor to Batman Incorporated. Much like Grant Morrison's handling of Batman, Grayson seems intent on keeping history inclusive, while also exploring exciting new stories. There's something for old and new fans and no one should feel left out.

Grayson #9 hits stands in June!

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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