'''Grayson''' is a monthly ComicBook series published by Creator/DCComics, started in July of 2014. Following the events of ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', Dick Grayson is presumed dead by most of the world, and Batman takes this as an opportunity to have Dick infiltrate Spyral, an espionage organisation intent on discovering the identities of the world's superheroes. Along for the ride is [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Helena Bertinelli]], who was declared dead in ''Worlds' Finest'', but is instead revealed to be an agent of Spyral.

Since this series is spinning out of ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', spoilers for that series will be unmarked.

!!Tropes applying to ''Grayson''
* TheAce: Helena Bertinelli, aka Matron, and Tiger, aka Agent 1, seem to be Spyral's top spies.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Fans noticed very early that Dick has basically become ComicBook/BuckyBarnes: after his death was faked in a major crossover event, he used it as a cover to free himself up for the kind of heavy-duty espionage his mentor can't do, but the similarities end there. Bucky's current title is wacky space adventures, anyway, and he was originally created as Marvel's equivalent of Dick's trope-making KidSidekick, so it fits.
** The less obvious parallel is that the new series is essentially the male DC version of Marvel's [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Black Widow]].
* AntiVillain: So far, Spyral has yet to do anything particularly villainous. [[spoiler:Aside from Mister Minos trying to kill Grayson with the Paragon Template, but he died soon after and was replaced.]]
* ArcVillain: Given a LampshadeHanging with [[spoiler:Mister Minos]] by [[spoiler:Agent Zero]] in the end of the first arc. Despite feeling he was better than other villains, he had [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} a singular obsession]], much like many of the villains in Batman's RoguesGallery: [[spoiler:secrets]].
* TheAtoner: Implied to be the motivation of [[spoiler: Mister Minos]].
* BackFromTheDead: Helena Bertinelli, who was said to be dead in ''Worlds' Finest'', is alive here.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Shades of this between... guess who.
* CartwrightCurse: Between this book and Comicbook/{{New 52}}, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, every woman that Dick has slept with has died.
* ChewingTheScenery: Tiger, Mr. Minos, Lex Luthor, and Midnighter have a few scenes among them.
* TheComicallySerious: Helena, when she's partnered up with Dick
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Somewhat averted. Dick is shown to be fine with throwing guns, or using them to set off explosives. However, he has gone out of his way to not fire upon another human being.
* EldritchAbomination: Spyder comes off as this in its ([[HiveMind their?]]) first appearance.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Dick and Midnighter team up to stop the Fist of Cain from setting off a telepathic assault on a crowd.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Or rather, a re-establishing character moment. Dick's use of a gun as a batarang in the opening pages of the first issue makes it clear that this is still the same Dick Grayson that fans love.
* FakingTheDead:
** Dick, who many think was killed by the Crime Syndicate.
** Helena Bertinelli was also thought to be dead. It seems that Spyral recruits their agents this way.
* FemaleGaze: There's a lot of attention to how good Dick looks.... and then there's this comment from [[ComicBook/{{Midnighter}} Midnighter]].
-->'''[[StraightGay Midnighter]]:''' Your nifty ''Hypnos'' tech trick may make it so I can't see Spyral agents' faces... but I'd know that ass anywhere.
* FemmeFatale: Helena, though in the first issue she's beaten to it by an enemy FemmeFatale.
* FishOutOfWater: A running theme is that [[NiceGuy Dick]] is an [[TheCape idealistic superhero]] working in an environment that values pragmatism and lies over idealism and honesty.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Mixed with HomoeroticSubtext. Midnighter is definitely not on the side of Spyral, but he continuously talks about how good looking Dick Grayson is. The fact that Midnighter is actually homosexual does not help dispel these feelings in readers.
* GoodVsGood: Dick vs Midnighter, thanks to PoorCommunicationKills. [[spoiler: During their third encounter, Midnighter boasted about how he could take down Spyral. If he had kept his mouth shut and not threatened to hurt Helena, Dick might have just negotiated a truce with him.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Midnighter appears to play this role, in a GoodIsNotNice variety.
-->'''Mr. Minos:''' He is an angry, brutal, and resentful man... but he is also a man of duty.
* HomoeroticSubtext:
** Mixed with FoeRomanceSubtext. Midnighter is definitely not on the side of Spyral, but he continuously talks about how good looking Dick Grayson is. The fact that Midnighter is actually homosexual does not help dispel these feelings in readers.
** Issue 9 has it with Agent 1.
--->'''Agent 1:''' (first words out of flashback in the issue) All right, ''Dick Grayson'', get your clothes off.\\
'''Dick:''' (after putting on a suit) [[DoubleEntendre Am I straight?]]
* HoneyPot: Dick himself has acted as one.
* HotTeacher:
** Helena is an instructor at St. Hadriana's Finishing School.
** Dick himself, as of the fourth issue; after some of the students discover he's living at the school, he's given the cover of being a homosexual French acrobatics teacher. While the homosexual part Mr Minos decided on to use as a way to turn the girls off, its quickly lampshaded that [[YaoiGuys it does nothing but add to the appeal]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[MysteriousBacker Mr. Minos]] talks of how "all will be unmasked" while erasing all evidence that could reveal his identity down to a microscopic level.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: While Dick has always been able to throw objects and have them bounce, they were specially designed. Here, he ''bounces a pistol'' off of a ''telephone pole'' '''while on top of a moving train'''.
* ItsPersonal: Minos' attitude notably changes whenever a case involves the Fist of Cain. It's implied that he had an unpleasant history with them [[TheBlank back when he had a face]].
* LampshadeHanging: Mr. Minos seems very aware that he's a James Bond villain, even calling himself "very 60s Fleming".
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Agent 8 laments that superheroes all come from "weird places" and not normal towns like the one she grew up in: [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Smallville, Kansas]].
-->'''Agent 8:''' "See that's the trouble with you super-types, you're all from somewhere strange. [[DramaticIrony No Smallville Graduates in the sky.]]"
* MeaningfulEcho: Tom King has a habit of developing themes through the repetition of spoken phrases in different contexts.
* MindControl: Spyral uses Hypnos for this purpose. Dick is inexperienced in their use, thus making it a last resort for him.
* MrFanservice: WordOfGod says this series will explore Dick's position as one.
** Acknowledged in-universe, as he's living at a private high school for girls. And then he gets given the cover of being their new gay French Acrobatics teacher. Yeah...
** And again in a crossover with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective Comics]], where he shows up at a club in Belarus looking for information, and the club owner automatically assumes that he's here to seduce her. He goes along, at least until he gets the information he needs.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Since he is undercover, Dick sometimes has to play dumb in order to smuggle information out from under Spyral's noses. Example: [[Funny/{{Grayson}} the lollipop scene]].
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Issue #30 of ''Nightwing'' was blatantly one for this series.
* ProperlyParanoid: Helena keeps her crossbow sights off-target. [[spoiler: It ends up saving her life.]]
* RaceLift: [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Helena Bertinelli]], who became a darker skinned variation of Italian.
* ReallyGetsAround: A ChickMagnet character who already has a reputation being thrust into a James Bond role where he encounters attractive women in their 20s? Yeah, it's no surprise where this is going...
* RunningGag: The number of people who are able to recognize Dick from his butt alone has been steadily increasing. Granted, they are Comicbook/{{Midnighter}}, who has a supercomputer in his head, and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} Barbara Gordon]], who has a photographic memory.
* SecretKeeper: Spyral is trying to discover the identities of Earth's superheroes. However, part of the reason they're keeping the secrets is likely because they aren't "100% sure'' that they got them right, but viewing the monitors, it's clear they do.
* SequelSeries: Sort of. While the series technically is one to ''Nightwing'' due to the 30th issue of that series essentially being ''Grayson'''s #0 and being the "next stage" in Dick's life, it does not use any of the supporting cast of ''Nightwing'', nor does it require you to read that series, other than the 30th issue.
** It's arguably more of a direct sequel to Creator/GrantMorrison's [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman, Incorporated]].
* ShipTease:
** The series wasted no time launching the Helena Bertinelli/Dick Grayson ship, or rather relaunching it, since before the New 52, the two had briefly dated.
** And they receive a RelationshipUpgrade in the [[ComicBook/TheNew52FuturesEnd alternate future]] tie-in.
* ShoutOut: In Issue 6, Grayson tells Midnighter he had become "[[Franchise/SpiderMan a spider man]]" instead of what he used to be, referencing his place in SpyFiction now. Many have noted similarities between his personality and that of the MarvelComics superhero.
* SpyFiction: The entire series is this, in a mixture between the TuxedoAndMartini variant in tone with underpinnings of the more realistic one as well.
* ViewersAreGeniuses:
** The [[Comicbook/TheNew52FuturesEnd Futures End]] tie-in used a BackToFront structure in which each page was embedded with hidden messages and symbolism. It would be nearly impossible to fully understand the plot without reading the book a second time, preferably in reverse order, with a careful eye on dialogue. Many "professional" reviewers (such as IGN and Newsarama) didn't bother, and missed out on the actual story.
** Further issues have seem to get this as well, with fans often praising the book for its multi-layered writing, while some critics who skimmed over the issue complain about the lack of a hand-holding narrative.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Between Helena, Tiger, and Midnighter, everyone that Dick has ever worked with can barely stand his happy-go-lucky daredevil antics. Helena does seem to warm up to him, however. Tiger even has a catchphrase:
-->'''Tiger:''' Dick Grayson, you're an idiot.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
-->'''Helena:''' "Dick Grayson is '''not''' dead. If he is, I will kill him."
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Spyral's main goal is to discover the identities of masked superheroes. Though it is somewhat hypocritical, given their use of Hypnos to hide their own identities. However, they do seem very interested in saving innocent lives.
** The Gardener appears to be a darker version, as she was willing to let innocents die in order to bring awareness to the superhuman arms race.
* TheWorfEffect: [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Midnighter]] spends most of his issues being somehow beaten by [[BadassNormal Dick Grayson]], despite the fact that he is a superhuman, darker version of Grayson's [[Franchise/{{Batman}} former mentor]].
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:The entire first arc, concerning the body parts of the Paragon Template, was a gambit by Kathy Kane to lure Dick into her employ.]]
* XMeetsY: The book has been often been described as "WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} meets Franchise/{{Batman}} with 60s Film/JamesBond".
* YouAreNumberSix: Many of the agents are given numbered codenames, in the vein of "Agent [Number]". Dick in particular is Agent 37.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Helena [[spoiler: becomes the new head of Spyral after killing Mr. Minos]].
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: What happens to Mr. Minos after he attempts to betray Spyral's secrets.]]