is a monthly Comic Book
series published by DC Comics
, started in July of 2014. Following the events of Forever Evil
, 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 Helena Bertinelli
, who was declared dead in World's Finest
, but is instead revealed to be an agent of Spyral.
Since this series is spinning out of Forever Evil
, spoilers for that series will be unmarked.
Tropes applying to Grayson
- The Ace: Helena Bertinelli, aka Matron, and Tiger, aka Agent 1, seem to be Spyral's top spies.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Fans very easily noticed that Dick has basically become Bucky Barnes, who "died", then used his "death" as a way to do what his mentor could not, in his own solo ongoing series, Winter Soldier.
- Anti-Villain: So far, Spyral has yet to do anything particularly villainous.
- Back from the Dead: Helena Bertinelli, who was said to be dead in Worlds' Finest, is alive here.
- Cartwright Curse: Between this book and New52 Nightwing, every woman that Dick has slept with has died.
- Does Not Like Guns: 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.
- Faking the Dead: 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.
- Femme Fatale: Helena, though in the first issue she's beaten to it by an enemy Femme Fatale.
- Hot Teacher: Helena is an instructor at St. Hadriana's Finishing School.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: 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.
- Lampshade Hanging: Mr. Minos seems very aware that he's a James Bond villain, even calling himself "very 60s Fleming".
- Meaningful Echo: Tom King has a habit of developing themes through the repetition of spoken phrases in different contexts.
- Mind Control: Spyral uses Hypnos for this purpose. Dick is inexperienced in their use, thus making it a last resort for him.
- Mr. Fanservice: Word of God says this series will explore Dick's position as one.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Issue #30 of Nightwing was blatantly one for this series.
- Race Lift: Helena Bertinelli, who became a darker skinned variation of Italian.
- Secret Keeper: 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.
- Sequel Series: 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.
- Ship Tease: 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.