COMMENTARY – Grayson #3

[This review originally appeared at Graysonology.]

This issue left me with a lot of feelings: not bad feelings, necessarily, but it certainly got me thinking. Much has been made out of the idea of Dick Grayson using guns (notably on the first issue covers by Mikel Janin & Andrew Robinson respectively). Having read Grayson #3, I’m pleased to see that the writers are on the same page as I am regarding this topic.

I loved that Dick persists throughout the book in his convictions: not turning to the gun for a quick fix, even when things go to crap, but continuing to try helping Tanner. This compassion is, I think, why he is so close to Batman—it’s easy to say that for both of them, the “mission” is vengeance. But really, it’s about helping people.

Speaking of Batman, it was good seeing Dick turn to him again in this issue. It seems clear to me that Dick is lonely, and that his short talks with Bruce are his only connection to home/family. Maybe it’s a coincidence that they often occur after a moment leaving him particularly vulnerable… but Dick is certainly looking for intimacy, and for a legitimate connection, and I suppose that’s what leads him to fall into bed with Alia/Agent 8.

I can’t say I’m going to miss her—as a character, she left me cold, I suppose because her main role was to provide the counter-argument to Dick’s principles—but I do wonder how much of a role her death will play in how Agent 1/The Tiger (who is decidedly very cool) treats Dick going forward.

Anyway, I’ve re-read Grayson #3 a few times already, which says something in itself. I just realised that some of the panels are framed in narrow circles to give us Tanner’s perspective of “seeing” through his gun eyes. It’s a cool touch by Mikel Janin who continues to knock it out of the park with his art on this book. :)

This was originally part of a longer post at Graysonology, which can be found here


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