ROUNDUP – Comics for 18 March 2015

I reviewed two comics last week — Ivar, Timewalker #3 and Lumberjanes #12. You can find my reviews for Word of the Nerd at those links; I’ll probably cross-post them here soon.

I did not get a chance to read Silk #2, but I did catch up to Ms. Marvel #12 and Ms. Marvel #13.

Here are some of my favourite panels from the comics I read last week.

EDIT: I forgot to add Bitch Planet #3, omfg, so I’ve just gone and popped that right at the very last.

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Happy Birthday, Dick Grayson!

As my pal Kristen explains, Dick Grayson, the first and best Robin, has had two “in-universe” birthdays: November 11, and March 21. The latter is the most recent “canon” birthday, and fits the spring time imagery of the robin bird.

Dick Grayson is one of my favourite characters ever. Incredibly, 2015 marks the 75th year since he (as Robin) was first created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson to be the Watson to Batman’s Sherlock. Robin is one of the oldest modern superheroes around, pre-dating Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and most characters in the Marvel or DC universes (he’s even older than Joker or Alfred Pennyworth!).

In 1984, a young adult Dick Grayson decided to shed 44 years of Robin by becoming Nightwing. This was Dick’s status quo up until last year, when he became a secret agent after his identity was exposed to the world. Though there was a brief period in 2009-2010 where he temporarily stood in as Batman in place of his mentor Bruce Wayne, who was thought dead at the time.

To celebrate, here are a few fun comic panels of Mr. Grayson in action.

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Grayson #4

GUEST POST – Trope Subversion in Grayson

I didn’t get a chance to review either Grayson #7 or Grayson #8 thanks to Life Stuff™. Sadness. I’d really wanted to cover Grayson #8, since it’s the last issue we’ll be getting for two months (until DC Comics’ Convergence event gets out of the way). But I ended up having to make a super last minute overseas trip, on emergency family business, alas, and computer time has been low on the ground here. Once I get home later this week, I hope to do a Grayson retrospective summing up all eight issues so far, but suffice to say that issue #8 was a fantastic “season 1 finale” to this fledgling series and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

For now, I’m all over this amazing commentary that my friend Zina has agreed to share here. One of my favourite things about Grayson is how it goes “against the grain” to typical comic books, and the spy genre especially, and Zina has de-constructed the exact nuances of that with way more skill than I could ever manage. So enough talk from me, onward to the post!

Grayson #8

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