Issue eighteen of Grayson opens up in a way that that reminds me why I love this comic. This issue wastes no time putting you right into the action at St. Hadrian’s School for Girls as all hell breaks loose. Helena is in trouble as she goes out of her way to save the students. Dick Grayson, in the face of hopelessness, still finds hope to hang onto. He never misses a conversational beat while beating up the bad guys.
There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this issue. Any good spy story will keep you continually guessing who is on who’s side, and who the real faces and heels are. There is an appropriate amount of suspense, and a couple surprise character returns.
Two remarkable traits about this issue and all its predecessors are the coloring and the layout. Cox’s colors put the reader in just the right mood as the story zips from scene to scene. Lanzing and Kelly don’t really let their readers become too comfortable, shifting focus on just about every other page. Cox knows exactly how to evoke the right emotion for the right characters by staying consistent with his stylistic choices of color. Also, the comic never feels too cluttered, and the action flows seamlessly from page to page.
Grayson #18 will get readers’ hearts pumping with action, betrayal, hope, and loss. Luckily, the writing and artistry of this title remains consistent as the New 52 beings to wind down, and that is something to be appreciated. Though we already know that Dick Grayson will be returning to a mantle we all know and love, Grayson continues to ensure that fans won’t go hungry for the things that they love about the character while we anxiously wait for the rebirth of Nightwing.
Review by Brendan Allen.