It’s funny how much more overprotective Bruce is of Cass than Tim. At this point Tim has just turned 16 and Cass is 18. Bruce freaks about Cass and Superboy’s little flirtation, but rarely even comments when Tim is involved with someone (granted Tim argues and fights with Bruce if he ever tries to be negative about one of Tim’s relationships, so Bruce might have just given up with trying to have any influence there
[the drama between Tim-Steph-Batman is too much uhg; he likes Steph but doesn’t think she should be a vigilante, but then he makes her Robin, but then he fires her, and it is just one big confusing mess forever and always]).
I love Cassie and Kon full-on tackling Tim to the ground to protect Tim from a bomb. He probably got so many bruises from their love!!
Dick Grayson is trading his superhero suit for secret-agent cool.
Batman’s former sidekick embarks on a new life as an undercover superspy in the comic book Grayson, an action-adventure series premiering July 2 from DC Comics. It’s written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer.
After a career of being overshadowed by his cape-and-cowled father figure, this is a chance for Grayson “to take off the mask and step out on his own in a world where he’s not simply being another hero like the hero he grew up with,” King says.
Batman, though, wants him to transition to a different heroic life for the greater good — it’s “a hard sell,” Seeley says — and tells him why he needs his former partner to stay dead, not only to the world at large but to Batgirl, Alfred Pennyworth and the rest of the “Bat-family.”
"Obviously, he’s a part of a legacy," Seeley says. "He’s been Robin, he’s been Batman, and now he’s out in the cold by himself."
Adds King: “He’s doing something that’s going to cause pain to his friends and family, but he believes in the cause. That tension between having to do something good but having the cost of it being pain to his family, it drives him a little crazy.”
Grayson’s new employer is the international spy agency Spyral, an organization created by writer Grant Morrison for his Batman, Incorporated series. King sees it as representative of today’s intelligence community: They’re the people who stop bad guys from doing bad things, yet to do that, they employ questionable tactics such as mind erosion.
"He has to save the world, but he’s dealing with an organization that may go beyond his comfort zone," King says.
Seeley likes putting Grayson in this strange position, working for a group “that purports to be on the side of the angels, but clearly, there’s some weird stuff going in. Their penchant for manipulation instantly makes them nefarious.”
King, who started working for the CIA after 9/11, intends to bring to Grayson the emotional feel for what it’s like to work undercover, have bullets shot at you and cope with the the inherent pressure of being an intelligence agent.
"It’s bliss to serve a higher cause and save people," he says, but "the hard part of it is it’s tough to go home and lie to your family and pretend to be a different person."
For the supporting cast, Seeley is planning to reintroduce some familiar DC characters but also to create a new mythos for Grayson, including his own archenemy.
"He’s always been a character who hasn’t had a villain associated with him," King says. "We want to give him his Lex Luthor, his Joker."
Also, Grayson is one of the few superheroes “who is considered a sex symbol by ladies,” Seeley says. “We’re leaning into that.”
At the very least, he is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson’s mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a “G” on his chest, reminiscent of the old “R” from his Robin days.
In terms of tone, Seeley describes Grayson as a “world-hopping” action comic, and King wants every issue to feel like a TV episode of Mad Men or Breaking Bad in that it causes a conversation.
"It’s DC’s The Americans,” King says. “This is something where, at the end of it, you have to go and talk about it.”
I don’t understand what’s happening, except maybe I’ve stepped into a weird alternate universe, right? right?!
A gun?! Really? And why does he look like Jason?
Yeah, I am seriously bothered by the gun. And when I first saw the pic, I thought this was a teaser image for some new comic by Image about something as far from DC as possible. Then I read the commentary and had to scroll down and make sure it was from a legit source. Sadly, it was. x_x
Ummm. I don’t know who the fuck this is, but it sure as hell isn’t Dick Grayson. Ok DC, Cass is still in limbo somewhere, Damian is dead, and Tim “Drake” isn’t even Red Robin’s real name… And this is only Bat characters. So, I’m curious, who’s next on your hit list?
Dude, Batman doesn’t joke. And Batgirl will totally cripple you. But Cass will at least do it in the most humane way possible!
From Batman:Family, I believe, the most underrated Bat-mini series of the early 2000s.
How Nightwing goes grocery shopping…
Perfect. Girl talk.