|The new comic series, Grayson, launches this summer.|
Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley is writing Grayson with Tom King, a former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer. Together, they're giving the former Batman sidekick a chance 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 told USA Today.
King aims to make every issue of what he calls a "world-hopping" action comic feel like a conversation-starting TV episode. He told USA Today that Grayson "has to save the world, but he's dealing with an organization that may go beyond his comfort zone." He's sure to bring the pressure of his own experience working as an undercover intelligence agent, adding a measure of credibility and authenticity to the story.
The new spy is employed by the international spy agency Spyral, created by writer Grant Morrison for his Batman, Incorporated series. As the character lacks a traditional archenemy, Seeley plans to incorporate a new villain. "We want to give him his Lex Luthor, his Joker," King said.
In the current Forever Evil series, Nightwing was captured—and seemingly killed—by the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 after his secret identity was revealed. The world believes he's dead, and he must stay "dead" to protect Batgirl, Alfred, and the rest of the Bat-family. This lead to a new comic series in which he takes on a new identity.
Dick Grayson first appeared in Detective Comics in 1940 as the original incarnation of Robin. Dick watched as his acrobatic parents, the "Flying Graysons," were murdered by a mafia boss. He was taken under Batman's wing before going solo as Nightwing and heading the Teen Titans. For a short time, he took on the role of Batman when Bruce Wayne was thought to be dead.
"Obviously, he's a part of a legacy," Seeley told USA Today. "He's been Robin, he's been Batman, and now he's out in the cold by himself."
Grayson launches on July 2 from DC Comics.
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