Will Robin War Feature the End of Agent Grayson and the Return of Nightwing?

Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 8:54PM
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Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 8:54PM
Will Robin War Feature the End of Agent Grayson and the Return of Nightwing?
Robin War #1 hit shelves this week, and it genuinely feels like the best DC special event comic of 2015. A young boy associated with the We Are Robin movement has accidentally been involved in a shooting, and Gotham's politicians start a city wide crackdown on anyone bearing the signature "R." The new Batman, Jim Gordon, is given the task of taking on the Robins himself. Meanwhile, Damian Wayne returns to the city ready to show the We Are Robin 'imposters' what a real Robin looks like. Of course, Tim Drake and Jason Todd are involved in the action as well, but their seniority and experience isn't enough to stop the situation from starting to unravel.

During the issue, it's revealed that the ones pulling the strings behind the city's new Robin laws are none other than the Court of Owls. Scott Snyder created this vicious enemy, which is essentially a secret society of wealthy Gothamites who rule from the shadows, back in 2011, and now they're finally back in the limelight.

The Court is known for possessing a Talon (one of their undead warriors they send to do their dirty work) who was once an ancestor of the first Robin, Dick Grayson. They once had a plan to try and make Dick one of their Talons as well. Now it looks like they have a renewed interest in the first Boy Wonder, and it seems as though they have a plan in place that requires the return of Nightwing. At the end of the issue, a member of the Court says concerning Grayson, "The Gray Son of Gotham is Here. Soon the Nightwing will rise again."

This is huge news in the world of comics, as Dick Grayson's identity was outed to the world back when the Crime Syndicate invaded Earth Prime over a year ago. He was thought dead, but in reality he became a spy for an organization known as Spyral, serving as a double agent and collecting intel for Batman. He couldn't let anyone believe he was alive due to his secret identity being publicly revealed, so it seemed as if Nightwing was no more. Now, it's beginning to look like Dick may assume his superhero identity once again.

Tom King, the author of both Robin War and Grayson, has talked about how one of the central themes of the special event will center around Dick Grayson's responsibility in this mess that's overtaken Gotham. Batman is gone as Bruce Wayne lost his memory after the events of Endgame, and so everyday kids have stepped up to defend their neighborhoods and the city. This has been done under the oversight of an unknown leader (but the reader knows this leader is really Alfred Pennyworth), yet these events can't take place without some serious consequences following. They call themselves Robins, after Batman's first sidekick who showed the world that his youth didn't mean he couldn't help make a difference in his city.

King has also stated that the identity of Nightwing will play a huge part in the story, so it seems that Grayson could very well reassume the mantle before the event is over. The rest of the Bat Family was made aware of the fact that Dick is still alive and well a few months ago in Grayson #12, and it looks like they'll either work together to face this situation or suffer division as this Robin War begins.

King really is a talented writer, and so the story has been superb, serious, and humorous all at the same time. There were a lot of fun moments in the first issue, including Damian's first time meeting the new Batman. Though Snyder's Superheavy arc has been amazing so far, his response to Jim Gordon claiming he was Batman was probably the same initial reaction every reader had to Robo-Bats.

The Robin War event continues next week with Grayson #15, and as the games have just begun, there's no better time to jump on board. Will Grayson really become Nightwing once again? If so, will he stop his dealings with Spyral? Time will only tell as the Robin War continues.
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