Last week in USA Today, DC Comics announced a new series ‘Grayson’ coming out of the aftermath of ‘Forever Evil.’
‘Grayson’ finds Nightwing, Dick Grayson embarking on a new life as an undercover agent. DC Comics has put together an interesting creative team with writers Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Batman: Eternal) and Tom King, former CIA operation officer in the Counterterrorism Center, with art by Mikel Janin.
Grayson’s secret identity was exposed in Nightwing #29 and as a result DC Comics has taken the character in a bold new direction.
News Talk Florida was able to get more details on ‘Grayson’ from the series writer Tim Seeley.
NTF – What about writing ‘Grayson’ are you most excited about?
Seeley – “It’s what I’m excited AND terrified about…the fact that Dick Grayson has such a long and storied history in superhero comics. He’s a household name. And, he’s one of the best characters ever created in superhero comics…the first real sidekick with an identity all his own!”
NTF – Is there anything that scares you about taking the character (Dick Grayson) in this new direction?
Seeley – “Yeah. Most everything. Because, by definition it relies on the personality and character of Dick over a costume. It’s up to me, Tom, Mikel and the rest of the team to convince readers that the man is more important than the suit and the genre.”
NTF – You talked about creating Grayson’s “Joker or Lex Luthor” – Is this an established character or someone new? What emotion would encompass this new nemesis?
Seeley – “It’s a new character. We realized he had to be someone who defined an aspect of Dick Grayson…a perfect foil in the way that Joker is the Chaos to Batman’s order. He has to be the mistrust to Dick’s faith.”
NTF – In the USA Today article there is mention of ‘Breaking Bad and ‘The Americans’ – Will ‘Grayson’ be a darker character/book than before and if so how?
Seeley – “I don’t think it’s darker, per se…at least not in the way people tend to think of darker. There’s not more gore or murder or whatever. In that way it’s almost lighter actually. But, I think it’s a bit more darker in its thematic issues, and its treatment of authority and trust.”
The finale issue of Nightwing comes out on May 28th and GRAYSON #1 hits your local comic book store on July 2nd.