Right up top, I'm going to be talking about events that took place in Forever Evil. So, if you haven't read that, be warned there are spoilers ahead.
One of the strangest and most controversial events in the recent Forever Evil event was the outing of Dick Grayson as Nightwing.
The Crime Syndicate used Grayson as bait, unmasking him and exposing his secret identity to the entire world. To save those closest to him Grayson fakes his death.
Cue Lonely Man Theme.
Now, with no mask, no costume and no back up, Dick Grayson joins the secret organization known as Spyral. As Agent 37, he reports to Helena Bertinelli, codename Huntress.
The rub here is that Dick is a double agent, secretly working for Batman to find out more about Spyral and its agenda.
Volume 1 collects Grayson 1-4, Grayson Annual 1 and Secret Origins 8.
Dick Grayson is one of my favorite DC characters. His evolution from Robin to Nightwing to Batman and back to Nightwing shows more character development than almost any other character in mainstream comics. It has always seemed that writers look at Grayson and say, "Well, if I can't do it with Batman, then..."
Now, by making Grayson a spy, another layer is added to this already complex character.
Writers Tim Seeley and Tom King bring the write tone to Agents of Spyral. Freed from the constraints of the mask, Dick blossoms into a top tier spy. His qualms about firearms not withstanding, Grayson makes Spyral his own.
Agents of Spyral is a fun, brisk read. Fans of Dick Grayson, in any of his incarnations, would be wise to pick it up.
Grayson: Agents of Spyral is out now.