In mainstream comics, stories are often dubbed as “character re-defining” or “game-changers”. And not every character or creator warrants a big story. But in the hands of careful craftsmen, a character and their respective journey can drive a story to the point of it snowballing into something special.
Sixteen glorious issues in and Grayson is the epitome of big story. One that carries real weight. Real stakes. Tom King, Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin deliver what is easily the strongest story installment of the series. Agent 37 (Dick Grayson) and Agent 1 (Tiger) begin tearing down Spyral from within by taking out other agents in the most cinematic and psychedelic experience ever put on paper.
King scripts one of his best comic book offerings to date. His characterization and dialogue does not miss a beat. The dynamic he explores between Dick and Tiger in this issue is sheer magic. And something readers have looked forward to. Dick has always worked well with and off others. King shows us why. Plus, King’s “Agent 37 Song” is something fans of the title character will cherish for years to come!
Making the song that much more special is the art that accompanies the sequence. Janin will leave you awe-struck. Every panel, action and reaction is packed with energy and emotion. Janin’s greatness isn’t in fact that his art is majestic, it’s that he delivers what’s in the script in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
So, what makes this issue the best book of the month? Maybe it has something to do with Helena deploying a syndicate of the best spies in the world, which include Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Bronze Tiger, Grifter, and King Faraday to bring down Dick and Tiger. Or perhaps it’s because as the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place and Helena and Spyral are set to call endgame, Dick sets himself up to have the last laugh and call out: CHECKMATE.