Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn by Tim Seeley - Book Review

From the publisher: Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. Huntress, join together and take on some of their toughest foes yet. Dick is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister, he goes toe-to-toe with the Midnighter, and he and Helena battle foes from their past--the Fist of Cain. Plus, a tie-in to FUTURES END!
Collects GRAYSON #5-9, and GRAYSON: FUTURES END #1.

Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn, by Tim Seeley, picks up right where the first volume leaves off. Dick Grayson, Helena Bertinelli (both agents of the secret organization Spyral), and the Midnighter have formed an uneasy alliance while they attempt to track down and acquire the paragon organs. Midnighter wants to destroy them, while Spyral wants them under the explanation that they will help identify the identity of various heroes. This results in both chaos and cooperation between Dick, Helena, and the Midnighter, which consumes the majority of the story. Grayson is also full of the humor, action, and subversion of spy tropes (according to multiple reviews) that Seeley is becoming known for.

We All Die at Dawn is a fun action, adventure story that barely pauses for breath. It contains some big, crazy ideas (the Gardener, zombie Orcas with legs, the paragon organs) with some down-to-earth spycraft. Altogether, it is a winning formula. Seeley does a superb job of furthering his continuing story about Spyral's overall plan and essentially wraps up an arc concerning Director Minos. The conclusion of this volume also sets the stage for bigger things to come, both for Dick Grayson and for Spyral.

I highly recommend Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn. However, this volume is not a good starting point. If you are new to the character or concept, grab the first volume or wait for the third one.

For clarification, the publisher's synopsis says that this volume contains Grayson issues 5-9, and Grayson: Futures End #1. However, the back of my preview copy states that it contains issues 5-8 and Grayson Annual #1. I'm not really sure which is correct, but I'm pretty sure that there is no Futures End tie-in in Grayson Vol. 2.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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