Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grayson Annual #1 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Unlike most annual issues, this one really ties into the ongoing story that Seeley is telling in "Grayson," with Dick and Helena obtaining the skin that Spyral needs to create its meta-human.  Dick lets us know that they've gotten five of the seven pieces that they need, though I'm not sure if that includes the heart from issue #5 that, um, slipped through their fingers.

Beyond the plot, the story itself is top notch.  King handles the scripting and does a spectacular job.  He weaves a tale about the Irish winning battles with stories, setting up the denouement, as Dick reveals that his "Rock" persona was just a story designed to get him and Helena in front of the guy with the stolen skin.  Even though it's pretty clear that Rock is Dick from the start, King does a good job not belaboring the point, just giving us a wink or two as we go.  Solid stuff, from start to finish.

**** (four of five stars)

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