Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Grayson #15 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

King does a solid job here of picking up the ball from "Robin War" #1 and running with it.

Dick arrives at the Robins' underground training facility and basically opens "Robin School."  He and the other "originals" soon identify the top four recruits.  Not surprisingly, they just so happen to mirror the abilities of one of the originals:  Dre is similar to Tim, Dax to Jason, Duke to Dick, and Isabella to Damian.  Dick sends out the originals and these recruits in pairs to get more information about the cops' plans for the Robin War.  However, it's a trap:  Dick has been transmitting his planning conversations with the other originals to Jim Gordon, because he wants the cops to arrest everyone.  That way, he can be sure that they're all safe and sound while he tries to get to the bottom of the problem.  (I was wondering why he was awkwardly referring to Tim as "Red" and Jason as "Hood" during their conversation.  I have to say, though, I'm not sure that I buy that Dick would be so careless in risking that one of the other Robins would call someone by their real name.)  To make matters "worse," Dick makes sure that Damian, Jason, and Tim are also imprisoned with the rest of the Robins (including the ones left in the training facility) so that they can help everyone escape when Dick sends the signal.  He tells Duke the truth (before abandoning him to the cops) so that he can make sure everyone knows the plan, because he knows that everyone sees him as the leader.  But, I'm not sure the guys are going to be happy about it.

In truth, though, it's a pretty solid plan, if a devious one.  In fact, it sort of proves the point that Damian was making, one that Dick disagreed was true.  Damian believed that the original Robins were superior because Batman taught them.  He was right, because we see here that the original original learned the lessons the best.  This plan is as Bruce as Dick gets, even if he doesn't want to admit it.

*** (three of five stars)

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