My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have so much love for this volume of Grayson. I was a bit neutral on the first volume but I’ve really warmed up to the storyline and have gotten totally into it. I think I just needed a little time to adjust my mindset to this new take on the character. The story is exciting and fun. I didn’t even put it down, I just read it straight through. Volume 2 reprints GRAYSON #5-9, and GRAYSON ANNUAL #1.
The title of this volume is We All Die At Dawn, and pays homage to the classic Batman story Robin Dies At Dawn, originally published in Batman #156. This story is actually referenced in the first part of the book as Grayson recounts the events from his point of view. That issue of Batman is reprinted in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told [ISBN# 978-0446391238] if you would like to track down the source material.
This story picks up where the first volume left off and continues the macabre organ hunt across the desert. Midnighter features prominently in these stories as well and there are some fun interactions between Dick and he. I know that Dick actually appears in the Midnighter series as well but that volume isn’t available yet so I’m not sure how interwoven those stories are, or if they even have anything to do with each other. Good to know though if you like this one.
The second part that takes place in Ireland, and I enjoyed the storytelling style that was implemented. I really thought it was fun. Tom King certainly depicted a version of Grayson that I felt was particularly keeping with his long and varied history. I was actually reminded of the often maligned and underappreciated Devin Grayson run on Gotham Knights and Nightwing. Mostly for the ambiguous sexuality that she sort of played on in her run.
The last part of the graphic novel seems to be setting up a new story arc. We also get to see the girls from the academy again.
And of course this volume also has great art in it. I especially enjoy the spiral motifs used some places, that give it that funky retro vibe. So when is volume three coming out anyway? I’m ready for it now!
Dick’s POV from Batman #156:
I’m down with Tom King’s take on who Dick is.
I’m still not crazy about Helena but she was less annoying in this volume, mostly because she wasn’t that important to the plot.
They call me Rock, Rockin’ Rob… Tweet. Tweet. Tweet.
And Grayson’s fanclub:
I received an advance reader’s copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program; but I’ll be buying a copy of this one to keep ASAP.