Spoilers and review follow for the Robin War event and Robin War #2.
The bookend to Robin War #1 hits stands this week with Robin War #2.
It opens with a startlingly discovery.
Damian Wayne, Robin: Son of Batman, has joined the Court of Owls as a Talon to save Gotham City and its Robins. At the same time, the Court of Owls and its Owlman in civvies – I guess no longer Owlman since Earth 3’s Owlman is running around with the Justice League in the Darkseid War arc – are negotiating with the Garyson, Dick Grayson, Batman’s first Robin and former Nightwing. They always wanted Dick Grayson in the Court of Owls.
Lincoln March spends the issue, interpsed with Batman and Robins action, explaining his master plan to Dick Grayson and how the solution is simple. He also explains how Damian Wayne came to be a Court of Owl’s Talon.
An interesting part is Lincoln March’s claim about why Dick Grayson moved from being Robin to Nightwing.
While the name was inspired by the Kryptonian legend of Flamebird and Nightwing – also mentioned are Chaos and Order – it also refers to a wing or wings at night. Robins aren’t nocturnal, but owls are!
Some context on Superman’s Flamebird and Nightwing plus DC Comics’ Lords of Order and Chaos.
Ok, back to Robin War #2… Dick Grayson is the key to saving Lincoln March, Gotham City and the Robins.
Despite the Robins turning the tide in battle and it appearing that Damian Wayne now fights alongside the Robo Batman, James Gordan.
All Dick Grayson has to do is say “the words”.
And, he does so in front of the entire Court of Owls everywhere.
This, for me, makes the Grayson ongoing more interesting. I haven’t read it. I was more of a fan of Dick Grayson as Nightwing. Looks like I’ll be checking out Grayson #18 out on March 23 a bigger appeal to read; Grayson #16 and #17 appear to tie up Grayson’s current arc.
Solicit for Grayson #18:
At last, the spy stands alone. Now an agent of multiple masters, Grayson must go rogue from them all, find the truth within the web of lies, and take down Spyral once and for all.
See the Owl, Bat and Spider symbols on the cover? For the Court of Owls, Batman and spy agency Spyral.
Dick Grayson is also featured largely in DC Comic’s current Batman weekly series too. Batman and Robin Eternal #25 shipping on the same week as Grayson #18 and the last issue of Batman and Robin Eternal #26 shipping on March 30th. How will Dick Grayson as Court of Owl Talon impact the end of Batman and Robin Eternal? Will Grayson #18 be pushed forward one week to coincide with the last issue of Batman and Robin Eternal?
Robin War #2 was a thrilling read, with inconsistent art, but the Court of Owls / Dick Grayson moments looked great.
Big things ahead for Dick Grayson and DC Comics’ Robins.
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