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Tim Seeley On ‘Grayson’, Nightwing’s All-New Spy Adventure [Interview]

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Last week, the news broke that Dick Grayson would no longer be operating as Nightwing, instead being relaunched into a new spy-themed adventure series called Grayson, by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin. Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil that saw his identity revealed to the world, the new series finds the former Robin, former Nightwing and former Batman (dude has a long resumé) joining up with Spyral, a mysterious organization that first appeared in Batman Incorporated.

To find out more about Grayson's transition from superhero to superspy, I talked to Seeley, who has been working with King, a former CIA counterterrorism officer, to bring the series to life. In the interview, we discuss Dick Grayson's role as a "free spirit" who isn't tied to Gotham City in the way that Batman is, the writing process of Batman Eternal, and even the "G" on Dick's chest.

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WHAT: Nightwing Turns Secret Agent In DC’s New ‘Grayson’ Series

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Nightwing is no more.

In the series Grayson debuting July 2, Dick Grayson is hanging up his domino mask and taking on a new life as an undercover spy. The series will be written by Tim Seeley (Revival, Batman Eternal) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism officer who wrote the superhero book The Once Crowded Sky.

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Perception Vs. Reality: ‘Long Writer Runs’ At Marvel & DC [Opinion]

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Last week, two of the very small handful of writers still working on DC Comics' New 52 titles they launched announced they were finally ending their runs. In the case of Teen Titans writer Scott Lobdell, the catalyst was the complete cancellation of the title with issue #30. Nightwing, meanwhile, will continue, but Kyle Higgins won't be writing it.

A distinctly different animal than the independent cartoonist, creators-owned collaboration or even work-for-hire artist, writing gigs in ongoing cape comics have always been fluid, but the turnover seems to be faster and more common now than it's ever been. Whether a result of cancellations, writers moving on to other things (often finite, creator-owned work), or creative differences with editorial, Marvel and DC writer runs are getting shorter and shorter.

Or are they? Maybe it just feels that way?

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Link Ink: ‘Thor 2′ Concept Art, Evangelion 3.0 Hitting Screens, And Nightwing Possibly Coming To ‘Arrow’

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Check out Wednesday's links after the jump.

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DC Collectibles Solicitations For January 2014

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Greg Capullo, Forever Evil, Batman: Arkham City and George Pérez are some of the key draws in the DC Collectibles solicitations for January, with a number of the items serving as the first chance fans have had to pick them up since they appeared as San Diego Comic-Con exclusives this past summer. New Batman, Talon, Riddler and Nightwing action figures based on Capullo's artwork are slated to roll out in April and May as part of DCC's 6.75" Designer Action Figures line. Those aren't the only 6.75" scale action figures, though, with contemporary versions of Deathstorm and Bizarro coming as part of the Forever Evil line, an Arkham City Two-Face, and an Arrow Oliver Queen/Deathstroke two-pack all set to arrive in April. On the statue front, fans will be able to pick up an 8.5" Wonder Woman statue based on Pérez's iconic take on the Amazon, plus a 10" Riddler statue based on the character's Arkham City appearance. Click through to see DCC's full solicitation info and images for January.

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Geoff Johns Talks Big Reveals, Luthor’s Morals, And Villains As Social Commentary In ‘Forever Evil’ [Interview]

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If you missed it, the first issue of Forever Evil -- the latest big crossover event taking place across the DC Universe -- started off with a big reveal, one that will have consequences for many of the characters throughout DC Comics. But there's more to it than just that. Forever Evil represents the extreme end of villainous characters; for the Crime Syndicate, there's seemingly no tragic back story to identify, nothing for the reader to relate to or sympathize with. And according to writer Geoff Johnsthat gives him an opportunity to explore the depths of other characters, particularly Lex Luthor, while also using this story as a vehicle to make a kind of commentary on social issues he sees as currently prevalent in society.

ComicsAlliance spoke to Geoff Johns about Forever Evil, including what readers can expect going forward, Lex Luthor as the central figure of the story, and villains as metaphor.

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Nightwing Gets FFFFFFF’D In ‘Forever Evil’ #1 [Spoilers]

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In the weeks since the release of the teaser graphic above there have been all kinds of rumors and guesses as to the fate of Nightwing in Forever Evil, the latest DC Comics event series in which the villains succeed in taking over the world. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by David Finch and on sale now, issue #1 reveals at least one significant part of Nightwing's fate in the crossover and presumably in the broader narrative of the DC Universe going forward.

SPOILER WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for both Forever Evil and Trinity War.

 

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Ask Chris #160: Gettin’ Older

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Q: Does it ever bug you that comics characters don't age in any significant manner? --@sackobooks

A: I'm not gonna lie to you, Sacko: The first time I looked at this question, I dismissed it almost immediately, because to me, the answer seems pretty obvious. I mean, I am a guy whose career is defined by being super into a guy who's been in his early thirties for the past 74 years, so it's clearly not that big an issue. But then I got to talking to Matt Wilson about it, and he made me realize that there's actually a lot there to talk about.

After all, some characters do age. But do they need to?

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DC Collectibles Reveals New ‘Arrow,’ New 52 And ‘Scribblenauts: Unmasked’ Toys And Statues For SDCC 2013

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On top of selling its slate of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives at the Graphitti Designs booth #2315 during the convention, DC Collectibles will also be debuting more than a dozen brand new upcoming action figure, statues and miniatures at booth #1915. Among them? Arrow action figures, Greg Capullo style Batman toys, Suicide Squad figure, Scribblenauts Unmasked collectibles, a Bombshell Black Canary and a new Wonder Woman statue. You can check out all of the upcoming DC Collectibles offerings after the jump.

 

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Parting Shot: Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Ride Gets An Arkham Asylum Makeover

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Inspired by prominent art from Disney's famous Haunted Mansion attraction, artist Abraham Lopez has created "Haunted Arkham Asylum," featuring Batman and other characters in his universe portrayed in "stretch art." The idea is that the images at the top seem perfectly sed

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