Grayson was a series primarily created by the writer
duo of Tim Seeley and Tom King with art primarily by Mikel Janin, colors by Jeromy
Cox, and letters by Carlos M. Mangual. There are other writer and artist teams
across this series, most notably for the final arc once the main workers were placed
on other DC books. We’ll get to them in a minute since naming them will be
going in hand with me fussing about them.
What’s this series about?
Following the Forever Evil event that took place
across several DC books back in 2013/2014, Dick Grayson’s identity as Nightwing
was revealed to the world. As a result of that identity crisis, Dick Grayson
goes undercover to hide his connection to Batman/Bruce Wayne at St. Hadrian’s,
a private finishing school for female supervillains and spies first seen in Batman,
Incorporated. So Dick winds up doing double duty as a spy and as a teacher
to the next generation of spies, all going along with Dick’s globetrotting
adventures as an agent of the mysterious SPYRAL.
This is the first post of what’s going to be a regular feature on the blog. “Problematic Fave” is going to look at what else – my problematic faves from all over the place. From comics to the romance novels I have loved to things I’ve watched that were just plain weird, I’m giving a critical look at stuff that I genuinely love, even when I probably could dial things back a notch.
To be absolutely honest, the Authority, Stormwatch, and their characters make up approximately 60% of my ultimate problematic favorites.
Sometimes, some issues or characters stand out more to me because they’re messed up or because they messed me up and then despite that, I continued to overflow with love for them. So it makes sense to start with one of the books from Wildstorm’s best series for this new article series I’m doing.
The Authority: Human on the Inside is one of those books. Written in September of 2004 by novelist John Ridley (Spoils of War) and artist Ben Oliver (that first amazing run on Batwing), the standalone comic centers on our favorite aggressive superpowered misanthropes going up against a villain that comes at them from an angle that they least expect, trying to take them out from the inside.Read More »