Richard ‘Dick’ Grayson grew up working as an acrobat in the circus alongside his family under the stage name ‘The Flying Graysons.’ After the tragic death of parents, who were murdered by a mafia boss named Tony Zucco, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne. This inevitably led him down the path to become the first Robin.
As a superhero, Dick could be described as a fun / light-hearted blend of Bruce Lee meets James Bond. During his career, he was able to master more martial arts styles than most people even know exist (including Escrima, Judo, Savate, Capoeira, Aikido, Boxing, Wing Chun, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Taijiquan, Ninjutsu, and Bojutsu) while navigating an even larger string of complicated romantic relationships.
All jokes aside, the first Boy Wonder is not one to be messed with. He is figuratively and literally known as the successor to Batman, proving himself to be the near physical and mental equal to the Dark Knight in every possible way. In addition to his training, a life in the circus has gifted him with a heightened sense of intuition and timing, making him a truly adaptably poetic fighter and tactician on the battlefield.
Dick Grayson’s most important role however, is as the heart and soul of the bat-family. More often than not, he is the emotional glue that keeps them all together in their most difficult times. He serves a similar role as the leader of the Teen Titans where he eventually drops the name Robin and becomes the sole protector of the city of Bludhaven as Nightwing.
Dick Grayson was first introduce all the way back in Detective Comics 38 (1940). That being said, there are a vast number of amazing stories to be read. My choice however comes down to this one….
The Black Mirror - Scott Snyder (click title to read)
“The Black Mirror, a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils!
Then, in a second story called Hungry City, the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham.”
This story actually follows Dick Grayson as he takes on the role of Batman in Bruce Wayne’s absence. It is written by Scott Snyder who is perhaps one of the biggest names in comics over this past decade. The story also features Barbara and James Gordon as pivotal characters as they deal with the return of their ex-communicated / psychopath family member, James Gordon Jr.
Hope you enjoyed this read and be sure to check out the other Robins too!
Also, as a bonus read see Grayson. In this series Dick Grayson becomes more like 007 than ever before where he infiltrates the organization Spryal as Agent 37. You can start reading that now by clicking HERE.
written by Evan Woicik @ EVRD