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Richard "Dick" Grayson
Character created by Bob Kane
"Elseworlds" tale by Dean Motter and Michael Lark
Holy gumshoe, Batman!
Most people hearing the name "DICK GRAYSON" will immediately identify him as Robin, the Boy Wonder--Batman's trusted sidekick.
But in Nine Lives: Who Killed Selina Kyle? Dick Grayson is someone quite different. He's the "pretty boy private eye" who was one of Selina Kyle's many lovers, and is now one of the many suspects in her death.
Nine Lives is a graphic novel--one of DC Comics' "Elseworlds" stories, in which familiar DC characters "are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places, some that have existed, and others that can't, couldn't, or shouldn't exist."
The setting here is a '40s noir Gotham City. Batman is still pretty much Batman, but the other characters--including Bruce Wayne--are just a little different.
Selina Kyle is not Catwoman, but the African-American owner of a Gotham nightclub.
And "boy wonder" Dick Grayson is a cigarette smoking, fedora-wearing private eye right out of an old B-flick. He's an ex-circus performer and an ex-cop, who's not above a little breaking-and-entering to get information -- a classic PI, clashing with police, sleeping in his suit, taking advantage of his loyal secretary (Barbara Gordon!), and getting beaten up a couple times. How can you not like this guy?
This is a well-done graphic novel: One of the best examples of noir-inspired artwork in comics that I've ever seen. Anyone who likes hard-boiled detective fiction, noir, and Batman, should pick-up this book. Anyone who likes any one of the three should at least give it a look.
And if you like this one, you should check out another Elseworlds tale, Gotham Noir, which casts Commissioner Gordon as a P.I. And don't miss Bruce Wayne's short-lived career as a private eye.
Respectfully submitted by Frank Patterson.
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