Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel

DC Comics. May 2020. 208p. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781401291020.
Gr 7 Up–Moreci and Milledge offer a version of Dick Grayson we don’t often see: Dick as a restless teenage acrobat in Haly’s Circus, performing with his family, the Flying Graysons. When an alluring new circus sets up in town, Dick finds himself caught between loyalty to his own circus family and attraction to the Lost Carnival. Complicating matters is the beautiful, powerful, and mournful Luciana, a young woman mysteriously intertwined with the Lost Carnival. To save his friends, Dick will have to solve this supernatural mystery and face betrayal from someone he trusts. Even those with no familiarity with the DC universe or characters will appreciate this one-shot, stand-alone story. In content and tone, this tale is reminiscent of titles in the DC Ink imprint, such as Danielle Paige’s Mera: Tidebreaker and Lauren Myracle’s Under the Moon. Milledge’s expressive art has a brooding feel; clear and easy to follow, it makes effective use of panel positioning and sizing. The palette shifts to indicate changing scenes.
VERDICT A solid introduction to the creepy side of the DC universe. Those who enjoy this book may want to explore other mystical DC tales, such as those starring Zatanna or John Constantine.

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