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Talon #0 - The Long Run Review


It's time to meet Calvin Rose, a former Talon of the Court of Owls. Determined to escape from their ranks, we get to see a different part of the Bat-Universe.

The Good

It's strange and refreshing to see a Batman-related title not feature a previous existing Bat-character. While there are plenty of missing Bat-Family members we'd love to see in their own book, TALON is shaping up to deliver an interesting different perspective on recent events.

The Court of Owls proved to be a major problem for Batman. It's almost unfathomable to grasp the notion of events occurring without Batman's knowledge but Scott Snyder made it work. Now with James Tynion IV co-plotting and doing the writing, we get to see dealings with the Court from a different perspective.

A zero issue is the perfect place for the introduction to Calvin Rose, a former Talon for the Court. He doesn't have quite the origin we've seen many times before. He may have some roots in Batman's world but it's not a case of his parents getting killed or a need for vengeance that molded Calvin into who he will become. That alone is reason enough to not automatically lump this title with the other Batman books.

Now that we know the truth behind the Court and Haly's Circus, we see them here in a completely different light. You can't ask for a better antagonist than a bunch of old creepy and powerful men in equally creepy owl masks. Of course it's not all men involved with the Court. Wait until you see a scene in a certain familiar labyrinth.

There's still an eerie feeling that Calvin is on the run from the Court. Despite Guillem March's previous work on BIRDS OF PREY and CATWOMAN, this title still maintains a clear and distinctive feel from the other Bat-titles.

The Bad

With an interesting set up and great opportunities to look at Batman's greatest threat, the real test will be the direction this series takes. Calvin on the run from the Court will be extremely interesting and seeing their ties and reach to other corners of the DC Universe will be great. Hopefully there will be more than just Calvin dealing with their threat. We have a great first issue. We'll have to wait and see if Calvin has a motive other than simply run and survive the Court of Owl's grasp.

The Verdict

This might be the first Batman spin-off title that doesn't feel like a Batman spin-off. Seeing the origin and a flashback to Calvin Rose, the only Talon to escape from the Court of Owls. Seeing the Court, possibly Batman's greatest nemesis now, is strange and fascinating at the same time. Calvin isn't the typical Batman Universe character and it's going to be great to see what, if any, interaction they have. The idea of Calvin traveling to other areas of the DC Universe as he runs from the Court offers many possibilites. The real question is will this be the only focus of the series? With James Tynion IV showing what he can do in the writing department on his recent Batman back ups and with Scott Snyder co-plotting, we should be confident that there is a lot of stories to be told. Guillem March even offers a hand in creating a look and feel for Calvin's area of the DC Universe. The next issue should be Intriguing in seeing what Calvin will be up to in the present day New 52 Universe.

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Posted by dreamfall31

Was looking forward to picking this up but my comic shop didnt get it!

Posted by G-Man

@dreamfall31: That's no good! Hopefully they'll get some in next week and didn't just forget to order it. Make sure you let them know you want a copy.

Posted by Cavemold

Great issue it was 5/5 for me . Everything I expected to be and more. Good review , was there anything wrong with this issue that you saw g-man?

Posted by kennybaese

It'll be interesting to see what kind of legs this series has. A dude on the run from the Talons is something that can only be interesting for so long, I think. Unless they handle it like the Hulk TV show or something where he's on the run and he helps different people throughout the DCnU along the way or something. I don't know, it has potential but at the same time it almost feels like it has a built in limit on how long the series can realistically last.

Posted by ReVamp


Posted by TheCerealKillz

I hope that this series lasts, both quality and sales wise.

Posted by Jodez

I thought it was great, i'm already hoping for Rose to meet Batman at some point or any other interaction with the Bat fam (probably Nightwing).

Posted by MadeinBangladesh


Posted by Praetor_fenix

Great character above all, i think many of us love the escape fantasy potential this character has, of course most of us would never run away from everything, just as most of us wouldn't take bloody revenge upon the underworld and still Punisher sales and history demonstrate that we might as well have some secret revenge fantasy.

Posted by Twentyfive

I'll glance it. This is the title I was least looking forward to, but if it is good, then it has a new fan.

Posted by RedOwl_1

An awesome begging, this has so much potential, I'm extremely interested on seeing which direction this is going to go

Edited by BatWatch

I haven't seen anyone mention the problem with having a character who primarily escapes from problems. This has been done in other series, and it always leads to problems. How often can you put a character in a death trap.

Setting that aside, the issue was okay. I think it is being overrated a tad.

My review:

@ReVamp said:


My feelings exactly.

Posted by RoninKane

This feels like its going to be the new 52's version of Azrael.

Posted by longbowhunter

Solid first issue, I liked it a lot. Been a while since I've read a book with Guillem March on art duties. Glad he's on this title. I'll for sure pick up the next issue. Hope to see Casey and Sara again. A strong supporting cast makes or breaks a comic in my eyes.

Posted by SavageDragon

@RedOwl_1 said:

An awesome begging, this has so much potential, I'm extremely interested on seeing which direction this is going to go

Same hear, solid start. Will for sure be picking up issue #1

Posted by Hit_Monkey

I am actually an escape artist to trade so reading this was awesome!!

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I didn't really get into comics (collecting monthly issues, I bought graphic novels) until a few months ago so I was never able to read the Court of Owls series. I'm going to pick up the hardcover and then search to find the rest. I did like the this new book, though. I don't know much about The Court but I really liked it and it will be on my monthly purchase list.

Posted by soumya

I just read this issue and I think it is great.Should we consider Calvin Rose as a next vigilante?He himself considers as a "Talon" though..Eagerly waiting for the next issues...

Posted by Reignmaker

Talon got a review, but not Sword of Sorcery? :(

Posted by cineman

When's the Talon/Mr.Miracle crossover gonna be? haha.

Posted by timdrakerules

My comic shop suggested this as a palate cleanser after reading Teen Titans #0. I expected to dislike it, but I actually enjoyed it. I'm even thinking of checking out a few more issues. Well done, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Tynion.

Posted by AmazingFantasy15