Review of Talon: Don’t call me a spinoff

6 Dec


I prefer to review comics on individual issues but since Talon is DC’s new spinoff I wanted to give it a few issues before I could give valid opinion.  First off let me touch upon the creative team and how good a job they’ve done to introduce Talon.  Thanks to the well received Court of the Owls chapter in Batman earlier this year Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV give us our latest hero in DC “Talon”.  Having read issues #0,1 and 2 I can easily say this is the best spinoff  in years, so good that I did not even notice Batman or any other Bat family member appears to help transition this brand new character.  You can feel Snyders hand overseeing the project especially with his well known creepy tone the series has a couple of good ones that make your hair stand up even if your bald.

I cannot stress enough how this character feels brand new and that is credit to Tynion’s great writing job thus far, I’ve read and loved alot of his Batback issue stories and Talon is showcasing why he is one of DC’s rising stars.  As good as the writing has been the art has matched it panel for panel Guillem March is producing some beautiful work.  I must admit when I first saw the Talon’s costume I was not pleased with the concept having seen the bad ass Talons in the Court of owls from Greg Capullo.  However it has grown on me especially with the way March adds so much detail to the character and the color scheme from Tomeu Morey you can’t help but fall in love with all you see.  Everything stands out in this gorgeous world especially the use of lighting and shadow to set moods.


And now to our hero he’s got his hands cutout for him coming into the New 52 which has most of the Batman book’s leading the way as fan favorites.  So by Snyder adding another Character to Gotham its a big gamble but the pay off is worth it.  Talon maybe a spinoff but so far he comes across as a strong stand alone character not some half baked fill in who will need Batman appearances to survive.  Without getting to spoilery the idea behind our hero being a former assassin from a sinister powerful Alumanti type secret orgnazation “The court of Owls” is great.  Anyone who read the pages of that event in Batman knows how scary and powerful this group is.  We see how he was handpicked for the job and why he was considered to be a valuable asset, but once he abandoned his post marked Talon or Calvin Rose as he friends like to call him as enemy number one in the Courts eyes.  Calvin has his motives for leaving the court which I’d rather leave you to read.


The Court of owl’s is fragile at this time after it’s battle with Batman so Calvin has teamed up with  a older gentlemen by the name of Sebastian Clarke who has alot of info on Calvin and the court of owls.  The dynamic between these two is interesting I would not call them friends yet more like frenemies come together against someone they both want to get rid of.  The dialogue by Tynion does such a good job to set up the story and further get us into the characters pysche.  Along his travels in the first few issues Talon encounters a few formidable foes and give us some great looking fight scenes displayed by March’s talent.


Overall I love this new series I am only three issues in but hooked and highly recommend adding it to your pull list.  I was worried Talon would be lame but I was wrong Snyder has done a great job along with the rest of this team to give us a new character who will in my opinion grow in the DCU all on his own.  He wont need his Batdaddy to hold his hand so far Talon is walking tall all on his own.  Spinoff? Dont call it a spin off! This is a new series and if the beginning is any indication it will be a successful one



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