Saturday, September 29, 2012

Talon #0

Spinning out of the incredibly popular Batman "Court of the Owls" story is Talon.

It focuses on the one that got away. The Talons are a small army of enforcers / fighters / killers who are brainwashed and manipulated into becoming servants of the Owls.

But not the star of this issue. Calvin Rose is a boy who escapes a difficult childhood and makes a life-long habit out of escaping from difficult situations. He's recruited to join the Talons, but it's not a great fit.

The problem is, it's not an easy assignment to walk away from.

It's a sharp first issue, with an interesting story structure (which hops around through the past and present) and a compelling character in the spotlight.

I like the art by Guillem March a lot - it has flashes of Kubert in there, along with strong layouts and good character designs.

The story by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder gets the whole thing off to a flying start - though you can't help but wonder what will happen when this Talon runs into a certain Owl-hating Batman.

Should be fun!

So far, a strong start for this series.

Grade: A-


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