Talon #0


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Talon #0


  • Words: James Tynion IV
  • Art: Guillem March
  • Colors: Tomev Morey
  • Story Title: The Long Run
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2012

James Tynion IV and Guillem March take us on a thrilling “run” with this origin story of an escape artist turned Talon for the Court of Owls.

The shadowy opening of Talon #0 puts a young boy named Calvin Rose in a small kennel, left to die in the rain. Instead of accepting death, he makes his first escape before finding himself in the company of Haly’s Circus as “The Youngest Escape Artist in America.” Soon after, Calvin’s recruited by the secretive Court of Owls to be trained as its weapon of justice –– the Talon. But on completion of his training, replacing the previous Talon that had outlived his service, his first official assignment makes Calvin see that the Court lied to him, and he begins his life on the run that will ultimately pave the way to the upcoming Talon monthly series.

Rife with references to various legends, including that of escape artist Harry Houdini and Scott Snyder’s own Court of Owls mythos, Talon #0 serves as a solid starting point for a hero trained to be a killer but who lacks the killer’s instinct. This first issue also recalls to mind the Batman: Sword of Azrael miniseries, and one can’t help but draw correlations between Jean Paul Valley and Calvin Rose, two conflicted characters brought into their respective worlds to seeks justice in unconventional and oftentimes extreme ways and who eventually trade in their swords and daggers to become heroes. The difference here is that James Tynion IV’s storytelling and knack for dialogue make Talon #0 flow seamlessly, even as it shifts frequently from Calvin’s present battle with a Talon and a retelling of his brief history as one himself.

Mix into this some brutal violence brilliantly depicted by Guillem March and you’ve got a winning origin story of a character that will no doubt go far in the New DCU.

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