Talon #9

Talon #9

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Miguel A Sepulveda Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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In the aftermath of his encounter with Strix and the Birds of Prey (continuing from this months BIRDS OF PREY #21), Calvin is sent on his deadliest mission yet: Retrieve one man from the deadliest island on Earth, Santa Prisca, the home of Bane!

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 26, 2013

    Okay, really finally... the Birds of Prey stuff? Pretty nonexistent. So nonexistent that I had completely forgotten about it, and had to come back to type this up after I finished The Bottom Line section. To Tynion's credit, he does blow by it pretty quick, so it doesn't waste too much time.It should come as no surprise to anyone that I really enjoy this series as a whole, and as one would expect, enjoyed this issue. It did the somewhat impossible of keeping the Court of Owls fresh and interesting, and still manages to do so, almost a year in, by taking the story to Santa Prisca and involving Bane. Talon is much more than a book just about the Court of Owls, and this issue really illustrates it with it's character work, and outside elements from the rest of the Batman universe. All in all, another really fun issue from the Talon team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Jacob Torres Jun 28, 2013

    Though the Talons and Court of Owls may have originated with Scott Snyder, James Tynion is really making it all his own, fleshing out and defining the Court while adding something new to the mythos almost every issue. Hes also built a fantastic stable of characters, both new and old, to populate the title. When Talon was first announced I felt it was a title that wouldnt last for more than a year, but nine issues in Tynion has already created a book that, despite its flaws, could be around for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jun 27, 2013

    Overall, gripes aside, this was a slight improvement over last issue. But it's still missing something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I know that it will get better. After all, it's an interesting premise, a new character, and the scene with Bane in this issue was enough for the price on the cover. Not to mention the return of Bane co-creator, Graham Nolan, providing layouts for Miguel Sepulveda's finishes. I'm just hoping that the risk I've been taking by keeping with this book after Scott Snyder's departure on co-plotting is worth the reward I'm hoping we get with the final battle between Talon and Bane. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jun 26, 2013

    The Birds of Prey tie-in is a useless distraction but it only robs our story of 3-4 pages, but unfortunately the artwork takes a nosedive with this issue and it hurt my overall enjoyment quite a bit. No, you don't need to have read last week's Birds of Prey #21 and yes, Bane does show up and he's just as brutal as you hoped. It's the weakest episode of Talon yet, but now that the messy crossover business is out of the way the artwork is the only thing holding this series back from being really great again. Let's hope the illustrations return to their usual standard of excellence next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jun 26, 2013

    When I finished the final page, I really didn't have any strong feelings about the issue one way or another. For me, this issue basically goes through the motions of doing everything needed before getting to the truly engrossing material. It's certainly not "filler," but it's instead mandatory exposition in some areas and swiftly introducing new elements in others. Overall, this is an experience that simply left me down the middle. If anything, I imagine it'll be a far more enjoyable read when collected in a TPB. Read Full Review

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