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Talon #0

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 2
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

A new series featuring the Court of Owls unstoppable killing machine! Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon ever to escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin just wants to live a normal life...but thats impossible, since hes being hunted by his former masters!

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Sep 27, 2012

    If you're streamlining your books for this week then I suggest that you give Talon # 0 a try. Nice art, nice story and great dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 26, 2012

     Of all the new books this month, this was by far the most successful launch. I was sort of worried as how some books would fair launching from zero issues, and I have to say, this one felt more like a zero issue than the others, which felt pretty much like #1s. We're left with a taste of Calvin Rose and the life he's gone through, and wanting more. Even if you believe the Court of Owls has run it's course, and should probably be rested, pick this up, I'm willing to be it'll prove you wrong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Syndicate - Will Cox Sep 29, 2012

    Although I would have preferred if Greg Capullo continued depicting the Court of Owls, I found Guillem March's gritty artwork quite appropriate. It perfectly captures a man living on the edge purely because of circumstance. Guillem gives us a man, who still feels like a tormented boy locked in a kennel. Just as Bruce Wayne never drifts too far from the boy who witnessed his parents being shot neither should Calvin Rose. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Oct 1, 2012

    The final product is a wide open road for the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 27, 2012

    Talon #0does an adequate job introducing readers the Calvin Rose and the world we'll be following each month going forward, and while this series is technically tied to Batman (who I'm sure we'll be seeing at some point soon), it's already created it's own mood and tone that differs from the Dark Knight's - while Batman is about the pain and the fear, Talonseems to be about hope and moving forward. Calvin Rose is already interesting and already has my sympathies. With a traumatic (but not tootraumatic) childhood, a similar training regiment to Batman, and a conscience that beats out any Court of Owls brainwashing, Calvin might just be one of the more interesting characters in the 'New 52' so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 29, 2012

    So far, a strong start for this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Sep 28, 2012

    Talon is an AMAZING book, and my pick for the best comic of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Sep 26, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed Talon #0 and am looking forward to watching James Tynion IVs rise to the top. I wholeheartedly believe that he could be on the cusp of becoming the next big thing. Keep an eye on Tynion and pick up Talon #0. You wont regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 27, 2012

    Talon #0 is the perfect blend of storytelling by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and visual bliss by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 28, 2012

    Cleverly weaving Hayley's Circus into the narrative, extensively explored in the recent issues of Nightwing, this is easily one of the best new titles from the whole New 52 and a great example of how to spin-off a series from a hugely popular title. Guillem March, who copped some flak over his Catwoman #0 cover, is perfect in this world, bringing the right level of seedy Gotham and action framing necessary to propel this series further. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 26, 2012

    It's a good start for Talon, although that costume on the cover is highly suspect. It's dangerously close to being one of those '90s headwrap things I hate so much, but funky cool goggles help balance that out. The jury's still out on that, but it's obviously designed to show us that owls don't always have to be creepy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Sep 30, 2012

    I have a feeling that going forward this book will put Calvin in the shoes of the reluctant hero. The guy who is just trying to stay hidden but through circumstances will find himself having to become the hero in a sort of Bruce Banner kind of way. I'm also holding high hopes for some adventures in or around Gotham which may have him cross paths with the Caped Crusader or even better with Nightwing as Grayson and his family have direct ties to the Court of Owls. I can say that I'm definitely excited to add Talon to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 28, 2012

    Talon #0 is a solid beginning to a new hero. It’s now up to James Tynion IV to carve out a niche for him in a crowded superhero world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 28, 2012

    What folks should be buying the book for, however, is the artwork by Guillem March. His work almost reflects that of Greg Capullo on "Batman," fluctuating between very detailed horror-ish images and more loose, animation-inspired characters. The balance is what makes the book really work, as the heart of the titular character is on display while around him is the heinous organization. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    Scott Snyder and Tynion did a nice job on the plot together and the script Tynion did for Talon is top notch. Every piece of Talon works to build into a rich look at what makes a Talon what they are. Guillem Marchs artwork is such a treat, I liked his work on Catwoman but his work on Talon is so much stronger. If you skipped Talon out of hand like I did, dont do it. I can honestly say go read Talon. A great introduction to the life of Calvin Rose and his battles have only begun. Get on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Oct 1, 2012

    I was pleasantly surprised by Talon #0. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. With an origin of a character that is likeable and appealing with beautiful art that complements the story, this issue was a great read. Whether you think another Bat book is needed or not, this is a book that should definitely be picked up. Give it a shot and you might just be surprised too. Talon #0 gets 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Sep 27, 2012

    Great Writing, Nice Character work on Calvin Rose, Beautiful Art Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Andy Liegl Sep 26, 2012

    It's impressive that in a "Batman" spinoff series, Batman never showed up and I didn't even notice. Tynion has definitely made a strong addition to the "Batman" mythos with this issue. If you dig Snyder's "Batman" or want an excellent standalone comic, this issue is a must-read and a strong addition to DC's zero month of titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 26, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 28, 2012

    This issue was a great introduction to a potentially awesome comic series and I look forward to issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Sep 27, 2012

    Tynions dialogues are awesome and his narrative is solid. He does spice up Calvin's personality. Court of Owls play a big role in this and he uses their disturbing nature to show us that they are one of the greatest villains ever. Guillem March has done a great job with the artwork. He brings out the horrific scenes of the court of owls nicely. His artwork was very good in this issue. I hope that Calvin will be an anchor for the second year of DC's The New 52.. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 28, 2012

    It's an introductory issue plain and simple. It shows why you should sympathize for the main character, how he got to be such a bad ass, it proves that he's a good guy at heart, and it gives an example of some of the cool action scenes you can find here that you won't find in many other comics. I won't be reviewing any more issues of this until it comes out in a TPB, but for now I can say that everyone should pick it up and give it a chance. It could be a fun and original comic or it could be Azrael 2.0. Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Sep 30, 2012

    Getting back to the emotional core, Talon is connecting the old with the new: the escape artist tradition married to a creation that has its roots in the New 52. It is both a reflection of the new era and of the promise that is the New 52. New creations and fresh takes on old concepts; new creators with their hands in the past, but their feet planted in the present. Whether the rest of the New 52 has lived up to that idea is debatable. Talon is, however, certainly showing the potential that Tynion felt when he pitched the idea. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 26, 2012

    It's nice to see Guillem March on a book that doesn't rely simply on cheesecake, allowing him to showcase his storytelling chops to the reader without worry of distraction. March isn't known for subtlety, but he gets to enact some during the aforementioned Court sequences, both in terms of action and horrific imagery. It's a very nice change of pace for the artist, so here's hoping that the future installments can maintain this sort of quality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 3, 2012

    A simple and straightforward premise that doesn't quite convince you this new character merits a whole ongoing all to himself. Read Full Review

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