Talon #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 24, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
8.6Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

A new series spinning out of Night of the Owls! After many years on the run, Calvin Rose returns to Gotham City to investigate the fallout from Night of the Owls! Can the Court of Owls finally be defeated? Could Calvin have the one thing hes been seeking his entire life: his freedom?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 24, 2012

    We have a great new addition to the Bat-Family. He may not be an official member just yet but because he returns to Gotham and is connected to the Court of Owls, it's only a matter of time. Calvin Rose has a unique background as he didn't exactly choose the life he has. He didn't have a tragic childhood the way many others had that drove him to become a hero. Calvin is more concerned with his survival and fighting the Court of Owls. We get to find out more about him and his abilities as well as seeing a little more on Gotha City's past. Tynion and Snyder are a get pair to flesh out this new sub-world of the Batman Universe and Guillem March is nailing the action scenes while giving new characters and locations a familiar Gotham-type feel. TALON is definitely a book I now look forward to each month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Oct 24, 2012

    The Talon is by far the stand out book of the fourth wave. I'd say it goes Talon... Talon again, Sword of Sorcery, Team 7, Phantom Stranger in my book. This issue is also the only one of those titles that didn't feel like it was simply the #2. It felt as if it was a true #1 issue. On top of that, it was written and illustrated especially well. I'm very excited to see where this book goes, and how it expands in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - R.Barron Oct 24, 2012

    Its not every day a brand new character is introduced in the DCU and gets their own series and for Calvin it should be an uphill battle right? Wrong, I think right off the bat this series is a winner! James Tynion IV and Guillem March is one hell of a team already and were only on the first issue. Creative teams fall off all the time but I have an eerie feeling that these guys are for real and youre not going to want to miss out Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Oct 29, 2012

    There is nothing wrong with this issue. It simply is some of the best work these three men have put out in their careers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Wayne Hall Oct 6, 2012

    It's high-octane mystery and action that clearly fits the Bat-family! Wow! Don't miss this strong new addition to the Batman group of comics! Get in on the ground floor while you still can! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Oct 29, 2012

    This was exceptionally well written from beginning to end. The construction of the plot that brings Rose back into the Court's backyard will satiate the readers thirst for more Owl drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Oct 24, 2012

    Simply put " if you enjoyed what Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo introduced in the Night of the Owls story arc, then you would be absolutely crazy to pass up this book. This series had a lot of skeptics, but this issue should put any doubt to rest. It is that damn good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Oct 31, 2012

    I am seriously looking forward to future issues of Talon. Even though, the "Night of the Owls" story arc is long gone. The Court is still alive with an army of thousands waiting to take back Gotham City. Tynion has a good long term story line, and all he needs to do is move away from the voice-overs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 26, 2012

    As with the "pilot issue", the art and pacing are all impeccable, with Calvin one of the most interesting characters to spin out of the pages of Batman in a long time. There is some danger that this could be simply replicating what has come before, replacing Batman with Talon as a convenient proxy, but for the moment this is one of the most intriguing new titles since DC's reboot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jose Camacho Oct 25, 2012

    The creative team is aiming high with this character, and it pays off. Calvin's relationship with the Court of Owls is complex and engaging. While the two series share Gotham City, Calvin's story runs parallel with the recent events in Batman while maintaining its own identity. You will not find unnecessary cameos or forced tie-ins here. Originally, Talon might have been "from the pages of Batman," but this work stands on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Oct 29, 2012

    One of the things that stands out the most in the art style is the character models. The costumes for Calvin and the other Talons are very original, which is refreshing considering that with so many superheroes out there some begin to look similar. Will these costumes be iconic? probably not, they do however feel fresh and new. Check this book out immediately, you will not be disappointed. Especially if you liked the Batman arc that started all of this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta Oct 28, 2012

    While you don't need to read Talon #0 to enjoy this comicbook, it's highly recommended that you do so as it adds to the character and gives a lot of essential backstory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Oct 29, 2012

    But this is a first issue! There's still plenty of time to smooth out the edges and fill in the details. For now, pick up Talon #1 for the action, but stay for the conspiracy theories. If Tynion keeps up the mix, we're in for a good time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 24, 2012

    It's not the most exciting issue, but it's cool, and this is certainly a solid foundation for what's to come. I'm just not sure I like the design of the Talon costume. Maybe it'll just take some getting used to, but I'm a vocal opponent of the '90s headwrap, and this is dangerously close. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 24, 2012

    Yet for as serious as Talon tries to be, it does not reach the level it strives for. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this start to Talon's story; in fact, it's one of the better debuts for any title of the New 52. But, an assassin that sets out on a mission to get back at those who created him? Seen it before a million times before, and Tynion does not immediately offer that extra oomph to make his version stand out. That said, enough solid foundation has been set to make me return next month in hopes that Tynion does just that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Oct 26, 2012

    I very much liked the art and feel of this book as well. March's work hits all the great action notes and facial features that help to sell the script and ultimately overall story. This isn't the strongest of the DC New52 books to hit the shelves but I do see potential for great storytelling and character development here. I will definitely be keeping an eye on the future of this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Oct 26, 2012

    "Talon" #1 is a new Bat title spawned from a concept from the last storyline and runs with it for all it's worth. This isn't just another person with a Bat on their outfit fighting crime, Calvin has a different MO and a whole new mission to accomplish. It's refreshing to see the Bat universe expanded instead of being replicated. With this issue's exposition and player movement, the stage is now set and dressed for what should be a great superhero vengeance tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 30, 2012

    A mostly functional issue that offers the title's mission statement and primary relationships. The art works, but the writing needs to be toned back, some. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Oct 25, 2012

    Talon #1 is far from a perfect book and further from a perfect start, but it got the wheels turning for the series, and it did so quickly and while building a solid character base for readers to jump off of. Read Full Review

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