Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shatterblog!: Talon #0 Review

Anyone who read my Top 10 Batman Stories post knows that I simply adored the Court of Owls storyline for the New 52 run of Batman. While I did not write anything about it, I enjoyed the Night of the Owls crossover event nearly as much (some issues, especially Batwing and All-Star Western dragged the event down in my opinion). Therefore, when DC announced a whole series devoted to a Talon, I got a little excited (alright fine. A lot excited.). While the series has yet to start for reals, this week marks the first issue, number 0. Generally these issues tell an origin story, which can be a bit of a drag (I have yet to read it, but I've heard the New 52 Nightwing 0 doesn't add anything to the well-known story of Dick Grayson). However, this Talon is a brand new character. This is an origin we have never seen before.
The story is nothing insanely innovative. The basic premise is he is a Talon who doesn't want to be a murderous monster. It's pretty interesting, but since all Talons are recruited from Haly's Circus, there's a little familiarity in the whole thing. Scott Snyder continues to be one of my favorite write for B-man and  Friends books, and I'd love to see a little crossover between this new Talon and the Bat-fam. While not really action packed, this origin is a solid start and I'm absolutely interested in seeing where the series goes next. I'm sure everything will pick up once the series gets into full swing.
Being a comic, the art is nearly as important as the writing. I was worried that it would lack Greg Capullo's excellent art style for the Talons, but I worried for nothing. While I don't like this particular Talon's costume quite as much as the standard one, Guillem March did a really fantastic job keeping things looking similar while maintaining his own art style. While Jim Lee is and forever will be my favorite artist (followed closely by Bryan Lee O'Malley), I definitely like March and hope he remains on the Talon project for some time. The whole book looks really good all around.
Generally, Talon looks like it may be some solid competition for the issue I look forward to each month (although with the Death of the Family arc coming up, it's gonna be awfully hard to beat Batman). I think it's great to get a brand new face in the New 52, especially since Court of Owls and Night of the Owls were so fantastic. 9.5/10.

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