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TPB Review of Talon Vol.1 Scourge of the Owls

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Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Illustrated by Guillem March.

 

i will admit that most people do not review trade paperback for many reasons. i found this tpb curious to see how the Court of Owls have developed and founded myself regretting not being involved in this story earlier. This story involves Calvin Rose, the only Talon ever to escape the reach of the Court of Owls. In the aftermath of the Night of the Owls, the Court finds itself short on Talons to do their bidding. Calvin embarks on a journey back to Gotham to confront and destroy what’s left of teh Court, but finds himself overwhelmed by the power of the Court. For those of us who followed the Court of Owls in Batman, we can see here an expanded universe inside the dark corner of Gotham.  The standout character is Calvin Rose. Being a pupil of Haly’s Circus ( the same circus as Dick Grayson, the current Nightwing and former Robin.) he was recruited by the Court of Owls to become a Talon. You see how he changes and becomes the only Talon to escape the reach of the Court. Calvin is an escape artist second to none (beating an “unbreakable” lock of Waynetech) and you can see why the Court is interested in recovering Rose. Snyder and Tynion (star pupil who took over completely in writing Talon) do an excellent job in creating an underground world the which Batman finds it hard to track of. While Calvin doesn’t have the resources and toys that Wayne has, he has first hand experience in handling the Talons which were modernized due to the serum Mr Freeze made for them. However the situation for both the Court and Rose turns desperate as each one does what they can to win the endgame. The Court desperate and weakened by Batman and Lincoln March ( Earth One’s Owlman….see Batman #10 and #11 for details) are forced to release and awake Talons that were considered TOO dangerous to release (even to the Court). Releasing the infamous Gotham Butcher is one of the desperate moves done by the Grandmaster of the Court to get back on their feet. 

 

The Good: 

Bedside the great story , the artwork by Guillen March is superb.  Collecting issues 0-7, it is a particularly superb long read. Of course another plus is the fact that it came out in paperback and not in hardcover which makes it affordable to get. At $17 buck it is not bad, plus all the extra artwork is a nice addition to the tpb.

 

The Bad:

having waiting to buy this tpb, to enjoy this wonderful read

 

Overall:

If you can, get this trade, it is worth it and it’s good to catch up with current events. A good expansion of Gotham beyond Batman and the underground world that he tend to miss.

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2 years on later: DC’s The New 52

Well into two whole years since DC Comics rebooted their entire line of comics back to square one (and zero eventually), and we are seeing the first crossover event FOREVER EVIL . 45028_10151827729853485_1238000598_n

At the very least DC has kept consistent of going forward and not reverting to the old pre new 52 way. In a ironic way, they have managed to go bold and do stuff that really changes the status quo. However not all this are good. Dc has taken some serious missteps that in the long run will ruin the New 52 initiative. The worst of the bunch is one that can be called a self inflicting wound: the constant change of writers due to to editor problems is the one constant factor that many talented writers leave like Grant Morrison, George Perez, Sterling Gates, Gail Simone (and then the outcry against DC became so strong that they were forced to hire her back) and now the writers of Batwoman, J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman all because they were not permuted to do a lesbian wedding. Also Andy Diggle, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Kevin Maguire were kicked out of the main lines before they even started. For where I AM seeing, the editors of DC are looking like the big bads from DC joint. Dan Didio and Jim Lee better start do some serious revaluation on the editorial process. The New 52 is kicking ass because of the fact that they are giving writers wide berth to to some kick ass stories ( Batman’s A CIty of Owls, Justice Leagues’ Origin). They just need to do some serious revaluation and most importantly to keep that pool of valuable writers, otherwise the new 52 will become a failure.

stay gold and later

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