Talon ended up being surprisingly well done and well presented for the zero issue, which made me excited about its official first issue. All of the Third Wave titles not only interested me into checking them all out this month, but in fact, improved their quality. Before I get ahead of myself, here is what I liked from this issue:
1. It is essentially the continuation of the Court of Owls story arc.
2. Calvin Rose still isn’t an anti-hero.
3. Guillem March’s art is phenomenal. A definite selling point for the series as a whole.
4. We are introduced to a mysterious, potential ally.
Rating before reading: 7
Rating after reading: 7
This comic did not improve in quality. Mostly because it moved in a completely different direction than the zero issue. I personally would have liked to see the zero issue pan out into the story. In the zero issue we see him with the remnants of a Talon suit and the finite weapons and resources he had. If the series had launched into that, showing him trying to escape from the court with just his skills, mind, and limited resources it would have been mind-blowing.
Instead the comic takes a different path. We see Calvin enticed to be a soldier, essentially setting out to finish the job that Batman started. His ally too was hurt by the Court, and convinces Calvin to seek revenge and retribution. This isn’t bad, and I believe could play out into a fabulous story. It just isn’t what I had expected nor what I had hoped. That being said, it was well paced, well written, masterfully drawn, and fits comfortably into the Batman universe. I will definitely check out issue 2, but as of now this sits as the weakest of the Third Wave in my mind.
Until the next time. Run.