Reviews – DC Comics: Talon #8

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Miguel Sepulveda / Colours By: Rain Beredo / Letters By: Taylor Esposito
Price: $2.99

Calvin Rose is about to become everything that he hates. Bane prepares to shape Gotham to his will. This one is very much an in between issue, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s bad. It just means it’s stuck beneath what has come before it and the expectation of what is soon to come.

Now, I don’t like to spoil things in these reviews, but the facts are, you’ve had two weeks to read Birds of Prey #20, so if you haven’t this probably won’t hurt that much, and the reveal I’m spoiling is featured on the cover of Birds of Prey #21 anyway. So, who is it? Why it’s the star of Talon, Calvin Rose of course. But why do I need to tell you that here? Well, because the entire point of Talon #8 is to get Calvin Rose from the last page of Talon #7 to the last age of Birds of Prey #20. In order to do that, James Tynion IV pulls Calvin down to the darkest place he’s been to date in the series. This issue is not about action, its purely about the story. And this chapter in Calvin Rose’s life is not about happiness, and it’s not about winning. This about darkness, about the strength of a man’s will, and about hat happens when the hero loses. And you know what? It works. It works because Tynion presents us with a stark contrast between the characters of Calvin Rose and Bane, two characters who undoubtedly heading for a rematch afte eir confrontation last issue. While Tynion shows us that Calvin, finding himself in a spot even he may be unable to escape from, is quickly sinking deep into the darkness, he contrasts that with a brief interlude where Bane regales Sebastian Clark with a rendition of his origin story. As we watch Calvin Rose begin to break, we are reminded that Bane does not break.

This may not be an action-packed slugfest, but it is that start of a very emotional journey for Calvin Rose. The rematch with Bane is certainly in the future and Batman is almost certain to make an even more substantial appearance in Calvin’s story then he already has. But before we get to that, Calvin first has to make it through what’s coming in the pages of Birds of Prey #21 and Talon #9. So, if you don’t want to miss out on what’s going on in the slightly less Bat-heavy corner of Gotham, you might want to pick this one up.

Score: 8.0


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