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James Tynion IV Takes "Talon" On The Road

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 10:03 AM

With his mission against the Court of Owls underway, DC's newest superhero is making his way to NYC as "Talon" writer James Tynion IV tells CBR what's next including new villains, longer stories and Batman.

When DC Comics tapped Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo to take over their "Batman" title as part of the New 52 launch, the publisher likely knew it had a hit on their hands. But over one year and at least one event story later, and what that book birthed is the first "new" New 52 title: "Talon."

Focusing on a rogue assassin from the mysterious "Court of Owls," the monthly title is scripted by James Tynion IV with a plotting assist by Snyder and drawn by Guillem March. This week, issue #2 of the series (actually its third as the book debuted with September's issue #0) shipped to comic shops and completed the introduction of Calvin Rose, who after five years on the lamb from the Court is now taking the battle back to the villains who trained him with the help of shadowy benefactor Sebastian Clark.


CBR News spoke with Tynion about the next phase of the series which sees Talon set out across the country to take the battle with the Court to them. Starting in December's issue #3, the hero will take on other Talon operatives in New York City while reconnecting with a mother/daughter team he saved from the Owls' knife in #0. As the writer explained, the story is only the first step towards more characters, more villains and more mysteries for "Talon" as Batman and family wait just around the corner.

On the collaborative end, you got the ball rolling with Scott Snyder to establish a tone and feel for where the series would go, and you work each month with artist Guillem March to further define that style. How does all that feed into where the series goes next?

Guillem is incredible. I'm blown away every single day I get art in my inbox. I got a page today that's not even the most action-packed page, and it just hit me. Guillem gets the tone of the series. I started the book really trying to set things up a bit more, but I've grown to just trust him, where his head's at and what he's trying to build. And it can't be overstated how good our colorist, Tomeu Morey, is. It really is somehting seeing how their work comes together into what I think is one of the most striking books on the stands right now. It really stands apart from a lot of the other superhero work, and it's a perfect tone for this book. It sets things apart right from the start from what we know of the Court of Owls and shows that we're not just copying what Scott and Greg Capullo did in their first appearances.

And Scott is my mentor and one of my closest friends. I can't stress how much help he gives me and how much guidance he gives me, but he gives me a lot of room to really develop these stories and characters he helped usher into this world. He's helped me take the book to a place where we're really both very happy about the direction and what we're doing with them. So it's been an incredible collaboration on both sides.

"Talon" #2 is in stores right now from DC Comics.

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