James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder and Guillem March wrap up a two-parter in “Talon” #7 on a strong note here; taking the “what you knew was wrong” angle and laying the remaining pieces onto the table. This being Snyder’s final issue as co-plotter, it feels like the story has hit the end of a first volume with a great launching point given to propel readers into what’s still to come.
I appreciate that Tynion and Snyder unspooled the story with just the right amount of lead-up; after last month’s cliffhanger with Casey discovering the truth about Sebastian Clark, a lot of the oddities surrounding the characters snap into place and it’s clear that this was something that’s been planned since day one. It wasn’t stretched out for too long, but it also wasn’t so quick that it gave readers plotting whiplash. More importantly, I liked that Tynion and Snyder didn’t take the easy way out in regards to Clark and Casey. So often a villain is defined by horrible things done to a supporting cast, but Tynion and Snyder keep Casey as strong and capable a character as she was with her introduction.
Calvin himself almost takes a back seat in “Talon” #7; his story with the other Talons isn’t bad, and I liked the Nathaniel O’Malley Talon a great deal, but in many ways it’s not as exciting as the fight between Clark and Casey. It moves well enough, but it’s once Calvin gets out of that situation that things get much more interesting. The surprise guest star’s clash with Calvin plays out in a fun (and not too long) manner, and I appreciated that after being hinted at in “Detective Comics” #19 earlier this month that Bane’s appearance is treated with a strong level of menace.
March’s art continues to entertain, and while he’s best known at drawing the ladies, I like his art more when it’s not an excuse to show off some skin. Calvin spiraling off of the escape pod is a great moment of physical comedy — the look on his face coupled with the arc of his body make it naturally funny — and fight scenes flow smoothly from panel to panel. I appreciate the little touches in his storytelling too, like how when Calvin’s legs are snared that the entire panel jerks out of alignment in sympathy to his plight. And while some characters are a little too muscle bound to be believable, Bane is so pumped full of steroids and muscle mass that he’s as creepy as he should be here. March’s style fits the dangerous character perfectly, and it makes me glad that this is the title that he’ll be appearing within.
“Talon” #7 is a solid issue; the book hasn’t gotten to “you must read this” status, but it’s a pleasant comic each month and there’s always something in an issue to recommend its existence. Hopefully when Tynion takes the writing reins all on his own next month, we’ll continue to get that feel. For now, though, this is a good conclusion to Snyder’s time on the book, and where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.