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Talon

Alias: Unknown

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #38 [2006]
Related Links: Duela Dent

Talon Quick Bio: On the parallel world known as Earth-3, evil versions of the Justice League use their abilities to terrorize the planet. As an evil analogue to Batman, Owlman likewise adopted a young Robin-like sidekick named Talon. After Talon betrayed his mentor by falling in love with Joker’s Daughter, he fled Earth-3 for another earth.

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History


Rotten Robin

On the parallel world known as Earth-3, most super-beings used their meta-human abilities for personal gain. Together, Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman , Johnny Quick and Power Ring banded together and terrorized their earth as the Crime Society of America.

As an evil analogue to Batman, Owlman likewise adopted a young Robin-like sidekick named Talon. Running out of things to conquer, The Crime Society clashed with their Justice League doppelgangers more than once.

Owlman and Talon terrorize Gotham in COUNTDOWN PRESENTS:
THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: CRIME SOCIETY #1 [2007].

New Earth, New Start

Owlman and Talon had various encounters with The Jokester, a heroic version of the Joker. In an ironic twist, Talon fell in love with the Jokester’s own daughter, Duela Dent.

A cosmic anomaly, Duela shifted in between parallel worlds where she claimed to be the daughter of various super-criminals. After revealing their secret affair, Talon and Duela Dent were disowned by their respective families. Having nowhere to go, Duela brought Talon to New Earth, where they both joined the Teen Titans for a brief time after the Infinite Crisis.

Talon and the Joker’s Daughter reveal their secret love in COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: THE SEARCH
FOR RAY PALMER: CRIME SOCIETY #1 [2007]. Duela’s dad doesn’t take the news well.

Talon’s membership was short lived. When the other members learned of his origins, they kicked him out of the group. Since that time, Duela Dent was murdered by a rogue Monitor, who believed anomolies like Duela should be eliminated.

Talon’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Talon joined the Teen Titans during a desperate membership drive,
as seen in in 52: WEEK TWENTY ONE [2006].

Powers & Abilities


As an analogue to Robin, Talon possesses similar skills and abilities as the Boy Wonder.

 

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Talon, by Alex Garcia

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Essential Reading


Teen Titans #38 [2006]: The new story arc “Titans Around the World” begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime’s rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven! The “One Year Gap” Titans membership is revealed in a double page spread. First appearances of Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas Y Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris and Riddler’s Daughter. First appearance of Joto as Hotspot. One Year Gap Titans include: Beast Boy, Raven, Speedy, Kid Devil, Ravager, Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring, Miss Martian, Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas, Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris, Riddler’s Daughter, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Argent, Hotspot [a renamed Joto], Mirage, Flamebird and Red Star.
52: Week Twenty Thirty-Two [2006]: Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans gather to volunteer for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule.
Countdown Presents: The Search For Ray Palmer: The Crime Society [2007]: Learn the origin of the newest Challenger from Beyond, from the world where the heroes are villains: Earth-3. The origin The Jokester (a heroic version of the Joker) is revealed. Duela Dent is revealed as the daughter of The Jokester and Evelyn Dent (Three-Face). Duela falls in love with Talon and leaves Earth-3. Talon’s backstory is revealed. Origin of Duela Dent.

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Talon character sketch by Tony Daniel.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Talon Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • Talon mentions he’s from an alternate earth. [52w32]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring, Talon, Young Frankenstein, Hawk & Dove and Terra – confront a rampaging Black Adam in Greece. Black Adam brutally kills both Young Frankenstein and Terra. [ WWIIIp3: Hell is For Heroes]

Note: Talon quit the team shortly after Black Adam’s worldwide rampage in 52: WEEK FIFTY. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.

A 2009 Talon commission by Andy Kuhn, from the collection of Jeff Streeter.



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