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Title: Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls
Author: Scott Snyder
Publisher: Published May 9th 2012 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 2012)
ISBN: 9781401235413
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Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight as with the relaunch of Batman, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52! After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper th Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight as with the relaunch of Batman, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52! After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? Collects issues #1-7 of Batman. 

30 review for Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A) 85% | Extraordinary Notes: A book of apocalypse: an awakening where silent darkness emerges from myth and rhyme into the light of existence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    A solid beginning of New52's era of Batman This edition collects issues from #1 to #7 of "Batman" Writer: Scott Snyder Illustrator: Greg Capullo GOTHAM IS... A MYSTERY Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your heart, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send The Talon for your head. You thought that you knew Batman and his world. You thought that you couldn't be s A solid beginning of New52's era of Batman This edition collects issues from #1 to #7 of "Batman" Writer: Scott Snyder Illustrator: Greg Capullo GOTHAM IS... A MYSTERY Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your heart, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send The Talon for your head. You thought that you knew Batman and his world. You thought that you couldn't be surprised anymore, specially with some new villain without the historic "pedigree" of the renown classic villains. But you were wrong. Snyder and Capullo were able to plot an exceptional new tale with smart writing and awesome artwork. Proving that there is still room for new chapters with refreshing new input to the legacy of The Batman. The Court of Owls was a nursery rhyme, a myth, a legend, something to scare off the kids to be good. After all, something so old, if it was true, The Batman would know, right? And there, it's the beauty of the concept of this mysterious new threat. The Batman can't accept that something so large, so organized, so lethal, can be existing for so many time, even before his own birth, and still remain out of his all-knowing sight of his city. And there, it's the beauty of the fall of The Batman. Not matter how prepared he is. Not matter that he knows all the tricks. Not matter that he invented all the tricks. Any hero who "falls" into a "comfort zone", he or she will "fall" into a "hell". Also, overconfidency and/or underestimating the enemy, always has been the "sin" of The Batman. Not matter how he thinks of himself, he is still a human being, and therefore he can be lured into a trap, he can be the prey, specially when he thinks that he is the hunter. And maybe it will be too late when finally The Batman will realize that he really doesn't know at all "his" city and its secrets. THE MAN UNDER THE COWL ...Tell me what you know about owls. ...They're carnivorous. Masters of camouflage...They're natural predators of bats... Snyder and Capullo were able to deliver a true detective story making to remember that The Batman isn't only a "superhero" who punches villains but also a remarkable detective. But even more impressive, they are really using to Bruce Wayne, since you can really sense the man under the cowl. Bruce Wayne isn't just a face to draw when he is on the Batcave without his cowl on. Bruce Wayne is really inside of the batsuit, and also, Bruce Wayne is a relevant character on his own, beyond of The Batman. Bruce Wayne is as important to Gotham City as The Batman, only for different reasons and purposes. Moreover, you get to know about the history of the Wayne family, quite beyond of Thomas Wayne, and how the Waynes had been always relevant architects in some way or another about the way of how Gotham City is. I was aware that this first volume won't be the only one about The Court of Owls (in fact, I bought the three TPBs at the same time) but I kinda expected some kind of closure in this first volume, however you are left with none mystery really solved and with a cliffhanger. I did enjoy a lot the reading of the TPB, I did. However, the whole volume was like a long introduction to the storyarc to come (in the next two volumes). Thankfully, I have them too. So, I won't be clueless much time. But, definitely, only for this great beginning, I can recommend The Court of Owls to any Bat-fan or reader of the comic books' genre.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It wasn't so awful that it deserved less than 3 stars, but to say I'm disappointed is an understatement. Capullo is a talented artist, but I'm not a fan of the chubby Batman. Ok, maybe chubby isn't the right word. Bobble-headish. You know, when they have the impossibly large head and chin? Anyway, not my cuppa. I'm sure others will love it. Was the story any good? Ehhhhhhh. It wasn't bad, but I had some problems with the way Batman was portrayed. He doesn't believe the legend about the Court of Ow It wasn't so awful that it deserved less than 3 stars, but to say I'm disappointed is an understatement. Capullo is a talented artist, but I'm not a fan of the chubby Batman. Ok, maybe chubby isn't the right word. Bobble-headish. You know, when they have the impossibly large head and chin? Anyway, not my cuppa. I'm sure others will love it. Was the story any good? Ehhhhhhh. It wasn't bad, but I had some problems with the way Batman was portrayed. He doesn't believe the legend about the Court of Owls is real, because he already investigated it...when he was a kid? Yeah, he says he's looked into them since then, but the bulk of his argument rests on what he did as a child. No. Batman is not that stupid. Also, those Owls really took him for a ride. Not because they managed to get the jump on him, but because he simply refused to believe in the possibility that they existed. Maybe that was the point. Batman is fallible, and doesn't know everything. Except... Well, if there is one superhero who questions everything, plans for everything, and doesn't trust anything...it's Batman. It seemed odd that he wouldn't have opened his mind to the possibility. Then there was the scene at the end where he is practically clinging to Dick, blubbering about how Gotham isn't what he thought it was. I literally cringed. Snyder broke Batman. And, again, maybe that was the point. Doesn't mean I have to like it. I'm not trying to bash the entire volume, though. It held my interest, and I'm definitely going to keep reading to see where Snyder takes this New Batman. There is also another solid reason to pick up The Court of Owls. It was possibly the coolest thing I have ever experienced while reading a graphic novel. (view spoiler)[During the time the Court has Batman trapped in their maze, he begins to lose touch (rather quickly) with reality. Everything is distorted, frightening, and trippy. But that's not the cool part. At one point you have to turn the book on it's side (think centerfold, boys) to read the panels. After a couple of pages, you then have to turn the book back to the normal reading position. Except..it's not. Suddenly, you're the one who is confused and disoriented. Somehow the book in you hands is now upside down. You have to flip the pages backward to read the thing. You're right there with Batman. Very. Cool. (hide spoiler)] I didn't love everything about it. But read it anyway.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Bădică

    "Uneori suntem atât de prinși cu problemele mărunte, încât o ignorăm pe cea mai importantă, aflată chiar sub ochii noștri." "Dar să fie clar: Nu-mi pasă cine mi-a fost strămoș. Sau ce-au vrut bufnițele să fiu. Chiar deloc. Nu ne impune trecutul vreun rol, Bruce, ci noi alegem ce să fim."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    holy shit this was SO GOOD and bloody. also those fucking plot twists gave me 20 heart attacks, I didn’t sign up for this pain 😤😤😤😤 but i love batman so i guess i’ll just die 🤷♀ holy shit this was SO GOOD and bloody. also those fucking plot twists gave me 20 heart attacks, I didn’t sign up for this pain 😤😤😤😤 but i love batman so i guess i’ll just die 🤷‍♀️

  6. 4 out of 5

    David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

    In this thrilling adventure, Scott Snyder breathes new life into the Batman franchise by introducing a terrifying new enemy...The Court of Owls! While waging his war against crime, Batman has seen many horrible things... But all this time, an unseen horror has lurked in the shadows of Gotham City. For over a hundred years, rumors have been whispered about a secret society that rules the streets of Gotham, an omnipresent group known as the Court of Owls. Most people assume the tales to be mere camp In this thrilling adventure, Scott Snyder breathes new life into the Batman franchise by introducing a terrifying new enemy...The Court of Owls! While waging his war against crime, Batman has seen many horrible things... But all this time, an unseen horror has lurked in the shadows of Gotham City. For over a hundred years, rumors have been whispered about a secret society that rules the streets of Gotham, an omnipresent group known as the Court of Owls. Most people assume the tales to be mere campfire stories told for the sole purpose of scaring the citizens of Gotham. After all, in over 100 years, no one has ever found any evidence of the Court's existence...at least no one who has lived to tell about it. But Batman must uncover the truth behind the urban legend, especially now that the Court has sent an unstoppable assassin after...Bruce Wayne! Despite the fact that I've loved Scott Snyder's writing in the past, I still went into "The Court of Owls" with a bit of trepidation. After all, I first started reading Batman comics in the early 80s, and the idea of DC's "New 52" banner wiping out so much of that history and trying to reboot the Batman franchise sounded like it was doomed to fail. But I still had a lot of fun reading the first story arc of the new "Batman" series. For one thing, this Batman actually makes a joke now and then! Yes, grim and gritty elements can add more gravitas to the story, but so many of the 90s Batman books overdid it to the point that the always-brooding Batman was almost devoid of any personality. In fact, having read so many of those "grim avenger of the night" stories, I especially loved when Snyder had Dick Grayson hit Batman with this zinger, "So it's true...you actually do practice brooding!" Under Snyder's watch, Batman is still haunted, but the fact that he actually cracks a smile once in a while makes him even more likable and sympathetic than ever before. In addition, Snyder’s first-person narration from Batman’s point-of-view provides genuine character introspection, as verses the lame ”I am the night” rhetoric that so many other writers fall back on. But what really wowed me the most about this story was the inclusion of a new enemy to the Batman rogues gallery. Let's be honest, in the last couple of decades, attempts to introduce the next big Batman villain haven't always been successful. Sure, Bane was cool in "Knightfall" and in the "Dark Knight Rises" movie, but he didn't really serve a whole lot of purpose in the 20 years inbetween. And try explaining The Black Glove and Dr. Simon Hurt to anyone who doesn't have a working knowledge of at least 30 years worth of Batman canon! (Grant Morrison can never make things simple, can he?!?) But I found the concept of The Court of Owls to be executed flawlessly. The idea of Batman fighting an urban legend was such a delicious parallel, considering many Gothamites consider Batman himself to be an urban legend! And Snyder never falls back on hackneyed straw man tactics to make the Court more interesting, his brilliant writing is all it takes for us to feel the same terror Batman does when he realizes just how far the Court's reach truly extends. An exciting adventure sprinkled with humor and horror, "The Court of Owls" is a fun ride for new and old Batman fans alike. In closing, I'll leave you with this rhyme from the book which citizens of Gotham tell each other to send shivers down their spines... Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time. Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed. Speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send The Talon for your head!!!"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    The Court of Owls, a long rumored secret society from Gotham's past, makes its presence known in the form of a knife wielding assassin called The Talon. Can Batman hope to defeat an enemy even more familiar with Gotham than him? For my money, Scott Snyder can do no wrong. Batman: The Court of Owls is no exception. At first glance, the tale looks like a combination of Batman: The Black Glove and Batman: Gates of Gotham but it's a better story than either so far. I really want to gush about this bu The Court of Owls, a long rumored secret society from Gotham's past, makes its presence known in the form of a knife wielding assassin called The Talon. Can Batman hope to defeat an enemy even more familiar with Gotham than him? For my money, Scott Snyder can do no wrong. Batman: The Court of Owls is no exception. At first glance, the tale looks like a combination of Batman: The Black Glove and Batman: Gates of Gotham but it's a better story than either so far. I really want to gush about this but I don't want to ruin any surprises. It's not every day a body is found with Dick Grayson's DNA under it's fingernails. It's not every day you see a killing machine taking the fight to Batman or Batman being trapped by villains for days. One thing I really liked is that Scott Snyder isn't afraid to show us Batman isn't invincible. I hate how in recent years, Batman is portrayed as a combination of Captain America and Reed Richards instead of the World's Greatest Detective, as he should be. Snyder does a pretty good job of stripping away some of that. I can't see his Batman building a Brother-Eye satellite, for instance. Snyder's writing is superb, as always. I can tell he draws from a deeper well than many comic authors, one filled with historical fiction and conspiracy thrillers. Greg Capullo's art is good too, I guess. The Court of Owls is an easy 4. I may even bump it up to a 5 once the rest of the story is told.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    As part of the DC’s reboot of the month, the New 52, Bruce Wayne is back as Batman. I won’t be reading any other New 52 stuff because DC is addicted to retconning, and I don’t want to be an enabler. However, this one seems to have kept a big chunk of recent Bat-happenings. I am kind of oddly bummed that Dick Grayson isn’t Batman anymore, but that’s probably partially due to how much I loved Scott Snyder’s Black Mirror story. Anyhow, Batman goes up against a secret society called the Court of Owls As part of the DC’s reboot of the month, the New 52, Bruce Wayne is back as Batman. I won’t be reading any other New 52 stuff because DC is addicted to retconning, and I don’t want to be an enabler. However, this one seems to have kept a big chunk of recent Bat-happenings. I am kind of oddly bummed that Dick Grayson isn’t Batman anymore, but that’s probably partially due to how much I loved Scott Snyder’s Black Mirror story. Anyhow, Batman goes up against a secret society called the Court of Owls that also has a tough assassin on their side. The Owls have been in Gotham a very long time, and they’ve apparently got a bone to pick with Bruce Wayne’s recent efforts at urban renewal. Snyder continues to be one of the best Batman writers to come along in some time. I liked the idea that there was a secret society embedded into the very fabric of Gotham. I also loved how the Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damain Wayne have become Bruce’s family as well as his crime fighting partners. However, there were a couple of elements that didn’t do much for me. The story with the Court of Owls trapping Batman and trying to brainwash him seemed a lot like the old Cult storyline from days of yore. And while I liked the concept of the Owls, what I really want is for Snyder to put Batman up against one of his arch-villains like Joker or Two-Face in an extended storyline.

  9. 5 out of 5

    StoryTellerShannon

    The New 52 reboots Batman as the capable Caped Crusader but this time around he has some blind spots in thinking he knows everything there is to know about Gotham City. Enter the urban legend of the Court of Owls. Batman doesn't believe they exist (because he couldn't find any indication of them when he was an investigator boy so talk about a blind spot) and ignores the talk until the urban legend begins to reveal itself as it targets Batman. “Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time The New 52 reboots Batman as the capable Caped Crusader but this time around he has some blind spots in thinking he knows everything there is to know about Gotham City. Enter the urban legend of the Court of Owls. Batman doesn't believe they exist (because he couldn't find any indication of them when he was an investigator boy so talk about a blind spot) and ignores the talk until the urban legend begins to reveal itself as it targets Batman. “Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word about them, or they'll send The Talon for your head.” Batman's hubris puts him into a bad spot which leads to a torturous and extended arena scenario in which he discovers he has underestimated the urban legend. Purists of the old Batman may take issue with this outcome. Artwork was excellent not just because of how it was drawn but the choice of presentation, especially when a whole page would divide up man panels and then one page would have only one incredibly large panel with great impact. I especially liked when a few pages at the end were upside down on purpose. A script of the pages 21-24 is in the back. Spoiler info below. ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B plus; ACTION SCENES: A minus; BATMAN MYTHOLOGY/FOCUSES: B plus; CLUE TRAIL: B plus; WHEN READ: end of May to early June 2013; OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus (view spoiler)[SPOILERS: it's interesting that the tale opened with Batman taking on several known villains as if they were physical imbeciles and perhaps implied that Batman has them figured out but not so much the Court of Owls. Nice touch when the DNA of a murderer is Dick Grayson and you find out it's one of his ancestors. The madness maze and gladiatorial duel were nicely done (arguably my favorite part). Urban tales linking one of Wayne's ancestors to the Court of Owls makes it more personal. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    I enjoyed this. Batman discovers there is a conspiracy afoot involving a super-secret group that has been around for hundreds of years called The Court of Owls. They've sent a seemingly unstoppable dude after him called the Talon. I'm all about creepy secret societies, so this Court of Owls thing worked for me. Of course, Batman goes crazy and is tortured and gets all angsty (nothing really new there, right?). Nice illustrations. Ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, but most of these things do. Creepie I enjoyed this. Batman discovers there is a conspiracy afoot involving a super-secret group that has been around for hundreds of years called The Court of Owls. They've sent a seemingly unstoppable dude after him called the Talon. I'm all about creepy secret societies, so this Court of Owls thing worked for me. Of course, Batman goes crazy and is tortured and gets all angsty (nothing really new there, right?). Nice illustrations. Ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, but most of these things do. Creepiest image in the whole thing: I told you he loses it. These Owl freaks are no joke. We get appearances from 3 Robins - Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Tim Drake/Red Robin (it's Robin from Teen Titans - yay, I love me some Teen Titans), and Damian Wayne (current Robin). The only one who really has much to do with the plot is Dick Grayson. I was entertained!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    I haven’t read all the New 52 titles (who has the time these days to read everything they’d really like to?), but so far I’ve been fairly impressed. There have been numerous reboots and retcons in the DC Universe, but the New 52 actually does feel like a fresh start and not just another attempt to cash in on the resurging popularity of comic culture. There are quite a few New 52 Batman titles, and Batman #1 kicks off the Court of Owls arc. It’s a sinister and atmospheric tale about secrets, cons I haven’t read all the New 52 titles (who has the time these days to read everything they’d really like to?), but so far I’ve been fairly impressed. There have been numerous reboots and retcons in the DC Universe, but the New 52 actually does feel like a fresh start and not just another attempt to cash in on the resurging popularity of comic culture. There are quite a few New 52 Batman titles, and Batman #1 kicks off the Court of Owls arc. It’s a sinister and atmospheric tale about secrets, conspiracies and madness… and this is only the beginning. The art is very good, although I did feel that Bruce Wayne looks pretty young, considering that at this stage Damian Wayne is already Robin. The Talon is a good foil for Batman, and the tidbits of information regarding the interplay of owls and bats in the natural world are fascinating. Clearly the author gave this some thought, and it adds a lot of depth to an already good plot. I knocked off one star from my original five star rating for the Maze sequence, which gets a bit weird for my taste. It’s worth mentioning, though, that in this story Batman comes dangerously close to meeting his match. It seems the writing team wants to emphasize the fact that, despite everything, he is only human / fallible. Great stuff all round.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    I've read this three times and it's still one of my favorite Batman story arcs. Snyder is a heavy hitter and brilliant writer, and his and Greg Capullo's fantastically illustrated Batman is one of the few perfect New 52 titles (along with Tomasi and Gleason's Batman & Robin). Seriously, if you don't like Snyder's Batman we can't be friends. This is the beginning of an alternate origin story, starting with Batman as an adult well into his crime fighting career. The cool thing is the Court of I've read this three times and it's still one of my favorite Batman story arcs. Snyder is a heavy hitter and brilliant writer, and his and Greg Capullo's fantastically illustrated Batman is one of the few perfect New 52 titles (along with Tomasi and Gleason's Batman & Robin). Seriously, if you don't like Snyder's Batman we can't be friends. This is the beginning of an alternate origin story, starting with Batman as an adult well into his crime fighting career. The cool thing is the Court of Owls story arc isn't just the introduction of a new villain or villain group, it's an expansion of Batman history and mythology, of his training as a detective, even as a boy trying to solve his parents' murder in connection to the mythic Court of Owls. Using myth is perfectly sound logic to a kid in shock and mourning, and the adult Batman is too close and sensitive to his parents' death to see the glaring truth, that he is not infallible as a detective or super hero. I know, it's a big leap to forgive this what have you, hubris or naivety, but I think it shows his sensitivity, humanity, and compassion he still has for his parents after all these years. It also shows how much he still has to learn as a detective, as well as the deep level of concealment and corruption present in Gotham that not only the Waynes but Batman himself were unable to detect the Court of Owls. That is the true horror and mystery, I think. "Never let your emotions guide you on a case," Bruce says. But that's precisely what he's doing. Discovering (what could be inferred as) the truth behind his parents' death proves to be destructive of his "self," as well as deeply and horrifyingly introspective. This is where Snyder goes a little Morrison psychedelic when Batman is drugged in the labyrinth. The artwork of him becoming more and more like an owl is his being consumed by horrific truth and his consent to death. This very long series of scenes is probably some of the most dark and honest writing I've ever seen Batman treated to. And I suppose there is triumph in his near defeat. He does give up for a brief moment, consigns himself to death. But he thinks of his great great grandfather Alan Wayne in his moment of defeat, and realizes he (Batman) is the natural born enemy of the Court of Owls, an heir wronged and deprived of family and a happy life (most likely) because of them, and he won't stand for it. This is where Batman supersedes his physical body and "embodies" revenge itself as a throbbing bloodthirsty bat monster. And it makes for astounding artwork. I guess what's most fascinating about this first volume (and the Court of Owls story arc) is how Snyder has created a new mythology to Gotham and Batman himself. That's no easy feat, especially considering the expanded continuity he must now follow as a writer. But I imagine this mythology will allow for new creativity with Batman as a character, as we've already seen (or you will see) in later volumes. And I think we should all commend Snyder for taking such a risk and (in my opinion) brilliantly succeeding in expanding an already trope level super hero that still somehow captures our imagination.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I was blown away by this graphic novel, which collects the first seven issues of "The New 52" reinterpretation of Batman. The hardcover book and dust jacket are beautiful, the artwork is gorgeous, and the storyline, which introduces The Court of Owls -- a new, worthy nemesis for Batman -- is enthralling. It is easily on par with the beginnings of Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Hush, which are my two favorite Batman arcs. I cannot wait for Volume 2 to see where this is going.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The New 52 Batman under the authorship of Scott Snyder comes into being fully formed. It opens with a punch out at Arkham Asylum featuring Batman against almost his entire rogue’s gallery. The Joker backs him up!?! Fashion note: Nice touch Riddler sporting a question mark shaped hairdo, but you’re still dull as dishwater. In this volume, the male sidekicks are all here: Nightwing, Red Robin and Damian, with NIghtwing playing the role of resident Batcave wit. Batman also is able to access his comp The New 52 Batman under the authorship of Scott Snyder comes into being fully formed. It opens with a punch out at Arkham Asylum featuring Batman against almost his entire rogue’s gallery. The Joker backs him up!?! Fashion note: Nice touch Riddler sporting a question mark shaped hairdo, but you’re still dull as dishwater. In this volume, the male sidekicks are all here: Nightwing, Red Robin and Damian, with NIghtwing playing the role of resident Batcave wit. Batman also is able to access his computer from anywhere. No idea what that means for Batgirl/Oracle, who doesn’t make an appearance in this volume. In this storyline, an entrenched Gotham City secret society, who use the owl as their mascot (What? No love for duck-billed platypus), want to take over Gotham at Bats’ expense. Plenty of Bat sleuthing and fisticuffs. This is a fine story, but this first volume ends sadly on a “to be continued”. So get ready to shell out bucks for the continuation of this saga or hope the library has it in on its shelves.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    What did New 52 mean for Batman? Apparently... nothing. It seems like the Bat family books have picked up exactly where they left off. Where this will put them in the grand scheme of things come crossover time, I don't know. But let's forget that for the time being. The Court of Owls is Gotham's mythical bogeyman association. As far as I know, it's a completely new innovation by Snyder, and it could open up a whole new line of storytelling for Batman. Bring on the paranoid conspiracies! Except t What did New 52 mean for Batman? Apparently... nothing. It seems like the Bat family books have picked up exactly where they left off. Where this will put them in the grand scheme of things come crossover time, I don't know. But let's forget that for the time being. The Court of Owls is Gotham's mythical bogeyman association. As far as I know, it's a completely new innovation by Snyder, and it could open up a whole new line of storytelling for Batman. Bring on the paranoid conspiracies! Except that Batman, oddly, refuses to accept that the Owls are real, because he investigated them once, as a child. This was kind of a sticking point for me. I don't remember Batman being quite so arrogant about his own abilities before. But hey, I can buy it, especially if the rest of the story is good. It is. I did start to lose patience with the attempted brainwashing Batman gets subjected to, especially since the action cuts directly to the almost-broken stage. There are, however, some very cool things about that sequence. Manipulating the orientation of the book to throw the readers off balance was brilliant. But the whole sequence lacked coherence. Intentional? I'll buy it, because it was certainly immersive. I didn't have to like it, though. The art I can't really complain about, except that the chins were completely out of control. Some very nice touches in the art, including my favorite panel: Damian threatening a thug while Dick watches proudly. Nice call back to their time together as Batman and Robin. There are flaws here, and the last page did make me break out my best Wicked Witch of the West impression, but the story overall is absorbing and paranoia-inducing creepy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    With his first volume in the New 52 Batman rebranding, Scott Snyder brings the Caped Crusader back to the basics! I'm normally not a fan of the Batman stories that feature him going up against monsters, aliens, or other super fantasy bad guys. I gravitate towards the stories that are more grounded. So I really enjoyed Snyder's take here. In this story, Batman goes up against a secret society that has ruled Gotham from the shadows all the way throughout history. It's an organization that exists i With his first volume in the New 52 Batman rebranding, Scott Snyder brings the Caped Crusader back to the basics! I'm normally not a fan of the Batman stories that feature him going up against monsters, aliens, or other super fantasy bad guys. I gravitate towards the stories that are more grounded. So I really enjoyed Snyder's take here. In this story, Batman goes up against a secret society that has ruled Gotham from the shadows all the way throughout history. It's an organization that exists in the minds of Gotham's citizens as a myth, especially with Bruce Wayne, who seems to refuse to believe that there is a villain that has eluded him all these years, and still manages to rule his city. I love that the story really focuses on Batman being what he started out as, a detective, going into deep investigation mode to track down the people responsible for a series of mysterious deaths in the city. I really enjoyed the focus on Gotham's history, the legacy of the Waynes, and their relationship with the Court, building more levels on the Gotham City mythology. The fact that the shadowy Court is, for the most part, grounded in reality but still feels like they could be a major threat to Batman, really sets a level of tension that really works. There are some cool ideas here and let's see what happens in the sequel!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇

    I love the pictures, I love the story. My kid even picked this up and said "Wow!" (see picture) Is it obnoxious that Batman is disbelieving of The Court of Owls? Yes. But unfortunately adults can be blindsided by legitimate truths. I've known adults who thought Mexico was a state. I currently know adults who think Trump will be a great president *stabs self in the eyes* So yes, Batman can be skeptical of a myth. Another of my daughter:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    4.5 stars “Beware the Court of Owls, That watches all the time. Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, Behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, They watch you in your bed, Speak not a whispered word of them, Or they’ll send the Talon for your head!” Introduction: So, when I heard that DC Comics was doing a reboot on all of their comics, I will admit that I was pretty hesitant about trying out any of the rebooted comics, especially after I heard so many bad things about DC’s New 52 seri 4.5 stars “Beware the Court of Owls, That watches all the time. Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, Behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, They watch you in your bed, Speak not a whispered word of them, Or they’ll send the Talon for your head!” Introduction: So, when I heard that DC Comics was doing a reboot on all of their comics, I will admit that I was pretty hesitant about trying out any of the rebooted comics, especially after I heard so many bad things about DC’s New 52 series (and it turns out that the backlash was understandable, especially with how some of the later titles in the New 52 turned out to be horrible, according to some of the fans). But, there was one series in the New 52 that fans felt was always consistently good and that was Scott Snyder’s run on “Batman!” So, when my fellow Batman comic buddies recommended me this title, I will admit that I was pretty interested with this volume and I ended up being quite impressed with how this volume turned out! What is this story about? Gotham is Batman’s city and he will not let any criminal ruin his town…until the Court of Owls came in. The Court of Owls is a mysterious organization that has been around Gotham ever since it was first built and their plan is to retake Gotham City for their own. The only obstacle in their way is none other than Bruce Wayne and they plan on killing Bruce Wayne to reclaim Gotham City. Is the Court of Owls connected to Bruce Wayne’s ancestors in some way and will they break Batman in order to obtain their goals of claiming Gotham City? Read this volume to find out! What I loved about this story: Scott Snyder’s writing: I have read Scott Snyder’s previous works on “Batman: The Black Mirror” and the “American Vampire” series and I have always loved his unique and intense writing style. His writing of this “Batman” story is no different and I just loved the way that Scott Snyder made this “Batman” story even more intense than the last! I really loved the fact that since this is a reboot of the “Batman” comics, we actually get to see new villains in the form of the Court of Owls and it was interesting trying to figure out what their true goals for Gotham are and how they knew about Bruce Wayne himself. It really made the Court of Owls such interesting villains and the fact that they were one of the few villains to give Batman a hard time was really different and intriguing for me as a “Batman” fan. But what really made me squeal with true fangirl anticipation was seeing Dick Grayson appear in this comic along with Damian Wayne and Tim Drake! When I saw all the former Robins together on one page, I was seriously excited at this moment since I enjoy seeing all the Robins come together to be with Bruce Wayne, their mentor! I also loved the way that Scott Snyder wrote Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Dick Grayson and Alfred as this reboot shows that Batman still has a close relationship with Dick Grayson and Alfred and I really enjoyed their moments together. Greg Capullo’s artwork: Greg Capullo’s artwork perfectly captures the dark and gritty nature of this series and I loved how scratchy the ink work is as it gives the story an intense feeling. I also loved the fact that Greg Capullo’s artwork reminds me a bit of the artwork in Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” comic book, which slightly gave this volume a retro feel, especially if you are an old school “Batman” fan! What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: The reason why I took off half a star from the rating was because the story tended to be a bit slow in some parts and there were times where I was wishing that the story would have moved at a faster pace to keep me interested all the way through. Also, for anyone who does not like bloody violence in comics, there are some moments in this volume where the violence can get pretty bloody, especially whenever the characters get stabbed by knives. Final Thoughts: Overall, “Batman: The Court of Owls Volume One” was a pleasant surprise for me as it made me really enjoy what was being done with this reboot of “Batman” and I hope that the series continues to get better with each volume! I would like to thank my Goodreads friend David for recommending me this book! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  19. 5 out of 5

    aria [dear darling reader]

    Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your heart, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send The Talon for your head. REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK: Yep! I wanted more! Stupid, fucking cliffie. Anyways... First of all, I would like to thank all the people who recommended this to me! It was... a thrilling read. I'm happy to say that I genuinely enjoyed this! After r Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your heart, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send The Talon for your head. REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK: Yep! I wanted more! Stupid, fucking cliffie. Anyways... First of all, I would like to thank all the people who recommended this to me! It was... a thrilling read. I'm happy to say that I genuinely enjoyed this! After reading The Court of Owls, I can now confidently say that Batman is not an immortal. He is not a god. He does get hurt. He does go crazy too. In short, he is not as perfect as I thought he was, which was absolutely fine by me. This is the first time (I think... i'm not good at remembering names) I've read anything by Scott Snyder, and it definitely would not be the last. The Court of Owls was supposed to be an old nursery rhyme, at least, that's what Batman thought. What he doesn't know was, these demented group of people have been watching him for a while. They would stop at nothing to put Bruce Wayne down. But Batman, would never go down without a fight, they should have expected that. There were blood. Tons of it. And I loved every minute of it. It was necessary brutality. I don't think any Batman comic book would be complete without it. I'm sure that says plenty about me. Naah. Not really. I'm not a violent person, nor do I enjoy seeing violence done to real people. However, it gives me some sort of satisfaction when Batman kicks some bad guy's butt. But of course, he had his ass handed to him quite a number of times in this. I'm familiar with Dick Grayson, and who he is, but I haven't read anything that has him yet, that is, before this book. I would have to say that I really enjoyed his character. He is the type of character I would have a blast reading about. I really liked how they built up the Court of Owls. As I was reading this, reading about how sinister this group is, it made me fear about what they could do to Batman. Batman could be a bit of an arrogant prick some times. He thinks he knows everything, which obviously, he doesn't. And the events that happened here, proves that. I find it a bit convenient though that owls naturally hunt bats. What if Batman chose a different animal? Like a dog? or a cat? or a panther? Right panther won't work since Marvel has the rights for that guy. Sorry. That was a lousy joke I'm terrible at making jokes, sorry. Anyways, overall, I really enjoyed the story. I did have some minor issues with the story-telling. It wasn't anything I could not ignore though, so that's all good. The illustrations were magnificent. Batman looked so good, I can have him for dinner. Just kidding. Not a good joke. Again. Sorry. Right. Enough jokes. This ended up with a huge cliffhanger so here I am picking up the next one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The book starts with the inmates of Arkham Asylum being set loose and I groaned, thinking Scott Snyder had fallen into using the template Batman story of the Dark Knight playing roundup with the villains but thankfully Snyder disposes of this tired trope quickly, almost as if he were winking “just kidding” before starting on something better. Bruce Wayne is threatened by an assassin called the Talon, a seemingly indestructible villain, used as hired muscle by a shadowy organisation called the Co The book starts with the inmates of Arkham Asylum being set loose and I groaned, thinking Scott Snyder had fallen into using the template Batman story of the Dark Knight playing roundup with the villains but thankfully Snyder disposes of this tired trope quickly, almost as if he were winking “just kidding” before starting on something better. Bruce Wayne is threatened by an assassin called the Talon, a seemingly indestructible villain, used as hired muscle by a shadowy organisation called the Court of Owls, kind of like Ra’s Al-Ghul’s League of Shadows but creepier as they all wear blank owl-shaped masks. The book is similar to “The Gates of Gotham” where the history and architecture of Gotham plays a big part of the story, with more background info on the Wayne family history and the history of Gotham. I like that Snyder is building up Gotham as a substantial character in itself as it is a fascinating place that’s always shrugged off by most writers as just a background element. Snyder plays on the gothic features of the city and the centuries it’s been around, crafting a story deep in mystery. I’m not entirely sure how this book is placed within the current Batman story arc with Grant Morrison; it seems that Batman Inc. is up and running but I thought Dick Grayson had left the Nightwing persona behind and was now Batman full time, alongside Bruce et al. so it was surprising to see Nightwing back in this book. Maybe he moonlights as both? There’s an excellent Morrison-esque trippy sequence where Batman is trapped in a labyrinth beneath Gotham where nightmares become reality and the shadows offer no respite. I thought Greg Capullo’s layouts in this section were especially inventive and well put-together to give the feeling of unease and dread that Batman was going through. I especially liked the single crazed eye of Bruce Wayne as he went through this sequence, very “Telltale-Heart”. Capullo’s artwork throughout is great, though I thought his design of the Talon was a bit similar to the main character of the “Assassin’s Creed” video games. Scott Snyder continues to write interesting, thoughtful, and gripping Batman books and the only reason I don’t give this 5 stars is that there is much left unrevealed at the end (though it is a tantalising finale), but this is “Volume 1” so there is more to come. Snyder has begun an excellent series and any Bat-fans will find plenty to enjoy with this book. Can’t wait for volume two-oo (couldn’t resist, sorry)! Extended review here!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    ***Buddy Read with the Shallow Readers! I was late, but this one was all about the Batman!*** This was my first strictly Batman. I've read so many so far that have appearances from him, Inustice, Batgirl, Wonder Woman. But Reading about him in such a large role is very different. And I really dig the Bats. My favorite part of this volume was the labyrinth. You see a side of Bruce that's vulnerable, crazy, intelligent, and flawed all at once. Also, the way that a few pages are laid out gives you a ***Buddy Read with the Shallow Readers! I was late, but this one was all about the Batman!*** This was my first strictly Batman. I've read so many so far that have appearances from him, Inustice, Batgirl, Wonder Woman. But Reading about him in such a large role is very different. And I really dig the Bats. My favorite part of this volume was the labyrinth. You see a side of Bruce that's vulnerable, crazy, intelligent, and flawed all at once. Also, the way that a few pages are laid out gives you a real sense of how incredibly fucked up the Court of Owls is. It took me two issues to really get into the story, but I once I was in it I was IN IT. So my background of Bruce Wayne is not extensive outside of movies, and we all know how that goes. But I think this was a good starter, because we're given a villain that isn't in any of the popular Batman movies. This story line gives us a background of Bruce's lineage and the history of Gotham. And along with all of that, we're given glimpses that become more in depth throughout of the Court of Owls. For as long as the Waynes have been prominent in Gotham, the Court has been in the shadows. It's creepy and alluring all at once. Talon is obviously not your regular villain who can just have the shit beat out of him with fancy gadgets and be placed in Arkham. He's a super powerful, strength induced character that takes it just as well as he gives it. And with the Owls backing him up, wowza. And once you find out that the Court of Owls include the richest, the most influential people in Gotham, things become all too surreal. And they're out for a good bloody massacre. Even the kiddies get in on the spectating fun. It's pretty intense. Another strong point for me was seeing the relationships between Bruce and his little Bat-clique. Alfred has always been a favorite of mine (I always go for the parental types, and he definitely fills those shoes in Bruce's world) and to see his friendship and familial bond in frames instead of on screen in refreshing. The same goes for Dick. God bless him, he just can't ever win. What with his surprising ties to the Court and his family history, his story is just as compelling as Bruce's. This makes me excited to not only continue with Batman, but also to read the Nightwing run. I don't want to give a lot away, because it just gets more interesting with every page. And maybe I'm just a newbie to the world of Bats, but this was a major win for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris_P

    I hadn't actually read any other Batman comic before. However, I can tell how different Snyder's approach is. This is a dark story that follows Batman deep into his battle against The Court of Owls, which is more or less a battle against less profound enemies. I liked how the side stories serve the main one in a way that's not so clear at the beginning but soon becomes essential. The ending leaves the story open as it continues in the second volume.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    Just finished the seventh issue (last that will be included in this TPB), and I am floored. Scott Snyder has been knocking it out of the park consistently for the past six months, scraping away at what might be one of the greatest Batman epics of all time. Considering he just amazed everyone last year with his Black Mirror storyline, it's easy to see why Snyder is easily considered one of the best (and my favorite) writers in the industry right now. I feel the need to mention issue 5 of this in p Just finished the seventh issue (last that will be included in this TPB), and I am floored. Scott Snyder has been knocking it out of the park consistently for the past six months, scraping away at what might be one of the greatest Batman epics of all time. Considering he just amazed everyone last year with his Black Mirror storyline, it's easy to see why Snyder is easily considered one of the best (and my favorite) writers in the industry right now. I feel the need to mention issue 5 of this in particular, which is seriously the single greatest comic issue I've ever read. Praise like that does not come lightly, I assure you. If you're a fan of Batman, either hardcore reader or just a fan of Year One, Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, or Killing Joke, get in on this series now. It's a classic in the making. 5/5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Damon

    Batman is back. The bad guys are boring this time though. They are owl people.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ

    I was happy about DC's decision to release The New 52 line-up particularly on how they were going to re-define Batman (and his other titles like Detective Comics, The Dark Knight and Batman and Robin). I have just gotten back into comics by 2009 because of The Sandman and some other minor Dark Horse titles, so I was excited to get into the superhero genre again, and start with my childhood hero foremost. I bought this tradeback copy of Snyder-Capullo's The Court of Owls from the Manila Internati I was happy about DC's decision to release The New 52 line-up particularly on how they were going to re-define Batman (and his other titles like Detective Comics, The Dark Knight and Batman and Robin). I have just gotten back into comics by 2009 because of The Sandman and some other minor Dark Horse titles, so I was excited to get into the superhero genre again, and start with my childhood hero foremost. I bought this tradeback copy of Snyder-Capullo's The Court of Owls from the Manila International Book Fair last year, and since I've heard some really great things about it, my expectation limit was through the roof--and in many ways, this book did not disappoint. First, I'd like to talk about Greg Capullo's artwork. It's definitely the first thing that astounded me as soon as I started reading. There was something about the way he depicted Batman in the landscapes of Gotham City that truly spoke to my modern sensibilities in a positive way (because I actually preferred my Batman drawn in a less sophisticated art style; something incomprehensible most times with dotted or washed-out colors). Capullo's imagery, however, is painstakingly lavish; there are no vague shapes to be found in his artistic interpretations of all scenes, and everything looks precise and clear-cut. I did, however, spot some inconsistencies in the action panels here and there but overall his art leaves plenty of room to the imagination while also giving off an almost cinematographic vibe for both avid and novice readers alike. Page after page, Capullo has delivered an eclectic vision of what Batman and Gotham City are supposed to feel visually, and his ultimate accomplishment for me was definitely the topsy-turvy scenes where Batman is hallucinating inside a clinical sort of labyrinth that truly made me terrified for the first time for this supposedly Dark Knight and his sanity. Next is Scott Snyder's writing. From the first page down to the last, I wanted to read other comics of Snyder's Batman already. His Batman was sleek and reticent; confident as Gotham's self-appointed hero. He had fought the good fight for a long time and believed that there is nothing about Gotham that he doesn't know. I certainly appreciated that right from the get-go, the fact that Snyder crafted a premise where Batman is not nearly as accurate about his version of Gotham; and that Gotham City feels like it's a character of its own right. The very first panels have shown this, and it gave readers a sense of eeriness to this place that I have never associated it with until now. To be able to interpret Gotham as a damned, fickle and inscrutable territory as oppose to just a location where the superhero can defend it and do whatever it wants with its criminal element was a refreshing narrative in a Batman comic book. Suddenly, Batman is not at all the all-around expert of his city as he thought; that there are darker forces and a lot more experienced predators lurking in Gotham that he should not discredit. With that said and as the title implies, this book introduces the bat's natural enemy in the wild: the owl. Batman (and Bruce Wayne himself) has to reconcile and recognize the fact that the secret society Parliament of Owls is not just an urban legend but a formidable foe for this caped crusader. It is truly an exhilarating reading experience to watch Batman struggle with this uncanny foes; to witness his indestructible will to fight for Gotham be worn down and corroded within. Suddenly, Bruce Wayne realized that his family may have built the city from its ruins before; but not without the competition and hindrance from this legion of dark things. Batman has to understand that Gotham City does not belong to him and face the terrible truth that perhaps his city--the one he strove to maintain for the sake of his parents' legacy--may in fact be the living testament of its villains after all. RECOMMENDED: 10/10 *For any long-time Batman fan or those who wanted to start reading the Dark Knight in the comics medium for the first time, Snyder and Capullo's breathtaking two-part issues are both complex enough to be engrossing and yet accessible enough to be easily consumed. DO READ MY BATMAN COMICS REVIEWS AT:

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This volume has me pumped for the rest of Snyder's New 52 stories. The sense of foreboding and Batman's lack of control of Gotham is a very nice departure from the old Batman-always-wins stories. I mean, I'm sure Batman is going to win. But at the same time, this story at least makes him seem capable of error and possible defeat. There's some really fantastic stuff in here, and you really feel like the mystery is unraveling in front of you just as it is with Bruce Wayne. The only reason I didn't This volume has me pumped for the rest of Snyder's New 52 stories. The sense of foreboding and Batman's lack of control of Gotham is a very nice departure from the old Batman-always-wins stories. I mean, I'm sure Batman is going to win. But at the same time, this story at least makes him seem capable of error and possible defeat. There's some really fantastic stuff in here, and you really feel like the mystery is unraveling in front of you just as it is with Bruce Wayne. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of a couple of moments where Batman seemed to get away from trouble as if by magic, with no real explanation as to how he avoided getting killed. But besides those, this is a pretty much perfect.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    This first volume of the Court of Owls series is an extraordinary read. The story is spine-tingling and the action fierce. I love how it brings back the history of Gotham and how Batman faces this particularly evil challenge. The artwork is extraordinary. You are definitely impatient to read the next volume after this one!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elham

    Loved it. The storyline was splendid and the art was amazing! Highly rec'd

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Batman #1 --What an opening sequence! Batman is in Arkham Asyloum putting down an escape of most of his Rogues Gallery, thinking about the answers to the question: "What is Gotham?" A sequence that highlights Snyder's greatest strength -- the embracing of symbolism in thought squares. The battle rages until Batman's nemesis joins the fray, then the story is all about his allies. Three of the Robins, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara and others. The art is simply drawn (and faces seem too closely rela Batman #1 --What an opening sequence! Batman is in Arkham Asyloum putting down an escape of most of his Rogues Gallery, thinking about the answers to the question: "What is Gotham?" A sequence that highlights Snyder's greatest strength -- the embracing of symbolism in thought squares. The battle rages until Batman's nemesis joins the fray, then the story is all about his allies. Three of the Robins, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara and others. The art is simply drawn (and faces seem too closely related from one character to another for me), but they are gorgeously coloured, so when the second act bores us with speechifying and the third act bores us with Se7en copy-catting we're still distracted enough by the visuals to go merrily along. Finally there is the inevitable cliffhanger, and all my mid-tale boredom evaporated. First issues of "reboots" are notoriously difficult, but I think Scott Snyder did well to strike a balance between the old and the new. Bring on #2, says I.Batman #2 --Our introduction to the assassin who does the job for the Court of Owls -- Talon -- is a beautiful thing. It's hypnotic storytelling that heightens tension and threat, causing me serious edge of the easy chair suspense, but when Snyder adds the weaving of Nightwing (my favourite member of the Bat-Family) to the tapestry of his tale, I am all in. Is it possible? Will the Court of Owls and Talon become my favourite Batman / Nightwing villains? If things continue the way they are headed then the answer must be yes.Batman #3 --We often talk about "world-building" when we talk about speculative fiction, generally praising a piece or an author that builds believable worlds. And when we praise these authors the praise is often high praise, but for me there is a higher form of "world building," which deserves even higher praise -- myth building. George Lucas' stories aren't great -- at least for me -- because they build a believable Galaxy; his movies are great because they build an effective mythology within that Galaxy. So in this third issue of the Court of Owls, when I realized that Scott Snyder wasn't bothering to build the world (let's face it, the world of Gotham is built) but was, instead, building mythology, giving birth to the myths of Batman, I had a mindgasm. The Court of Owls feels like it has always been. It doesn't feel like the creation of Snyder and Capullo (the artist). It feels like it has been around since the earliest days of Batman, as if the Court has always been in the shadows of Gotham, dictating the happenings of Bruce's world, a myth on the periphery of Batman's history. But it hasn't. It is new. It is the creation of these creators, and this Court is one spooky fucking bunch. They are as creepy as anything or anyone that Batman has ever faced. I want the Court to continue forever.Batman #4 --Explanation. Exposition. Nightwing. A nice lull before the big, big action with Dick around as Bruce's conscience, and a further deepening of the mythology of Gotham and the Wayne family make this a talky but compelling issue. I am unsure about the art of Capullo, however. When he's drawing Talon and the Court I am mesmerized, but everything else lacks for me, so much so that I find myself resisting immersion into Snyder's Gotham. Such a drag.Batman #5 --The Bat Signal burns for a week while Batman wanders the labyrinth of the Court of Owls. He wanders and drinks the water from their fountain and slowly battles madness, and we're brought along with him as the pages go from vertical to horizontal to upside down, and we're treated to symbolism and foreshadowing and call backs and genuine creepiness -- then blood and bursting light bulbs and sadness. And this time Capullo's art, especially in the Gallery of Mad Portraits, is conjuring some chilling magic. Batman #6 --Batman is beaten ... ... Then Capullo channels Dark Knight-era's Frank Miller and Snyder's Batman becomes savage, escaping the labyrinth ... How? You'll have to read it yourself to see.Batman #7 --The arc comes to an end that is the beginning of something much bigger, and Nightwing, our little Richard Grayson, is at the heart of it all. Just as Damian Wayne was born to be an assassin, we now discover that Dick was groomed from childhood to be the arm of the Court of Owls, and that ends up being full of spooky. It's a kick ass sequence, the moment we discover all this, and this seven issue arc stands as one of my all time favourite Batman tales. I don't want it to end, and gloriously, it isn't over yet. Batman #1 --

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kuroi

    In keeping with our buddyread theme, I'd say this one is like pancakes...the first two are really great, but by the fifth one you're just wondering what you saw in it... You know, for a long time, I never understood why Bats was called the greatest detective, because I've never actually seen him...detecting. Never fear, Snyder is here to fix that problem! If you were secretly hankering for a CSI crossover with psychedelic elements, you're in luck. If you weren't, well...there's a few badass actio In keeping with our buddyread theme, I'd say this one is like pancakes...the first two are really great, but by the fifth one you're just wondering what you saw in it... You know, for a long time, I never understood why Bats was called the greatest detective, because I've never actually seen him...detecting. Never fear, Snyder is here to fix that problem! If you were secretly hankering for a CSI crossover with psychedelic elements, you're in luck. If you weren't, well...there's a few badass action scenes in the beginning? I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, where we get all these cool details on Wayne tower, Bats doing some genuine scientific detection, flashes of humor and insights into the Bat family. I also enjoyed the Gotham is... bit, showing us that even Bruce's perception of himself and Gotham is skewed. If you thought Batman was infallible, think again. He's only 99.99% perfect. So that was all cool, and I was really getting into the murder mystery. Bruce was showing us his human side and all was good. I sadistically cackled when Bats realizes there's a bigger bad than him out there. But the story lost steam towards the end - the maze section was a bit meh, the action was confused and the story just abruptly ends. There were also waaaaay too many eyeballs... Plus DC is taking the whole Bats-keeps-his-fmaily-at-arm's-length thing too far now. Why don't you give us less of these guile hero moments (potassium whateveride anyone?) and more of an emotionally stable human? Yes, I know Injustice was released later... I do like Capullo's art, even if Dick Grayson keeps changing heights. Look at that manly chin, people. Overall, not perfect, but still refreshing and interesting enough to make me want to read the next volume. 3.5 stars.

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