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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) Hardcover – May 15 2012

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235413
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.5 x 26.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A+. The hero's got personality (and is unafraid to release a quip as sharp as a Batarang), a horde of supervillains, gumption to spare and a whole host of high-tech gadgetry to suitably impress longtime fans and those new to the Dark Knight.”
USA Today
“This is one of the best comics of the week.”
The New York Times
“[Writer Scott Snyder] pulls from the oldest aspects of the Batman myth, combines it with sinister-comic elements from the series’ best period, and gives the whole thing terrific forward-spin by setting up an honest-to-gosh mystery for Batman to solve.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Scott Snyder, already the company's greatest asset over the last four weeks, spins a stack of plates immediately…. Too often Batman comics focus heavily on the hero persona … Snyder sets up equal amounts of conflict for both Wayne's public and private personas.”
Time Out Chicago
A stunning debut…. Snyder knows these characters, sets up an intriguing mystery, and delivers some action that Capullo realizes stunningly. This is definitely in the top rank of the revamp.
The Onion AV Club
Hits all the right notes. I enjoyed the living hell out of this.” – io9
“Bruce Wayne is a badass. The end.”
—IGN, 9.5 Rating
A+. Incredible tone and enough twists, turns and character appearances to keep us hooked.”
“There's enough here, kept at a high enough level to make it interesting and viable across media and digestible enough for even the most novice DC Universe reader…. Score one for DC and score one for Snyder and Capullo in finding a new fan.”
—Comic Book Resources

About the Author

Scott Snyder is the bestselling and award-winning writer of Batman, American Vampire and Swamp Thing as well as the short story collection Voodoo Heart.  He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett.  He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

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'THE NEW 52' ' DC's ill-considered reboot of its most-recognized brands ' has caught public attention chiefly for its ineptitude. If you're old enough to remember the New Coke fiasco, try imagining how that campaign would have fared if, in response to the precipitous plunge in sales, Coca-Cola had responded not by returning the 'classic' brew to the shelves, but by rolling out yet another radically altered, unrecognizable recipe and called it 'New, New Coke.' So long as the beholder is not emotionally invested in the given brand, it all makes for an entertaining show.

The only DC brand that's ever mattered to me is Gotham's Dark Knight, whose character has endured any number of batty (hee!) sea-changes over the years. In his case, DC manages to at least toe the line. Writer Scott Snyder holds to Grant Morrison's mostly-reverent approach to storyline, giving readers a nameless, faceless formidable foe that appears to have the upper hand on the anally over-competent Batman. This collection is a first act, which requires Batman be wounded and potentially down for the count, with readers wondering how this could possibly reach a pleasing resolution. It works, albeit on the same emotional level as watching one's favourite team lose the first three games in a play-off series, and no deeper.

Greg Capullo's artwork brings the edge that the material desperately needs. His style typically strikes a balance between Frank Miller and Todd McFarlane. Again, 'reverential' is the word that comes to mind, and since the execution is done with such brio it's an entirely laudable approach. But midway into Batman's direst crisis, the style slips into something more akin to Mort Drucker, portraying our hero in carricaturish proportions that transform him into something comically pitiable.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 1 2013
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I have been salivating to get started on this series and now that the new 'Death in the Family' saga is about to be coming out in trade (It's out at time of this review publication and I'm reading it!) I thought I'd better put other things aside and dive in. Wow! This was worth waiting for; it was even better than I had hoped for. I'm a big Batman fan; I've read DC comics off and on all my life but never read them in order or became fangirl-ish about them so while I know all the heroes and villains I'm not up on the backstory of everybody. The new 52 is awesome in my book as it lets me get a new fresh look as if I'm a newcomer. Snyder's Batman is the dark, broody one I love so much! The first little scene at the Asylum was fun with all the villains and I loved! how the Riddler had a shaved head with a green question mark of hair shaped onto his head. We meet all three Robins which was great for me as I'm really only familiar with Dick Grayson in that role and never read Nightwing. He is the only one who features in the rest of the book, in his Nightwing role, and I liked the character enough that I want to read that series of the 52. Batman finds a new villainous group, The Court of Owls, has been operating underground in Gotham since the 1800s and has a connection with his family. They have sent an assassin, The Talon, out to get Batman. A dark, involved story with equal amounts of action and plot. Capullo's art is marvellous; the colours suit the mood and the "owl" members are certainly eerie. I found myself page-turning through the novel, but not too fast as I had to savour the art, and the ending left me with a rush. Great new start to the Batman!
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 23 2014
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Batman remains my favourite comic book hero. I began reading his adventures in my youth in the seventies. That era was enjoyable but I was more drawn to the earliest portrayals not because of his brooding and backstory but because Batman was positioned as a detective. He was a street crime fighter not a "superhero" tangling with outlandish villains in increasingly bizarre scenarios. To this day I believe the introduction of Robin as a youthful Watson changed the trajectory of Batman's character and though it increased sales, it created a path leading to satire rather than intelligent gritty action.

I have bought only a handful of graphic novels in my adult years so purchased The Court of Owls in hopes I would reconnect with the detective in the bat suit. It sets out well and gives the sense of an early Gotham. I enjoyed that the plot took time to develop and introduce the title's menace. The artwork is very good though the text a bit heavy giving the impression of an imbalance. Overall, it was satisfying but not just for my original purchase intent, additionally, I was treated to an imaginative reboot that credits the canvass Bob Kane and Bill Finger established in 1939 when they first sketched the dark vigilante. Suffice it to say, I have ordered Volume 2.
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Gotham City is not only home to a number of dark yet zany characters but it is has an abundant history filled with mysteries of Gotham's past. One of which entails the mysterious group that goes by the name 'the Court of Owls'. As chilling as it may sound - as far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, the Court of Owls is nothing more than just an urban myth.

Descriptive Spoiler Alert: On the flip side, Bruce Wayne (the man with the money when not battling crime as Batman) introduces his new project that will change the face of Gotham in a big way. With all of Gotham’s wealthy citizens as well as some very important figures like Lincoln March, Gotham’s current mayoral candidate. Even Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damian Wayne are present to show their support. However, it is March that Bruce wants on his side since he seems to stand for all the things that are good about the city. He even agrees to meet with March in private, but duty calls and Bruce sneaks away to see to a gruesome murder scene.

It seems that a complete mystery man with no real prints or a true identity is found strapped and used like a human dartboard with antique throwing knives stuck to all the right vital organs. The killer also left behind a message in oil that says Bruce Wayne will die tomorrow. Investigating the murder, two things show up that are quite surprising. One is that the body of the victim carries the unusual signature of the Court of Owls and the other being that DNA found on the body also points to somebody very close to Batman.

Despite having a new mystery to unravel, Bruce meets with Lincoln March on the top floor of the original Wayne Tower when they are both attacked by a man in an unusual costume that brings to mind Night Owl from The Watchmen.
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