Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) Hardcover – May 15 2012
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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.”
“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.”
“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 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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Can't say enough awesome things about this first novel. Read it all in one sitting and instantly ordered the next 2. Addicting so watch outPublished 7 months ago by nate
Unreal art. Dark storytelling. It's tough not to get obsessed with comic books with quality comics like this coming out. A feast for eyes and mind.Published 8 months ago by stevenhorr
One of my favourite story lines in the Court of Owls and the Talon. Scott Snyder is excellent and the art is great. Highly recommend.Published 15 months ago by Dylan Lock
Bought it for my boyfriend who is a huge fan of Batman, and he loved it!
He read it in a few hours haha!
It was packaged nicely and was not damaged at all! Read more
I love this story. I was reading the reviews and decided to buy it based on that. I am really pleased with purchasing this book along with the second one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris