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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,360 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.”
UGO
 
“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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Reimer on June 29 2012
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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 Chris on July 30 2014
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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. I couldn't put it down one I started reading it. I enjoyed the story along with the art. I would definitely recommend this book.
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By J. R. Martinez on July 5 2014
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Really dark interesting storyline. Love the drawing. The labyrinth part was a bit confusing but really cool once you got it. Can't wait to read the next volume on this series
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