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4.0 out of 5 stars Commendable storyline, brilliant artwork,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)'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.
Batman rouses and rescues himself, of course, but the visual effect is surprisingly intimate, making the reader complicit in our hero's degradation.
So, yes, full marks from me, too. Here's hoping the other 51 can hitch up their tights and pull in a few more readers, because it would be a shame to see the entire DC edifice collapse on top of their sole compelling storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant New Batman,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)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!
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Paperback)very good story, this series is worth following, the art is great, story is interesting to follow. Made me want to read more after I was done, cant wait to read the next one
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman The Court Of Owls: A Must Have For Veteran Batman Fans & New Fans Alike!,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)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. Armed with antique throwing knives, the assailant injures March and throws Bruce out the window but the only one that goes splat is the killer who gets up again. Thus, begins Batman’s frantic search to find the Court of Owls. He’s like a man possessed as he investigates as he tells Dick Grayson about an incident in his past that became something of an obsession.
When he does find evidence of the Court of Owl’s existence, Batman falls prey to a trap that will test his survival skills and his very own sanity. Locked in a labyrinth with various clues about the group, Batman becomes disheveled and pushed to the edge of sanity. Several days in the darkness, Batman ventures out only to see that the Court had dealt with Waynes before such as Alan Wayne who was thought to have died when he fell down a manhole. Suddenly, the Court’s assassin called Talon attacks and injures Batman so badly that he suddenly tastes death by the hands of the Court itself.
In a desperate battle to stay alive, Batman manages to get the upper hand on his enemy and also finds a way to escape only to pass out and wake up in a van where he was brought back to life by none other than a girl that Batman knows well. It is back in the Batcave that the Dark Knight discovers that Alfred had picked up the body of the Talon. It is there and then that Batman makes a very grim discovery as well as a shocking link between the man who wore the Talon outfit and Dick Grayson himself.
Scott Snyder is one of the best comic book writers to come along in a long time and this Batman series is better with him behind the story. He weaves an interesting tale with enemies that give the Dark Knight something to worry about and, by the end of this volume; you will want to see where The Court of Owls story line will take our hero who is a Batman with more personality and flaws. This is a Batman who can get hurt and knows his own limits.
Greg Capullo's artwork is absolutely awesome and beautifully detailed to the point that you will be flipping back the pages to admire the artwork again. Since the story contains gruesome scenes, there’s blood aplenty and Capullo pulls it off brilliantly.
This Batman story is a Must Have for any comic book fan who has been waiting for a great Batman book. Snyder and Capullo are a tight knit duo of perfection - which makes this series well worth reading. This New 52 book (comic series) purely awesome! 5 star all the way!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Batman Vol.1: The Court Of Owls!,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Paperback)I loved Court Of Owls! It was amazing! The second I finished it, I went on Amazon to buy the second one! The artwork is good, the storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat and you can't wait to know what's gonna happen next!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Loved it!,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)Amazing story, amazing artwork. Truly a great batman title. Scott snyder is a great story teller and he really knows how to write the world of batman.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)Synder has become my favorite writer currently penning stories for DC. This is an excellent story that involves an intriguing villain(s) that I can't wait to see more of. The artwork is also excellent and my only discrepancy is that I find the similarity of looks between Bruce and his faithful sidekick (and previous sidekicks), they look like they could all be brothers (so a lack of distinct characteristics). Aside from that I have nothing I can find fault in for this series. By the end of the book I found myself irritated by the fact that I had to wait so long until the next volume was published, great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)I love this book! The artwork is so pretty, I love it. I really enjoy the story line too. Its really interesting, and there is some awesome detective skills (of course its Batman) but this stuff just blew my mind. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)I haven't picked up a Batman book in a while and this is definitely one that should not be missed. The Art of Greg Capullo is just amazing, and the writing of Scott Snyder, wow. For any fans of Batman or just comics this is definitely a book you need in your collection. can't wait for Volume 2 to come out!
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a promising new Batman,
This review is from: Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Hardcover)Wow, I really enjoyed this story what an impressive way to take Batman in a new direction. I love how Snyder continues to bring Gotham City to life as he did in Gates of Gotham. The way he tells the story its like Gotham City is a living being with a life of its own and whoever masters that city gets to be her King.
The art in this book is good it's a little cartoonier then I would prefer for a tale of such failure, but it's not a knock of the artist's talent it's just how the story develops into a decent into failure for the Dark Knight. The court of Owls itself is a fascinating new villain for Batman, they are more then a match for the Dark Knight and I can't wait to read the next volume of this story.
The volume doesn't really have any special feature besides variant covers but DC usually doesn't include much any way which is why it only gets 4 out of 5 for the most part the story gets 5
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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) by Scott Snyder (Hardcover - May 15 2012)
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