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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 ›
"Batman The Court of Owls" is an awesome fun of a read! It's like Batman: Year One for the new generation!
First and foremost, I just want to say that the artwork of this feature is extremely arresting. Every panel is meticulously designed with great extensive care. The artists' Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion wholeheartedly invited the readers to immerse themselves in this beautifully scenic Gotham.
The writing is sharp! I'm glad to hear intelligence coming out of the mouths and minds from all the colorful characters. Mr. Scott Snyder has seduced me with his clever dialogue; they often embody confidence, wits, charm, charisma, fun and downright funny banter.
I also noticed that this creative team pays homage to some of the masters; storytellers/artists of Batman.
I really enjoyed the cartoon-like art in some of the early pages, which echos the works of Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb. I saw some strong Frank Miller's references in the art and flashback imagery from Batman Year One. There are some striking panels that screams The Dark Knight Returns! (Look for it!) It's when Batman is being tormented and becomes enraged! I also picked up some of Grant Morrison's chaos & madness when Batman is outnumbered and takes-on many of his psychotic enemies at the same time. It is a great delight to be apart of this homage, where follow artists compliments each other through their work. As a reader and an audience, I felt a great sense of belonging, admiration and respect, being in on something that was understood within the Bat-community. I feel the love, lol!. o_O
It was truly thrilling to see "Batman: The Court of Owls Volume 1" revisiting the roots of Bruce Wayne as a well-meaning philanthropist.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 13 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 14 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 21 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