They ve sent a seemingly unstoppable dude after him called the Talon I m all about creepy secret societies, so this Court of Owls thing worked for me Of course, Batman goes crazy and is tortured and gets all angsty nothing really new there, right.
Nice illustrations Ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, but most of these things do Creepiest image in the whole thing I told you he loses it These Owl freaks are no joke.
We get appearances from 3 Robins Dick Grayson Nightwing, Tim Drake Red Robin it s Robin from Teen Titans yay, I love me some Teen Titans , and Damian Wayne current Robin The only one who really has much to do with the plot is Dick Grayson I was entertained holy shit this was SO GOOD and bloody also those fucking plot twists gave me 20 heart attacks, I didn t sign up for this pain but i love batman so i guess i ll just die It wasn t so awful that it deserved less than 3 stars, but to say I m disappointed is an understatement.
Capullo is a talented artist, but I m not a fan of the chubby Batman Ok, maybe chubby isn t the right word Bobble head ish You know, when they have the impossibly large head and chin Anyway, not my cuppa I m sure others will love it.
Was the story any good Ehhhhhhh.
It wasn t bad, but I had some problems with the way Batman was portrayed He doesn t believe the legend about the Court of Owls is real, because he already investigated it when he was a kid Yeah, he says he s looked into them since then, but the bulk of his argument rests on what he did as a child No Batman is not that stupid Also, those Owls really took him for a ride Not because they managed to get the jump on him, but because he simply refused to believe in the possibility that they existed Maybe that was the point Batman is fallible, and doesn t know everything Except Well, if there is one superhero who questions everything, plans for everything, and doesn t trust anythingit s Batman It seemed odd that he wouldn t have opened his mind to the possibility.
Then there was the scene at the end where he is practically clinging to Dick, blubbering about how Gotham isn t what he thought it was I literally cringed Snyder broke Batman And, again, maybe that was the point Doesn t mean I have to like it.
I m not trying to bash the entire volume, though It held my interest, and I m definitely going to keep reading to see where Snyder takes this New Batman.
There is also another solid reason to pick up The Court of Owls It was possibly the coolest thing I have ever experienced while reading a graphic novel view spoiler During the time the Court has Batman trapped in their maze, he begins to lose touch rather quickly with reality Everything is distorted, frightening, and trippy But that s not the cool part At one point you have to turn the book on it s side think centerfold, boys to read the panels After a couple of pages, you then have to turn the book back to the normal reading position Except.
it s not Suddenly, you re the one who is confused and disoriented Somehow the book in you hands is now upside down You have to flip the pages backward to read the thing You re right there with Batman Very Cool hide spoiler Uneori suntem at t de prin i cu problemele m runte, nc t o ignor m pe cea mai important , aflat chiar sub ochii no tri Dar s fie clar Nu mi pas cine mi a fost str mo Sau ce au vrut bufni ele s fiu Chiar deloc Nu ne impune trecutul vreun rol, Bruce, ci noi alegem ce s fim.
The Court of Owls, a long rud secret society from Gotham s past, makes its presence known in the form of a knife wielding assassin called The Talon Can Batman hope to defeat an enemy even familiar with Gotham than him For my money, Scott Snyder can do no wrong Batman The Court of Owls is no exception At first glance, the tale looks like a combination of Batman The Black Glove and Batman Gates of Gotham but it s a better story than either so far I really want to gush about this but I don t want to ruin any surprises It s not every day a body is found with Dick Grayson s DNA under it s fingernails It s not every day you see a killing machine taking the fight to Batman or Batman being trapped by villains for days.
One thing I really liked is that Scott Snyder isn t afraid to show us Batman isn t invincible I hate how in recent years, Batman is portrayed as a combination of Captain America and Reed Richards instead of the World s Greatest Detective, as he should be Snyder does a pretty good job of stripping away some of that I can t see his Batman building a Brother Eye satellite, for instance.
Snyder s writing is superb, as always I can tell he draws from a deeper well than many comic authors, one filled with historical fiction and conspiracy thrillers Greg Capullo s art is good too, I guess.
The Court of Owls is an easy 4 I may even bump it up to a 5 once the rest of the story is told.
In this thrilling adventure, Scott Snyder breathes new life into the Batman franchise by introducing a terrifying new enemyThe Court of Owls While waging his war against crime, Batman has seen many horrible thingsBut all this time, an unseen horror has lurked in the shadows of Gotham City For over a hundred years, rumors have been whispered about a secret society that rules the streets of Gotham, an omnipresent group known as the Court of Owls Most people assume the tales to be mere campfire stories told for the sole purpose of scaring the citizens of Gotham After all, in over 100 years, no one has ever found any evidence of the Court s existenceat least no one who has lived to tell about it But Batman must uncover the truth behind the urban legend, especially now that the Court has sent an unstoppable assassin afterBruce Wayne Despite the fact that I ve loved Scott Snyder s writing in the past, I still went into The Court of Owls with a bit of trepidation After all, I first started reading Batman comics in the early 80s, and the idea of DC s New 52 banner wiping out so much of that history and trying to reboot the Batman franchise sounded like it was doomed to fail But I still had a lot of fun reading the first story arc of the new Batman series For one thing, this Batman actually makes a joke now and then Yes, grim and gritty elements can add gravitas to the story, but so many of the 90s Batman books overdid it to the point that the always brooding Batman was almost devoid of any personality In fact, having read so many of thosegrim avenger of the nightstories, I especially loved when Snyder had Dick Grayson hit Batman with this zinger, So it s trueyou actually do practice brooding Under Snyder s watch, Batman is still haunted, but the fact that he actually cracks a smile once in a while makes him even likable and sympathetic than ever before In addition, Snyder s first person narration from Batman s point of view provides genuine character introspection, as verses the lameI am the nightrhetoric that so many other writers fall back on But what really wowed me the most about this story was the inclusion of a new enemy to the Batman rogues gallery Let s be honest, in the last couple of decades, attempts to introduce the next big Batman villain haven t always been successful Sure, Bane was cool in Knightfall and in the Dark Knight Rises movie, but he didn t really serve a whole lot of purpose in the 20 years inbetween And try explaining The Black Glove and Dr Simon Hurt to anyone who doesn t have a working knowledge of at least 30 years worth of Batman canon Grant Morrison can never make things simple, can he But I found the concept of The Court of Owls to be executed flawlessly The idea of Batman fighting an urban legend was such a delicious parallel, considering many Gothamites consider Batman himself to be an urban legend And Snyder never falls back on hackneyed straw man tactics to make the Court interesting, his brilliant writing is all it takes for us to feel the same terror Batman does when he realizes just how far the Court s reach truly extends.
An exciting adventure sprinkled with humor and horror, The Court of Owls is a fun ride for new and old Batman fans alike In closing, I ll leave you with this rhyme from the book which citizens of Gotham tell each other to send shivers down their spines Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time.
Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.
Speak not a whispered word of them, or they ll send The Talon for your head As part of the DC s reboot of the month, the New 52, Bruce Wayne is back as Batman I won t be reading any other New 52 stuff because DC is addicted to retconning, and I don t want to be an enabler However, this one seems to have kept a big chunk of recent Bat happenings I am kind of oddly bummed that Dick Grayson isn t Batman any, but that s probably partially due to how much I loved Scott Snyder s Black Mirror story.
Anyhow, Batman goes up against a secret society called the Court of Owls that also has a tough assassin on their side The Owls have been in Gotham a very long time, and they ve apparently got a bone to pick with Bruce Wayne s recent efforts at urban renewal Snyder continues to be one of the best Batman writers to come along in some time I liked the idea that there was a secret society embedded into the very fabric of Gotham I also loved how the Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damain Wayne have become Bruce s family as well as his crime fighting partners.
However, there were a couple of elements that didn t do much for me The story with the Court of Owls trapping Batman and trying to brainwash him seemed a lot like the old Cult storyline from days of yore And while I liked the concept of the Owls, what I really want is for Snyder to put Batman up against one of his arch villains like Joker or Two Face in an extended storyline.
Snyder and Capullo create a modern Batman in a world of dark horror, mystery, and emotion Much in the way Morrison retconned Batman s continuity, Snyder expands his mythology, including his trauma, family, training, and Gotham s underworld Never let your emotions guide you on a case, Bruce says, but that s precisely what he does This is an ambitious first volume, attempting to recreate the character while doing so in innovative storytelling, like the labyrinth scenes These scenes, like the splash page which forces the reader to physically reorient the book in a true postmodern fourth wall moment, are new and brilliant While dark, like any Batman story, this Bruce has levity and a boyish charm, bringing balance and inspiring sympathy and connection in the reader It s everything you want in Batman tragic and vengeful, but still relatably human.
You thought that you knew Batman and his world You thought that you couldn t be surprised any, specially with some new villain without the historic pedigree of the renown classic villains.
But you were wrong.
Snyder and Capullo were able to plot an exceptional new tale with smart writing and awesome artwork Proving that there is still room for new chapters with refreshing new input to the legacy of The Batman.
The Court of Owls was a nursery rhyme, a myth, a legend, something to scare off the kids to be good After all, something so old, if it was true, The Batman would know, right And there, it s the beauty of the concept of this mysterious new threat The Batman can t accept that something so large, so organized, so lethal, can be existing for so many time, even before his own birth, and still remain out of his all knowing sight of his city.
And there, it s the beauty of the fall of The Batman Not matter how prepared he is Not matter that he knows all the tricks Not matter that he invented all the tricks Any hero who falls into a comfort zone , he or she will fall into a hell.
Also, overconfidency and or underestimating the enemy, always has been the sin of The Batman Not matter how he thinks of himself, he is still a human being, and therefore he can be lured into a trap, he can be the prey, specially when he thinks that he is the hunter.
And maybe it will be too late when finally The Batman will realize that he really doesn t know at all his city and its secrets THE MAN UNDER THE COWL Tell me what you know about owls.
They re carnivorous Masters of camouflageThey re natural predators of bats Snyder and Capullo were able to deliver a true detective story making to remember that The Batman isn t only a superhero who punches villains but also a remarkable detective But even impressive, they are really using to Bruce Wayne, since you can really sense the man under the cowl Bruce Wayne isn t just a face to draw when he is on the Batcave without his cowl on Bruce Wayne is really inside of the batsuit, and also, Bruce Wayne is a relevant character on his own, beyond of The Batman Bruce Wayne is as important to Gotham City as The Batman, only for different reasons and purposes.
Moreover, you get to know about the history of the Wayne family, quite beyond of Thomas Wayne, and how the Waynes had been always relevant architects in some way or another about the way of how Gotham City is.
I was aware that this first volume won t be the only one about The Court of Owls in fact, I bought the three TPBs at the same time but I kinda expected some kind of closure in this first volume, however you are left with none mystery really solved and with a cliffhanger I did enjoy a lot the reading of the TPB, I did However, the whole volume was like a long introduction to the storyarc to come in the next two volumes Thankfully, I have them too So, I won t be clueless much time.
But, definitely, only for this great beginning, I can recommend The Court of Owls to any Bat fan or reader of the comic books genre.
Following His Ground Breaking, Critically Acclaimed Run On Detective Comics, Writer Scott Snyder American Vampire Alongside Artist Greg Capullo Spawn Begins A New Era Of The Dark Knight As With The Relaunch Of Batman, As A Part Of DC Comics The New After A Series Of Brutal Murders Rocks Gotham City, Batman Begins To Realize That Perhaps These Crimes Go Far Deeper Than Appearances Suggest As The Caped Crusader Begins To Unravel This Deadly Mystery, He Discovers A Conspiracy Going Back To His Youth And Beyond To The Origins Of The City He S Sworn To Protect Could The Court Of Owls, Once Thought To Be Nothing Than An Urban Legend, Be Behind The Crime And Corruption Or Is Bruce Wayne Losing His Grip On Sanity And Falling Prey To The Pressures Of His War On Crime Collects Issues Of Batman