Volume 1, The Court of Owls

Book - 2012
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Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, Snyder begins a new era of The Dark Knight alongside artist Capullo when a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City and Batman to the core.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401235413
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly ill. (mostly col.) ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Capullo, Greg
Glapion, Jonathan
Alternative Title: Court of owls.


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lydia1879 Jul 15, 2017

I liked this a lot. I like Richard Grayson and all of the Robins and I do like the drawing and inking style a lot, even if I do get frustrated with Bruce's massive lantern jaw and chin. (Also, he and another character look almost identical and it's so frustrating.)

I liked Batman's character development and how he came to discover the Court of Owls. Once again, I think the art is really strong and sometimes was the clincher in whether or not I believed the story, so I loved the flashback art and a lot of the textures in the comic.

It was super readable and I love Nightwing with all my heart. But.


It was just too damn edgy for me.

Snyder breaks Batman in his confrontation with the Court of Owls and I was just kinda like "Okay, cool." And the whole last few issues were very intense and confusing. I will say that I loved some of their panels in that part and loved when they played with formatting to create a sense of confusion but god it was so edgy. It was too edgy.

Also, I feel like I'm getting too damn old for comics sometimes. I'd be reading it and go, "How the fuck does Batman have a mobile DNA lab just casually tucked into his belt? How can Batman be using a security camera to examine a body at the morgue? The image quality is not good enough to..." and so you see, I was kinda stuck between really liking it and finding myself lost in parts.

I liked it for a lot of reasons and disliked it for a couple more. But then I stayed up till midnight reading it, so it wasn't not-readable? Some mixed feelings with this one.

Nov 25, 2016

I thought they did a really good job on this Batman comic.

Nov 21, 2016

A great start to a series. Very engaging and fun. The art was wonderful. If you like Batman this is probably a story you don't want to miss!

Oct 07, 2016

Great story! Even though the Court of Owls are a new addition to Batman's rogues gallery they fit in perfectly. I only hated how the other villains looked like; Joker, Two-Face, Riddler, etc.

Aug 03, 2016

Fantastic reboot of the world of Batman. Scott Snyder does an excellent job of showing us the gritty and hidden world of Gotham City.

Bats discovers a hidden society that is controlling...well, everything, frankly: The Court of Owls.

At first he doesn't believe them to exist, but once he's been pulled into their grips, the Batman nearly gets torn apart by madness. The resulting cliffhanger gives one nearly the same amount of pending doom as the last episode of Angel.

Jun 26, 2016

This is a great read. I usually read Marvel instead of DC, but this time I am happy that I picked DC and not Marvel. this story tells us some of Batman's untold origins and we learn all about the court of owls, a group that watch over Gotham and kill people with their special assassin talon. it is really good but isn't for younger readers as there is some gory parts.

Nov 17, 2015

Greg Capullo doesn't know how to frame a shot, doesn't know how to control the 'camera' and as a result, his artwork is confusing when he wants it to be mysterious, crowded when he wants it to be intense, and obtuse when he's just framing basic shots to set a scene. This actually worked when Capullo was drawing Spawn. Spawn is mythology and ideas that are more broadly drawn than Batman. Batman is action, suspense and mystery. If the subject is confusing and mysterious, the art should never accidentally confuse or mislead- and unfortunately Capullo does this constantly throughout his batman run. Capullo also seems to think that the bat family is a good five to ten years younger than they are. Tim Drake is drawn to be twelve or so, and Dick Grayson is drawn a few years shy of attending prom. Nothing works, it's a mess.

Snyder is trying, he really is, but he can't cut it. He doesn't know who batman is, he doesn't know who Dick Grayson or Tim Drake are. his New-52 re-imaginings of the Gotham Rogue's Gallery are pretty universally steps backward, ham handed and shocking, but not interesting. The Court of owls is an interesting idea, but handled unbelievably, even with the benefit of new 52 to remove decades of continuity, a group as arch as the Court of Owls should have been hinted at for a lot longer than this before they were revealed. I understand that Snyder doesn't have that kind of time, but that doesn't make the reveal any less silly.

I do not understand the positive reviews on this steaming hot mess of a batman comic arc. I've read three books in this series, and they have all been wastes of time. I have cancelled my holds on the rest. I have better things to do.

Library_Dragon Jul 14, 2014

One of the better Batman comics I've read in some time. Looking forward to more!

Mar 01, 2014

A new look at the Dark Knight by Scott Snyder and long-time Spawn artist, Greg Capullo. This has turned out to be a runaway hit for DC Comics and this first volume introduces an evil organization called The Court of Owls to Batman's already vast Rogues Gallery. Excellent writing and art, highly recommended.

Jan 09, 2014

The New 52 is going hard and this comic is one of the best in the last 2 years from DC, let alone Batman.

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Apr 25, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Batman has some fairly disturbing hallucinations towards the end of the book.

Apr 25, 2016

Violence: Punching, kicking, stabbing with knives, etc. Some blood.


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Apr 19, 2016

as an architect, i really enjoyed the way that the city itself becomes a character, secret 13th floors, underground labyrinths, etc.


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