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Posted May 4, 2013
A Good Conclusion
I really enjoyed this story arc. Great character development down to the end. I was not a big fan of the artist change towards the end of the volume, and I do wish we had gotten more of the Night of Owls (that has its own volume now, which I will be checking out soon), but over-all I really liked this. The dark tone and urgent pace make for a gripping read.
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Posted March 31, 2013
an good conclusion to a very good batman story arc however issue
an good conclusion to a very good batman story arc however issue 12 (the last issue in this graphic novel) is dreadfully awful and out of place in this book. It really ruins this one with its eye bleeding bad art never mind the in your face social advocacy. Skip issue 12 the rest is good.
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Posted July 20, 2014
Directly following Batman Volume 1-The Court of Owls, the Night
Directly following Batman Volume 1-The Court of Owls, the Night of Owls follows the key events that occur as Batman fights the Court of Owls vicious "Talon" assassins, and further hunts down the core members and headqaurters of the Court of Owls members. This volume, the second volume continuity wise in Snyders batman story, shows the happenings on the night of owls from Batman's point of view. This is the first reason I rated this collection under 5 stars. I've collected several older editions of Batman story arcs, and something I always appreciated was that DCincluded other parts of the arc that may not directly be focused on Batman, and they put them chronologically into the arc in the same collection (more about that down below). This book picks back up where Snyder left us at the end of Volume 1, with the Court of Owls releasing their Talons into the streets of Gotham to reclaim Gotham as their own, both in literal power over the city and in a more figurative way, taking it back from the grasp of the Dark Knight that surveys and fights injustice and into their corrupt hands of ruling. Throughout the "night", we see Batman facing hoards of Talon assassins, as well as his own fears, and a mystery character that causes him unease and even to question himself in some aspects. Snyder crafts a magnificent epic, which is only enhanced by the additional texts (sold seperately, unfortunately) as Batman fights for Gotham once again. What's here to appreciate is that its technically a classic story, Batman fights for control of Gotham against villians, but it's painted so differently, especially with the mystery and intrigue that the Court of Owls has following Volume 1 (definitely needs to be read before this). The first and second volume definitely compliment each other, and I would recommend reading both of them seqeuntially. The way that Snyder seems to use the Court to attempt and break Batman in several different ways is very creative and dark enough to please any Batman fan, but not too dark that you can't handle it at times (which can happen with Batman novels if not handled correctly). Greg Capullo, once again, does his amazing work with the writing of Scott Snyder. His not art is the pinnacle of this collection out of all the amazing artists, from Batmans rooftop battle against the Talons, to his conflict with a larger foe in the end of the vloume. Regarding the art though, and this is another reason that I did not rate this book 5 stars as well, There is several installments of this book that cut from Capullos art in the middle of the action to Rafael Alberquerque's art. There's nothing wrong with that whatsoever, his art is fantastic and captures a lot of the fear and anxiety that Batman faces during the Nights of Owls, but the cut from Capullos art to Alberquerques in the middle of intense action sequences takes you out of the moment and intensity of the story that Snyder and Capullo create so well. Ultimately, this volume is eqaully as entertaining and a great finish to The Court of Owls, but there are a few things, previously mentioned and mentioned below, that make it fall short and don't put it completely up to par with the first Volume. Regardless, it is a definite must-read, not only on it's own, but also to finish out and solidify the Court of Owls legacy in Gotham left by Snyder's great work and Capullo's masterful art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
P.S. Just as a side note, I always appreciated was that DCincluded other parts of the arc that may not directly be focused on Batman, and they put them chronologically into the arc in the same collection. This has faded from DC today, as they will do crossover events like this, or lBlackest Night or Death of the Family. Of course DC needs to make money, but honestly, I think a lot of comic fans would buy the full chronological story with all the side stories included, but perhaps it's just me.The entire collected works of all the interactions between the Bat Family and the Talons is documented in the "Night of Owls" collection if you are interested in reading it..
Posted September 22, 2013
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