Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)

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by Scott Snyder
     
 

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"NIGHT OF THE OWLS" continues here! Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life ... and Gotham City! In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they've kept from the Wayne family! Collects BATMAN #8-12 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1.

Overview

"NIGHT OF THE OWLS" continues here! Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life ... and Gotham City! In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they've kept from the Wayne family! Collects BATMAN #8-12 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1.

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Kirkus Reviews
This six-issue collection concludes the first arc of the recently relaunched Batman series, pitting both Bruce Wayne and his chiropteran alter ego against a murderous secret society known as the Court of Owls, whose sinister roots snake through Gotham City's history--and several generations of the Bat family. Still recovering from his encounter with the Owls' assassin, a Talon, Bruce Wayne suddenly finds his home and secret lair under siege by dozens of undead Talons--preserved and revived thanks to a serum developed by Mr. Freeze. The storyline springs out of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, which softly rebooted the entire DC Universe in 2011, so Snyder's (Swamp Thing, 2013) intertwining of new (though the owl-as-opposite-of-bat concept dates back to 1960s Justice League of America, the Council of Owls didn't exist prior to New 52, despite their centuries-spanning history) and old villains (though Freeze himself gets a minor modernization to creepazoid) is a smart move, immediately grafting the Owls onto established Bat-lore. The battle with the invading Talons reveals a larger Owl plot to slaughter 40 prominent citizens of Gotham as a show of the Court's dominance over the city. To thwart the pogrom, Wayne family stalwart Alfred Pennyworth sends out a call to arms to all members of the Bat family, and those threads are played out in the Night of the Owls crossover event (not collected here). In the aftermath, Batman tracks the Owls to their nest--only to face a new foe with an impossible link to the Wayne family. Unfortunately, this link is hammered (yammered?) home by page after page of running dialogue between Batman and this new Owlman (though he's not explicitly named within the text) as they bash and smash and wrestle into the heavens. This overabundance of exposition near the end stifles both Snyder's inspired plotting and Capullo's (Haunt, 2011) deft sequential art; despite their uncanny ability to resemble the work of Todd McFarlane, John Romita Jr. and J. Scott Campbell, all within a short span of panels, Capullo's illustrations have an irresistible dynamism, which is nearly overwhelmed by a froth of word bubbles. A worthy continuation of a cherished legacy, hampered by a bloated denouement.
From the Publisher
Praise for Scott Snyder's Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1:

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.”
USA Today
 
“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.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401237776
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
88,970
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook and other journals. He most recently has co-written AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo/DC Comics, along with horror-master Stephen King, as well as BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING.

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Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
bjones2201 More than 1 year ago
The story is great....the artwork is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  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..   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good conclusion to the "Court of Owls" storline that has an unexpected twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont ya love how the virtual copy cost nore than the actual thing. Its cause B &N realizes that most people do Ebooks now so they just couldnt miss the chance to charge more. It seems like people are always trying to squeeze as much out of you that they can. 5/5 stars for Batman Vol. 2
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KurodaTaishi More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to the Batman Legacy. Beware the Talon!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to Court of the Owls
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Whiffleboy More than 1 year ago
Scott Snyder brings a breath of fresh air to Batman.  The conclusion of this story arc is everything you want in a Batman story.  Batman takes back his city! 
JLoper More than 1 year ago
Best Batman story-line I've seen in years.