Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)

Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)

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by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
     
 

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

The reader will experience the story from Batman’s viewpoint on pages 108-117.

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

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

The reader will experience the story from Batman’s viewpoint on pages 108-117.

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 52! 
 
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 more 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 #1-7 of Batman.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With this volume, anticipation for DC’s The New 52 reboot of their superhero universe, should be firmly replaced with a deep and abiding appreciation for what Snyder, Capullo, and Glapion have done with Gotham’s caped crusader. The initial story arc centers on the mysterious Court of Owls, a group of individuals who legend says control Gotham from the shadowy recesses of the city while using a deadly assassin named Talon to do their bidding. Batman must figure out whether the Court of Owls actually exists—something he claims to have fully investigated and discounted as a boy—and what connection the group might have to the history of the Wayne family, especially after a grisly murder brings with it a warning that “Bruce Wayne will die tomorrow.” The re-launch comes complete with villains old and new, and a cast of current and former Robins who aren’t afraid to stand up to the Bat. This is a clever and sophisticated Batman—with a dark, edgy, and thought-provoking narrative ably abetted by Capullo’s pulpish, detailed art. Readers will find it hard to put down. (May)
From the Publisher
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
 
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.”
UGO
 
“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
Library Journal
DC's New 52 relaunches Batman villains more than the heroes. Bruce Wayne with his own "court" of sidekicks (Alfred, plus old and new Robins: Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Damien Wayne) must accept that a centuries-old Gotham horror rhyme is real. A malevolent Court of Owls does exist, and its undead assassin, the Talon, is out for Batman. This new villain aims to terrify Bruce by challenging his mind and memory. The overall concept has a brilliant cohesiveness as an introduction to a creepy new clique of evildoers, wrapped in a well-crafted plot with cool details (Dick impersonating the Joker; the owl-insignia tooth characteristic of the Court's assassins) and incredibly good art. Some of Capullo's images of Batman grappling with the Talon have an almost sensual passion and beauty. The story is also a prequel to the Night of the Owls crossover event, which will fold in a dozen DC series, and kicks off an all-new series devoted to the Talon. VERDICT A must for superhero collections, Batman fans (of course), and new Batman readers, older teens and up, since the plot requires no prior familiarities.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401235413
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
114,379
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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
 
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.”
UGO
 
“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

Meet 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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Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Graphic Novel Review (ARC) by Chris for Book Sake This book does a great job of pitting Batman against a new criminal organization called the Court of Owls. Not only are they masters in martial arts, but they are even more secretive then Batman. They've been creeping around in the criminal underworld, right under Batman's nose. The story does a great job of putting Batman back on his heels and sets up an even larger struggle to come. Greg Capullo's art in this book with full of energy. He does take some allowances with the look of certain villains that may not sit right with some fans. However, they only play a small part to the introduction of the Owls, who look utterly awesome. Sometimes his art feels a little cartoony for the dark nature of the book, but other times it is spot on. If you are a Batman fan or have been wanting to start reading, this is a great jumping on point. Book Rating: 4 /5 Graphic Novel Review (ARC) by Kole for Book Sake This version of Batman is pretty good. It has a different story from all the other Batman stories and a new villain. But it has really no back story to it. Can you really call this part of the “new 52”? Anyone who doesn’t know who Batman is or the back story on him is going to pick this up and ask “what the hell is going on and who is this crazy guy in a bat costume?" But from the perspective of someone who has read Batman before and knows the back story, it’s a great read. It’s a fresh new problem for Batman to overcome. So my advice, if you haven’t read Batman, don’t read this as a start. Go back and read some actual origin stories of Batman. Book Rating: 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For years and years, I never comic books for an extended period of time. Occasionly, I would read one givin to me as a birthday present, but that was about it. Then, on a whim, I picked up issue 9 of this series. Now, I've been going to my local Newbury Comics on a monthly basis to pick up the comics written by the same team who wrote this series ( at this point "Court of Owls" has ended ). Scott Snyder writes Batman and all the others beautifully, perfectly balancing the silliness of comics and realism that goes with all Batman stories ( except those of the '60's, which I don't even know why I brought up ). The other thing that's great about this series is the art. Greg Capullo, the artist who is best known for his run on "Spawn", knocks it way out of the park with a somewhat cartoonish style that goes great with the story, producing the best comic art I've seen in years. All in all, "Batman: The Court of Owls" is by far the best bit of DC's New 52.
B_Wiggs More than 1 year ago
Exceptional Batman Lore! The New 52 Batman is a great beginning for newcomers and pokes some loopholes through the origin story that can be greatly appreciated by long-time fans. The transition from descriptive writing to vivid panels compliment the characters all thanks to Scott Snyder's prose and Greg Capullo's artwork! This is a fresh start as well as a reunion for Batman's old, but good roots as a comic book character; one for readers alike, and with a different perspective that retains the old to its zenith. Batman: The Court of Owls does not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this is my favorite line of the New 52! Scott Snyder's story is amazing, not to mention Greg Capullo's awesome artwork. If you had to read only one of the revamped lines, this is the one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This does a great job of introducing Batman in the New 52, and it also gives Batman an actual mystery to solve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! Snyder is on a roll. You don't need to know too much about previous Batman stories, this one isn't a complete reboot (It's still Bruce Wayne, who's parents were murdered outside the theater, there are still Dick Grayson/Tim Drake/Damien, etc). How many years Bruce has been Batman, I'm a bit unsure, but he has certainly made a name for himself in Gotham, so it's well passed year one. Anyway, the story is fantastic. It's a brand new villain to Batman lore, and an excellent one at that. It's brand new, it's not "simply" some clown wearing makeup who wants chaos, or a cannibalistic monster, and it fits in great with the themes of Batman. The art is quite nice as well. Excellent read, and I hate having to wait until March for Volume 2.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Court of Owls is easily one of my favorite Batman stories ever written. Probably one of the most original Batman stories written in quite a few years. Even with the lack of prominent Batman villains, Scott Snyder is able to create the most dangerous and original villain since Ra's Al Ghul or Bane. This story shows a Bruce Wayne who is a seasoned veteran who is given his toughest test in the form of the Court of Owls, a wealthy group of high class citizens who operate in complete secrecy. The Court's main weapon is a highly trained assassin known as the Talon who pushes Bruce to his absolute physical and mental limits. Snyder's writing is very smart and intriguing. He creates a perfect Bruce Wayne who is dark and brooding, yet able to maintain a quick sense of humor. Capullo's art fits Batman perfectly as it is very dark and gritty, and his previous work on Spawn definitely carries over and adds an interesting horror element to the story which works really well in making the Court of Owls an even creepier and more dangerous opponent. The Labyrinth chapter is quite possibly the best chapter ever written or drawn in a Batman story. This is without a doubt Snyder and Capullo's definitive Batman story and will stand as their crown jewel. Book Rating: 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was well thought out with a lot of grit and the visuals were stunning. The inclusion of the batman family for other books draws you in to investigate the other stories that the new 52 offers.
BatmanFan96 More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical before, but I wanted to start reading the New 52 Batman comics. I had read Death Of The Family (also another great read!) and I wanted more. All in all, this is a great story. I really liked the detective elements in this story and I am looking forward to reading more of this story onBatman Vol 2.
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Just Read It!!!!
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MaveDeltzer More than 1 year ago
This story does a fine job at establishing the Batman world in New 52, with things being new but still feeling familiar. The Court of Owls give us interesting new villains for Batman to go against as they know the city even better than he does. A fine first part of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously Fricking Sweet Batman, a legendary character, has gained such a strong backing and legacy in the past that DC did not need to start from scratch as they did with most of the characters in the New 52 reboot. Scott Snyder, the writer who came on to take over  writing the Batman's story,  allows Batman to continue as the Caped Crusader always has, while still bringing a new view to the character, introducing a completely new villian and original plot that lays the groundwork for the new  interaction between Batman and Gotham, and the reader and Batman. The Court of Owls is a great villian, fresh and exciting, menacing, and challenges the depths of who Batman is and his personal emotional connection and roots to Gotham.Greg Capullo's art only serves to compliment Snyder's writing as he crafts a classic cartoon style feel for a character that is unique and different, but not too experimental that is takes away from the writing itself. In my personal opinion, I think that team of Scott Snyder as writer and Greg Capullo as a artist is perfect for both Scott's writing style and Greg's art. In short, the story is phenomonally weaved  by Snyder's writing, and beautifully portrayed and carried out by Capullo's artwork. This volume should absoloutely be read for hardcore fans or people just entering into the superhero craze with a basic character. Highly HIGHLY recommended.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your into comics or thinking about getting into them dc's new 52 are the BEST hands down esp. for new collecters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little too weird
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the art bro, like so super texy all the way drop the bizzle in my nizzle salad!