Batman: The Court of Owls Saga (DC Essential Edition)

Batman: The Court of Owls Saga (DC Essential Edition)


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Hidden for years, a secret organization known as the Court of Owls suddenly surfaces in Gotham City. But why? As Batman begins to unravel the 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 myth, be behind the never-ending crime and corruption in Gotham? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of being Batman?

From writer Scott Snyder (Dark Nights: Metal) and artist Greg Capullo comes a brooding tale of shadow societies and long-forgotten family secrets. Collects Batman #1-11 along with a generous amount of bonus material, including a brand new cover illustrated by Greg Capullo!

The DC Essential Edition series highlights the best standalone stories the medium has to offer, featuring comics' greatest characters. Batman: The Court of Owls Saga is a seminal, groundbreaking tale for Batman that transcends the printed page. For new readers and longtime fans, this is a definitive entry point to the DC Universe's vast library. Start with the Essentials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401284336
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 72,318
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scott Snyder is a #1 New York Times best-selling writer and one of the most critically acclaimed scribes in all of comics. His works include Batman, All-Star Batman, Batman: Eternal, Superman Unchained, American Vampire, and Swamp Thing. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley.

Greg Capullo is a self-taught Illustrator and the current artist on the best-selling and highly acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. Prior to that, he was best known for his 80 issue run on Image Comics' Spawn, created by Todd McFarlane. Other popular comics work includes Marvel Comics’ X-Force and Quasar (as well as a slew of one-shot titles). He is also the creator of The Creech, a Sci-Fi/Horror comic published by Image Comics. Greg has provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, contributed lead character designs for the award-winning HBO animated Spawn series, was the cover artist for many popular musical groups including Korn and Disturbed, and worked behind the scenes on many projects ranging from toy design to video games for TME.

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Batman: The Court of Owls Saga (DC Essential Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Great mystery collected in one book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite being a Batman fan, I knew very little about the Court of Owls story. So I went into this knowing almost nothing and oh boy am I glad I did! The plot follows Batman trying to uncover the mystery behind the secret and ominous organization called "The Court of Owls", after a brutal murder occurs in Gotham City. For most of the story your stuck in Batman's head as he goes full detective mode when investigating. There were many shocking discoveries in the investigation I didn't see coming, but not too many where I became completely bored. There are also some scenes that really kept me on edge. For example, the labyrinth scene was the creepiest and nerve-racking thing I've ever read in a Batman story. The book uses Bruce's narration and its own format to make even the reader think they too are going insane. Even the plot twist, which felt cliché at first, had me questioning if it was even real for the rest of the book. Good stuff! The character of Batman was what I liked most of all, because he actually seems like a character not just this hollow, brooding guy in a bat suit that most comics write him as. As I said before we're stuck in his head for a majority of the book and can see his confidence in himself but also his doubts on every page. He's a formidable detective that can keep a level head even in the moments of uncertainty from himself and everyone around him and it was the coolest thing ever! Batman even seems to be enjoying what he does, finding pride in outsmarting and beating up bad guys, sometimes even getting a little cocky. Though there are other important characters in this book, Batman mostly interacts with Alfred and the first Robin: Dick Grayson, now Nightwing. First of all, Alfred was a freaking trooper in this book! The real MVP! No matter what was happening he was by Batman's side doing what needs to be done. And Dick seemed to be the supporting child figure/ voice of reason when Bruce got too into the investigation. Just talking to him and making sure he kept a clear head through all this helped Bruce a lot, though it didn't seem like it at first. There are other characters, like the current Robin: Damien Wayne, Red Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Barbra Gordon), but the story is really focused on Bruce/Batman. I found it really refreshing in a time where supporting characters are basically made into main characters for the sake of crossovers. The writing is really great at establishing Batman's ongoing dilemma: what is Gotham and what does it mean to be a part of it? The writing makes it feel as if the city of Gotham is a character itself by teaching us about its underground activity, it's architecture and it's morale, and the Wayne family's influence on it. There are bat and owl metaphors that can clearly be seen as inspiration to write the novel. The way each creature is drawn depends on who has the upper hand. If it's the owls, they are always drawn as menacing, brooding predators and the bats are drawn as small, helpless prey. If it's the bats, then they are drawn as creepy, teeth baring creatures that are not to messed with. Another thing I really liked was the art. From page to page the tone and setting of the story shifts, and so does the color pallet. Everything down to the hairs on Batman's beard to the grime on a gargoyle statue was in detail. I will say however that the way the men of the bat family are drawn in their civilian personas makes it hard to tell them apart. Tim and Dick look like