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

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

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ISBN-13: 9781401235420
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Batman (DC Comics Paperback) , #1
Edition description: New 52 ed.
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 53,853
Product dimensions: 6.66(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.29(d)

About 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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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.”
“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


Q&A with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

1. What is it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?

Scott Snyder: For me it was exciting because we were given the opportunity to work on characters we love with no restrictions. So if the best story meant making changes to a character's history, there was flexibility to do so. With an imitative this big, seeing how many new readers came to the table to read comics after having lapsed, or never having read one at all, was a real thrill.

2. What would you say defines the characters you are working on?

SS: For Batman, what defines him is his relentless determination, which is both his most heroic quality and his most pathological. For Swamp Thing, I'd say what defines him is his inability to give up his humanity even when he's at his most monstrous.

3. What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?

SS: For Batman, I have my favorites: Dark Knight Returns and Year One, but it's hard to only pick a couple because he's a character who grew up alongside me, where the kinds of stories that were being told about him were becoming more sophisticated and complex right as I was coming of age. And now the fun thing is that I have a five-year-old son and I get to fall in love with some of the tamer versions of Batman all over again.

4. Do you keep up with any of the other New 52 books? Which ones and why?

SS: My favorite of The New 52 would have to be Animal Man by Jeff Lemire, who is also one of my closest friends. And I'm really exited to be a part of everything happening in Gotham between Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Nightwing, and all the great books in our neighborhood. I particularly like All-Star Western for it's interesting mix of old west and gothic horror.

5. Has social media and increased direct interaction with DC Comics' fans changed your writing/drawing approach at all in regards to The New 52?

SS: It hasn't changed my writing approach; it has made me appreciate how much the fans love these characters. I always knew it, but seeing the responses online through Twitter and Facebook is overwhelming and inspirational. It's like being at a con all the time. I brought my wife to her first con last year and when I asked her what she thought, she said?and I was nervous to hear her response-that she was really moved by how passionate the fans were about these characters, and I feel the same way.

6. When it comes to writing Batman, are you distinguishing this version from the previous one? Is your approach to the character different than the pre-New 52 Batman?

SS: No, my version of Batman is as different as the version that came before, just like every version is, because the truth is, the only way to write a character as iconic as Batman is to accept that you're going to have to make him your own, almost as if you were writing fan fiction and no one is ever going to read it. If I started thinking of all the amazing versions of the character that have come before, I would be paralyzed.

7. You and Jeff Lemire tend to Twitter War each other often. How has this affected you when it comes to writing Swamp Thing and its ties to Animal Man?

SS: For me, our Twitter War is fun because while we insult each other online, usually we are texting each other offline, laughing about the whole thing. Jeff is one of the creators who inspire me the most for his sense of story and his dedication to characters.

8. Greg, what's it like for you to work on the iconic Bat-Family and Batman villains? You even redesigned the Batman Rogues in the very first issue!

Greg Capullo: Well, everyone has probably heard me say by now that I first drew Batman and Robin when I was four years old. My mom has it somewhere. It was crude, but clear who they were, so to be drawing them professionally all these years later is really cool. I can tell you that I'm super excited to be drawing Batman and, though I admit to being a bit jaded, I was never so nervous (except for maybe my first work for Marvel) as when DC asked me to relaunch Batman from issue #1. Terrifying, is what it was. Especially being that I was aware of some of the fear out there that I was going to be turning Batman into Spawn, as I'd worked for years on that book. I really felt like an underdog. I was always confident (after the nerves settled) that those fears would be replaced with joy. I mean, I love Batman the same as you. I don't want to mess him up!

The Rogues, Ah, the Rogues. Well, they weren't really redesigns. I guess to some extent they were. But, they were locked up in Arkham. So, it was more like: what ways might a prisoner come up with to maintain his or her persona behind bars? That became the question. Speaking of, how about the Riddler's mohawk? HA! I think some Batman fans actually wanted to lynch me for giving him that! The Joker was the closest I got to a redesign. I'd love to get my hands on him for a story arc!

9. The New 52 introduces a younger universe of heroes and I think your art very much reflects that. Is this a conscious thought when you're working on the title?

GC: Absolutely. I was given the character's ages up front. Some complained that I draw Bruce and the family too young. The fact is I'm drawing them exactly as the powers that be want them to appear. As a professional, you want to give the client, in this case DC, what it is they're looking for. However, I listen very closely to the fans. After all, without them, we're nowhere. I've tried to make subtle changes based on what some of them were saying. My hope at the end of the day is that everyone will be pleased, even though that is completely impossible. Still, I'll always try. Now, I'm off to the Bat Cave to draw me some more Batman!

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Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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.
scvlad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well call me impressed! If this is what 'The New 52' is going to be like I might become a fan. This is a good solid Batman story. Some action, some detecting, narrow escapes, dark artwork and darker moods, this story captures the spirit of Batman very well. The story is well structured and well put together. The basic premise: a new murder in Gotham by someone who appears to be very skilled with knives, and who appears to be connected with a very old Gotham legend about owls. And there's a connection to Bruce Wayne's ancestors and, apparently, someone very close to Bruce and Batman ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book but not the complete story which bugs me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this storyline! Scott Snyder is a master of Batman
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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.