Batman Vol. 1: The Court Of Owls (the New 52)

by Scott Snyder
Illustrator Greg Capullo

DC Comics | May 15, 2012 | Hardcover

Batman Vol. 1: The Court Of Owls (the New 52) is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
#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.

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 10.46 × 6.93 × 0.58 in

Published: May 15, 2012

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401235417

ISBN - 13: 9781401235413

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Beginning to Batman I have been salivating to get started on this series and now that the new 'Death in the Family' saga is about to be coming out in trade (It's out at time of this review publication and I'm reading it!) I thought I'd better put other things aside and dive in. Wow! This was worth waiting for; it was even better than I had hoped for. I'm a big Batman fan; I've read DC comics off and on all my life but never read them in order or became fangirl-ish about them so while I know all the heroes and villains I'm not up on the backstory of everybody. The new 52 is awesome in my book as it lets me get a new fresh look as if I'm a newcomer. Snyder's Batman is the dark, broody one I love so much! The first little scene at the Asylum was fun with all the villains and I loved! how the Riddler had a shaved head with a green question mark of hair shaped onto his head. We meet all three Robins which was great for me as I'm really only familiar with Dick Grayson in that role and never read Nightwing. He is the only one who features in the rest of the book, in his Nightwing role, and I liked the character enough that I want to read that series of the 52. Batman finds a new villainous group, The Court of Owls, has been operating underground in Gotham since the 1800s and has a connection with his family. They have sent an assassin, The Talon, out to get Batman. A dark, involved story with equal amounts of action and plot. Capullo's art is marvellous; the colours suit the mood and the "owl" members are certainly eerie. I found myself page-turning through the novel, but not too fast as I had to savour the art, and the ending left me with a rush. Great new start to the Batman!
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Batman Year One for the new generation! o_O I'm loving this masterpiece graphic novel! "Batman The Court of Owls" is an awesome fun of a read! It's like Batman: Year One for the new generation! First and foremost, I just want to say that the artwork of this feature is extremely arresting. Every panel is meticulously designed with great extensive care. The artists' Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion wholeheartedly invited the readers to immerse themselves in this beautifully scenic Gotham. The writing is sharp! I'm glad to hear intelligence coming out of the mouths and minds from all the colorful characters. Mr. Scott Snyder has seduced me with his clever dialogue; they often embody confidence, wits, charm, charisma, fun and downright funny banter. I also noticed that this creative team pays homage to some of the masters; storytellers/artists of Batman. I really enjoyed the cartoon-like art in some of the early pages, which echos the works of Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb. I saw some strong Frank Miller's references in the art and flashback imagery from Batman Year One. There are some striking panels that screams The Dark Knight Returns! (Look for it!) It's when Batman is being tormented and becomes enraged! I also picked up some of Grant Morrison's chaos & madness when Batman is outnumbered and takes-on many of his psychotic enemies at the same time. It is a great delight to be apart of this homage, where follow artists compliments each other through their work. As a reader and an audience, I felt a great sense of belonging, admiration and respect, being in on something that was understood within the Bat-community. I feel the love, lol!. o_O It was truly thrilling to see "Batman: The Court of Owls Volume 1" revisiting the roots of Bruce Wayne as a well-meaning philanthropist. Furthermore, I was intrigued how this piece also revisits a little more of the detective side of Batman (aside from all the awesome crime fighting!). In this case, Batman investigates a ruthless new enemy that shows no remorse. A natural predator of the Bat, you guessed it! An Owl! (Genius! Mr. Snyder! Genius!) OH! I almost forgot! The BAT-GADGETS! There is nothing like high-tech weapons for the new era! Facial recognition, lip reader, re-animation scanner, on-site lie detector, even a simple magnet that changes the tides in battle! All in good fun! I believe this exciting debut has been a great way to re-introduce Batman in the New 52, for both passionate fans and newcomers alike. Mr. Snyder I hope you continue to entertain us with your humor, sharp-wit, thrills, chills and inventiveness. Looking forward to Volume 2! Excellent Read & Highly Recommended! Graphic Novel rating: A+ This Graphic Novel collects Batman #1-7 of the New 52. For more of Scott Snyder's works on Batman, check out Batman: The Black Mirror & Batman: Gates of Gotham -Crofty
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Owl recommend to anyone! I've been a long tim Batman reader, ever since I was a wee lad and reading my dad's old comics, I was hooked. There have been a lot of great stories for the Bat-family and some not so great! I read it all. From "Knightfall" to "Battle for the Cowl" many writers have come and gone, in my opinion no writer has understood and created a more entertaining story than Snyder with "Court of Owls" his fresh take on Batman and his mythos has formed a well written world for the entire bat family, the influence over their place in the DCnU is profound. This is the core Bat-book. The first arc has everything you could want from a Batman story, Mystery, adventure and a new enemy (a truly creepy one). The court has ties to the new and old, being a core part of Gotham it's almost as if the city its self is coming up against Batman. Snyder handels this book to perfection and the art is dramatic and beautiful! I can't believe the level of care and skill that has gone into these pages and of the New 52, its the best of the best. Check out Court of Owls and stay tuned for the "Night of Owls" Batman is back and he's better than ever!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boooooooooooooooooooom! Here it is! The New 52's first novelization of The Batman is here and lordy lordy it's a good one. Scott Snyder is back again writing another amazing story, one that takes us to the edge of Batman's limits, both physically and mentally. If you havent been keeping up with the individual issuses, here's your chance to get caught up. Court of Owls is beautifully written and drawn piece of art. It'll leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2012-05-26

– More About This Product –

Batman Vol. 1: The Court Of Owls (the New 52)

by Scott Snyder
Illustrator Greg Capullo

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 10.46 × 6.93 × 0.58 in

Published: May 15, 2012

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401235417

ISBN - 13: 9781401235413

About the Book

Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, Snyder begins a new era of The Dark Knight alongside artist Capullo when a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City and Batman to the core.

From the Publisher

#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.

 

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.

Editorial Reviews

“ 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 appearanc
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