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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 ofBatman, asa part of DC Comics—The New 52!

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by DC Comics
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Dan Schwent
The Court of Owls, a long rumored secret society from Gotham's past, makes its presence known in the form of a knife wielding assassin called The Talon. Can Batman hope to defeat an enemy even more familiar with Gotham than him?

For my money, Scott Snyder can do no wrong. Batman: The Court of Owls is no exception. At first glance, the tale looks like a combination of Batman: The Black Glove and Batman: Gates of Gotham but it's a better story than either so far.

I really want to gush about this bu...more
Kemper
As part of the DC’s reboot of the month, the New 52, Bruce Wayne is back as Batman. I won’t be reading any other New 52 stuff because DC is addicted to retconning, and I don’t want to be an enabler. However, this one seems to have kept a big chunk of recent Bat-happenings. I am kind of oddly bummed that Dick Grayson isn’t Batman anymore, but that’s probably partially due to how much I loved Scott Snyder’s Black Mirror story.

Anyhow, Batman goes up against a secret society called the Court of Owls...more
Anne
It wasn't so awful that it deserved less than 3 stars, but to say I'm disappointed is an understatement.

Capullo is a talented artist, but I'm not a fan of the chubby Batman. Ok, maybe chubby isn't the right word. Bobble-headish. You know, when they have the impossibly large head and chin? Anyway, not my cuppa. I'm sure others will love it.

Was the story any good? Ehhhhhhh. It wasn't bad, but I had some problems with the way Batman was portrayed.
He doesn't believe the legend about the Court of Ow...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
In this thrilling adventure, Scott Snyder breathes new life into the Batman franchise by introducing a terrifying new enemy...The Court of Owls!

While waging his war against crime, Batman has seen many horrible things...
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But all this time, an unseen horror has lurked in the shadows of Gotham City. For over a hundred years, rumors have been whispered about a secret society that rules the streets of Gotham, an omnipresent group known as the Court of Owls. Most people assume the tales to be mere camp...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
I haven’t read all the New 52 titles (who has the time these days to read everything they’d really like to?), but so far I’ve been fairly impressed. There have been numerous reboots and retcons in the DC Universe, but the New 52 actually does feel like a fresh start and not just another attempt to cash in on the resurging popularity of comic culture.

There are quite a few New 52 Batman titles, and Batman #1 kicks off the Court of Owls arc. It’s a sinister and atmospheric tale about secrets, cons...more
Eric
Jun 28, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of graphic novels and/or Batman
I was blown away by this graphic novel, which collects the first seven issues of "The New 52" reinterpretation of Batman. The hardcover book and dust jacket are beautiful, the artwork is gorgeous, and the storyline, which introduces The Court of Owls -- a new, worthy nemesis for Batman -- is enthralling. It is easily on par with the beginnings of Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Hush, which are my two favorite Batman arcs. I cannot wait for Volume 2 to see where this is going.
StoryTellerShannon


The New 52 reboots Batman as the capable Caped Crusader but this time around he has some blind spots in thinking he knows everything there is to know about Gotham City.



Enter the urban legend of the Court of Owls. Batman doesn't believe they exist (because he couldn't find any indication of them when he was an investigator boy so talk about a blind spot) and ignores the talk until the urban legend begins to reveal itself as it targets Batman.



“Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time...more
Jeff
Dec 11, 2013 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The New 52 Batman under the authorship of Scott Snyder comes into being fully formed. It opens with a punch out at Arkham Asylum featuring Batman against almost his entire rogue’s gallery. The Joker backs him up!?! Fashion note: Nice touch Riddler sporting a question mark shaped hairdo, but you’re still dull as dishwater.

In this volume, the male sidekicks are all here: Nightwing, Red Robin and Damian, with NIghtwing playing the role of resident Batcave wit. Batman also is able to access his comp...more
Hayden
Just finished the seventh issue (last that will be included in this TPB), and I am floored. Scott Snyder has been knocking it out of the park consistently for the past six months, scraping away at what might be one of the greatest Batman epics of all time. Considering he just amazed everyone last year with his Black Mirror storyline, it's easy to see why Snyder is easily considered one of the best (and my favorite) writers in the industry right now.

I feel the need to mention issue 5 of this in p...more
Sesana
What did New 52 mean for Batman? Apparently... nothing. It seems like the Bat family books have picked up exactly where they left off. Where this will put them in the grand scheme of things come crossover time, I don't know. But let's forget that for the time being.

The Court of Owls is Gotham's mythical bogeyman association. As far as I know, it's a completely new innovation by Snyder, and it could open up a whole new line of storytelling for Batman. Bring on the paranoid conspiracies! Except t...more
Brad
Batman #1 --
What an opening sequence! Batman is in Arkham Asyloum putting down an escape of most of his Rogues Gallery, thinking about the answers to the question: "What is Gotham?" A sequence that highlights Snyder's greatest strength -- the embracing of symbolism in thought squares.

The battle rages until Batman's nemesis joins the fray, then the story is all about his allies. Three of the Robins, Commissioner Gordon, Barbara and others. The art is simply drawn (and faces seem too closely rela
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J.M.
I've been anticipating reading BATMAN from DC's "The New 52" launch, and I had to keep myself more than once from buying the individual issues as I wanted to "digest" several issues in the collected format. From what I'd heard from other readers (who were reading the issues as they hit the stores month-to-month), and also from following the writer and artist on Facebook, it appeared Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo were really kicking butt with the re-launch of Batman. I have to say the hardcover m...more
Kurt
Jan 21, 2013 Kurt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
Ugh. This is a mainstream DC superhero comic, part of the New 52 relaunch, with very little clarity on what the backstory is supposed to be in the new version of the DCU.. and I loved it despite my best efforts. I mean, I felt nice and superior when the collection started out with a silly group fight in Arkham Asylum, with Batman taking on almost everyone in his rogues' gallery, with no information for a new reader to understand how the characters fit into the new world.. but the important chara...more
Sam Quixote
The book starts with the inmates of Arkham Asylum being set loose and I groaned, thinking Scott Snyder had fallen into using the template Batman story of the Dark Knight playing roundup with the villains but thankfully Snyder disposes of this tired trope quickly, almost as if he were winking “just kidding” before starting on something better. Bruce Wayne is threatened by an assassin called the Talon, a seemingly indestructible villain, used as hired muscle by a shadowy organisation called the Co...more
Ekairidium
I was happy about DC's decision to release The New 52 line-up particularly on how they were going to re-define Batman (and his other titles like Detective Comics, The Dark Knight and Batman and Robin). I have just gotten back into comics by 2009 because of The Sandman and some other minor Dark Horse titles, so I was excited to get into the superhero genre again, and start with my childhood hero foremost.

I bought this tradeback copy of Snyder-Capullo's The Court of Owls from the Manila Internati...more
Jonathan

I often seem to do some things in the roundabout fashion. Like watching the second season of a televison series before the first or reading the second book in an ongoing story before the first. Fortunately, the new rebooted Batman stories have enough quality to them to stand alone as strong graphic novels even when read in the wrong order.

It is clearly one of the finest Batman stories written in the past few years, with all the creepiness, darkness and predatory aspects that make a good Batman s...more
Christine
So, wow. Scott Snyder is not a guy who messes around. In the small timeframe we're given during this first volume, Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) almost dies several times. The brutality of it all was very reminiscent of the Dark Knight movies. The tech was pretty cool. Who couldn't use a facial recognition program or lip reading service? Also, I liked how none of the secondary characters were cut from this "reboot". Dick Grayson is still there, as Nightwing, as well as Tim Drake, aka Red Robin, and D...more
Chris
Out of all the DC comics New 52 reboots, this is my favorite. I loved Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Sinestro, and that is one of my favorites, but this book takes the top spot.

This is Batman at his best. Not only is he the Batman we all know and love (Dark, Brooding, Obsessive,and Determined) he is enhancing the tech in the Batcave and his suit. I love seeing what technology the writers come up with. Bruce creates contact lenses that will do facial recognition because they are directly linked with his...more
Timothy Stone
In DC Comics, there are many alternate realities (together called the “multiverse), one of which has the heroes of the main DC universe as the villains, and the villains as the heroes. In this universe (Earth-2, I believe), the Batman type of villain is called “Owlman”, because he is Batman's polar opposite, and it's a fun play on the idea that in nature owls hunt bats.

In the rebooted DC Universe of the “new 52”, the writers of Batman took the central idea of the owls hunting bats concept to a...more
Pierre
This makes for a very good read. Batman has seen so many incarnations since Bob Kane created the character in 1939. Some have been revolutionary like Frank Miller's seminal Dark Knight over 30 years ago and Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Killing Joke. Others have been great, others much less so, in particular under the destructive influence of the Comic Code Authority. A new author and a new artist taking on the challenge of illustrating new stories for such an iconic character have a considerab...more
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
I’ll start this off with letting you see exactly what I texted my husband when I finished reading The Court of Owls:

Me: “When you get home read the court of owls. It’s amazing. It needs to be in our collection.”
Hubby: “Ok!”
Me: “It’s freaking sweet”

Yep. I interrupted him at work to tell him how amazing this Batman comic is.

I didn’t like the art that much. I mean, it looked really nice I just didn’t like the character design. All the dudes had big square chins and looked like they were from the 50...more
Ryelor
If, like me, you've waited to read this series, take my advice: get your hands on this book however possible. You won't be sorry.

As a Batman fan, even I have gotten a little tired of the next Batman vs. Joker story. I like the Joker. He's the perfect counterpart to the Dark Knight. However, as a friend of mine pointed out one time, it seems like whenever Batman needs a boost, the Joker shows up. Great attempts have been made to create new villains worthy of the Bat--most notably Hush. But even...more
The_Mad_Swede
Oct 27, 2012 The_Mad_Swede rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to The_Mad_Swede by: Houman Sadri
I did not leap onto DC's New 52 band wagon, but I kept hearing good things about some of the output, and in particular about Scott Snyder's Batman, so I decided to give it a chance . . . and I do not regret it.

The Court of Owls gives us a modern day Batman, relying on high tech, but without yielding the calling of the detective. Truly, the best analogy to use for comparison has to be BBC's recent take on Sherlock Holmes, in which that great detective was transposed from the late 19th century to...more
Evan Leach
After 70 years and over 700 issues, D.C. comics relaunched Batman in September, 2011. The Court of Owls collects issues 1-7 of the new series, and the caped crusader is in fine form.

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I hadn’t read much Batman before this, in part because there was so much material it was hard to know where to begin. So I can’t really compare this volume to the ones that came before. However, I can say that if you’re like me, and you’re relatively new to the Batman universe, this is a perfect place to start. The...more
Maitha AlFalasi
'Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word about them, or they'll send The Talon for your head.'

Since this was only my third Batman related comic read, I've discovered Batman's endless sides that emerge within every battle along with a hint of his very own worst fears coming to life with a blast from his past. What started as a myth and no...more
Tamahome

A lot of people recommend this. Pretty good writing and art. Towards the end it gets creative. It's not The Penguin.

Donovan Douglas
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Nancy O'Toole
So far I've read several titles from the New 52, such as Batwoman, Wonder Woman, and Justice League Dark. I decided it was high time I pick up DC's most popular hero, Batman, and I'm quite glad I did. The Court of the Owls, which collects the first seven issues of Batman, is simply a well put together story. The first issue features Bruce talking about looking forward to the future of Gotham, so the fact that Batman's greatest enemy is from Gothman's deep dark past is particularly apt. One of my...more
Sumit Singla
I haven't been a major Batman fan ever (except the movie franchise - ONLY because of Heath Ledger as the Joker).

However, because this volume was at a Comixology sale, I picked it up for a lark and did not regret it at all!

I thought this happened to be a good reboot of the series, but of there are some good points and some minor gripes.

The Good:
- Batman's abilities - as a detective, and as a fighter - are stretched to the limit. The art does justice to the action with its fluid, active style.
- B...more
Chris
Scott Snyder has defined himself as a renowned Batman writer in a relatively short timespan. His four big storylines to date have all garnered huge critical acclaim and have been mostly well-received by fans, too. In the New 52 reboot it all started off with The Court Of Owls and after my first reading I jumped straight onto the Snyder bandwagon. I ordered City Of Owls, The Black Mirror (which shamefully I still haven't read) and got all kinds of excited for Joker's return in Death Of The Family...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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