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Batman: The Night of the Owls (Batman)

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As evil spreads across Gotham City, Batman's allies, including Red Robin, Batwing, Robin, Batgirl, the Birds of Prey, Nightwing and even Catwoman find themselves in a battle coming from all sides. The Court of Owls have shown their hand, and it's up to the collective effort of these heroes, some more unlikely than others, in this sprawling tale of corruption and violence.
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by DC Comics (first published 2012)
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A long and fast action-packed night!

This is collected edition of 14 issues of several comic book titles related to "Batman" serving as "in-between" event right after "The Court of Owls".

The rating of the edition is based on an overall average made from the individual ratings of each collected issue in this book.


The nursery rhyme of "The Court of Owls" resulted a lethal truth that almost costed the life of The Batman. Now, in an unexpected turn, The Court of Owls released
Apr 25, 2013 Anne rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The story surrounding the Court of Owls is turning out to be more interesting than I originally thought. I wasn't in love with the first volume, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit more.
The fact that it was a giant crossover comic? Meh. Some of the titles were good, and some were...less than good. For example, I got nothin' out of the beginning stuff with Jonah Hex. I don't know who any of the characters were, and the addition of the issue didn't to help me understand any part of the Cou
Apr 16, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Worth it if you want an overarching look at the Night of Owls Bat family event. But do you really need to? The answer, unsurprisingly, is, "No, not really."

Most, if not all, of the Gotham related series have an issue here, plus two from the core Batman book and Nightwing (the two books most tied to the event). Every other book is essentially side story, adding nothing really new or interesting to the overall event. There's no attempt to give a hand to readers who haven't been reading every sing
Nicolo Yu
Sep 11, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-comics
Read in the monthly floppies, the way they were originally published.

Scott Snyder brings back the crossover to the Batman family of books and adds something new to the Bat-mythos. The Court of Owls has risen from the shadows to reclaim Gotham from its new protector. The Court is secret cabal as old as Gotham itself and they brought forth their army of assassins called Talons to impose their will on Gotham’s leadership.

Snyder has taken advantage of new 52 relaunch of DC Comics titles. Despite the
Jun 09, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily by: M M
This was my first comic event anthology, and I really liked it! However, I was also baffled by it. Poor, long-suffering Matt had a hard time explaining the concept of an event to me, especially since this volume starts off with a terrible Jonah Hex story that I must have read about 8 or 9 times to attempt to figure it out. (Me: "I don't get it! What happens?" Matt: "Nothing happens. Stop rereading it. It's just a bad comic.") Luckily, the next story is BATWING, which was totally badass and redee ...more
Kee Queen
Arguably the most successful of DC's New 52 titles since its relaunch, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's BATMAN series continues to rise to the challenge and explore new heights and dimensions for Gotham's Dark Knight and lone caped crusader. I was dully impressed with the first volume The Court of Owls which was gorgeously drawn and poetically narrated, turning Gotham into its own creature and serving Batman with the cold truth that the city does not belong to him at all nor does he know all its ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Probably closer to 3.5 stars for an exciting, universe-wide event slightly marred by uneven stories. It is a very long collection, bringing together thirteen stories spanning one very long night. (And one from the past, because we need to get Jonah Hex in here somehow.) The big three, Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl are well integrated, but some of the other runs aren't.

For example, in Batman, Bats says he's going after Arkham first and then March. The story then skips straight to March's office
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This graphic novel gives you your money's worth and then some. It takes the Court of the Owls/Talon storyline to the razor edge. You see how profound the war of the Owls is on those who oppose their agenda for Gotham.

Batman and his family of crimefighters and their associates all find themselves in mortal danger and taking on these formidable and superhuman warriors that serve the the Court of Owls, the Talons. I liked how the story crosses generations in the telling. I finished reading all the
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 09, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I absolutely love the new Batman! This volume does not actually have a number sequence. I've personally called it Vol. 2.5 in my collection, thinking that is where it best belongs for reading order, though it *could* be read as 1.5 between vol. 1 & 2. What happens here is most of Vol. 2 The City of Owls is collected in this large volume (not *all* mind you, but a large portion). Therefore, I think it is to be most appreciated read by fans after volume 2, jmho. While The City of Ow ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Now THAT was a badass Batman book. An enemy that's nearly invulnerable, that knows Bruce Wayne inside and out and across time. One that can strike at anyone, anytime. This brings together the whole Bat Family, and is a great way to see many of them in action in one place, but all with their own stories. The strongest story is Bruce and Alfred in the Mansion, but a very close 2nd is the Nightwing story all about Dick and his actual origins. Look for appearances of Damian, Batgirl, Batwing, Birds ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
The Court Of Owls set their army of Talon assassins upon Gotham City with a list of targets to kill, causing Batman (or more specifically, Alfred) to call in the Bat-family for help. Although billed as a cross-over event, Night Of The Owls could be more accurately described as a large sample collection of most of the Bat-related titles in the New 52.

Despite taking place during one night, there are inconsistencies throughout. Characters fix their costumes, recover from serious wounds and traverse
Michael (Mai)
Jul 19, 2013 Michael (Mai) rated it really liked it
This is a pretty cool anathology. It’s really good to read once you’ve finished both The Court of the Owls and The City of Owls. It’s the different tales of all of Batman’s allies that Alfred has contacted. Why I really liked it is because I got some insight into the background of Nightwing and a few of the talons before they were made into assassins. It also showed my favorite outlaw: Red Hood along with Starfire and her crazy-ass self.

Be prepared for a bunch of different fantastic artists and
Gautam Surath
Feb 15, 2013 Gautam Surath rated it it was amazing
What a finish. Wrapped this up pretty late into the night and that is saying a lot when you are starved of sleep anyways. Very rarely do you dole out the highest rating for the final chapter but this one is thoroughly deserving. Nothing much to add to the reviews of the last two books but the climax is so well coordinated across the franchises that it just makes super fast reading. The only crib I have is with regards to the Red Hood storyline but this may be because I have not been following hi ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Nicholas rated it liked it
Night of the Owls consists of Batfamily tie-ins to the greater Court of Owls storyline being weaved in the main Batman comic line run by Scott Snyder, which has been fantastic. This volume’s purpose is mainly to show just how widespread Talon activity is during the Night of Owls and pretty effectively draws this rebooted Batfamily back together again, explaining and redefining relationships among the resuited Dick Grayson who has returned as Nightwing in the New 52 universe, Tim Drake (now known ...more
Ricky Ganci
Jul 15, 2014 Ricky Ganci rated it liked it
Shelves: new-52
The Court of Owls are the new guys in town--or rather, a bunch of super old guys who have been in town since before it was cool--and they're as cool and dangerous at large as they were in their own labyrinth. If there's one takeaway from this crossover book, it's that: the Court of Owls will prove more than an even match for Batman and his crew in the coming years.

However, what the collected NIGHT OF THE OWLS narrative really needed was the one thing that made so much of the 'gotcha' storytellin
Oct 07, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
A collection of various Batman and Batman spinoff issues involving the same major Batman event, when the Talons of the Court of Owls descend upon Gotham in force. Overall this was pretty good, and despite some of these being repeats from other collections it was well worth reading them in a compilation format. Out of the non-Batman issues my favorite ended up being Catwoman--it did a good job humanizing and giving someone that could relate to the Talons (the Batgirl issue is pretty good about th ...more
Dec 30, 2015 JB rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-dc-collection
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Kara Trevlac
I'm giving this a three star rating because I also just finished City of Owls, the official sequel to the first Court of Owls trade. To be honest, compared to Court of Owls, this collection just didn't stand up. There were too many issues (Birds of Prey, the weird western one) that just didn't seem necessary to the storyline, while leaving out some very important issues for continuity of the entire Court of Owls storyline. For example, an issue was left out that explains Lincoln March as Bruce's ...more
Christopher Rush
Jul 27, 2014 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
As the whole "Owls ruling Gotham" thing starts to wear thin, we are presented with one slam-bang night of bloody action as the almighty Owls let loose their centuries'-old Talons against all the powerful people of Gotham ... only to fall to the inevitable, more or less. Apparently, the Owls want to secretly rule a city that is populated mostly by the world's craziest psychopaths, corrupt politicians and police officers, and eliminating all the decent, hardworking policy and decision makers who b ...more
Matt Raymond
May 03, 2014 Matt Raymond rated it liked it
I'm not sure how necessary this collection is. I mean, most crossovers aren't that important anyway, but I really liked the Death of the Family crossovers so I thought I'd try these out. I liked some of it, but the rest was dull or pointless.

First of all, what the hell does Jonah Hex have to do with this story? The story lasted just 10 pages, suddenly they mention a talon fight & then it's over. Did that really need to happen? And I wasn't a fan of giving the Talons a backstory. Aren't they
David Edmonds
So, here's the deal. I'm not as big a DC fan as I am a Marvel fan (in which you should read: I know only the very basics of the DC Universe of characters, and most of that is based around Batman anyway). So, when DC decided to do it's big New 52 initiative, I thought I'd give the titles a try with each of the new #1 issues. Not many of them caught my interest, but I really enjoyed the first issue of the Batman comic, so picked up the first collected edition when it came out. We're introduced to ...more
May 04, 2013 Beckiezra rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I give it 4 stars for the thrills I felt at the beginning but it really started to drag after a while. The art was generally enjoyable. There were some continuity issues (passage of time was wonky, Red Hood didn't seem to get that cold stopped the talons, things that happened after the actual night were put in the book before other issues that were during the night), some things that didn't really seem necessary to the story (Mr. Freeze...), and things that felt like they must have been introduc ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Ma'Belle rated it liked it
This collection was a mixed bag, as could be expected by the fact that it was written by many writers across various Gotham-related titles. Some stories - specifically, the ones from Birds of Prey, All-Star Western, and Red Hood and the Outlaws - barely warranted a 2 star rating. The issues from the primary Batman title featured some good comeback fighting, occurring almost immediately after Batman/Bruce Wayne had barely made it out of the Court of Owls' ancient labyrinth. Seeing how beaten down ...more
30 July 2013

If Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls had you Batgasm-ing and left you so excited that you were crossing off the days on your calendar until the release of Batman: The Night of the Owls, you may be in for a serious case of blue balls. With the names of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo emblazoned on the cover, one could mistakenly presume this volume would focus on their Court of Owls, the best Batman story arc ever written, in my humble opinion. Unbeknownst to me, this third volume is som
Mar 10, 2013 J rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The problem with a collection of tie-in issues is that it's just so uneven. Some add to the story, some don't. Some are well written, some aren't. Some have good art, some don't. It does give you a chance to take a peek at some issues of books you may not be reading. Having not read the conclusion of the Owls story in the second volume of BATMAN it's hard to say if reading this is absolutely necessary (it's probably not) but there are a couple of issues of the flagship included so if you want to ...more
Jason Jeansonne
Jul 28, 2013 Jason Jeansonne rated it really liked it
A collection of the tie in issues from the Court of the Owls Crossover in the main Batman title.

Batman 8-9 (5 out of 5) This is the thread of the Court of the owls story and is fantastic. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are at their best in these issues. This is just a snippet of the entire arc so you should really go back and read Batman issues 1-11 to get the whole story. It's the strongest of the titles from the new 52 and one of the greatest batman stories of all time

Batman Annual 1 (5 out of
Jun 07, 2013 Savindi rated it really liked it
Cover Gushing Worthiness: I admit that I didn't take much notice of this of cover. The covers of all three books have not impressed me, but the writing has and that’s what I appreciate more. Sure books with pretty covers will look nice on my bookshelves if I had enough room to keep them. But these three babies will be occupying my brother’s room and most likely his closet because he doesn't have enough room in his bedroom. So they'll be hidden in the shadows much like the Court of Owls (excuse t ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is the second Graphic Novel I've ever read (the first was Watchmen, which was awesome)and the first I've owned. This was a First Reads giveaway I won from I haven’t read the first installment “The Court of Owls” which concerned me at first that I wouldn't be able to figure out where the story was at and would have to go buy the first book just to get up to speed.

Luckily, there was a brief summary at the beginning that did a decent job of summing up the first book. Once past t
Aug 05, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best graphic novels I have read all year. The court of Owls story line has been the best New 52 reboot DC comics has done. I love the story and the characters are exactly what they should be. There aren’t drastic changes like in other books. Batman is still dark and foreboding, he refuses to give up no matter how beaten he is. The other thing I really liked about the characters is the fact that the relationships between the members of the Bat Family are pretty much the same. ...more
Edward Landis
Jun 15, 2015 Edward Landis rated it really liked it
This is a book my wife won as a first read giveaway. She doesn't read many comics, so I reviewing it in her stead.

Batman: The Night of the Owls is a crossover event within a larger Batman story arc. That story begins in The Court of the Owls and is resolved in The City of the Owls. In between, Batman is joined by other Gotham City crime fighters in a battle for the town that comprises the bulk of the action of this volume.
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I was pleasantly surprised by how well all the stories in this vo
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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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