The Court of Owls

Snyder, Scott

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Court of Owls
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.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401235413
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Capullo, Greg
Glapion, Jonathan


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Jan 02, 2015
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't think there was a single thing about this New 52 relaunch that I didn't absolutely love. Best comics compilation from any publisher that I read in 2014.

Oct 30, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

That was something else. Holy insanity and awesome, Batman. This is a fantastic volume in every single way. You have Batman fighting a nemesis like he has met before - which is a tagline to basically every Batman comic ever - but this group is really like nothing else. The Court of Owls has been hiding in plain sight since the founding of Gotham and its nest and eggs are found in the most unlikely and safe seeming places. The story is gripping, the art is absolutely stunning and horrific and the orientation of the book and panels are even a work in of themselves at Batman gets deeper and deeper into this mystery.

If you've been holding off on New 52 for some reason, I really urge you to reconsider.

Aug 23, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gotham city legends, the Court of Owls seeks to destroy Batman and all he holds dear, including his vision for a better Gotham. The first volume of the new 52 reflects on the past while striding for a bold new future. For those not up-to-date on, and those new to Batman, the author kindly includes a panel explaining the current who's who in the Bat family. Batman is suave, and self-assured, but his encounter with the Talon of the Court nearly breaks him. As he approaches death, his mind warps so much that the layout flips and images become delusional, yet metaphorical. Mystery surrounds the identity and purpose of the Court, only one thing is for sure, they are absolutely set against change. This is a grittier, finely detailed, and more vicious style for Batman, suitable for its psychological aspects, and dive into the unknown past. Reds stain the darker colours crimson. Never has there been as much hope for this corrupted city as now. Batman finally strives forward, and many in Gotham want this brighter future too. Only thing is, it is gripped tight in the talons of the past.

May 11, 2013
  • duane767 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't think the Batman title has enjoyed such an overall level of quality since Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee did "Hush." I know when a book is good that after I have borrowed and read it I want to own a copy. Looking forward to reading the second half of this story arc!


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