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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237738
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Batman’s newest and spookiest villain, the Court of Owls, is back and on the hunt in this collection from various Batman titles. The Talons, assassins from the Court of Owls, have emerged from their cold, death-like slumber and are simultaneously targeting Gotham’s elite citizens and leaders all over the city, and it’s going to take the whole Batfamily to defeat them. On a single night, Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, and others answer the call to protect Gotham and battle Talons citywide. By design, the multiple story lines jostle for attention and the introduction of new characters can be disorienting, but each entry adds some much-needed backstory to the enigmatic and powerful Court of Owls. A wide range of artists have a hand in this collection, but the standout is Capullo’s gritty and cinematic depiction of fight scenes and set pieces alike. Readers loyal to a particular Batman brand might prefer a single-series collection, but those seeking out anything Gotham-related will devour the rich history of the city and its hidden, lurking menace. --Sarah Hunter

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PRAISE FOR DC COMICSTHE NEW 52 BATMAN TITLES:

"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

"[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

"Brilliant.... This is a modernization of Silver Age optimism replacing camp with today's dialogue expectations of introspection and smart wit.... Pure comic gold."—Ain't It Cool News

More About the Author

Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley.

Customer Reviews

To all comic book fans and novices, I highly recommend this products.
RJ
I was disappointed to find that this collection reads as a cobbled together patchwork of issues from other story lines with very little cohesion throughout.
Hw
There's just a bit of a feeling of "too much" when reading the stories collected in this volume.
Craig Larson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on February 19, 2013
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If you are reading this article, you probably read Scott Snyder's Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) by now. If you haven't, leave this page now and read that book beforehand as recommended ASAP, then come back, because this opening paragraph has spoilers if you haven't yet. If you have read it, then you are caught up and I'm sure you're dying to see what comes next in Snyder's grand scheme of things for Batman and his fight with the Court of Owls, which ended on a cliffhanger in BATMAN #7. Batman is severely hurt and slowly recovering with his discovery of the Court and its Talon assassin, as well finding out the secret of the Talons past and weaknesses. But the Court knows Batman is weak and it means the best time to strike the heart of Gotham while they can, so they send all of their Talon warriors to kill all of Gotham's major figure heads in one fell swoop in one night.

This where the beginning of BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS story begins, which has Bruce Wayne is getting home and starting to recover from days of torture in the Courts maze, the Talons break into Bruce's home and Alfred puts a distress call to all members of the Bat-family in BATMAN #8 to come to Gotham and help quell the invasion, which carries over in the various tie-ins collected here.

To start with, this event is collected in order of time. The event takes place in certain times in one night, with a clock timer on opening pages of each issue to show the time frame for each member gets attacked. The collection is running order as follows:

ALL STAR WESTERN #9 (takes place in 1880's.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T S on September 11, 2013
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This is middle part of the owls story from the comics (as the title shows). If you start with this book, you will be lost. The order to read this in is:
1. Batman: The Court of Owls
2. Batman: Night of the Owls
3. Batman: The City of Owls
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Elder on December 13, 2013
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Just an FYI. This states that it collects Batman issues #8-11. This is wrong. The main Batman story stops at a critical point (to avoid spoilers for those that haven't read this) and then follows other characters, followed by a jump to the end after everything has been "resolved". It is a very interesting book, but if you are looking for the actual volumes of Batman immediately following "Court of the Owls" and before "Death of the Family" then do not buy this one. Go and buy "City of the Owls" instead. I purchased this one because it said that it had Batman #8-11. Instead it is #8-9. Very VERY disappointed about that.

With that said, this is still a good buy if you are interested in stories of Nightwing, Robin, Red Robin, and others as they fight the Talons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E. Haynes on December 11, 2013
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A number of reviews have said this book is inessential to the sequence that begins with "Court of Owls." Correct, but I'd go further. Although there's some fun stuff here, it's a real momentum killer, filled with repetitive, finally dull, iterations of the same basic action sequence, and containing a couple of issues that overlap with the essential "City of Owls." If you desperately need a Batman fix, there are pleasures amid the dross - but save this until after you've read the pure Snyder stuff. Snyder is a novelist; if you read his books in sequence, from "Court of Owls" to "City of Owls" to "Batman: Death of the Family" (to say nothing of the unconnected but still essential "Black Mirror"), you'll find this thrilling. If you interject "Night of the Owls" between "Court" and "City," you'll find the series intermittently brilliant, hindered by a fatuous middle section. If you're interested in Batman, you should read the three Snyder volumes - he can be a great writer, and, if he doesn't change the terms of the Batman universe like Neal Adams, Alan Moore, Loeb, and Grant Morrison did/have, he belongs in this exalted company nonetheless. In fact, he might be the only one of this group who can write a mystery that's mysterious and a horror story that's horrifying - and he really gets Batman. In short - you won't regret this book, probably. Just don't read it in sequence, or you'll dilute the effect of Snyder's almost perfect graphic novel.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dan Meehan on February 27, 2013
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A tragedy, really. They left out the climax of the story! This wouldn't be so bad if they didn't flash to a time later on than the end, revealing some major plot points! I would definitely recommend buying the separate volumes (Court of Owls and City of Owls) just so you don't lose the cohesion of the story, which is excellent. If, on the other hand, you enjoy stuttering retellings of great stories, like having major plot points left unresolved, and the thought of summing up the climax of the story after the fact with no context makes you giddy, go ahead and get this!

Edit: After a little investigating I figure out what the deal was. Just so everyone knows, this collects the tie-ins for the Night of Owls only. If you want the actual story, go get the Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) and Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52), which I don't think are currently available. Why on earth you'd make all the tie-ins available before the actual story and why you'd call it "Batman Night of the Owls" when it is actually a collection (not even complete, I think it misses a few Nightwings and Old Westerns) of tie-ins is just beyond me.
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