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Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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“[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.”
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...But Batman has had enough.
Finally, the wait if over. Snyder and Capullo's volume 2 of the conclusion to the Court of Owls story comes full-speed ahead that is equal parts gripping and powerful, yet eerily familiar to Pre-52 fans.
BATMAN VOL.2: CITY OF OWLS collects issues #8-12 with back stories "Fall of the House of Wayne" and BATMAN ANNUAL #1. Bruce Wayne has just starting to recover from days of torture in the Court's maze, to which suddenly the Courts Talons make a direct attack on the Wayne mansion. The ferocity of numerous Talons push Bruce to the point that he has had enough of owls and the Court and dons the Batman persona to finally put an end to the Court, by taking the battle back at them where it hurts.
I will not give out any more info because there would be spoilers aplenty, but let's clear some stuff first.Read more ›
So if this is such a great read, why four stars? In another review, Anarchy in the US nailed it when he likened the Talons to bullies. They get chatty and lose some of the allure and mystique that Court of Owls provided. Another squabble that I have concerns a certain revelation. Not the revelation itself, but the person behind it. If the Talons were chatty, then this person would talk your ear off. Another issue was abrupt change of pace between issues #11, #12 and the Annual. There's a case to be made with the inclusion of issue #12. Not only does it come after the conclusion to the Court of Owls arc, but it also provides clarity on Row's brief appearance in #7, so it ends up being a useful and beneficial tie-in. Personally, I read the Annual after I finished the rest of the novel, but not doing so will probably throw readers off if read in the order this novel provides.Read more ›
Bruce Wayne thought he knew Gotham City. The city he was born in. The city his parents died in. The city he became the Batman in. As the Batman he had to understand his city, know every nook and cranny in order to defeat the criminal element. Bruce felt he had that mastered. He was wrong. Enter the Court of Owls. Bruce dismissed them as just a myth but he was so wrong. They educated him on that and showed him just how much Gotham is their city. But now that the Bat knows of them and has suffered at their hands it's time to take the fight to them.
Let me first start off by saying what a great time it is to be a Batman fan. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo follow up the first volume in heart pounding fashion as they continue to prove they are one of the best writer/artist duos working in comics today. Wow!
Issue eight has Bruce licking his wounds back at Wayne manor with trusty Alfred by his side. They are hit and hit hard by an assault from the Court by their warrior class, the Talon's. It unfolds in great pulse pounding fashion a credit to writer and artist here as both men are forced into hiding in the Batcave. The backup feature follows appropriately here, co-written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, in which Bruce "suits up" to deal with the Talons as Alfred sends a distress call out to the other vigilantes of Gotham and members of the Bat-Family leading into Night of the Owls, a tie-in event that takes place across the various other Bat titles but you get the main story and all that is really important here.
Issue nine is the dark knight triumphant! Batman fights back in such brutality amazingly drawn by Capullo.Read more ›
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My infatuation with comics started back as a teen in the sixties and as the decades have passed I find that the occasional continuity altering event, which can really stimulate... Read morePublished 5 days ago by RT Brown
Batman fights a bunch of owls in this book. It was a stark departure for his usual antics which involve fighting humans. Interesting read though.Published 9 days ago by Zach Levin
Bought as a present for my boyfriend who loves comics. He loved it..good read he said. Binded nicely.Published 19 days ago by Taylor
Amazing, great, perfect writing, art and colors. So good. Great condition.Published 24 days ago by Dejabeemo
Love the story and the art. What else can be said about this classic that hasn't been said? If you like Batman and haven't read this, do yourself a favor and get it ASAP.Published 25 days ago by Cecelia
A great conclusion to the Court of Owls story arc. I did feel initially, that his battle with the Talons did seem rushed, but the revalation of the mastermind behind the court blew... Read morePublished 28 days ago by paul noles