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"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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : December 9, 2014
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- Print Length : 355 pages
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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. More of stand alone Talon issue)
BATWING #9 (begins the nightlong event)
BATMAN #8 (with the backup issue "The Call")
BATMAN & ROBIN #9
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9
DETECTIVE COMICS #9
BIRDS OF PREY #9
THE DARK KNIGHT #9
BATMAN ANNUAL #1
And finally, the backup stories from BATMAN #9-11 "Fall from the House of Wayne".
(Not included is JUSTICE LEAGUE #8, which has the Talons as cameos only.)
[Since it would far too much detail to go into every comic and possible spoilers that go with them, I will stick to the event itself and not so much to the individual characters or issues.]
NIGHT OF THE OWLS is one large, deep near 400-page event that is comparable to DC's own Blackest Night , in that much of the tie-ins are not essential (I'll repeat that: NOT ESSENTIAL) for the main story line of Snyder's Batman fighting the Court of Owls. This book is a compilation of all the tie-ins to the event aside Scott Snyders Batman #8 and #9 which are vital and important and I will not go into Batman issues 8 and 9 because they great, but I will review them properly in BATMAN VOLUME 2: CITY OF OWLS. I want to stick to this book and the tie-ins.
NIGHT OF THE OWLS is to give more scope to what the Court of Owls has on the Bat Universe. The event itself is well drawn and well written for the most part, with the key thing here is made around a good sense of uniformity among the issues collected. There is some overlapping of issues with one another that actually offer the illusion of one ongoing story here. Batman & Robin follows Batman #8 very well, as does Batman #9, Detective Comics #9, and The Dark Knight #9 in a weird way. And even Red Hood #9 flows well with Batgirl #9. This makes the event feel semi-cohesive, where it entertains readers to follow along. DC could of simply went with the quick answer with the tie-ins and not given any uniformity, but it would of made the event a jumbled mess. Thankfully, it's handled well and better so by DC collecting the issues in order of the time frame during the event, as well as collecting pretty much all of the event (aside from Justice League #8). So overall, big kudos there.
Without going too much in character details or spoilers, each issue has a Bat-member fighting off a Talon. Now this can repetitive and predicable, but thankfully, each writer handles their respected tie-ins fairly well and use the event to give more insight on the Talons and even main characters(more so then others). Batgirl fights a lady Talon who actually almost kills her yet saves her life because of certain personal reasons. Jason Todd finds an odd connection to his Talon in that both have died and have come back to life. Detective Comics give more insight on Arkham Asylum and a past Batman rouge gets introduced in the New 52. Catwoman gives us a good look at here complex hero/rouge persona. Nightwing goes over his connection to possibly being the next Talon and his family history, as well as the definition of the name "Grayson". And DARK KNIGHT #9 gives us a look from one of the Talons perspective. All of these issues further the event by giving the Talons more insight by making them more 2-dimensional and/or making the hero give more insight.
Now the bad. Although I will give the review 4 stars, I actually am giving this book a 3 ½ star review, because Amazon doesn't allow half stars and I want to explain a few of those reasons. First of all, like I mentioned, this is repetitious and predictable. All of the issues have a Bat-member fighting a Talon and it usually ends with each one of them beating their Talon opponent. Second, beyond the listed issues where some Bat-members change up the way and significance to fighting their Talon, some other members are just more straightforward about it and aren't quite as interesting. Batwing, Batman & Robin, Birds of Prey, and All Star Western are examples of this. Although the following 4 issues are good in their respected rights, they just don't offer quite enough differential meanings compared to the other issues.
Some of the tie-ins are a bit lackluster and are questionable why they are here and how they are affiliated with this event. All Star Western has a Talon appear for 5 or 6 pages of the 22 page issue and the fact it takes place in the 1880s, where you wonder why it even was included in the first place. Catwoman and the Batman Annual feel awkward because the Batman Annual offers no time frame as to when it happens, as if it never took place during the event. And Catwoman makes no reference to the event at all. This does go to show the tie-ins work better in their own character series, as All Star Western for example, may not have anything to do with Night of the Owls event, but it makes perfect sense if you've been reading All Star Western leading up to that point (and as someone who is reading All Star Western, it makes perfect sense it it's own series, but not here).
And finally, the "Fall of the House of Wayne" backups from Batman issues 9-11. I'm glad DC collected as much Snyder material as it can for this book, but I'm highly in question why they included it. These backups leave plot holes because Batman issue 10 and 11 are not included, and they give away major plot points for those same issues. Seriously, the backups included just about give away the endings for Batman issues 10 and 11, so whatever you do, do not read "Fall of the House of Wayne" until you've read BATMAN VOLUME 2: CITY OF OWLS. Repeat: Do not read the backups at the end of the book until Batman volume 2.
And my last flaw is the collection itself. Again, aside from Batman #8 and #9 which are vital...most of the tie-ins, as good as they are, are NOT ESSENTIAL. If you wish to stick to just Scott Snyders main story line of Batman, just pass on this book and pick up volume 2.And even more, if you buy this book, you will still not complete Scott Snyders story arc until issues 10 and 11 collected in BATMAN VOLUME 2: CITY OF OWLS. This is the part that might really make people mad because BATMAN #8, 9, and the Annual are included here in this book and in volume 2, so people who buy this will be forced to buy volume 2 to end the story arc and you are paying money only getting issues 10-12. I wish DC would have put Batman issues 10-12 in this book and upped the price to $34.99 or $39.99. This way, people would be able to get all of the tie-ins and all of Snyders story arc in one book, and if people didn't want the tin-ins, just stick to Batman volume 2. So be careful in how you spend your money.
BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS is one epic book that adds scope to the Court of Owls, good to great writing and art, pretty much collects all of the Night of the Owls ties-ins, properly puts the order of reading correctly, and for almost 400 pages in a lovely hardcover...this has its strong merits. But it can be repetitive and predicable, the tie-ins are not essential for the cost, some stories are better then others, the backup issues in the very end kill the surprise for BATMAN #11, and your forced to buy BATMAN VOLUME 2: CITY OF OWLS just to get issues #10-12 and finish Snyder's story arc. There is a lot to like here and there is a lot to hate here, as well. So please review everything I mentioned before buying and decide for yourself if it is worth the cost, which is why I give this book a 3 ½ rating considering all details, but I will be nice and round the number to 4 stars. Until then Bat-fans, I'll see you next month for the full review and completion of Snyder's arc in Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) .
It’s surprising how much background we got regarding the Talon assassins. I ended up really enjoying the narrative deep dives with the heroes and assassins. Dick Grayson’s was one of the most interesting ones and I’m glad we had some Batman intersect here too. Tangential to this review: Black Mirrors story has weirdly stuck with me and I wish there was more of Dick Grayson in this whole storyline versus Bruce and the Waynes. It does feel like there’s another version of this story where New 52 didn’t happen and Dick Grayson continued to take up the mantle of Batman into this storyline.
At the end of the day, the part that knocked off a star for me was largely the back and forth of the story. Like most comic cross overs, the pacing and editing is choppy and inconsistent. There’s timing overlaps, rewinds, flashforwards that feel awkward due to the issues compensating for readers who are reading month to month versus this collected volume.
1. Batman: The Court of Owls
2. Batman: Night of the Owls
3. Batman: The City of Owls
Overall, you get a medley of stories that are connected somewhat by the events of this single night but in no way mesh together like that of a cohesive story. The book starts off on a bad foot with All-Star Western and the lack of a true Court of Owls story, but more of a cameo. Unless you have been reading the All-Star Western storyline, you'll be very confused. It then moves between the events in the Batman title and the little one-off events of all the different characters fighting a unique Talon and the story behind each Talon. Nightwing's story seems the most involved and interesting while ones like the Birds of Prey or Batwing just seem boring. Even the rest are just ho-hum nothing-special stories. On top of that, almost all of them involve a single scene where Alfred is sitting at a computer warning the members of the Bat-family of the events and while all of them got the speech right, Alfred's actual settings are extremely inconsistent. The newly-changed back story to Mr. Freeze is extremely disappointing and the inclusion of the backup stories to Batman #9-11 and not the actual issues leaves more of the story to be had. You basically still have to buy the Batman hardcovers to understand the complete story; even with this supposedly complete book. The art on the majority of the stories here is good with Batman taking the cake and the stories all work okay but only the Batman titles make up the really interesting parts. Overall, if you're already buying the trades, this book is of no use to you. Even the extras like textless covers and Talon concept art isn't worth the price unless you aren't getting the story anywhere else. They should have either included more into this, or just not made this book at all but as it stands, it doesn't quite work as intended.
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The comic also contains a large chunk of City of Owls so if you are reading this right after that you might find yourself a bit frustrated since although a lot of this is a reprint from Batman, it doesn't give you the full story. So it can feel a bit cynical.
It is however a great taster for the wider range of comics set in Gotham and if you are wanting to expand your comic tastes this should give you a good idea of what you are wanting to move on to or avoid.
If you don't get any of this series you are missing some very good entertaining Reading and it's Batman.......
who doesn't want to read about Batman ?