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on September 11, 2013
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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on February 19, 2013
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. More of stand alone Talon issue)
BATWING #9 (begins the nightlong event)
BATMAN #8 (with the backup issue "The Call")
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).
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on September 4, 2013
I bought Court of Owls vol 1 & City of Owls vol 2 and assumed this would fill in some back story with other characters, as it advertises. I also assumed with would primarily be a Batman collection. 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. DC should have done a better job describing this collection (what it is isn't bad, but it is not what I thought I was purchasing). And there were only a few actual Batman issues, issues which happen to already be included in hype two titles I mentioned above, so I found myself having to skip forward dozens of pages for fresh content.

Finally, while there were some gems of individual issues in this collection, many of them aren't memorable or high quality, in story or artwork.

All in all, I'm returning this collection: I hope more care is taken in describing the contents of DC collections.
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on March 11, 2013
At over 360 pages, this tie-in event covers many of the Bat-titles in the Court of Owls event. The book starts with All-Star Western #9 in which a Talon from the Court of Owls is engaged by Jonah Hex. Following that, in Batwing #9 and Batgirl #9, both Batwing and Batgirl encounter Talons, the assassins of the Court, in their attempts to take down some of Gotham's most powerful people. Following that, Batman #8 starts off the main attack with Alfred's call to the Bat family for stopping the Court of Owls from executing a large list of Gotham's main brokers and leaders, including Bruce Wayne himself! Batman and Robin #9, Nightwing #8, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 continue the story by fighting off some of the Talon attackers and the Red hood even has to protect one of Gotham's most cold-hearted villains! Batman #9, Detective Comics #9, Birds of Prey #9, Nightwing #9, and the Dark Knight #9 all take on more Talons as the city is overrun and Bruce is barely able to escape the initial attack and move on to save some of the leaders. The Batman Annual #1 sees the New 52 proper introduction of Mr. Freeze and Catwoman #9 sees more Talon history and, even further, the backup stories from Batman #9-11 brings forth new light on Alfred's family and involvement.

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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on May 7, 2017
Happy with my Purchase. I like the story line in this series. great artwork. i would recommend to anyone that likes the Bat.
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on May 9, 2013
What is the point of this book? It collects issue 9 of all other series. I thought that second volume of other books would be without this issue. But, now that the second volumes of these books are released, I can see that this is not the case. In other words, if you buy this book you will have all issue 9 collected in one book (and some irrelevant). If you do not purchase other series (which I believe is rarity) you will have duplicates, as I do now... I give one star for this, really disappointing. Now, if you do not buy other series, this book has its ups and downs. The artwork and story are generally very good, but very much depends on the series the issue is from. Four stars from me for the quality of artwork and storyline.
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on February 18, 2014
The Court of Owls story-line is pretty good however this adds a lot of unnecessary stories that make the plot drag. This isn't really a bad collection but its only for people who absolutely loved the main batman plot and want a little extra. I think the biggest problem with this crossover is it crosses over too much, you get a few good stories but the majority of them are mediocre to bad. after a wile they start to feel really redundant. I think the best way to read this would be to finish the main plot (batman vol 1 and 2) then come to this for some neat extra stuff. But if you read it the way I did (batman vol 1, night of the owls, then vol 2) I think you will find it loses a lot of the momentum built from the first volume.
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on March 24, 2013
After Scott Snyder created the brilliant Court of Owls he has also co-created this book and also about to release the second chapter of this story (City of Owls), and dropping another creation called Talon this fall! Stays busy but they are all a good buy! This book is not necessarily an installment of the Court of Owls trilogy. It is simply another storyline telling us as readers how the Court was established, and how it is effecting everyone within the Batman Inc. It also never really sticks to one particular character, because its showing us the past and present of each hero and their families background. So, if you are a fan of the Court of Owls and plan on reading City of Owls this book is well worth the money! It's twice as thick as the court book! Good informational read, lots and lots of characters! I give it 4.2/5 stars
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on April 12, 2014
I read every title on youtube (you can too by the way) that spanned the Court of owls event a few years back and the nostalgia made me think I'd appreciate it, but I was wrong. My memory was still too fresh and I didn't even bother too much. I'm lucky to have gotten it during one of the best sales ever( Batman vol 1 was going for 50 cents!). I really don't regret it but the book is just plain unneccesary cause Batman vol2 pretty much has everything you're gonna need. Don't buy it children its in ya local library, trust me, if not get on it and tell 'em to get it.
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on September 26, 2013
The whole story about the court of the Owlwolf is a nice idea when it's being told by the creator, Mark Miller. But when it's being told by another writer(s) like in this book, it becomes boring and it seems to drag a lot. It really gives very little content to the overall story, it just seems like they could've told the stories in the second book of Batman (like an overview) rather than making a whole entire book about it.

Just skip it, and read the second volume of Batman.
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