Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls ~ Scott Snyder

  • Title: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
  • Author: Scott Snyder
  • Artists:  Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
  • Series: Batman Vol. II #1
  • Genre: Graphic novel
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight as with the relaunch of Batman, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52!

After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?

Collects issues #1-7 of Batman.

Review:  Until recently, my only experience with graphic novels came as a young girl. I remember an uncle who had quite the collection. When we would visit I would make my through some of his collection gravitating toward those titles that would appeal to a very young girl – think cartoon rather than action/adventure. Even though I clearly have a strong preference for movies based on comic books, it never occurred to me to acquire an interest in graphic novels. That all changed when I noticed that some of my favorite urban fantasy series started publishing graphic novel companions, which now has me browsing and purchasing from that section of the book store and growing ever more interested . . . as if I was not already geeky enough.

Skip forward to a couple of weeks ago when I won a Good Reads first reads copy Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls from the New 52 of DC Comics. Batman has long been one of my favorite super hero characters. His darkness speaks to my darkness, what can I say. I was so excited when I got the notice that it was in the mail that I gave a big girl squeal and then rushed right out and purchased Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls. (Well, I could hardly start at Volume 2, could I?).

My understanding of The New 52 is that DC Comics basically scrapped their entire line of comics, then picked 52 titles to move forward and reboot. This is part of a big effort to make them more appealing to younger, newer readers. I may not fit into the younger category, but score 1 new reader for DC Comics – strategy successful!

I tried my best to savor Court of Owls, my first Batman graphic novel, but I just could not hold myself back. The story was very well-written, entertaining and deliciously dark. I was actually surprised at the depth of the story for a graphic novel. Perhaps I was able to perceive this depth due to my history with the Batman lore through the cinema?

Knowing what I do about the New 52, I was kind of impressed at how they made this transition with the Batman series. The opening features a montage of the classic characters and villains to kind of establish that they are there. I admit to not being able to identify all of them, but hey, I have Google, right? And the Robin/Nightwing transition? I need to figure that one out, as well. I am hoping some details are filled in my the story in future volumes. Once past these basics, the new storyline began to unfold, telling a tale of conspiracy that ties the present to the past (how very Batman!)

The artwork was completely awesome. I am sure that some hard core Bataficionado might critique it in comparison with past version, but I have no such hang-ups. Clean-slate, here. I especially loved the chapter cover images (Is that what they are), in particular the one for chapter 3. Simply awesome.

Will I be at loyal Batfan from here on out? That remains to be seen. Will I be stalking the shelves for Volume 3 as soon as I finish my newly arrived Volume 2? You betcha!


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