Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls ~ Scott Snyder

  • Title: Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls
  • Author: Scott Snyder
  • Artists:  Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Fabok, Becky Cloonan, Andy Clarke, Sandu Florea, & James Tynion IV
  • Series: Batman Vol. II #2
  • Genre: Graphic novel
  • Format: Hardback
  • Source: Review copy from DC Comics
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Description:  “Night of the Owls” continues here!

Batman must stop the Talons that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life … and Gotham City!

In the backup story, learn more about the Pennyworth family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family!

Collects Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1.

Review:  Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls picks up the delicious darkness right where Vol. 1: The Court of Owls left off. While I am still a newbie to the world of adventure comics, I am once again shocked, yet pleased, at the depth of the writing Scott Snyder is able to achieve within this graphic novel.

The stories compiled in this graphic novel did not follow as linear of a plot arc as Vol. 1. At first, this threw me a little, seeming a little disjointed. Upon further consideration of the comic book format, I realize that these episodes play a useful role in the telling of the overall Batman story. Specifically, the First Snow episode both fills in the back story of Mr. Freeze and explains the cryogenic technology used in the primary plot surrounding the Owls. The Ghost in the Machine Episode seems to take a left turn, but I realize it it’s purpose must serve to introduce a subplot and a couple of very interesting character, Harper Row.

The primary plot line of Batman versus the Talons did not skimp on the action and adventure. The urgency that nSyder built during Attack on Wayne manor was awesome. The story also does a good job of shifting between relevant flashbacks to the past and the tension and drama unfolding in the present. And then there is the small detail of a potential bombshell . . . What? You certainly don’t think I’m going to give it away do you?

While the writing is this backbone that breathes life into Batman, no graphic novel can tell its story without the artwork. I found it interesting that there were different artists for different episodes within this graphic novels. I enjoyed all of the artwork, but my favorite was that of Greg Capullo. I think I may be developing a bit of a geek crush on that one.

Here is a list of my top images from Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls:

Favorite Splash Page: Capullo’s Night of the Owls – the red-tinted reflection of the talons shown within the visor of the outlined armored Batsuit is combined with blood drenched silhouette of Wane Manor captures the sinister nature of the battle unfolding

Favorite Frames:

  • The full-page panel of Bruce sillhetted in a night window, contemplating his diorama of Gotham City from the Attack on Wayne Manor episode
  •  The close crop of Batman’s fiercely determined, stubbled face in Night of Owls framed against a night sky dotted with bats
  • The almost full-page borderless panel in First Snow where Batman has just crashed into the lab and is poised for battle with his left hand smoldering
  • The close-crop of Lincoln Marches glowing owls eyes at the bottom of page 2 in My Brother’s Keeper

Looking forward to Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family.

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