Batman

Batman

Volume 2, The City of Owls

Comic Book - 2013
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A New York Times #1 Bestseller!

For over a century, the Court of Owls has ruled Gotham City in secret - their reach inescapable, their power unstoppable.

Until they battled the Batman.

Gotham's vigilante protector managed to escape the talons of the Court with his mind and body barely intact. The Dark Knight managed to win the battle with his deadly new aggresors, but certainly not the war. Batman was just the first part of their conquest. Now they have their sights set on something much bigger: Gotham City.

A critical and commercial smash, BATMAN: THE CITY OF OWLS (collecting BATMAN 8-12 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1) continues the instant-classic saga of the Dark Knight's battle with Gotham City's oldest and darkest forces from the #1 New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn), plus an array of talented guest contributors!




From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2013
ISBN: 9781401237783
1401237789
9781401237776
1401237770
Branch Call Number: GN Snyd vol. 2
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: City of Owls

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thelittleblackbird
Nov 23, 2016

To me, a disappointing ending to the Court of Owls. Still great writing and good artwork. What I found more interesting was the backstory for Harper, great stuff! And the Freeze story was pretty interesting too.

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rswcove
Nov 09, 2015

Scott Snyder is like a really great college cover band. He knows how to play the music of others really well, but when he tries to put it together it doesn't work, because all he's doing is taking the 'cool parts' and mushing them together. The story isn't helped by Greg Capullo laying down beautiful art that is frequently incomprehensible with a sense of flow that seems to assault the reader. Capullo further complicates matters by making all of the Batman family so young that it's ridiculous. Dick Grayson has in his early to mid 20s, and yet here is drawn as though he's maybe 17. Bruce Wayne looks as though he's still a few years shy of 30, and is far too young to have established the kind of reputation the comic Batman needs to have. Now I know this is New 52 and everything is supposed to be newer, so maybe the fault there lies with DC Comics and their current editorial direction, but it was jarring nonetheless. The Court of Owls is a cool idea that never works. The reveal of Owlman as a figure from Bruce's past who may or may not be the real thing is stolen so blatantly from Grant Morrison's Batman R.I.P. arc that I assume it was intentional. I imagine some suit in DC Comics told Snyder, "Hey, this worked last time. Do it again. And why don't you use Owlman from Morrison's Earth-2 story arc. Just weld him in there. He's a cool character and Morrison's Batman stuff always sells. So yeah, just do a Grant Morrison story without Grant. He's expensive now."

The whole thing works exactly as well as you'd expect. It feels like somebody stitched together a bunch of movie trailers and called it a coherent story, but it isn't.

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BrianLaBelle
Mar 01, 2014

One volume wasn't enough to peel back all the layers of the onion that is the Court of Owls so the story here is wrapping up what happened after volume 1. The middle of this volume also ties into "Batman: Night of the Owls" which looks at what happened to all of Batman's allies the night the Court unleashed their Talons on Gotham City. It all wraps up here, excellent work.

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temp123987
Feb 23, 2014

Based on volume 1, I had high expectations. These did not come about.

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TAYALLEN19
Jan 09, 2014

A really great continuation of Vol. 1!

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wolfie250
Aug 31, 2013

I think this was better than volume one because it was already in the middle of the story. This one gives more information about the characters and secrets. If you have read the first one pick up this one fast.

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Keogh
Jul 27, 2013

The concluding chapters of the court of owls storyline in the Batbooks. Bruce Wayne finds himself tangling with the machinations of the Court both at home and in the city, leading him directly to his enemy and to someone with a startling claim about the past. For the most part, the story works very well, particularly in the first half of the collection. Some of the art in the second half lacks the clarity and precision of the first half, but that sort of thing happens when you have multiple artists turning up on a book.

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Purple_Beast_2
Jun 28, 2013

Personally I thought Volume 1 was more enjoyable because Batman goes all ninja after he is basically dead. I did think the twist at the end of this one about Batman's brother was interesting. I also enjoyed how they portrayed the death of Jarvis Pennyworth.

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JEarl
May 02, 2013

If you liked part one then you'll LOVE this! Could not stop reading this new 52 part two!! Plot twists that you won't see coming and secrets, secrets and more secrets....did you hear about Dick Graysons ancestor? Well go get the novel. Find out who that girl was that 'jumpstarted' Batman... oh you forgot about her huh?? History of the Waynes and the Pennyworths. You might even meet Batmans brother(?). I hope they keep'em coming. 5/5 stars.

EbonyNicole Apr 19, 2013

This Batman Novel was great and I really can't wait to read more!

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shazibking123 Jul 08, 2013

Beware the court of owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send the talon for your head.

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