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Batman HC Vol 01 The Court Of Owls (Batman (DC Comics)) [Hardcover]

Greg Capullo , Jonathan Glapion , Scott Snyder
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9 May 2012 Batman (DC Comics) (Book 1)
Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on DETECTIVE COMICS, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) and a new beginning for BATMAN! In this hardcover collecting the first

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (9 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235413
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" "This is one of the best comics of the week." --"The New York Times"" " "[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"" " "Scott Snyder, already the company's greatest asset over the last four weeks, spins a stack of plates immediately.... Too often Batman comics focus heavily on the hero persona ... Snyder sets up equal amounts of conflict for both Wayne's public and private personas."--"Time Out Chicago" "A stunning debut.... Snyder knows these characters, sets up an intriguing mystery, and delivers some action that Capullo realizes stunningly. This is definitely in the top rank of the revamp.--"The Onion "AV Club "Hits all the right notes. I enjoyed the living hell out of this." - "io9" "Bruce Wayne is a badass. The end."--IGN, 9.5 Rating "A+.Incredible tone and enough twists, turns and character appearances to keep us hooked."--"UGO" "There's enough here, kept at a high enough level to make it interesting and viable across media and digestible enough for even the most novice DC Universe reader.... Score one for DC and score one for Snyder and Capullo in finding a new fan."--Comic Book Resources

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Scott Snyder is the bestselling and award-winning writer of "Batman, American Vampire" and "Swamp Thing" as well as the short story collection "Voodoo Heart. "He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman at some of his best! 3 July 2012
When DC announced that they were resetting ALL of their comic books back to issue 1 as of September 2011, the controversial idea was met with a lot of complaints. After all, some people interpreted the movement as an undoing of the 73-year-long legacy of some of DC's titles. Changes would be made to some of the long-loved characters, and the decision was - of course - a brave one.

For Batman, however, the movement seems to certainly have paid off. This debut edition collects Batman #1 to Batman #7, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, and begins a story that spreads throughout the Batman universe.

The plot is fantastic. The first issue does a fantastic job of reintroducing the character of Batman in a perfect way. Newcomers to Batman's comic books will quickly get to know the character and understand who he is and why he does what he does. In this way, if you're somebody who has seen the recent Batman films, and is looking for a way to "step into" the comic books, this particular book is PERFECT for you.

At the same time, the book doesn't patronise existing readers. In fact, it does quite the opposite; people who are familiar with Batman already will feel instantly rewarded by this look at a particular devastating part of his life. There is guarantee from the very first issue, that Bruce Wayne's life is soon going to be dramatically changed.

The story itself explores Batman's discovery of an undercover organisation that have been secretly running Gotham City for centuries. Long believed to be a myth or a nursery rhyme, Batman has trouble believing they could truly exist for a long time. That is, until he has a run-in with one of their trained assassins - called the Talon - sent to kill him as Bruce Wayne.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new story for the Batman 52 series 2 Dec 2013
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Owls are evil! That could be my whole review..

It was great reading a Batman comic after so long and reading a GREAT comic is an additional bonus. The writers do a great job of making this world and story fresh in the DC world. Also like any good comic your emotions go all over the place as the story progresses.

I don't want to give anything away (apart from the opening 3 words), but this is something you should definitely read, Batman fan or not.

4/5 stars.. thought it was great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, superb artwork 7 Sep 2014
This volume chronicles the first part of the Court of Owls storyline and is a superb opening half. Snyder's writing is wordy but still engaging and manages to still leave room for Capullo's art (which is breathtaking) Snyder's Batman also feels like a cross between the Animated series Batman and a slightly toned-down Miller Batman which is refreshing to read.
The story chronicles Batman's adventures as he investigates into a gruesome murder that may relate to a conspiracy almost as ancient as Gotham itself. That's all the detail I'm going to give on the story as it has some great twists and turns.
The villains themselves are an interesting addition to Batman's rogues gallery and are an interesting mirror to Batman and even show him that he might not know Gotham as well as he'd like to think.
The only gripe I have is with the volume itself as the artwork takes some amazing "turns" which don't work quite as well in this collected form however it is minor so I won't dock any points for it as the story is amazing and the artwork is breathtaking.
In conclusion Snyder and Capullo manage to keep Batman fresh and introduce an interesting new villain into his rogue's gallery which is no easy feat. If you pick up one book from the New 52, make it this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snyder & Capullo - The Best Bat-Writers Ever? 4 Feb 2014
By JayMadd
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I finished this one about three or four days ago and I'm glad I bought Vol 2 at the same time, because this is probably one of the greatest Batman story arcs ever written! The Owls storyline is something new and fresh in the Batman world, and couple that with guest appearances from Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin (both Damian Wayne and Tim Drake) and even Red Hood (yep, Jason Todd) - all in all, this book is absolutely awesome! A true gem for us bat-fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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- The story is amazing and the use of turning the pages fits so perfectly to the story and situation, Would highly recommend for any Batman comic reader!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 Dec 2013
By Ben
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Bought this with great expectations as I am a huge Batman fan. Let's just say that this graphic novel certainly lived up to my expectations. The storyline was brilliant and the art was outstanding. The book was perfect and I certainly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of purchasing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive from the start 3 Dec 2013
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Well written, beautifully drawn, brilliantly crafted. I didn't know what to expect from this reboot, but I can't praise it highly enough. Enjoyed every page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal? 27 July 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This story runs through issues #1-7 of the New 52 Batman comic, collected as Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52). It then continues through issues #8-12, and into Annual #1, all collected as Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52).

The story is pretty simple, as Batman discovers yet another secret society of Gotham’s high society, who are secretly controlling Gotham, from secret bases built in secret into some of the most famous buildings of Gotham, and kept secret until Batman uncovers their secret, and subsequently uncovers the secrets hidden in the history of the Wayne family, not to mention the secrets in the histories of the Grayson and Pennyworth families, and also discovers that the secret mastermind behind it all is the person we all assumed it would be as soon as we set eyes on him, and who turns out to be Bruce Wayne’s long lost secret [spoiler], though that is in the second volume, along with a revised and much creepier origin for Mr Freeze.

The Court of Owls also have a secret army of zombie ninjas, recruited from the cream of Gotham’s servants and entertainers, which they keep in suspended animation until required.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A great launch for Batman
Excellent! A great launch for Batman, and a must for any collection. However I hate the library binding, its just horrible and doesnt go with any of the Hardcovers in the New 52. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent
What a story.

The man usually striking fear into the heart of others is himself hunted and in fear for himself for once. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. B. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Probably one of my favourite comics, up there with death of the family and batman year one
Published 1 month ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New 52 comic series ever!!
Batman the court of owls is an amazing read. This is Scott Snyder at the top of his game. Batman has discovered a secret society called the court of owls and there leader talon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Dunphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Very good story with excellent artwork. Looking forward to reading the rest
Would highly recommended for all the Batman fans
Published 2 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Anyone who is a fan of Batman needs to read this book. Once you start you will need to buy the rest of the volumes for sure - there is ever an good intro for those who are new to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A new story for Gotham to contain!
Gotham look out, you have a new story to keep under your respectable utility belt. I strongly recommend this book, especially to fans of the character. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robert hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing comic experience.
After so many years of much knowledge about Batman, being a fan of Batman, and loving the character, I decided to take advantage of DC relaunching all their comics back to Issue... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tasnim karim
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read
I have only recently started reading these graphic novels and found the new 52 to be a great starting point. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cetrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff!!
Just when you thought Batman had the greatest rogue's gallery of all comic characters, Scott Snyder has created yet another one to add the list of greats. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kristan McNamara
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