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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237776
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Scott Snyder's "Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1" "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"

About the Author

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Mar. 2013
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I think the one star review that has been posted is very harsh and slightly unfair. I realize that if you have the city of owls collection then you're not getting much for your money, but if you understand what you're buying (look first) then this cannot be faulted. This second volume rounds off the story from volume one nicely, although I do think it is slightly less gripping. The story arch explaining the resurrection of the talons felt slightly rushed and I would have liked to have seen that expanded slightly. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is the previous volume had more 'extra features', such as draft art work, This contains the annual and variant covers, and maybe it's just me being greedy, but I would have liked slightly more in the way of extras.

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Great book, good story, Batman fans should purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clay R. Haase on 23 Oct. 2014
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That Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have made an incredibly good start in the Batman New 52 series is undoubtable after ‘Batman Vol #1: The Court of the Owls’. The story is continued in this volume, ‘Batman Vol #2: The City of Owls’; collecting issues #8-12 with backstories ‘Fall of the House of Wayne’ and Batman Annual #1. The story arc is finished in this volume, and it is as exciting as the first seven issues proved to be in an entirely gripping way.

Bruce Wayne, Batman, thought he knew Gotham City. The city he was born in, and the city that his parents died in. He came to know every street and alley in order to defeat and fight against the criminals plaguing the city, and felt he had mastered it. He couldn’t be any more wrong. Then entered the Court of Owls, an enemy existing since Gotham’s very beginnings with resources and connections so vast the Batman couldn’t quite fathom. Initially dismissing them as purely a myth, he pays the price for this heavily. After barely managing to pull it through the Dark Knight knows it’s time to fight them back. All whilst the Court knows of Batman’s weakness, who just recovered from days of torture on the Court’s maze, deciding to send out their entire army of Talon warriors to seize control once and for all.

If the beginning of this arc and first volume of the New 52 series was the Court fighting the Batman, in his volume it is the Batman that is fighting them back. ‘The City of Owls’ ties beautifully with volume 1, and in it many clues laid down by Scott Snyder start unraveling themselves and fully integrate with the events here in a way that was wonderful to read. After finishing ‘The Court of the Owls’ I could barely wait until I started this volume, and it didn’t disappoint at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristan McNamara on 2 Aug. 2014
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Just when you think you know everything about a character they go ahead and surprise you even further. A great end to the 'Court of Owls' story-arc with an added sense of mystery that is yet to be solved both on a personal and City level. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are on absolute top form here, great story telling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJSutherland86 on 22 Aug. 2014
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This story line is fantastic, Loved Vol 1. (Court of owls), so far my favourite batman story to date. The follow up doesn't disappoint. Won't say much else other than that. If you liked Court of owls, you'll love this too. Capullo is a terrific storyteller and is after Morrison's crown as far as I can tell! He may just get it if he keeps up books like this.
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By Nicola Mansfield on 6 Nov. 2013
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Holy Freaking Awesome, Batman!! Absolutely fantastic storyline that culminates the Court of Owls story arc but leaves it open-ended so that these bad guys could certainly return in the future. The surprise reveal of who the villain really is and the secrets unveiled about Bruce's past are an amazing addition to the Batman story. I just loved them! I'm sure everybody knows what they are by now but I won't say just in case :-) Totally, totally was glued to the pages for this entire book. Two things stuck out for me that seemed wrong though; first was an issue in the middle that featured Mr. Freeze as the bad guy with a cameo by the Penguin. It was fun to see Freeze, I really enjoyed the story but it seemed a bit odd stuck in there as the connection to the Owls was a bit forced. It made sense but it just seemed like they were sticking in some familiar villains just for the sake of it. The other was the last issue which features a new character, Harper Row, I didn't like it at all. I was bored to death with the story, Batman doesn't show up till near the end, there is a quick scene with an old villain, Tiger Shark, and one sentence referring to the Court of Owls. Obviously Harper is going to be someone in future issues (rumours abound she will be a new Robin! God, please! No!) or this lame introduction to her wouldn't have been featured. Art was totally awesome, even though a lot of artists are listed Capullo still does most of the work and it is brilliant, dark, gloomy and stunning. Can't wait to read the next collection which collects all the tie-in stories from the other DC Universe comics to get the final complete "Night of the Owls" story!
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By MattDoesReviews on 28 Mar. 2015
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The City of Owls picks up where Volume 1 left off, the Talons have been released onto Gotham and the Court of Owls are up to no good. It's a shame that the best fight scene is at the start of the book, Batman fights off Talons in the Bat Cave and even has to use some tech to get the upper hand. There is another fight at the conclusion of the story but it leaves something to be desired as there is no real end to the story, it just kind of stops...

But then something annoying happens. DC decided to lump two tie-ins with this story. So as soon as you've finished reading the actual story you wanted to read, which ends as a tease, you then get a story about Harper (she helped Batman in Volume 1) and one about Mr. Freeze. One goes on too long and the other is too short so the book ends on a bit of a dud.

So decent ending to the Owls story-line which leaves things open but then hangs about too long with two tie-ins which are worth a read once but you'll probably forget them within a day...
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