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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bat-Family crossover with a missing climax
This is a collection of the crossover-issues featuring the fight with the Court of Owls, who made their appearance in Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52), and met their fate in Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52). In that latter volume, the Court of Owls unleashed their army of zombie ninjas on Gotham, hitting Wayne Manor and the Batcave with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reprint, or possibly preprint
I collect Batman graphic novels and some titles related to them, so I bought this. It's good, but it prints stuff in the other Batman continuities, so if you buy this and, say Batman:City of Owls or Batgirl or Nightwing, you'll have the stories twice. I don't collect Jonah Hex or Red Hood, but the stories from there weren't all that good anyway, and certainly weren't...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bat-Family crossover with a missing climax, 29 Dec 2013
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No More Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a collection of the crossover-issues featuring the fight with the Court of Owls, who made their appearance in Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52), and met their fate in Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52). In that latter volume, the Court of Owls unleashed their army of zombie ninjas on Gotham, hitting Wayne Manor and the Batcave with one force, while another went off to assassinate the City's top officials. This volume collects All Star Western #9, Batman #8-11, Batman Annual #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Detective Comics #9, Batgirl #9, Batwing #9, Birds of prey #9, Nightwing #8 & #9, Batman & Robin #9, Catwoman #9, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #9. The only thing missing is Batman #12, which is the climax to the Court of Owls story, so you'll still have to read the City of Owls collection for closure. I read library copies of both, so check out your local library and let your taxes work for you. Some of the stories collected here, such as All Star Western, give us historical background of the Court of Owls, though most are directly related to the big battle raging throughout the city during the Night of the Owls storyline. Some are `filler' stories, some, like the Nightwing issues, are an integral part of the deep background this story is trying to establish for the New 52 Batman family. If you have been reading the Owl storyline in the Batman comic, then you will want to read this in order to fill in some gaps in the main collection - gaps I didn't even notice until I read this!

My only complaint is that they missed out batman #12, but then, if they'd included it, they'd have to explain who the main character was, as he was introduced in the Court of Owls collection...

My other quibble is the scene set in Gotham in 1664, since, if Gotham is even loosely based on New York, it wasn't acquired from the Dutch until the peace treaty of 1666. And the locals wouldn't have referred to `British' soldiers, as they themselves would have been `British'. And it is unlikely there'd be British soldier in America in the 17th century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bat-Family crossover with a missing climax, 24 Sep 2013
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No More Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a collection of the crossover-issues featuring the fight with the Court of Owls, who made their appearance in Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52), and met their fate in Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52). In that latter volume, the Court of Owls unleashed their army of zombie ninjas on Gotham, hitting Wayne Manor and the Batcave with one force, while another went off to assassinate the City's top officials. This volume collects All Star Western #9, Batman #8-11, Batman Annual #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Detective Comics #9, Batgirl #9, Batwing #9, Birds of prey #9, Nightwing #8 & #9, Batman & Robin #9, Catwoman #9, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #9. The only thing missing is Batman #12, which is the climax to the Court of Owls story, so you'll still have to read the City of Owls collection for closure. I read library copies of both, so check out your local library and let your taxes work for you. Some of the stories collected here, such as All Star Western, give us historical background of the Court of Owls, though most are directly related to the big battle raging throughout the city during the Night of the Owls storyline. Some are `filler' stories, some, like the Nightwing issues, are an integral part of the deep background this story is trying to establish for the New 52 Batman family. If you have been reading the Owl storyline in the Batman comic, then you will want to read this in order to fill in some gaps in the main collection - gaps I didn't even notice until I read this!

My only complaint is that they missed out batman #12, but then, if they'd included it, they'd have to explain who the main character was, as he was introduced in the Court of Owls collection...

My other quibble is the scene set in Gotham in 1664, since, if Gotham is even loosely based on New York, it wasn't acquired from the Dutch until the peace treaty of 1666. And the locals wouldn't have referred to `British' soldiers, as they themselves would have been `British'. And it is unlikely there'd be British soldier in America in the 17th century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bat-Family crossover with a missing climax, 5 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Batman: The Night of the Owls HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
This is a collection of the crossover-issues featuring the fight with the Court of Owls, who made their appearance in Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52), and met their fate in Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52). In that latter volume, the Court of Owls unleashed their army of zombie ninjas on Gotham, hitting Wayne Manor and the Batcave with one force, while another went off to assassinate the City's top officials. This volume collects All Star Western #9, Batman #8-11, Batman Annual #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Detective Comics #9, Batgirl #9, Batwing #9, Birds of prey #9, Nightwing #8 & #9, Batman & Robin #9, Catwoman #9, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #9. The only thing missing is Batman #12, which is the climax to the Court of Owls story, so you'll still have to read the City of Owls collection for closure. I read library copies of both, so check out your local library and let your taxes work for you. Some of the stories collected here, such as All Star Western, give us historical background of the Court of Owls, though most are directly related to the big battle raging throughout the city during the Night of the Owls storyline. Some are `filler' stories, some, like the Nightwing issues, are an integral part of the deep background this story is trying to establish for the New 52 Batman family. If you have been reading the Owl storyline in the Batman comic, then you will want to read this in order to fill in some gaps in the main collection - gaps I didn't even notice until I read this!

My only complaint is that they missed out batman #12, but then, if they'd included it, they'd have to explain who the main character was, as he was introduced in the Court of Owls collection...

My other quibble is the scene set in Gotham in 1664, since, if Gotham is even loosely based on New York, it wasn't acquired from the Dutch until the peace treaty of 1666. And the locals wouldn't have referred to `British' soldiers, as they themselves would have been `British'. And it is unlikely there'd be British soldier in America in the 17th century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been, 20 Aug 2014
This review is from: Batman: The Night of the Owls HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
Not as good as it could have been. I felt that because of all the individual stories packed in to the book it really drew away from the main plot with Batman. If you own Batman Volume 2 : The City of Owls there really is no point in buying this book (other than for those die-hard fans or collectors out there)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reprint, or possibly preprint, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Batman: The Night of the Owls HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
I collect Batman graphic novels and some titles related to them, so I bought this. It's good, but it prints stuff in the other Batman continuities, so if you buy this and, say Batman:City of Owls or Batgirl or Nightwing, you'll have the stories twice. I don't collect Jonah Hex or Red Hood, but the stories from there weren't all that good anyway, and certainly weren't essential tot he continuity. So I have a book that I have, or will have, when I buy the others.

If I knew how much was going to be stuff I would read elsewhere, I wouldn't have bought it. If you must have everything to do with batman, then this isn't bad, but if you prefer to read the stuff once, buy the other graphic novels and don't bother with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 24 Jun 2014
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M. Paulo Bracais "Book master" (Fátima, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Great! Good story and design well! Hight quality! the writer is excelent! The Inker and designer are good! Its Nice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The flagship series of the new52, 4 May 2014
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As far as the new 52 storyline go, this batman run has got to be the best series. Excellent story and all ties together nicely. This book is a good follow up to Batman #2 and shows a bit of insight on the situations of the rest of the bat family once the talons start to take over the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect example of a crossover event contained., 15 April 2014
Yes, if you buy every issue or every trade of every Bat-Family title out there I can understand you being a bit peeved that this has some and not all of the stories of each significant player but not their extended own tales.
This works purely and beautifully as a CROSS-OVER-EVENT.
It is contained to JUST the issues that are significant parts OF THAT EVENT!
I have, courtesy of my various local libraries read a few of the new52 Bat- Family trades and liked most of them but I BOUGHT this !.
That is how I see it working best. It is a celebration of all good about the crossover without all the subtle nuances that each title may have.
Think of it as a taster piece for all the titles included AND a coherent story.
Buy it for that reason – but BUY IT!
What is here is excellent story, incredibly well paced. It keeps interest without being repetitive, not only with the expertly crafted Court-of-Owls and their Talons as adversaries but also a well interwoven Mr Freeze plotline that makes perfect sense.
The art obviously varies but there is an overall consistency that helps the reader believe all these characters are in the same city over the same night’s events.
I cannot think of a less than incredible point.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
I have been reading comics for over 40 years, I wholeheartedly recommend this trade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bats or Owls, who's gonna rule Gotham?, 24 May 2013
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This book is definetly worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Na na na na... nah., 24 July 2013
This review is from: Batman: The Night of the Owls HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
Batman: Night of the Owls ties in with the spectacular "The Court of Owls/City of Owls" saga which is told in volumes 1 and 2 of The New 52's Batman. While the story is amazing in the Batman comics, his spinoffs' involvements are less than enjoyable.

The comics aren't poorly written, it's just that the collection compiles one or two issues from the different Batman spinoffs, and it's very hard to read considering the rest of the individual series' are not explored. We get sub-plots from the solo adventures that we can't understand. I'm sure the stories are very good, I just don't think that I should have to buy a whole graphic novel of something I don't really care for to get the whole story. Luckily, they don't affect the main owls storyline in Batman's comics.

If you want to look at the lives of Batgirl, Batwing, Robin or whoever else in Batman's world, this may be good for you. However, I prefer full stories and this collection offers beginnings without endings, endings without beginnings and anything in between.
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