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4.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal?
This story runs through issues #8-12, and into Annual #1 of the New 52 Batman comic, all collected as Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls HC (The New 52). It is continued from the previous volume Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52), which collected issues #1-7. It is a direct continuation of the first volume, as the Court of Owls unleashes their army of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The End...?
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who thought owls could be so cool, 10 April 2015
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A great sequel and ending to the hit Batman story: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder. Like the first volume this novel has great artwork and a great storyline. I personally think it was a great conclusion to the Court of Owls story as this sequel ties up all loose ends as Batman uncovers the conspiracies surrounding him with the Court of Owls. Story wraps up with a great unexpected twist. However if you are a true detective you will see it coming. At the end of the volume there was also a brief origin story of Mr Freeze as well as an encounter of him and Batman which was ok, we see how Mr Freeze was also involved with the Court of Owls which I thought was cool. So all-in-all this is another great Batman graphic novel that every fan should have, especially if you own or have previously read the first volume: Court of Owls
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5.0 out of 5 stars This could be a benchmark era for Batman!, 1 Sept. 2014
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Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are writing a character defining run on Batman, that rivals the greats. Beautifully drawn and coloured, and intricately written, this run, from Vol. 1 The Court of Owls, I can't wait to pick up Death of the Family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent launching story arc for the new batman, 20 Aug. 2014
Excellent launching story arc for the new batman. I would recommend buying this instead of the Night of owls. Great conclusion, adds a little bit to Bruce's history as well. A must own for any batman fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great conclusion, 23 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls TP (The New 52) (Paperback)
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. Batman is written wonderfully, the raw emotion seen in the Court’s maze leads to the pandering about the Court’s existence and the very significance of this. The reveal of the Court happens at the perfect moment, making Batman react to the villain as the reader does; all in a big reveal that doesn’t feel at all rushed or delayed. This makes volume 2 a perfect ending, giving readers exactly what is wished.

The issues collected have their drawbacks, however few, for me mainly being the seeming change in the attitude of the Talons. Mystery seems to be lost the moment they start talking, giving an overall bad bully-esque impression that took away some enjoyment at times. Another, though this mainly involves readers who already bought the Night of the Owls book, is that the only new issues that appear in this book are #10-12. The final conclusion and reveal of the true mastermind behind the owls is something which I also deeply enjoyed, and allows for many degrees of thought out of its direct relation to Batman mythos. Some might applaud Snyder for it, and some hate it. I personally found myself really liking it because of the turn it took and way of introducing it, though this is a more personal matter that will vary from person to person.

The additional stories contained in the volume, issue #12 and Annual #1, provide a good retelling of Victor Freeze in the New 52 universe and a standalone tale about Harper Row (introduced in issue #7). All whilst giving the familiar feeling of the possibilities – following the Pre-52 character – of what her development may be. Whilst they are different in tone to how the main story in collected is, they both are formidable and fun to read.

The art by Greg Capullo is, like in the first volume, astounding. The fights and details are a wonder to look at, and overall everything is well done. I personally have no problems with it, and found myself stopping whilst reading purely to look at the art more than once. The art of issue #12 is by Andy Clarke, and by Jason Fabok in Annual #1.

Overall ‘Batman Vol #2: The City of Owls’ and its conclusion end on a note that, though will either have you hate or love Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo for it, prove to be entertaining all the way through. It is a great continuation from where volume #1 leaves off, with great writing, great art, and a great handling of the overall mystery. City of Owls is something you will definitely recommend if you enjoyed volume #1. Though the quality varies ever so slightly in different areas of this volume, it is definitely worthy of the highest rating, ‘awesometacular’. It is certainly a book worth at least checking out, guaranteed to provide for at least a good read and time despite what one may think of its particular conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing DC's flawless reboot, 4 July 2013
Volume 2 of Batman's new adventures concludes (to a degree) the epic Owls saga. Snyder's clever writing and Capullo's dark and expressive artwork successfully brings us a comic which can get new readers addicted to The New 52. Everybody's favourite caped crusader continues to try and take down the "Owls", a sinister secret society running Gotham. Excellent action, superb mystery and one of the most shocking plot twists I've read in a comic book are included in this wonderful graphic novel, blending the gothic themes of familiar Batman media with the more grounded, contemporary realism of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ending to an amazing story arc!, 4 Feb. 2014
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Wow - Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo really show they can do Batman, and do it right with the second and final volume in the Owls story arc. Batman becomes even more gritty than in Vol 1 and the included Annual #1 expands on the storyline of the Owls even further by bringing in a classic villain in the form of Mr Freeze (who's a lot darker in this book, seriously) and there's a great plot twist in there, too. If you have Vol 1 - The Court Of Owls, you NEED this book. 10/10 - Synder and Capullo have done it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 5 May 2015
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Bought as a present. Arrived quickly and well packaged. The recipient tells me it's a very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Present for my husband, 21 Aug. 2013
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He keeps it by the bed and seems to be enjoying it. Amazing art work and a great comic book hero.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start, but trails off ever so slightly near the end., 3 Jun. 2014
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The title of this review says it all, really. The start is fantastic, just how a comic should be {especially one about Batman} but the whole Freeze story near the end just wasn't my cup of tea, and I felt it was just there to add more pages. Overall, very good book though, and I would definitely recommend it because the court of owls story is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful pick up from Volume 1's excellent story line, 16 May 2015
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Once again, a beautiful pick up from Volume 1's excellent story line. Highly recommend!
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