2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
Batman Volume 1 the Court of Owls was one of the first comic books I ever picked up and read, and I was absolutely blown away by it. It was intense, engrossing and very fresh and when I put it down I couldn't wait to find out what happens next, having been left on such a cliffhanger. With volume 2 the City of Owls, the "Owls" story arc comes to an end, and whilst it was another fun read and still quite intense, it left me ultimately dissapointed and somewhat confused.
Don't get me wrong, it's a good continuation of the story arc, and the first few issues that follow the Court of Owls attack on Wayne Manor and going after high ranking city officials keeps up the pace of the first volume nicely, picking up largely where we left off from last time. But as the story arc concludes, things start to slow down and become a bit cliched. Eventually, Batman manages to track down the court, but when he finds them they are disposed of in a pretty dissapointing and anticlimactic way, leading on to the final clash with a character introduced in the first volume that just screamed "bad guy" right from the off. He reveals himself as a massive part of Bruce Wayne's past, that were it true, would change the history of what we know about the Wayne family forever, but right from the beginning, it becomes clear that he is simple delusional, and while that particular plot point is left open ended, you can't help but feel that you know what's going to happen already. The final battle is very underwhelming, and I simply found the villain monologuing for far too long and not taking the opportunity to kill Batman despite saying several times that he wouldn't waste any more time, leading to a fairly predictable, and frustratingly dissapointing end. The final two issues are a bit strange, with one following a teenage goth chick and her gay brother being bullied and having to stand up and fight back, ultimately tying into batman's pursuit of the Court in volume 1, and definitely teasing something big later down the line, but here feels out of place and strange. Finally, there is Batman annual 1, which only loosely ties into the court of owls and follows a fairly bog standard Mr freeze prison escape before a predictable confrontation with Batman that again seems out of place, but is still entertaining nonetheless.
Overall, definitely get it if you read volume 1 and want to wrap up the story, but be prepared for the momentum to slow down and to lose some of the intensity of the first. It is still, however, one of the best new 52 titles and definitely worth continuing to read.
on 20 March 2014
It arrived within 2 weeks. Totally brand new, definitely a bargain price comparing to the regular retail price, excellent service and product!
I ordered it along with the Batman Volume 1, came with the same box. Wish they could discount me on the delivery charge for that if I order with them again in the future.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2014
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.
on 24 May 2013
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.
on 26 January 2014
I really enjoyed the first part, But I'm only giving it 4 stars because I was to mind blown with the ending of it, I was expecting something well.. different, I won't spoil it, but if you enjoyed the start of this story, it's worth finishing it.