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An original, intruiging story and a good starting point,
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This review is from: Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52) (Paperback)
I'd like to start this review by saying I've only really gotten into comic books in the last 6 months or so, meaning I can't tell you if Court of Owls rivals some of the classics that I've yet to read like The Killing Joke, or Dark Knight Returns... but it's the best written comic book I've read so far.
The Court of Owls introduces a brand new villain(s), which is apparently something rare these days... and they immediately make their mark by pushing Batman to his limits. But a new villain isn't the only thing this book brings to the table. Batman's inner monologues are a joy to read as he describes in great detail the city he knows so well, and his knowledge of it's history, architecture and more helps him unravel the mystery presented to him.
The art is something I find rather difficult to describe. Most comic books these days are drawn to look incredibly life-like, and I think this comic is better for NOT appearing too photo-realistic. While I would most certainly not call the art in this book "cartoony" or basic, it remains aware that it IS art, and moving away a little from an overly realistic style, it adds a flare to the work which strengthens an already fantastic experience.
I cannot recommend this strongly enough.