20 Second Book Review: Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Because I also read the funny books.

Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of OwlsBatman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Last year, DC Comics decided a good way to bring in new readers was to reboot their entire line of titles and start each one at Number 1. The result is a confusing mixture of condensed continuities, revamped histories, and characters being erased from history.

But there have been a few bright spots: Gail Simone’s Batgirl, Jeff Lemire on Animal Man, Grant Morrison on Action Comics. Another bright spot is Scott Snyder’s run on Batman.

Batman kept the majority of his pre-reboot history with the relaunch, albeit in a much more condensed way. Here, he is much younger than previously presented.

Volume 1 of The Court of Owls collects the first seven issues of Snyder’s run. Snyder gives us a Gotham in which throughout its history, has been secretly run by an owl-obsessed cabal. Dismissed as an urban legend, Batman soon learns that it is in fact, very real, and soon enough he is captured and driven to the brink of madness as the Owls prepare to take over Gotham.

This pretty much everything you’d expect in a decent Batman story and if they ever decide to start a new Batman movie series, this would make some great source material.

The story will be concluded in the second volume.

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