Book Review – Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (New 52)

  • Title: Batman vol. 1: The Court of the Owls
  • Author: Scott Synder
  • Artists: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO, Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
  • Line: New 52
  • Characters: Batman (Bruce Wayne), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Alfred Pennyworth
  • Collection Date: 2012
  • Collected issues: Batman (New 52) 1-7 (2011-2012)
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 12/27/2014

I didn’t like the first few “New 52” books I picked up, and I still have a love-hate relationship with the “New 52” series of DC Comics books. In short, DC needs to be DC – with great characters, and complex relationships, but where the characters trust each other with their lives and identities – leave the Marvel style to Marvel, in my opinion. DC has 76 years of history and characters, they need to bring that back.

I must say, I found Batman Vol. 1, a compelling read. I sat down and read the (albeit thin) graphic novel this afternoon, and I really couldn’t put it down. I actually wanted to order Vol. 2 right away, but it was sold out at Amazon, so I’ll wait for it to get back in stock, or pick it up during one of B&N’s 3-for-2 sales. I liked how Bruce/Batman, Dick/Nightwing, and Alfred were written – all reminded me of the characters I knew and loved so well. But, like Bruce, I had a hard time buying the Conspiracy-of-Evil known as the Court of Owls. I also found it odd that Bruce, confronted, as he was that the conspiracy existed, kept denying it. I wanted to see more interaction between Bruce and Alfred, of course – and between Bruce and Dick. And, I must admit, by the end of the graphic novel – it did make sense that Gotham’s incredible run of bad luck could be caused by the Court of Owls trying and often succeeding in killing anyone trying to bring hope, light, and happiness to Gotham.

Definitely recommended to Batman and DC fans, though I personally would like to see the pre-New 52 Justice League and main DC characters back.

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