ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls

Updated on May 25, 2013

Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls


Fans and readers were either appalled, disgusted, excited, intrigued or some combination of all of the above in early 2011; Fifty-two titles, most of them new or re-launches of older series. Most of the re-launches with all new characters and story lines. This was the basis of the "New 52" DC was releasing in September, 2011. Of those 52 titles, Batman or the Bat-Family would be featured in at least ten of them, with several other titles containing guest appearances. It was apparent to DC's fans and readers that Batman was taking center stage.

Of the core four titles, which also includes Detective Comics, Batman & Robin and Batman: the Dark Knight, the flagship title, Batman, set the stage for current and future Bat-Family stories. The Court of Owls storyline would precede Night of the Owls, a multi-title crossover involving the entire family. It would be the first major crossover storyline in the New 52. Batman would also quickly gain a cult following, as comic shop regulars made the book and it's writer a major topic of discussion.

I think DC made a statement when choosing Scott Snyder to write the series. Or maybe, with his impressive resume, Mr. Snyder did the choosing. He has quickly become a fan favorite among Batman, DC and comics fans. While Geoff Johns, arguably the most popular among DC's writers, was off writing a plethora of material for Justice League, Green Lanturn and Aquaman, Scott Snyder was quietly making a name for himself in what has become one the New 52 Stars. I was not very familiar with him prior to the re-launch, but have since sought out and read several other works, including Severed, an excellent horror series.

Unfortunately for me, the consideration of the creative team was not passed on to the choice of artists for the book. I have never been a fan of Greg Capullo's art. I will admit they are unique and are now starting to grow on me, but I think it is just too abstract, and I daresay sloppy, for Mr. Snyder's wonderful stories and the most interesting character in DC history.

The Court of Owls graphic novel contains Batman issues 1-7. Batman investigates a murder that points to the fictional Court of Owls. The Caped Crusader soon discovers that the Court is not quite so fictional. His detective work leads to a confrontation with the Court's assassin, the Talon. A one-sided battle ensues, and just when all seems lost for the Dark Knight, he once again battles back and seemingly wins the day. But as the series comes to a close, it is obvious that the war with the Court is just beginning.

Batman: The Court of Owls is an excellent lead-off to the lineup of new Batman and Bat-Family titles in the New 52. Snyder's stories continue to be engaging, interesting and often disturbing. He has helped usher the Dark Knight into a new era, one that is dark, mature and much more attuned to a world where violence is a daily reality. Despite the fact that I was one of the appalled fans when the New 52 was announced, I look forward to future stories.

A disturbing example of Greg Capullo's abstract art.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)