Batman Vol. 1: The Court of the Owls
Collection: Batman issues #1-7 © 2011-2012
Publisher: DC Comics © 2012
Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Collection Cover: Greg Capullo, FCO
Greg Capullo’s work on Batman Vol. 1: The Court of the Owls is spectacular.Right off the bat (lol), I’m gonna say that Greg Capullo is in my top-three list of favorite artists. Capullo’s run on the New 52 Batman alone should put him in the hall of fame. I’m not kidding. Capullo is that good. He is even a co-creator of the Court of Owls. His style is so intricate and detailed. Capullo’s style worked exceedingly well with Jonathan Glapion’s ink style. They came up with some ingenious shots and inventive use of shadows. Like having a chainlink fence be at the forefront of the panel, but completely blacking out the fence links. This added depth for sure, but it was also a creative use of focusing. I can’t even describe how well Capullo and Glapion worked on the layouts and buildings. Superb quality. The best I’ve ever seen.
I also enjoyed Greg Capullo and Glapion’s work with FCO as the colorist on Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls. Capullo and FCO’s work on the collection-cover was top shelf. It gives you the perfect, tantalizing taste of the brilliance within. The feel of the whole book is dark and a little like a horror movie thanks to Scott Snyder’s influence. His mentorship with Stephen King is apparent in his work. But this feel, this atmosphere is in great part due to Capullo, Glapion and FCO’s styles blending so well. FCO’s use of subtle color choices and varying shade bring even more definition to Capullo and Glapion’s work.
Scott Snyder is one of the best, most broad-scoping, most prolific writers of our generation. He is also the greatest Batman writer I have ever read. And that’s with respect to Kane, Finger, Moore and Miller. I just like Snyder more. His Batman has a Mickey Spillane’s, Jack Hammer, feel, mixed with Arthur Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. But the icing on the cake was the Stephen King-horror aspect that permeates through Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls. The whole thing turned out to be one of the greatest Batman stories of all time.
The Court of Owls. Nobody believed them to be real. They were just an old nursery rhyme. There’s no way that there is a secret society in Gotham secretly running and controlling everything from the shadows. If there were, Batman would know it. Gotham is his city. At least that’s what Batman thought. At least until the fabled “Talon” of the Court of Owls started assassinating the upper echelons of Gotham. That’s when the blinders are lifted and Bruce finally sees that the Court of Owls is everywhere.
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