Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls
Collection: Batman #8-12; Batman Annual #1 © 2012
Publisher: DC Comics © 2013
Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (co-writer)
Artists: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Fabok, Becky Cloonan, Andy Clarke, Sandu Florea
Colors: Fco Plascencia, Dave McCaig, Peter Steigerwald, Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, Sal Cipriano, Dezi Sienty, Patrick Brosseau
Collection Cover: Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia
Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls was drawn and colored beautifully by the many contributors on the artistic team. The varying styles was a little much in my opinion. The styles in the various segments changes drastically. I found this to be distracting. But this is not to impune the art and coloring that was done. Each style was quite good in its own way. The different variations simply disrupted the flow of the book. Again, this is just my opinion.
Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls was masterfully written by the great Scott Snyder and the very talented James Tynion IV. I love the tone of horror and suspense that Stephen King’s mentorship to Scott Snyder has brought to Batman (assuming that’s where it comes from). It brings a whole other level of thrilling-darkness to Batman that I just love. The story has layers and history, revealing its secrets slowly so as to build the suspense. Great dialogue and choreography. The story itself had a nice, well-balanced flow to it.
Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls is the third act of this crossover event.Since Gotham’s beginnings, even during Jonah Hex’s time, the Court of Owls has ruled Gotham City from the shadows. They were everywhere and nowhere. They were nigh omnipotent. At least until they fought the Dark Knight. At first, the Court beat him and broke him physically and mentally. Batman escaped, but barely. Then the Court really put on the pressure and attacked Bruce Wayne where it hurts – his mind, his heart and his spirit. He even began questioning who he can trust, including his friends. They attacked him from all sides: his home at Wayne Manor, the Batcave and even his secret identity. But, Batman, as he always will, rose up from the depths and won the battle with the Court of Owls. But the war is still to be fought. Secrets have yet to be uncovered. The Talons, the Court of Owls’ deadly, regenerating assassins, are out in numbers and they’re after the Bat-Family.
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