BATMAN! The one book above all others in the New 52 that is consistently top-notch material. Batman has been beaten and broken, barely escaping with his life. He is now a frightened bat on the run from the owls. The Court of Owls will stop at nothing to kill Batman. Scott Snyder must really hate the guy.
Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo are crafting one of my favorite Batman stories I’ve ever read. Snyder is taking his focus to Gotham City as a whole with this arc, how Batman thought he knew the city better than anything or anyone else, when really he was blind to the Owls infestation. Snyder is breaking Batman’s will all throughout this arc and it terrifies me (in a good way). I am terrified at what Batman might become after the end of the Court of Owls.
Dick Grayson, as Nightwing appears to scold Bruce for accepting failure. But Bruce finds out a very shocking truth behind the circus where Dick grew up. I cannot spoil what happens, but I will tell you my jaw hit the floor with a very loud bang.
We are also introduced to a new character in this issue, a girl by the name of Harper. Who she is and why she is willing to risk her life to save Batman is a mystery that I cannot wait to find out. I think it is a tribute to the quality of Snyder’s writing that he can introduce all these ideas and characters to the Batman canon as if they were there all along.
Capullo’s art is the perfect fit for Batman. Now that Batman has been broken there is a divide in his art. On the Batman side we have these dark, dirty, ragged images of Bruce, the Batcave, and anything surrounding him. On the Owls side, Capullo crafts elegant, warm tones that cause me to have nightmares about this Court of Owls.
I cannot find any negatives about this book. Batman is at his tipping point and it is only a matter of time before we see him rise up to defeat the owls, or fall farther than he has ever fallen before. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.