Batman : The City of Owls Volume 2 Paperback
by Scott Snyder
* A New York Times #1 Bestseller! "Night of the Owls" continues here! Batman must stop the Talons that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life - and Gotham City!
Plus, in the backup story, learn more about the Pennyworth family and the secrets they've kept from the Wayne family! * Collects Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 22/10/2013
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9781401237783
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Review by nmhale
The Court of Owls concludes in this volume of comics. Batman narrowly escaped with his life in the last collection, and now he is on the offensive. Unfortunately, the Court suspected such a turn, and unleashed an army of talons on the city. A mob is reserved simply for the Wayne manor. They break in, and Batman battles them off as Alfred holes up in the armory. The talons discover Bruce Wayne's secret, but since he eventually captures them all, the secret is contained. His allies rush to protect the other names on the target list, and the night of the owls ends in defeat, albeit with many losses, for that shadowy organization. Batman pursues the advantage. After tracing the ruling hierarchy to one of their secret headquarters, he discovers them all dead, apparently the result of a pact suicide. Of course it's not that simple. Bruce eventually realizes that those members of the Court were actually killed, and discovers the man hiding behind many identities. Um, Batman wins. The rest of the book dwells on several one shots, involving a history of Alfred's father, a battle with Mr. Freeze, and the introduction of Harper, surely a girl with a future involvement in the Bat world. Each of these smaller narrative units have tangential connections to the Court of Owls, and two of them imply larger future story lines. They weren't as compelling as the larger talons plot, which finished strong. It was nice to see Batman taking those awful creepy bird people out, and triumphantly proving that Gotham belongs to the bats, not owls. The twist relationship between him and big baddie was over the top, a bit soap opera, but let's not kid ourselves - all comic books are a bit soap opera. For me, this series is still the best of the many Gotham titles I have read, and furthers my love of Mr. Wayne.