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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman & Robin #23.2- The Court of Owls

September 13th, 2013 by Jake Tanner Comments

Written by James Tynion IV

Artist: Jorge Lucas

Colorist: Dave McCaig

Published by DC Comics

When Scott Snyder started writing Batman, not only did he put his stamp on the New 52…he put his permanent stamp on the classic Batman mythos with his cryptic, new villain: The Court of Owls. In Snyder’s run we got to see how deep and how far back their roots really ran in Gotham’s history, and with this Villain’s Month one-shot from James Tynion IV, we get to see how they plan to build towards their future.

I’ve never read anything from Tynion, but I’ll definitely be checking out his work after reading this one-shot. Not only has he given us a look towards the future, but we also get a terrific look into the Court’s violent, horrifying past. This issue felt like I was watching the beginning of some really twisted horror film. It was a nice touch because I feel like the New 52 has been lacking a lot of foundation…it was fantastic to get a bit of a history lesson!

The art and colors in this story compliment the tone of the book beautifully. Colors made it seem like I was looking at an old photo of Gotham. This book was supposed to be a window into the history of Gotham’s gruesome underground. It was violent, horrifying, and above all else…awesome!

I wish this wasn’t a one-shot. I’d love to see more behind the Court, as Snyder’s creation is one of my favorite things about the New 52. I was on the fence about these single villains-only issues, but this book has changed my mind! I may end up even reading Talon now since the story continues in that series!

4 out of 5 nerds


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