Thursday, September 12, 2013

Batman and Robin #23.2 Court of the Owls Review

Who Indeed

In my opinion, the Court of the Owls has been one of the best things to come out of the New 52.  Everything about them is cool; their emotionless masks, the shadowy intrigue and their ruthless pursuit of supremacy. Their greatest triumph, though, remains how they kept themselves concealed from Batman.  He thought he was Gotham, but he found out otherwise.  Everything about the Court made me want to know more.  Luckily for us, Batman and Robin #23.2 gives us a more detailed glimpse into their history.  

James Tynion knows the Court of the Owls.  His Talon monthly is a great book, but he has outdone himself here.  He shows the power of the Court through various flashbacks.  The individual stories are disturbing and creepy, but the moral of each is the same.  Don't F**k with the Court.  Really, even if you do what they want, they will kill you.  Even if you are one of them, you cross them, you die.  They shape Gotham.  They rule Gotham.  Plain and simple.  This book is essential reading if you are a Batman fan, a Talon fan, a horror fan, a conspiracy theory fan...Hell, if your a fan of knitting you should read this.  It's that good.

The art by Jorge Lucas is great as well.  Why isn't he working on Talon?  His art gives the book  a horror feel that I think fits the whole shadowy Court of the Owls to a tee.  The expressionless faces of the Court juxtaposed with the horror stricken faces of their victims is awesome.

This the Court of the Owls story I've wanted since they were introduced.  We get to see the power of the Court through flashbacks that are each creepy and disturbing in their own unique way. The Court rules from the shadows and as Gotham crumbles we see they will always be there.  I hope this momentum carries over to Tynion's Talon because this is the story I've been hoping for for a long time.  This is a must read.


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