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    The first strike may be over, but Batman's world is about to be devastated...

    BATMAN #7



    Written by SCOTT SNYDER
    Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION


    Batman may have survived the Court of Owls’ first strike (barely), but even as he recuperates, the Court is preparing to launch its most deadly and sweeping attack yet. Plus: The secrets revealed in this issue will change Batman’s world forever! You won’t want to miss the issue everyone will be talking about!

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    A satisfying breather ish before the big fight next month and the forthcoming tie-ins.

    I've no idea who's the Harper woman who helps Batman in her cabin. She appears at the party in the first issue, but that's all I've got, probably an upcoming plot thread by Snyder. I'm okay with a big revelation for Dick's family, the Graysons' background is pretty much blank. But I'm not quite sure if the implant tooth punch-out was necessary. Was it a knee-jerk reaction by Bruce? Frustration? If not, couldn't he have pointed it out first? I'd rather not have the two come to blows, unless mind-control is involved.

    Anyways, I did like the use of Fairbanks' name and a nod to the upcoming annual with Freeze.
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    This issue was great as usual! It was a nice cooldown after the epics of 5 and 6 while being epic in it's own right. The Grayson plot twist really didn't have me as excited as I thought it would have but it was great none the less. We did get a great scene between Bruce and Dick as he talks to him after all the worrying he's done while Bruce had disappeared again and that he needs to stop hiding things from him from that though so I guess it's alright.

    Can't wait to see what Scott Snyder comes up with for the next issue!

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    Loved it. The opening shout-out to Batman: Year One with the twist was really nice. The whole twist with Talon being Nightwing's great-grandfather was pretty big. Though, Bruce backhanding Nightwing made me think of "My parents are deeaaaaddd!" a lil' bit. :anime: Though I wonder if this means that they'll somehow turn William Cobb into a good guy. Also liked the creepy shout-out to Wizard of Oz at the end.


    Also, cooling down the Talons makes them dead again? I got a feeling this means we're gonna a certain ice-man in the future.

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    here's an interview with scott snyder and gives us some details about upcoming issues:
    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/scot...ier-sport.html

    i'm kind of worried about something. the article talks about snyder dropping "hints" in some issues for upcoming arcs. should i be worried that these "hints" are more court of owls nonsense or that we are going to see something that has NOTHING what so ever with the court of owls in the future? i'm seriously not going to be on board with snyder's batman if he's still using the court of owls in 2014.

    this has to be the most overrated batman story i've ever read. it's not bad, but it's not good. mediocre, indifferent, and irrelevant best describes this story in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrolupine View Post
    I've no idea who's the Harper woman who helps Batman in her cabin. She appears at the party in the first issue, but that's all I've got, probably an upcoming plot thread by Snyder.
    Wait, she was at the party? She doesn't look like the rich socialite type. I had no idea who that was either, and I re-read all the issues last night. I've also read Snyder's 'Tec run and Gates of Gotham, can't remember if she was introduced there either.

    How did Dick end up with an implanted tooth? I gather he was 'marked' at an early age and maybe had an accident at the circus and Haley put the tooth in, but it was never really touched on (nor in the Nightwing series). I'm also not sure how Dick's great-grandfather can be a Talon - wouldn't that imply he was trained as an assassin since childhood and would never have a chance to fall in love and have kids?

    Overall this might be the least satisfying issue for me thus far - still liking the story but the sudden info dump concerning the Talons and Dick's lineage seems out of left field.
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    Wayne Manor comes under attack!

    BATMAN #8



    Written by SCOTT SNYDER
    Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION


    Broken and beaten, Bruce Wayne has retreated from Gotham City – the city of Owls – to Wayne Manor. But no place is safe, because the Court is about to strike at the heart of city, and nothing will ever be the same. Be there for the start of the battle for Gotham City’s soul…and the prelude to “The Night of the Owls.”

    And in the first chapter of a new backup story, learn the secret history of The Court of Owls – as well as the secrets of Gotham City and the Wayne family!

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    The giant penny triumphs again! (Has there ever been a story where he's made use of the robot T-Rex?)

    A very entertaining all-brawl issue, the Bat-Chimney-Armour looks a little weird, but I'll wait 'til next issue to make judgement. There's a backup with art by Rafael Albuquerque (nice name) which finally calls in the rest of the Bat-Family to appear, it's decent but doesn't grab me at the moment.
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    As has become expected of Mr. Snyder that was yet another great issue. I liked how it finally showed what exactly the Owls were after and why they wanted to seize Gotham and how Bruce was going to fight back.

    One thing that bothered me is that it didn't show how the rest of the crossovers format was going to be leaving me in the dark until I read Nightwing and understood. All this set up seems to have been worth it and I can't wait to see what amazing action is in store for us next issue.

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    "Night of the Owl" rages!

    BATMAN #9



    Written by SCOTT SNYDER
    Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION


    Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life...and Gotham City!
    • In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family!

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    Whelp, looks like my question of last issue was answered. ^^

    Such a glorious, kick-ass issue. Surprised that March exited so quickly, but who knows, he might show up in flashbacks. Backup was great too, I keep forgetting Alfred's father first served the Waynes.

    Curious, though... the fact that his name was 'Jarvis'. Coincidence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrolupine View Post
    Such a glorious, kick-ass issue. Surprised that March exited so quickly, but who knows, he might show up in flashbacks. Backup was great too, I keep forgetting Alfred's father first served the Waynes.

    Curious, though... the fact that his name was 'Jarvis'. Coincidence?
    In an interview Snyder said he noticed the 'Jarvis' coincidence too but went with it.

    Yeah I also don't think March is out of the story quite yet...though if he winds up being a villain, it'll be a bit Hush-like and obvious.

    Not too much to say except the story is rolling along nicely and Capullo probably wins some kind of award for being an artist that can turn in top-notch work month after month and accommodate a shift in shipping schedules. Snyder's trope of using anecdotal stories from the past to tie into the present is becoming a bit obvious now, but it's still effective in how it's used.

    So what's the official history of the Pennyworths and the Waynes now? I know in pre-crisis history Alfred was called back by his dying father to serve the Waynes, but that was well after Bruce became Batman. I thought in current history Alfred had always been the family butler since before Bruce was born?
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    Really great issue as always! I enjoyed the fight between Batman and the owls and how he finally got payback after two issues of things going from bad to worse to finally a triumphant victory by Batman. Oh and I kind of had a feeling that Lincoln guy was going to die when I first saw him but I think they should have tried to push more appearances of him before this issue. I had literally forgot who he was until I saw his face again in this issue. Anyways that was a great issue and I can't wait to see Batman take on the Court itself in the next issue!

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    Issue #9 was okay, kind of boring and the art was a little lackluster for me and definitely wasn't Capullo's best Batman art, it just kind of felt rushed to me. The story was okay, but personally......I'm kind of getting tired of the Owl's, but it's been a pretty enjoyable way to tell the story of Batman in the new DC universe and I'm enjoying it as a whole. I hope we can move the story along after the Owls storyline, I'd like to see some classic rouges in the core Batman title, I feel like most of them have been used in Detective Comics, which has been great, but I'd like to see Capullo draw some classic characters before his time on the book is up.

    Snyder's been doing a good job with writing the self titled Batman book, I hope he sticks around for a while and really leaves his mark on the series. It seems like nobody sticks around for very long and creative teams change every few months, so seeing Snyder and Capullo stick around on Batman would make me happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manga4life View Post
    Snyder's been doing a good job with writing the self titled Batman book, I hope he sticks around for a while and really leaves his mark on the series. It seems like nobody sticks around for very long and creative teams change every few months, so seeing Snyder and Capullo stick around on Batman would make me happy.
    Scott Snyder says he has plans to stay until at least the 30's in issue numbers so I don't think we have to worry about him leaving soon. And Capullo did draw some classic characters already, in the first issue remember .

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    A new "Night of the Owls" tie-in featuring Mr. Freeze!

    BATMAN ANNUAL #1



    Written by SCOTT SNYDER
    Art and cover by JAY FABOK[/b]

    • MR. FREEZE is introduced to The New 52!
    • What is Mr. Freeze’s relationship to the COURT OF OWLS? Is he an ally – or do they want him dead?
    • “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!

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    Oh dear... some fans really aren't going to be happy about this.

    I understand that nothing much has been done with the Mr. Freeze character outside of his motivation to cure his wife. Asides from his DCAU and Gotham Central appearances, fans haven't been as interested with his recent stories. But surely there must be another way then Snyder putting a twist on a classic tragedy. It's something new, but it doesn't give is an idea as to what happens next with Victor. Not to mention the flashbacks. So... he's always been a monster, then? Wha--? It's just odd, given that we grew attached to TAS' interpretation because the show focused on his (past) humanity. Sigh... what a misstep for a new take.

    Not to mention I'm disappointed with Snyder's recent use of Penguin. His 'Pain and Prejudice' mini was quite good, so you'd think he'd have use for the old bird in a storyline involving aviary-themed villains. Nope, Oswald's appearance in Night Of Owls (the Catwoman issue) was just a brief 'Waugh! Who burst in through the window?' and here, while a slightly better cameo, is just on hand to provide Freeze with guns. Oh well, maybe he'll be put to good use in the future.

    In conclusion, the weakest issue of Snyder's New52 run so far. Jason Fabok's art, however, makes up for it well enough.
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    I agree - some fans are going to really hate this. I'm still a bit torn on this myself but overall I did enjoy the story. It was dark, twisted and definitely added a new layer to Mr. Freeze. The big reveal about Nora definitely took me by surprise, as did the ending with Fries and his mother. The art was pretty nice too. Outside of a few covers and some work on The Dark Knight comic his work is new to me. You don't have to be reading Night of the Owls to read this, which I liked.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head on the couple big twists in this story with Freeze's new backstory. I liked the story, but the twists? I don't know...it will definitely bring up a lot to debate.
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    While it had very little to do with the event it was tying into Batman Annual 1 ended Night of the Owls in fashion! I know people will be mad that they changed Mr. Freeze's connection to Nora but I actually really enjoyed Mr. Freeze's new personality and reasons for wanting to be a villain. He was very sinister in this issue and I actually was afraid that he was going to seriously hurt Nightwing and Robin before the issue was over.

    I know people are mad because Mr. Freeze can be considered unsympathetic now with this new origin but I actually think the opposite while you don't feel as bad for him you still can understand how it is to love someone you never met and how insane it can drive you. It's more pathetic than sympathetic know but it's still great.

    My only complaint is actually a benefit too as it had very little to due with the Night of Owls. I know that's going to help this story age better but the solicits made it sound like it was going to answer a lot of questions about the Court while Batman, Robin, and Nightwing go to confront them and all the while Mr. Freeze plans something very sinister in the background while we get hints at his new origin, at least enough to know Nora was born years before he was and they never met but hey I'm happy with what we got even if it could have been better.

    So in conclusion, that was a really enjoyable issue and I can't wait for Batman 10 next month!

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    Don't miss this issue! Seriously - twists and payoff galore!

    BATMAN #10



    Written by SCOTT SNYDER
    Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION


    BATMAN takes the fight to THE COURT OF OWLS!
    • Discover the evil mastermind behind THE COURT.
    • Plus: The “Fall of the House of Wayne” backup by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV and RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE.

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