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March 28, 2014 / Jett

Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls Review

For over a century, rumors have spread across Gotham of a secret criminal organization that operates deep within the city’s shadows. Despite mounting evidence to prove their existence, Bruce Wayne uncharacteristically sticks to his beliefs that it’s nothing more than folklore. It’s this stubbornness that causes Batman to get caught with his pants down in Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls.

I was dreading the thought of having to experience another rehash of the Batman origin story, but thankfully this is not. The strong opening issue grazes on the key points that everyone knows while carrying on the story they really wanted to tell. I appreciate the mystery elements of the story to keep you thinking, though at times, it’s too drawn out and slow. There’s at least one full issue that is nothing but Batman hypothesizing in the Batcave. However, when the book finds the perfect balance, the results are spectacular. My favourite part of the book occurs when Batman is caught in a maze and some amazing layout techniques are used to perfectly capture the moment.

Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls is a solid start for one of DC’s signature franchises. If they can resolve some of the pacing issues, the next steps could be amazing. As soon as I get my hands on Vol. 2, I’ll review that as well!

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