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Batman: Night of the Owls – Comic Arc Review

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Has the Bat finally met his match?

Batman: Night of the Owls
Writer: Scott Snyder
Penciler: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion

For the sake of this review, I’m considering Batman #8-#10 the main arc.

After an incredibly close call with The Court of Owls that left him broken and bleeding, Batman is more than a little weary to get right back on the streets. Unshaven and defeated, Bruce has been spending his time studying Gotham and his new-found foes. That is, until the Night of the Owls brings him out of hiding.

Night of the Owls is the first crossover event of DC’s The New 52 reboot, spanning the entirety of the Batman-based stories…and All-Star Western. However, this review will not take the crossover comics into the equation, and will be basing my opinions on how well the main arc stands on its own. While I’m sure that the crossovers added some interesting additional points of view, the main arc stands perfectly well on its own. In fact, Night of the Owls appears to only require the crossovers if you care to see how the likes of Nightwing, Jonah Hex, Catwoman, and Batwing take on the seemingly invincible Talons.

All of Bruce Wayne’s research in The Court of Owls has paid off handsomely, as he has discovered that the Talon’s immortality lies in a regenerative substance in their blood, leading them to survive usually fatal injuries and live a much longer life than the average human (which would explain why Dick Grayson’s great-grandfather was able to do some serious damage to Batman). By subjecting the blood to sub-zero temperatures, Bruce could get the upper hand on the assassin’s and put them into cryogenic stasis.

If you have already read The Court of Owls arc, you will not be disappointed with Night of the Owls. For the rest of you, just read the damn thing already! In just ten issues, the Talon have catapulted to the top of my list of favorite Batman villains, so it’s sad to see their story arc coming to an end…for now. I cannot wait to see what Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion come up with next.

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