Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder - Book Review

Last year, DC Comics ended approximately 70+ years of comics continuity to reboot their titles.  Many heroes and villains stayed very close to how they've always been, while others were drastically changed.  Additionally, many years of back story was thrown out in a lot of cases.  Fortunately (since I'm a huge Batman fan), that was not really the case with the Bat titles.  Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls wraps up (for the most part) the storyline begun in the Batman reboot.  Batman has to finish squaring off against the secret society of Owls and their assassins, the Talons.  This story has roots in Batman's creation, and even farther back to the founding of Gotham City.  Scott Synder writes an exciting, deep, and quick-moving story.  Many of Batman's group of "helpers" play a role.  Additionally, there is insight into Bruce Wayne's trusty butler, Alfred, and his past.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel collection.  Having the issues (Batman 8-12, and Batman Annual 1) all together made the read more enjoyable.  I'm glad I did not have to wait a month between each installment.

I highly recommend this for any comic fan, and especially Batman fans.

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