Batman is captured by the Court of Owls as he was investigating Gotham's sewer for the owls. This is where the comics tone went dark. Very, very dark. Batman is forced to psychologically transformed. He was tortured mentally and physically by being trapped in an underground labyrinth of Gotham which he takes pride in knowing every crook and corner. The Court of Owls is implying that they know Gotham better than Batman and this is where they will defeat him.
Batman is dumped in the underground under the statue of an impressive owl. Throughout the comic, it kept saying owls prey on bats. They destroy their prey's nest and live in it. Just like what the Court of Owls is doing to Batman and his city (aka nest). Gradually, you see Batman being broken... page by page, panel by panel...
The comics then turned 90 degree ... as in I have to turn the book sideway to read it. At first, I thought it was a printing problem... but I realize it's the author and artist's brilliant scheme to show the distortion of Batman's mind as he wondered aimlessly in the court of owls.
You see Batman being tortured. After he was truly broken, the owls prey on him, cornered him and hurting him.
As he was on the verge of death, he saw a portrait of his great-great grandfather Alan Wayne who was killed by the Court of Owls. They had taken pictures of his last moment to brag of their power.
This picture makes me... LOL. I was so into the dark tension when this page appears. I can't help but chuckle dryly.
This picture is quite scary. It shows that Batman is completely defeated and is transformed into an owl.
The Talon then stabbed Batman. Look at the meticulous detail of the blood, the clothes... just perfect.
However, Batman isn't going down so easily. He fought back like a drying lion and defeated the Talon.
After his escape from the court of owls, Bruce investigated the Talon's body.
[Spoiler: This Talon had been dead for decades. The Court of Owls have been preserving his corpse for the day they decide to claim back Gotham from Batman. Double spoiler: This man is Dick Grayson's great grandfather. The Court of Owls have been training 1 child every 10 year to become the Talon. Dick is supposed to be the most recent Talon but due to his parents' death, Bruce adopted him and unknowingly prevented him from becoming a Talon. Instead... someone else was chosen to be the Talon... Coincidentally, I also purchased Nightwing and the 2 stories actually run parallel, giving me extra info. I will be reviewing Nightwing next week. I will show you the connection between Nightwing and the Court of Owls.]
Batman, you really need to stop abusing Robin... well... Nightwing now. Really, that poor guy got slapped/ punched by you way too many times for the past decades. TROLOLOL!
Oh, and Nightwing is the worse babysitter ever. EVER! LOLOLOL. Already Damian is naughty... you standing there with an approving look on your handsome face is not exactly helping, Nightwing. The kid is too violent for someone his age, mannn...
Remember I told you I bought Nightwing too? Well, these are the comics I will be reviewing the following weeks. I can't wait to show you guys all the cool artworks. Batman Court of Owls Volume 2 will be released next year in March 26 2013. I can't wait. Really can't wait. Batman is going to have a hard time fighting all the other Talons. I wonder what is going to happen to Nightwing since he was supposed to be a Talon. Will the court try to recruit him or kill him...? We shall see...
Batman Court of Owls Volume 1 PART ONE!
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