Review – Batman #8 – Night of the Owls Begins!

Writer: Scott Snyder, James T Tynion IV
Pencils: Greg Capullo, Rafael Albuquerque
Inks: Jonathan Glapion, Rafael Albuquerque
Colors: FCO Plascencia, Greg Capullo, Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Comicraft
Cover art: Capullo and FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Jason Fabok and Peter Steigerwald

The Night of the Owls is here, it’s a battle for Gotham unlike any other and it’s a fight not only for justice but for the freedom of the city from this dark society underneath it all. A change is about to hit Gotham and it could send the entire city into a collapse, unfortunately as we reach issue 8, it’s far too late to worry about such things as they’re at the front door ready to make their first example out of Bruce Wayne.

Batman #8 is a violent ride for Bruce as his eyes still fight recovery and he shrouds himself in the darkness that he knows so well from his life as Batman. The Owls are making their move and Batman sits at the top of the list, the plan is simple, take down those who shape the city and it will be only up to the Owls to change the course of progress to their own desires and will. The battle doesn’t go down without a fight and soon the plan expands, everyone they know, support and work with is in immediate danger and it’ll take the entire allied force to give a shred of hope in this takeover.

Scott Snyder helps weave together an intense story, Bruce is vulnerable and unprepared and must rely on those around him to help protect the city he’s given so much of his life to. The Owls are not only strong but they carry huge numbers and are beyond the average thug in how they execute attacks and move. An organized lethal group of criminals with a common goal that work as a unit, you really can’t come up with something that provides more potential damage to a character who so often thrives on his own.

If you plan to follow Night of Owl’s you’ll need to stay tuned to multiple books in the series to catch the whole experience, they’ll be on the move to try to save nearly 40 individuals from their wrath. In the meantime lets hope that all the stockpiling and creations that Bruce has created pay off in this fight as he’ll need everything he can get against these killers.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

DC Preview Mondays arrives with Nightwing, Voodoo Child and Mad

Nightwing, Voodoo Child and Mad are here to kick off the week for DC Comics. Nightwing probably being one of the most eager teasers of the week as it helps kick off Night of the Owls in the Batman world.

Check out the pages and descriptions below from DC for more information and teaser goodness, you only have to hold out a little longer and these new releases will be upon us!

Nightwing #8

The “Night of the Owls” has begun! Following the shocking revelation (SPOILER ALERT!) that Dick Grayson was originally intended to be a Talon, Nightwing must work to save both his name and Mayor Hady from The Court of Owls’ assassin targeting him. But when Grayson arrives to City Hall only to find innocent blood has already been shed, will he have failed his mission before it’s even truly begun? And how does turn-of-the-century era Gotham factor into all of this? Find out in NIGHTWING #8, written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose and Eber Ferreira. Click here to see an exclusive preview of the issue.

   

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #2

Last month marked the launch of DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD. In the series’ premiere issue, you were introduced to Dominique Laveau, a New Orleans college student who is believed to have ties to the murder of the Voodoo Queen by the royal court. In the series’ second issue, learn more about the origins of Dominique’s family and why she’s become a target of these supernatural forces. Click here to see an exclusive preview of DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD #2, written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and illustrated by Denys Cowan and John Floyd.

   

Mad #515

For over fifty years, “Spy vs. Spy” has appeared in the pages of MAD Magazine. This dastardly pair (one dressed in black and one dressed in white) has continued to one-up the other, til death do they part. In MAD #515, writer/artist Peter Kuper continues this longstanding and classic tradition with his new strip depicting this diabolical duo of double-cross and deceit. Click here to see the latest installment of “Spy vs. Spy” and be sure to pick up a copy of MAD #515 when it hits newsstands on April 24th.

 

The Night of the Owls is almost here, Scott Snyder talks

Gotham is about to become a battlefield for Batman and his friends against the Court of Owls and their dark allies. The Night of Owl’s crossover launches into action for DC this week.

The Talons are eager to act upon the will of the Court and the fate of the city is in the balance, a lost group who once reigned over the city is striving to take it back into their dark hands with this round of killers who will stop at nothing to meet the will of their masters. Who will rule the city after it’s all said and done? We have to read on in this new saga to find out.

Scott Snyder was available for DC to grab for comment on this new crossover for the Batman world.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

I think that’s what a lot us on team Batman have been feeling these last few days. Because for us, this is the moment – the moment we’ve been excitedly working on and building towards for months. This is it, and now it’s really here! This is the night when the Court of Owls makes its move, sending close to 60 Talons out into the skies of Gotham, each with a deadly mission designed to help bring the city to its knees. Of course, the missions will also bring the Talons crashing into conflict with almost every member of the Bat-family, and even though this whole story takes place on one single night, for many of Gotham’s heroes, these clashes will have terrifying consequences that linger long after Gotham’s fate is decided.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

There’s another reason that phrase sticks with me, though. And that’s because the story itself is about time, about history. For one thing, with every Talon having come from a different era of Gotham’s past, they’ll be plenty of glimpses literally and figuratively into Gotham’s history, with a lot of shocking secrets from the past being revealed. Basically, the story is about Gotham’s dark past being brought to to bear against the heroes of the present – about the evil from decades, even centuries of corruption emerging from the shadows to crush the spirit of the city – and the Bat-family – once and for all, in one single night, now.

So here’s hoping you’ll feel the same way we do…

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

Let the war for Gotham’s soul begin.

For those wondering, the series kicks off in Batman #8 and Nightwing #8 this week, the story will spiral from there into the rest of the Batman releases as the story goes full-blown in May. It’s an epic event so don’t get caught playing catch up on this series.

Dale Keown Batman #9 variant cover emerges

Dale Keown cranks out the latest variant to Batman as he sets off against an army of Talons eager to destroy Gotham, there is a bit of an odd story to the cover though, DC didn’t exactly inform him what was going on in the story for that issue.

“What’s not to love about drawing the coolest character in comics?” the artist Dale Keown told THE SOURCE. “I wasn’t given any back story so I went with the action shot that would fit into just about any storyline. One of my go-to poses is to draw the character leaping out towards the reader. I hope I get to draw Batman again soon.”

Sometimes a cover doesn’t need to be dead on the topic of the story, sometimes it just needs to look badass, Keown gets it done in this cover with ease.

The crossover “Night of the Owls” that #9 will center around hasn’t kicked off just yet, it’s due to start with Batman #8 which arrives next week. Keep an eye on your local retailer or your mailbox so you can check out the new arc kicking off that will span across the franchise.

Link: DC Comics Blog