Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls picks up where the Court of Owls left off. Bruised and battered, Batman has survived the attack on himself by the Court of Owls. A secret society that has ruled Gotham for over a century. Thought to be myth and lies, the Court of Owls has now set its sights on a larger prize than the Batman.
In one night, the Court sets out its assassins known as the Talons to kill the leaders of the city. They attack Bruce Wayne in his manor and infiltrate the Batcave as well. Batman must mobilize all he holds dear to battle them. But can he not only survive the night, but the secrets of his own family that the Court knows. The secrets of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Scott Snyder has done a masterful job of taking the helm in The New 52! Batman series. He has been courageous and daring in his story telling of one of the most iconic and beloved characters of all of comicdom. In The City Of Owls he doesn’t hold back.
Not only does he sow the seeds of doubt between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson as well as call into question Alfred’s loyalty. Snyder also writes a new origin to the madness that is Mr. Freeze and the truth behind his obsession with Nora. But most of all is he brings into this Batman Universe the darkness that has only been seen in JLA Earth 3 and other alternate universes of the Batman world. He pulls back the veil on Thomas and Martha Wayne and explores the family tragedy that has been hinted at in the past.
A second son. Thomas Wayne Jr. A child whose birth was shrouded in tragedy and sent away by the Wayne’s for medical and psychiatric attention. A child hidden away and then forgotten with the murder of its parents. A child who grows, abused and forgotten, with a bitterness toward the city and parents all others love. And toward the brother who has taken it all.
Brothers. Enemies. Bruce and Thomas. The Batman and The Owlman.
Snyder has written a terrific tale and laid the groundwork for a adversary who may even rival the Joker in its hatred for the Batman.
Another reason why DC is the better comic line going right now!