REVIEW: Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls (Batman Vol. II #2)

By: Scott Snyder , Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator), Rafael Albuquerque (Illustrator), Jason Fabok (Illustrator), Becky Cloonan (Illustrator), Andy Clarke (Illustrator), Sandu Florea (Illustrator) , James Tynion IV (Sorry there were way too many to put in my subject)

“Night of the Owls” continues here!

Batman must stop the Talons that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life … and Gotham City!

In the backup story, learn more about the Pennyworth family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family!

Collects Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1.

And the awesomeness ensues. Click here to read my review for Batman: The Court of Owls if you haven’t checked it out yet.

This one was really cool. I have to say not as good as the first one but still very cool. The first installment was pretty linear and not really diving too far off the path of the Owl/Talon story. The only time it branched off was during Bruce’s childhood detective story, which was truly a part of the story. This undeviating path made it mega-suspenseful.

The second installment, however, does branch off quite a few times. This didn’t necessarily take away from the story itself but instead the pacing and intensity of the story was thrown off a bit. I’m guessing that the creators wanted to let the story continue a little longer but I could have done without it. I was soooo hooked on the first one but this one just didn’t live up to the standards the first one set.

That said, I still really enjoyed it and thought it was awesome. There is a really interesting “fact” that we learn that keeps those pages moving when you get to it. I’m hoping I’ll find out more about that in the third graphic novel. Also, those offshoots I was talking about were really good too I just thought they’d be better somewhere else.

There is one last thing I want to comment on before I finish up and it’s the art style changes. There were times when it was really cool and even fed into the story line (like almost scribbled outlines during intense scenes) but then towards the end there is a story about two siblings and it goes and the art style changes vastly at one point. Before, with the art changes, there seemed to be reason like the intense scenes I was talking about, or you could clearly tell that it had been moving from one issue to another. This one just seemed jarring like one illustrator’s hand got tired and they passed it to another person and said “here your turn.” It wasn’t that the art was bad it was just totally different.



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