Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Anglais) Broché – 26 mars 2013
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“This is one of the best comics of the week.”
—The New York Times
“[Writer Scott Snyder] pulls from the oldest aspects of the Batman myth, combines it with sinister-comic elements from the series’ best period, and gives the whole thing terrific forward-spin by setting up an honest-to-gosh mystery for Batman to solve.”
“Scott Snyder, already the company's greatest asset over the last four weeks, spins a stack of plates immediately…. Too often Batman comics focus heavily on the hero persona … Snyder sets up equal amounts of conflict for both Wayne's public and private personas.”
—Time Out Chicago
“A stunning debut…. Snyder knows these characters, sets up an intriguing mystery, and delivers some action that Capullo realizes stunningly. This is definitely in the top rank of the revamp.
—The Onion AV Club
“Hits all the right notes. I enjoyed the living hell out of this.” – io9
“Bruce Wayne is a badass. The end.”
—IGN, 9.5 Rating
“A+. Incredible tone and enough twists, turns and character appearances to keep us hooked.”
“There's enough here, kept at a high enough level to make it interesting and viable across media and digestible enough for even the most novice DC Universe reader…. Score one for DC and score one for Snyder and Capullo in finding a new fan.”
—Comic Book Resources
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The reader will experience the story from Batman’s viewpoint on pages 108-117.
Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight as with the relaunch of Batman, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52!
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?
Collects issues #1-7 of Batman.
From the Hardcover edition.
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En septembre 2011, avec "The New 52!", DC Comics a relancé ses séries, non pas de zéro -- car il ne fallait pas s'aliéner les fans acquis --, mais d'un nouveau pied.
Dans l'ensemble de ce nouveau départ, l'une des plus grandes réussites revient au scénariste Scott Snyder et au dessinateur Greg Capullo, pour ce Batman mode "New 52!" dont il s'agit ici du premier trade paperback.
Récemment arrivé dans le monde des comics (2009), le "30-something" étatsunien Scott Snyder s'est déjà fait un nom avec la série "American Vampire" avant d'arriver au personnage de Batman, via le comic book "Detective Comics" (2010), puis une mini-série consacrée à Gotham (2011) et, enfin, le comic book "Batman" (2011).
Le quinquagénaire Greg Capullo a pas mal bourlingué, notamment chez Marvel Comics et aussi en compagnie de Todd McFarlane, avant de récupérer la place de dessinateur de Batman. Ce qui représente une magnifique "promotion" pour l'intéressé.Lire la suite ›
Plusieurs prisonniers se sont échappés de leur cellule à Arkham et Batman doit calmer leurs ardeurs avant qu'ils ne s'échappent de l'asile. Heureusement il bénéficie de l'aide du Joker (?). De retour à la Batcave, il effectue un débriefing avec Dick Grayson et lui fait la démonstration d'un nouveau système informatique embarqué qu'il compte utiliser dans ses missions. Ils rejoignent, en civil, Tim Drake et Damian Wayne pour se rendre à une soirée mondaine où Bruce Wayne annonce son intention de faire construire plusieurs immeubles à Gotham. Peu de temps après, Batman intervient sur les lieux d'un meurtre dont le cadavre résiste à toute tentative d'identification. Il trouve sur place un message annonçant la mort de Bruce Wayne pour le lendemain.Lire la suite ›
Je recommande à tous les fans de comics, et en particulier à ceux de Batman !
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The story and art are both essential components of comics and graphic novels, and each is discussed in this review.
The story is engaging and very interesting. It starts with a bang, with Batman facing off against several members of his Rogues Gallery, a move which draws in long time readers and for newcomers, firmly establishes Batman as a physical force. After that, the reader is immersed in Bruce Wayne's high society, and just that easily, the dual nature of the main character is established. From there, writer Scott Snyder starts up with his own new plotline, in which he turns the history of Gotham City on its head, creating an all-new threat. The Batman faces a foe who always seems one step ahead, and who is a physical match. The pacing with which Snyder develops his story is fantastic, and readers will be swept along for the ride.
Greg Capullo's artwork is truly beautiful. Capullo captures emotion and action with great ease, and his drawing is truly art. It will sound strange to make this distinction, but while I was absolutely blown away by the Batman scenes, whether action or in conversation, I was somewhat underwhelmed with the out of costume art, specifically the fact that Bruce Wayne looks almost identical to another character in the book, and Wayne's younger wards look so similar as to be drawings of a younger Bruce Wayne. Given the skill with which Capullo draws, I am sure this was intentional, but it was pretty much the only thing about the book which was anything less than spectacular.
By the end of the book, I was excited to read more, and see where else the team of Snyder and Capullo would take the characters. At the end of the day, isn't that the way such a book should be judged?
-The villains give Batman a really good fight and at a lot of times it feels like Batman is the under dog so he really has to stretch his abilities to fight this new menace. This makes the fight scenes more intense in action. The mystery is also very well done.
-The relevance of the villain to the Batman mythos is just high sprouting from the first case Bruce Wayne ever investigated as a child and even plays on a lot of the paranoia of the character when the villains are ultimately unmasked. Also the fact that this comes right on the heels of Bruce trying to streamline his efforts to help Gotham make it something that will have lasting effects.
-The side characters are well done and are greatly represented in a brillaint note when Batman is trapped by the villains and left to rot in their trap. This leads to moments of despair and shows how this tension affects all aspects of Gotham crime fighting.
-The artwork is excellent, with Greg Capullo finding some really good high notes while keeping some memorable fight scenes and visuals. Particularly the hallucinations Bruce has in the villains's trap.
-While I like the side characters and their interactions, the feeling between Bruce and Nightwing isn't played up or when it does reach the point of issue #7, I don't really see a good reason for Bruce's action towards nightwing (he has moments of being a bastard, but Nightwing just takes it like he's still a kid.). There isn't much build up to it that wasn't 5 issue ago and their relationship wasn't that bad.
Really it's just a minor grievance in the long run although I'm looking forward to seeing how everything ultimately resolves itself, all the threads. I'd definately recommend it despite that one part.
With the start of the Snyder/Capullo era and a relaunched universe, I was hearing more good things, so I made it a point to at least check back again and read this first trade paperback when it became available. I know nothing of Snyder, but I remember Capullo fondly as being the only interesting aspect of the Spawn series over at Image Comics. Here, on Batman, his work is surprisingly cleaner and less complicated, which runs counter to what I would have expected when sicced upon a character as gritty as Batman. Capullo is a competent storyteller, though, and he's easy to follow here. He hits his stride in issue #5, during a hallucinogenic episode that Batman experiences; that's when the artist's creativity really shines through and he takes some chances. Watching Batman's cowl assume wildly elongated and impractical lengths and dimensions truly does evoke Capullo's old Spawn days.
As for Snyder's story, it gets off to a slow and boring start. The first issue in this collection tries to grab the reader with a large fight scene pitting Batman against all of his rogues gallery at Arkham Asylum. The fight is so generic and impersonal, though, that it fails to thrill. Snyder tosses in a twist with the Joker, Batman's greatest enemy, but it has no real bearing on the plot and doesn't resonate.
The plot in the first issue tries to accomplish two things: first, it introduces all the characters in the Batman mythos. Again. As though I haven't read a Batman comic in the last 25 years. I understand that the first issue of a new volume (in a new fictional universe) needs to set the ground rules and appeal to first time readers, but these are extremely familiar characters that Snyder feels the need to trot out in succession, one after the next, and there isn't anything particularly new or enthralling added to any of them that we haven't seen before. There is the conundrum of the three Robin characters who, as part of Snyder's remit for this series, have to coexist within the new continuity simultaneously. In effect, this means that they're tripping on top of one another. This is the fault of the editors and not Snyder, but it still comes off as a bizarre image to see three dark haired boys, all wards of Bruce Wayne, in issue #1. (Within the later parts of the story, Snyder is wise to focus on just one of the Robins-Nightwing-for the purposes of the plot.) Apart from the Robins, stylistically many of the character designs do borrow something from the recently concluded Batman movie trilogy. Otherwise, the cast is standard fare. On the bright side, some of Batman's tech gets a facelift!
The other objective of issue one is to get the ball rolling for the grand mystery surrounding a new group of villains, the Court of Owls. Again, with Snyder going for the slow boil, there isn't much to see in issue #1 except a stale crime scene; no villain from this group ever shows up until the second issue. Snyder begins to flesh out a new theme, namely, that Gotham City will personify or belong to either the Batman or to the Court of Owls. This is promising, and he builds upon it, but in the first issue the setup takes the shape of Bruce Wayne simply giving a long and cliched speech about Gotham to a large group of Gotham aristocrats. These scenes are not the stuff of suspense.
Snyder adopts a first person narrative throughout the book, which I like. It gives insight into Batman's analytical mind, and it provides a way to give the reader background information about the fictional landscape, as experienced by Batman, and about the Wayne family, which figures prominently here.
Snyder, like Capullo, hits his stride in issue #5, when the slow build up bears dividends, and when the action and sense of danger catches up to the mystery being built. From that point on, the book maintains its edginess. While the main storyline does not conclude in this volume, it reaches sufficient momentum to propel it, and the reader, into volume two. After an underwhelming start, I am surprised by how well Snyder was able to recover in the second half of this collection.