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Scott Snyder Prepares You for the Batman Event: "Night of the Owls"

Batman has barely survived his first encounter with the Court of Owls. Will he be ready for this crossover?

It seems like it's only been building since the "New 52" started but BATMAN writer has been showing us that the Court of Owls has been scheming for decades.

Beginning this week in BATMAN #8 and NIGHTWING #8, Night of the Owls begins. This isn't just an ordinary Batman story. It's so big, it will be crossing over into the other Bat-Family titles. Batman didn't do too well after his first encounter. This week's issue has an interesting cover.

Over at DC's blog, Snyder was quoted as saying, "Night of the Owls is here, and it's about time."

This is the moment the writers have been waiting for and this is the moment the Court has been to make their move. Covers are sometimes deceiving but if you read BATMAN #7 (and shame on you if you haven't), you know the Court has unleashed several Talons out upon Gotham. Batman had a helluva time against one. He's barely had time to recover and now it looks like he'll be facing a lot more.

Snyder also points out another way time plays into all this. The Talons are all from different era.

== TEASER ==

Speaking of Talons from a different era. The cat was let out of the bag concerning the Talon we've been seeing in the pages of BATMAN and his connection to Dick Grayson.

This week's issue #8 of NIGHTWING will deal with Dick trying to save one of the Court's targets plus will reveal the untold story of William Cobb.

If you haven't been reading the Batman titles, you need to rectify that and get ready for this huge comic event.

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Posted by Brit

awesome...

Posted by The Stegman
Soon...it begins.
Posted by NightFang

Can't wait!

Posted by wmwadeii
Posted by BrianBush363

I hate crossovers, i always end up missing story arcs, because i won't buy 5 different comics for one cross over event.

Posted by feargalr

Gonna be a good week

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Cant freaking wait!

Posted by Namor1987

They've got a ninja cult dedicated to owls wow.

Posted by scottyhanstein

Out of all of the books involved in the event, I only read Batman, Batman & Robin, and All Star Western. I will NOT purchase any other books just for the sake of keeping up with the entire event, I'll read spoiler reviews of the other books instead. I am a huge Snyder fan so I am extremely excited for this, it's been talked about on Twitter pretty much since the DC relaunch. Batman has been great and it's only getting better with each new issue. Capullo's artwork is fantastic, I absolutely love it, I get stuck on a single page for way longer than necessary just admiring his talent. There, however, should be like a one-shot in which Batman just goes to a carnival or sits in the bath with some bath salts and bubbles, candles lit all around him, Enya playing in the background....Batman needs a break, Snyder has been kicking his ass since he started writing Batman. Poor Bruce.

Posted by The Impersonator

So the Talons are immortals? Or Time Travellers?

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

@wmwadeii said:

When they say all the Bat titles, I wonder if they are including the off-shoots like Red Hood, Catwoman, and Birds of Prey, and possible get Teen Titans involved for Red Robin

Red hood, Catwoman, BoP, Detective, Nightwing, Dark Knight (focuses on Red Robin), Batman and Robin, Batwing, and Batgirl are all involved. Batwoman isn't. No Teen Titans either.

Posted by EpicMeltDown

So the title made me think this was going to be an interview with Scott Snyder. Sadly it was just two cover images. :(

Posted by cagedleo730

@The Impersonator: Neither. The Talons are basically reanimated dead with regenerative abilities.

Posted by BoyWander

I only read Red Hood and Batman. If the event is really only good through the other titles then I'll read them in the comic shop. I will not buy 5 other series.

Posted by FiguredOut95

Batman has been fantastic so far, but I don't like the fact I will have to buy other titles for the whole story so I will simply be sticking with just Batman. Bad enough that its getting a price increase.

Posted by Bestostero

my body is ready.

Posted by deadpool25mm

Im reading Batman , but do i need to read Nightwing (and others that will be in this event) #1- #7 or i can just start at #8 of those series?

Posted by Skies327

Batman is seriously my favorite of the New 52, and if this amazing story is crossing over into the other Bat-Family books, I'm there. The Court of Owls story has been absolutely incredible.

Posted by ThomasElliot

@deadpool25mm:

No, no, defintely start from #8 and so forth. Only Batman #1- current has been about the Court of Owls thus far.

Posted by unclekoomba

I cannnnnnoootttt waiiiittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt forrrrrrrrr thissssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Loki2u

This should be pretty epic. I've requested every title to be pulled for this event. I currently read Batman, Detective, Red Hood and Catwoman anyways so its just a few more issues for one month.

Posted by thveej

So excited about this

Posted by deadpool25mm

@ThomasElliot: ok thanks man.

Posted by nikocb

Am I the only one who's hated this stupid owl story line after like the second issue? It's the same tired villian over and over again and it's being rammed down our throats

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Sweeeet!:)

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

See this is what I have been saying for the longest time, You CAN create new villains and ideas WITHOUT killing established characters, or altering their powers, or "GETTING BACK TO BASICS"

BRAVO!!

However...is this the 90's with the multi title crossovers? Why not include all the characters in the one book...makes you wonder how big this tale truly is that we need to see it from Multiple angles?

Posted by BlackArmor

@wmwadeii said:

When they say all the Bat titles, I wonder if they are including the off-shoots like Red Hood, Catwoman, and Birds of Prey, and possible get Teen Titans involved for Red Robin

yes on all of those except TT but Tim will be involved through Red Hood's book and Dark Knight

Posted by jonny126

I am so far beyond excited for this. Batman #5-7 have been some of my favorite Batman books. The Court of Owls are freaking great, and this looks beyond cool. Bring it on.

Posted by RedOwl_1

YES, YES, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, just......... two............. days.............. more..........THE WAIT IS TOO LONG!!!!!!

Edited by thenexusrebound

I really hope that it is a cross over and each comic has its own story with the Talons. I only read Batman, Birds of Prey and Red Hood that have direct bat family tie in. It gets pricy when I have other comics to read cross overs. Plus if I am not interested in the art style of a book no matter how awesome the story is the art takes away from it. If not I will just have to wait for a TPB which will suck.

Posted by VivekP

I love crossovers and this sounds amazing and big. Its gonna be awesome!!!!

Posted by cacarl

@deadpool25mm:

Read Nightwing 7 to understand a little bit more of the story.

Posted by CrimsonTempest

I read Batman, Nightwing, and Red Hood. Trusting Snyder's work, I can safely say that it won't be a heavily bogged series of tie-ins. Each book follows its own take regarding the Court of Owls attacking Gotham. With that said, is it Wednesday yet? :)

Posted by Sky_Jokiel

@BrianBush363 said:

I hate crossovers, i always end up missing story arcs, because i won't buy 5 different comics for one cross over event.

This^^

They do it just to bump sales on the other books but welcome to the real world DC and Marvel. We would all buy every book on the shelf if we could but normal people can't afford to do that

Edited by RyuHayabusa

@deadpool25mm said:

Im reading Batman , but do i need to read Nightwing (and others that will be in this event) #1- #7 or i can just start at #8 of those series?

You don't have to read every issue of those comics. Nightwing was dealing with saiko #1-#7.

Other series have nothing to do with Talons. They will only appear in issue #9 of Catwoman, Dark knight, Batgirl,Batwing, Birds of prey, Batman & Robin and Red hood & outlaws.

Posted by superish64

Oh my god. This is going to be amazing!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Sadly I'm not getting of the Batman Family titles but this looks AMAZING coming up. Come on Bruce, lets defeat this menace once and for all I say!

Posted by Mokey

You sillies. You don't need to read every Bat title to get the whole story. The main story is in Batman. The other titles are just dealing with their own owl problems that have nothing to do with the main plot.

Posted by Purgatory

Aha! So the Nightwing 8 Talon IS William Cobb. Good. I'm sure there will be plenty of, "I am who I chose to be!" moments from Dick in those two issues.

Posted by royale_with_cheese

The Court of Owl's abilites to reanimate the dead and give them healing factors makes no sense to me, and I've read Batman #7. The whole concept of it all seems so flawed.

Posted by MEATBALLIN

Really hope this continues to be top notch, Court of Owls could prove to be something absolutely special.

Posted by ravisher

f**kers are scary

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Sweet, let's see how this rips off Morrison's Batman. -____-

Posted by entropy_aegis

@The Impersonator said:

So the Talons are immortals? Or Time Travellers?

Zombies.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@royale_with_cheese said:

The Court of Owl's abilites to reanimate the dead and give them healing factors makes no sense to me, and I've read Batman #7. The whole concept of it all seems so flawed.

Yeah the execution is severely lacking here,I'll be very much surprised if this crossover actually means something.So far I get the feeling that it's just a rehash of Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul which had hordes of fodder ninjas getting stomped through out the various batbooks.

Snyders next arc seems more promising than this,the Court is just dull and lacks substance.

Posted by John Valentine

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Sweet, let's see how this rips off Morrison's Batman. -____-

How has it ripped off Morrison's Batman so far?

Posted by entropy_aegis

@John Valentine said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Sweet, let's see how this rips off Morrison's Batman. -____-

How has it ripped off Morrison's Batman so far?

I dont think Snyder is ripping off Morrison per se,it's just that whatever he's doing right now feels like a poor mans version of what Morrison did.

Posted by royale_with_cheese

@entropy_aegis said:

Yeah the execution is severely lacking here,I'll be very much surprised if this crossover actually means something.So far I get the feeling that it's just a rehash of Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul which had hordes of fodder ninjas getting stomped through out the various batbooks.

Snyders next arc seems more promising than this,the Court is just dull and lacks substance.

It seems like Synder has set up the Court of Owls to fall on their own arse. What's the point of releasing the same batch of assassins to kill Batman, if he has already isolated their weakness................. ?

Posted by John Valentine

@entropy_aegis said:

@John Valentine said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Sweet, let's see how this rips off Morrison's Batman. -____-

How has it ripped off Morrison's Batman so far?

I dont think Snyder is ripping off Morrison per se,it's just that whatever he's doing right now feels like a poor mans version of what Morrison did.

I've enjoyed it. Morrison's stuff was fantasitc, no question, but it's a lot harder to read through. Synder's Detective Comics run was superb.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@John Valentine said:

@entropy_aegis said:

@John Valentine said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Sweet, let's see how this rips off Morrison's Batman. -____-

How has it ripped off Morrison's Batman so far?

I dont think Snyder is ripping off Morrison per se,it's just that whatever he's doing right now feels like a poor mans version of what Morrison did.

I've enjoyed it. Morrison's stuff was fantasitc, no question, but it's a lot harder to read through. Synder's Detective Comics run was superb.

That's how I've sort of seen Snyder's stuff, as an easier to read adaptation of Morrison's. 
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