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A Good (But Slightly Deflated) Conclusion to the Court of Owls Story
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
To preface this, Volume 2 of Scott Snyder's Batman is still really good, solid Batman. But compared to Volume 1 it definitely falls short. Whereas Volume 1 set up a frightening, almost too powerful enemy in the form of the Court of Owls and their immortal Talons, Volume 2 seems to take the wind out of its own sails, starting to lead in the direction of a challenging conflict that has the reader on the edge of their seat, and then taking a left turn, as if there were not enough confidence in the Court itself being the antagonist and someone thought there needed to be another angle--that's all I'll say about that to avoid spoilers. The art by Capullo continues to be great, but a few issues switch to other artists that are a little too stylistically distinct--normally fine, but in a serialized story like this, it can take the reader out of it a bit. There are a few misc. single issues at the end of the volume focused on Harper Row and Mr. Freeze, etc. These are fine but seem somewhat tacked on. All in all, this is a good TPB, but not one of the stronger ones in Snyder's run.