For those of you currently reading the best selling DC Comics title Batman, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, you’re aware of the fact that a new threat has been introduced in Gotham, The Court of Owls. This mysterious organization, and villain with Talon, is one of the more exciting aspects of the latest tale of Bruce Wayne which has helped Batman become one of the top sellers of the New 52 from DC Comics.
Within the pages of the recent comics, Bruce Wayne finds out that Gotham has been under the eye of a mysterious organization, the Court of Owls, for long before Batman ruled the streets. Readers and fans may be just as surprised as Bruce is to find out that Owls have been layered into the stories of Batman by Scott Snyder and the artists working with him over the past year.
With the recent release of Batman: The Black Mirror in hardcover this month, which collects Snyder’s run on Detective Comics with Jock and Francesco Francavilla on art, along with the progression of the story in the pages of Batman, writer Scott Snyder finally felt the time was right to come forward and share with us his grand plan for integrating the Court of Owls into the framework of the world of Batman:
Scott Snyder: I had so much fun on the Black Mirror run with Jock, Francesco and Dave B. – not just issue to issue – but brainstorming and talking ideas that would play out over the whole year, that it got me thinking about my next big Batman story early. So by the time we were heading toward home plate on it, I had the bones of this year’s Court of Owls story down for myself, too. I told Jock and Francesco some of the beats and we thought it’d be fun to start lacing a couple glimpses of owls into the final issues. Same with Gates [of Gotham]. The idea was to really make the reader feel – like Bruce – that the Court has been hiding in plain sight for years, built into the stone and glass latticework of the city itself, tucked into the history, the shadows… This book, though, the Black Mirror is something I’m immensely proud of. Just like this year I’m doing my biggest Bruce story, that was my biggest Dick Grayson story, and to have been able to do it with such a team of masters and friends…Hope you all enjoy!
Snyder has shared with us the location of these glimpses of owls through the pages of Detective Comics, Gates of Gotham and Batman and today he’s cleared us to share them with you.
Below are a series of panels from each of Snyder’s books that feature an owl. Can’t find it? Click on the image to reveal where the owl is located. Some are more obvious than others.
Within the opening pages of Detective Comics #875, we see Detective Harvey Bullock find a nest of birds that have been eaten by a rat. Snyder revealed that this nest was in fact, an Owl’s nest and the dead baby bird, an Owl.
What’s that on top of Cameron Kane’s cane in the pages of Gates of Gotham #3? Is that…an owl?
Once you know what to look for, this game gets a little easier, like with this shot from Detective Comics #881, where an owl gets the hell out of the way of the Bat-Wing.
Okay, this one from Batman #1 is a bit tougher to find, but it’s a great example of how Snyder and the artists have worked owls into the framework of Gotham as we see Crime Alley and who may have been watching back during that fateful night.
I have to admit, not being the biggest fan of Batman, once Snyder explained his approach with the Court of Owls and the general gist of the story, he totally converted me. Detective Comics and Batman have been some of the best books published this year, and with the release of Batman: The Black Mirror, if you missed out (like I did), you can check out what Conor and Josh have been raving about for months and then ease right into Batman where Snyder and Capullo are killing it every month.
Thanks to Scott Snyder for sharing with all of us the secrets of The Court of Owls!