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BATMAN #11

• The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic!

• All is revealed in “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE.”

Written by Scott Snyder
Backup Written by Scott Snyder & James T Tynion IV
Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
Backup Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Greg Capullo
Variant Cover by Andrew Clarke & Greg Capullo

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  1. This will be good. One year’s worth of buildup!

  2. This and The Dark Knight Rises in the same month?! Its a good time to be a batman fan XD

  3. I’ve never anticipated a DC comic more than this single issue.

  4. Very happy this storyline will be over, it’s getting boring.

    • HAHAHA, awesome.

    • It’ll be over soon 🙂

    • Synder don’t listen to this clown 😉 I’ve been rereading 1-10 in anticipation for this issue and I appreciate how interconnected this story has been. Details in the first 4 issues I hadn’t picked up on originally make more since in the context of the story. Some writers do different things better and worse than you, but no one right now is better at this meta-narrative concept.

    • I’m with you.

      People complain about editorial meddling linked to AvX but at least the AvX tie ins still have unique stories.

      With “Court of the Owls,” you had a dozen books stop dead in their tracks to each do the same exact story, “hero fights faceless Talon guy, wins, nothing really important.”

    • tripleneck tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      @WillupsBrighton

      I learned at least 2 new factoids about the new Bat-verse status quo in this issue because I haven’t bought all of the other books that were tied-in to the Court of Owls event. So I don’t think you’re correct that the other books didn’t have anything new to add to the overall story. Dick Grayson was originally supposed to be a Talon before Bruce adopted him away from that fate, for instance. I didn’t read the Nightwing issue(s) that was revealed in, but I think I’d like to now since it seems like a pretty big deal given the ending of this issue. Maybe you’re right that the other tie-in issues were mostly about the battles with the Talons, but it’s not like other plot points weren’t hit and explored.

    • Alright, you had 11 books stop dead in their tracks and Nightwing had some plot developments which ended up getting recapped in Batman anyway.

      That’s still pretty bad.

      Actually now that I think about it, wasn’t the Dick Grayson as Talon revealed in an earlier issue of Batman?

      Even if it wasn’t, 10+ books doing nothing for a whole month, shitty.

    • tripleneck tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      @WillupsBrighton

      Ok, then. I avoided the problem you’ve had with this event by not buying any extra tie-in books, just the main title, Batman, and 2 other Bat titles that I buy every month anyway. I actually enjoyed the Talon appearances in those books. Red Hood & the Outlaws was where Mr. Freeze was re-introduced into the New52 Bat continuity (even before the Batman Annual) and he’s tied in to the Court of Owls as well. It’s actually pretty interesting how he’s a part of enabling the onslaught of Talons. That was not covered in the main title. As far as I’m concerned that part of the story was added value for the Court of Owls event. And, yes, Red Hood, Roy, and Kori did end up fighting a Talon, so ya got me there.

  5. Such an amazing cover and its going to be spoiled by that horrendous banner. Some one needs to shoot DC’s advertising team or at least give them a stern talking to.

    • Seems to fit in pretty seamlessly in this case.

    • No way, it’s all too much. DC need to take a lesson from Image on cover layouts. Put the barcode on the back and remove all text except the main title. Comics like Saga and Fatale look amazing with just the artwork speaking for itself.

    • I agree with you, microwave, on the cover layouts.

    • @Conor… it fits seamlessly if you are Xzibit. Yo dawg I heard you like Batman logos so I put a Batman logo above your batman logo. It’s as subtle and well designed as a brick to the face.

    • While i’m not a fan of the logo its the freakin bar code that irks me more than anything. There’s been so many spectacular covers ruined by a big ugly barcode. Get a grip and put them on the back cover already!

    • I hate banners, still it’s the nicest one I’ve seen. I’d still prefer not to have it, but it doesn’t ruin the cover like the Marvel “Heroic Age” banner did a little while back. That was a disgrace.

      Anyway… can’t wait for this!

    • I can’t believe you guys are complaining about even the barcode…..oh wait, yeah i can… 😉

    • Thanks @Zhurrie, that comment just made my week.

    • bar code on back and banners can go to hell. the only banner i’ve been completely ok with(not that this at all keeps me up nights, it’s just preference) was the “we can be heroes” banner that was meant to help the people of Africa.
      here’s a thought: only put dark knight rises banners on bat-books since it’s technically in theme with the cover.

    • I know. I looked at this and was like “the people buying this book are not the ones that need to see banner” — it should be the other way around actually. make people who go to see the movie watch an ad telling them that *gasp* there is actually a Batman comic series being published monthly! More than one in fact!

    • Putting the barcode on the back wouldn’t work because:

      A) Tthe back cover is an ad and

      B) Because my lcs that uses a scanner to scan the barcode and does me the courtesy of bagging and boarding all the books on my pull-list and they’d have to open every comic and take it out of the bag just to scan it.

  6. I like how there’s still the “Dark Knight Rises” banner at the top, like anyone out there who’s reading the Batman comic is going to be like “FUCK ME THERE’S A NEW BATMAN MOVIE OUT NEXT WEEK?!”.

  7. I’m sure DC has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to marketing. They really should listen to us *sarcasm*

    Really looking forward to this. I’m anticipating this being my PotW, but there’s a couple of tough contenders this go-round.

  8. I’m reading this digitally and waiting a month, so that I can get it for $1.99. I’m so excited to read last issue!

  9. Batman doesn’t need advertisements. He is BATMAN.

  10. Ready to be under-whelmed by this self-proclaimed epic. Hoping to be wrong.

    • And here I’m a huge 100 Bullets fan… hope you’re not too underwhelmed, agent Graves 🙂

    • Yeah sorry dude. Obviously I’m in the tiniest minority ever but this run has just been ok for me rather than awesome like your black mirror run. And just when I was considering dropping it (in singles anyway) you go and plan a joker story! How am I supposed to not buy that?? lol

  11. That is one amazing cover. It’s amazing how Capullo can put so much beauty into these covers AND do twenty pages every month. The book has only been delayed once and I think it was more because DC changed the schedule of the book rather than giving Capullo more time.

    • Greg puts everything he has into every cover, every page. The guy is really a big inspiration for me.

    • @TNC ~ Absolutely, man. Capullo is getting some great praise, but it honestly doesn’t seem enough. Those covers have consistently been some of the best on the shelves (esp superhero genre), & the craziest thing is, the amount of visual symbolism he’s been sneaking into a mainstream superhero book is ridiculous. Subtle parallel layouts & really artful iconography. His storytelling has been amazing, & like you said, it’s on a strictly monthly basis for a whole year now.

  12. This story, as a whole, has been very original. Its been a great read. If u read this Scott, thank u. I have enjoyed this story immensely, as well as Greg’s art. I’ve loved his art since waaay back in his X-force days. Best book on the shelves, hands down. HUZZAH!!

  13. http://i.newsarama.com/images/bm_cv11_r1_02.jpg

    For those who want the cover with out the banner, logo, text, etc. bingo a new iPhone lock screen for you:)

    • Gotta admit, that’s pretty damn sweet…

    • Here’s the designer in me coming out… but I think you need that logo at least. Looks like Capullo created the cover with the rising Batman’s silhouette shape to roughly mirror the masthead logo above it. Which is freaking awesome.

  14. I can’t see how this won’t be my PotW.

  15. Banners do suck, but I would buy this issue even if the whole cover was an advertisement for the Kevin James, MMA, bad teacher trying to save the school movie.

  16. I’m not a Batman fan, but I’ve enjoyed this. Snyder has probably the most rock solid grasp of craft of anyone working in comics today. There are guys who do bigger concept stuff, do more cutting edge experimental stuff (Grant Morrison, for instance) but no one understands story structure better than Scott Snyder.

    Kudos to you, sir.

  17. Y’know, I should feel competitive that Scott’s got THREE freakin’ books coming out the same week as the debut of Sparrow & Crowe, but… really I’m just honored that our book is in such good company. I’m looking forward to this book like you wouldn’t believe. I completely loved what Scott and Jock did with Dick Grayson in Detective, but this Court of Owls story has been some of the most fun, thrilling adventure/mystery serial stuff I’ve read in a while. Can’t wait to see how it all wraps up!

  18. This story has been ten great issues a row. I doubt this one will ruin that run. I dont mind dropping the money on a sure thing.

    I’m reall looking forward to next issue, partly for a change of pace, but because I am really curious about Harper.

  19. Love how Scott is down with ifanboy 😀

    • tripleneck tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      Yeah, seems like he drops by here once a month just to let ya know that,

      like the Batman,

      he’s watching….

      and he’s knows what you’re doing….

  20. This team is amazing. Snyder and Capullo are an explosive mix for comic books.

    This arc has been great and I think the upcoming “Death of the Family” arc is going to be just as good if not better.

  21. Quite a while since I have been this excited for a conclusion to a well written story. I have to give my thanks to Snyder for so far writing a wonderful Batman story. I just hope the conclusion can be as epic, as the story itself.

  22. The thing I’ve loved about this run is that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have seemed to pull all of the tiniest aspects of Bruce Wayne and Batman that I love from across all the forms of media the caped crusader’s shown up in. It’s like the 1990s animated series grew up alongside me.

    He’s invented a brand new villain and group that doesn’t just stand out as a great new villain, which is hard enough to do, but he does it in BATMAN nonetheless, the man whose rogues gallery is arguably the best out there to begin with.

    And don’t even get me started on Greg Capullo. I was ready to drop “Haunt” until Capullo jumped on and he kept stringing me along just because I loved the hell out of his art. I was excited when I saw he’d be moving onto this project with Snyder but I don’t think I had any clue that his stylings would mesh so well with the world of Gotham.

    The book’s consistently fantastic and top of my stack every week, it’s one of the few arcs that I’ve reread several times without it even being finished yet, and it’s been one of the top works I’ve read since I got back into comics a couple years back.

    Thanks Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo for keepin’ the kid inside me alive.

  23. Well, that was pretty great. Anybody who read my previous comment on last month’s issue now gets to watch me eat humble pie. Its embarrassing, but I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. What a great ending.

    (SPOILER ALERT)

    I think the ambiguity of this final chapter is actually good for the story. Lincoln is left still believing that he is the brother of Bruce Wayne, even though he almost certainly isn’t (and, in my view, could never be). Once he learns that he isn’t a Wayne, he will probably become even more deranged and feel even more slighted, which makes me look forward to his return.

    …He is a wordy bastard though, isn’t he? I think he’d be scarier if he pontificated a little bit less. Just a thought.

    Like most of the best Batman stories, Bruce Wayne ends this one back in the bosom of his ‘family’, the core members of which (Jim Gordon, Dick Grayson & Alfred) all appear in one form or another. Dick and Bruce’s scene was moving, resonant and satisfying, as was Alfred’s scene over his Father’s grave site in the back-up feature. Bruce is left determined to track down answers that he may never find and, perhaps most tantalizing of all, The Court is still out there, watching, waiting…Biding its time.

    The “I’m your evil brother, Mwahahaha!” reveal would have been schlocky, unoriginal and hackneyed had that been all there was to it. We’d probably remember it as a step too far in an otherwise great story. Instead, the reveal was a plot device that was wielded masterfully.

    This served to remind me just how much I care about Batman and his fictional world (as well as how nerdishly protective of it I can be). Just think about all the debate this issue caused, it really stirred up a lot of emotion. I was really disappointed by the ‘evil brother’ reveal, but I still picked up the next issue, curious, no? This story turned Batman into the most discussed book online for a while, which can only be a good thing in the light of the new movie’s impending release.

    What’s more, we have a new villain out there who is a) convinced that he is Batman’s brother (joining Hush & Dr. Hurt in that respect, but still) and b) Now an enemy of The Court Of Owls, something that will hopefully cause some interesting three-way conflicts in future stories.

    Mr. Snyder – I tip my hat to you, sir.

  24. Perfect ending. Love the ambiguity.

  25. Just read this issue whilst listening to the score for The Dark Knight rises. I joined just to comment on how staggeringly good this comic has been! With this and Black Mirror back to back sir Snyder has done what Frank Miller did to Batman all those years ago and justified the “long” story arc. At no point did it feel like the story was dragging it’s feet and so many things went full circle. I have never read a Batman story that added so much to the character and mythos. The court is now always at the back of my mind as part of Batman whenever I’m reading a Batman story. And as someone who studies art and hopes to draw comics one day… I’ve spent so many hours examining Capullos work and doing my best to get how it works and have become a better artist for those things.

  26. I’m obviously in the minority, but I thought the beginning of this story was much, much stronger than the end. I loved the first several issues — the “Court” stuff — but I just don’t think the big, epic action stuff is quite in Snyder’s wheelhouse. Even in a comic about evil frozen owl ninjas, that climactic scene with the airplane in this issue was just too much for me to swallow. Capullo’s been consistently great, though.

  27. Only one criticism – It was stupid when Batman hung onto the turbine of an airplane, that would be impossible and theres no way he would ever be able to hear a conversation. Also don’t see how he could get from the turbine to the top of the wing. Really didn’t like that scene brought down the whole issue for me. Except for that I have loved this story so much it’s probably one of the best batman stories I have ever read.

    • Heh. I also kept thinking “How fast must the tiny jets in the Talon’s suit be propelling him?!” Silly scene.

    • tripleneck tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      I was also thinking, naw, that’s impossible. But then I was like, oh yeah, I’m reading a comic book and it’s the Goddamn Batman! THAT’s just how much of a badass he is.

    • Yeah, I didn’t get that either. How did he get to the top of the wing from the turbine?

  28. Comic fans often complain about “wordiness”. Few things drive me crazier than that complaint. Personally I feel I’m getting my money’s worth when it takes me a while to read. There is a limit however. I think Snyder could’ve trimmed the fat a bit when it came to March’s pontificating. I don’t mind villain speeches, but a lot of that was rather redundant. Also, Snyder pushed the suspension of disbelief a bit by having it take place during a zipline drag. There’s just no way to justify a conversation that takes place inside a jet turbine. Bruce’s one-liners were great (both of them), but if Bruce had never responded, it wouldn’t have taken me out of the story the way it did. But those are nitpicks. I expected this to be a talky issue.

    What I did NOT expect was how action packed this was. Capullo brought the fucking thunder in this final issue. The action was visceral, dynamic, and fluid simultaneously. That’s not easy to achieve. It was pulse pounding. You really got a sense of how high the stakes were. Dialog aside, I really enjoyed the turbine scene, as I’m always a sucker for the old Batman-plants-a-mine-on-the-baddy-during-the-fight trick. Gets me every time.

    Snyder’s obvious love for The Animated Series really shines through. And being roughly the same age as Snyder, it’s something I really appreciate. Everything from Batman’s one-liners (“You’re not my brother. You’re a lunatic in a bird suit.”), to the “UHNNN” as he’s thrown through some dry-wall scream Timm/Conroy. I always hear Kevin Conroy’s voice when I read Bruce, but it’s especially resonant when Snyder writes him.

    Good ending to a great run so far. Can’t wait for more. I give it a high-end 4/5. But I’m a tough 5.

    • Great review. I agree with everything you say here. The dialogue in the turbine scene got my attention too, but the scope of the scene and Capullo’s execution of it was so impressive that I don’t mind.

    • Hey, I just wanted to say that my complaint about ‘wordiness’ isn’t limited to comic books, its actually something that affects pretty much every writer out there (novels, theater, TV…You name it). When you write a character, one of the hardest things to do is trim their dialogue, because if you trim it down too far you cook out all the juice and if you don’t trim it far enough you end up with overly loquacious characters who don’t sound believable.

      Its true that some people talk more than others (as is no doubt evidenced by my mammoth posts of the last couple weeks! lol), but I found that the pages that featured Lincoln were crammed with word balloons and that Lincoln repeats himself and goes round in circles (he says “welcome to the dark side of the mirror” or some variation of it in both 10 & 11, for example) some of it could have been cut, that’s all I’m saying. I loved the issue, as I said.

      If a guy in an owl suit broke into my home, I’d freak out. But I’d freak out a heck of a lot less if he was prancing around and chatting to me than if he just stared at me. Its a psychological thing.

      I think I understand what you mean about comic readers complaining about too many words, it can make us look like idiots. But in this instance, I was referring solely to the dialogue, which I occasionally find a little too ‘word-heavy’. Having said that, Dick & Bruce’s discussion at the end was actually much longer, but felt totally warranted, as we don’t often get to see Bruce express his feelings verbally like that. So I may not have been saying what you thought I was saying.

      Peace.

    • @APoetSomeday: I wasn’t targeting anyone in particular. Just seemed like a common gripe about this issue. It’s all good. I agree that Dick and Bruce’s discussion was a way better payoff than the conversation with March.

  29. I thought Synder could have come up with something smarter or more original than letting the villain monologue until Batman gains the upper hand. Twice.

    Typical finale to an otherwise great story.

  30. SPOILERS!

    Did anyone else get confused about when Batman placed that bomb on Owlman’s back? His hand was tied and he was dangling by his arm for most of that fight. The only time he couldn’ve done it was on the 3rd page 1st panel. I talked about this in my review *plug*

    • I think you answered your own question there (3rd page, first panel). Keep in mind that there is time between the panels. All Bruce needs is a split second. March (not Owlman) was so busy talking he would never have noticed. If Snyder and Capullo had shown you Bruce planting the mine, the payoff would’ve been meaningless.

    • i was a bit confused as to how Batman climbed out of that huge turbine and onto the wing. besides that “he’s batman” of course.

    • @JokersNuts: HAHA!! Yyyyeah … I got nothin’ there.

      He’s Batman.

  31. My Theory: Batman lets you get a hit in so that he can plant the bomb. The first, or second time you punch him is a fake, designed to let you think you have the upper hand. That way, if you actually GET the upper hand – he blows yo ass up!

  32. WEAKSAUCE. This was probably the lousiest ending ever. Muddled and odd and even the sequential storytelling of the art seemed off. This just fell apart for me in the last two issues of what had been such a great run.

  33. I kept waiting for the bad guy to yell “I AM THE HOLE IN THE HOLE IN THINGS!”

  34. so, um…does anyone know when the Dark Knight Rises comes out?

  35. Overall, “The Court of Owls” was by far one of the best stories ever told. Snyder was able to get inside Batman’s head and mess with him like very few have done, while Capullo was nothing short of awesome. Nothing’s ever perfect, but this stoy was pretty darn close.

    Please check my mini-review of Batman #11 here:

    http://bit.ly/SjcePm

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

  36. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. i think the art really saved this one.
    i like(or at least don’t mind) chatty villains, but redundant ones? not so much.
    the airplane “thing” was ridiculous. even for a comic. of course, while falling batman did say “suit…dead. nothing left. no power.” which leads me to believe that his bat-suit provides him with a power boost. like owlman. it’s the only way i can make sense of it. maybe i overlooked that along the way somewhere.

  37. Not the 5-star book last issue was, but a good issue.

    I enjoyed The Court of Owls storyline a great deal, but I am glad it is over and look forward to some shorter stories for the next few issues.

    Really looking forward to the 0-issue Bat-books.

  38. I was initially not looking forward to an issue-long fight but the dialogue from ‘Thomas’ gave a lot to his motivation. Whether he was a manipulation of the Court or telling truth will, I’m sure, come out in time.

    I think this whole storyline shows how beneficial it is to have it spread over 10-12 issues. I find, in arcs lasting 4-6 issues, something gets left behind and there is usually an unsatisfactory conclusion.

    Here, there is closure, perhaps temporary, however it is now preparing for the next arc, Joker etc.

    In terms of DC, I hope the upcoming Lantern War is handled just as well.

    Twitter: Martel_79

  39. I really loved this issue. Awesome wrap up to an awesome story. Scott Snyder has now surpassed Grant Morrison as my favorite writer. Before this R.I.P. was my favorite Batman story, but it is now the Court Of Owls. Awesome job Scott! Can’t wait for the return of the Joker this fall!!

  40. It looked to me like Bruce’s “brother” exploded and then Batman fell off the plane. But as soon as Batman landed in the building there was his enemy back in a flash! Was I the only one thrown by that? Was it just a smoke screen that Batman confused the guy with or an actual explosive?

  41. Oh yeah, I forgot about that part. That was confusing. Even if it wasn’t a bomb it should have at least delayed Bruce’s Brother for a while but he was there in a flash as soon as Bruce landed.

  42. I’m still hung up on how a second-born son would be named Jr. Not many fathers would snub/insult their first-born sons like that, which is probably why it’s so rare. Why did Scott Snyder choose that? Why couldn’t this “brother” have been named Michael Wayne, for example?

    • Ah, I guess Snyder was merely teasing the allusion to Morrison’s JLA: EARTH 2, which featured a Thomas Wayne Jr. who was born to his father Thomas Sr. after Bruce and Martha had been gunned down and killed. Still weird that Snyder’s characters in this “Court of Owls” arc never point out the oddity of it…

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