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Written by Scott Snyder & James T Tynion IV
Pencilled by Greg Capullo & Rafael Albuquerque
Inked by Jonathan Glapion & Rafael Albuquerque
Colored by FCO Plascencia
Lettered by Comicraft
Cover by Greg Capullo, Dave McCaig, & FCO Plascencia

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

(NOTE: If you’re reading all “Night of the Owls” tie-ins, I think this issue is chronologically last of this week’s releases, and will spoil part of BATGIRL #9. DETECTIVE COMICS #9 occurs between panels of this issue.)

BATMAN #9 picks up, of course, where #8 left off, with Batman doing his best Tony Stark impression in an effort to hold off the Talons in the Batcave long enough for Alfred to drop the temperature to sub-zero levels.

Without giving anything away, the fight’s cool, and Batman’s got more tricks up his sleeve than just a suit of powered armor.

The action doesn’t stop there (you didn’t think Bats would lose, did you?), which will come as no surprise if you read DETECTIVE last week. Better still, this isn’t just an action issue, as it well could have been – it continues to be the core of the Court of Owls universe, and starts to move the plot to its post-“Night” destination.

The art is great. I’ve been only moderately whelmed by Capullo’s work on the series, but he really nails it in this issue. This team just continues to make Batman one of the best books on offer today.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. I have a really crazy theory that I’d just like to throw out there. As pertaining to “The Fall of the House of Wayne” back up story, I believe that Jarvis Pennyworth has “doomed us all,” as he put it, because he found out a secret about the Waynes…a secret that caused a Talon to be sent after him. Martha says something about it being time to “leave the nest,” and I’ve noticed that nest is a word used only in connotation with the court of owls so far in this story….So perhaps Thomas and Martha somehow were involved with the court, Jarvis found out, a Talon came for him, and things went wrong with the Waynes and the Court, so to not make htings look suspicious they hired some no name “Joe Chill” to gun down Thomas and Martha. Eh? What do you all think?? Too crazy to be possible?

    Loved this issue, and the whole series. I read all 9 issues tonight just because I needed to see everything at once, you know? And then this theory came to me….oh, and I looked so hard for some sort of cryptic writing on the wall of names in the “toy Gotham” of the Court’s lair…but I couldn’t find anything…except for a strange mentioning of crimelabs… Few other things I noticed, Pandora shows up in issue 2 as the talon hits the car, and the entire Court of Owls mirrors Batman/Bruce Wayne (as do all of his good villains, ex: two-face – kind of obvious… the Riddler mirrors his intellect, the Joker is is absolute opposite, Mr. Freeze deals with grief in a poor fashion, etc.). Just like Bruce has a vision for the city, and even a toy replica of Gotham, so too do the Court have a vision and a toy city of Gotham. The Court’s bidding is done by a masked supervillain, and Bruce’s bidding is done by a masked superhero. Love everything about this series!

    • You’ve done a little more thinking about this than I, clearly, but the possibility that the events in the backup foreshadowed the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne did occur to me as I was reading it. Personally, I hope that’s not the case. There’s something tremendously effective about the death of the Waynes being the result of random violence, something that would be lost if it were, in fact, part of a larger conspiracy. And that has to be a crime Bruce can’t solve.

      I’m enjoying the backup, though, so I hope that whatever Jarvis has done is as intriguing as it seems like it might be.

    • I can’t recall where, it may have only been on Twitter but I think I remember Snyder stating that he liked Thomas and Martha Wayne’s killer being faceless rather than part of a larger chronology or mythology. Could have changed his mind but he sounded pretty definitive.

    • Riiight, I remember that Twitter discussion.

  2. That’s a good point you both make about the Wayne’s killer. I think I agree too. Whatever direction this story takes, I’m sure it’ll be great, and I can’t wait to read it!

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