So, this whole “Court of Owls” thing is a lot bigger than I had anticipated. Beginning yesterday in “Batman” #8, the story which has been developing since the New 52’s “Batman” #1 will spread across all the other Bat-books and Gotham City-based titles in a crossover story called “Night of the Owls.” Scott Snyder, regular writer on “Batman” and mastermind behind the story, recently stated that “This is the big turning point where Bruce is going to kick some serious ass.”
The Court of Owls are secret organization dedicated to controlling Gotham City from the shadows, as Batman recently discovered. The Court has an army of highly trained assassins called The Talons who have been in hibernation for years, but were recently revived and set loose upon an unsuspecting Gotham. These Talon assassins all originate from different eras of the past and each is unique. Are Batman and the rest of Gotham’s heroes ready to deal with a threat of this magnitude?
The “Night of the Owls” crossover arc will occur across 11 titles: Batman, Detective Comics, Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Batwing, Birds of Prey, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and All-Star Western.
In “Detective Comics,” The Talons come to Arkham Asylum. Batman must save the administrator of the infamous insane asylum, Jerimiah Arkham, from a Talon assassin. Why does this Talon want Arkham, and what is the Court of Owl’s relationship to the asylum?
In honor of the event, ComicBook.com has compiled a list of the top 10 Batman artists of all time.
I look forward to seeing this event unfold. I’m especially excited to see how the era from which each Talon originated will affect their fighting style and interactions with the Gotham heroes they come into conflict with.