Batman and Robin #23.2




Release date

September 11, 2013
8.5 out of 10
Well-done. Not only does James Tynion IV do a fine job of reintroducing us to the Court of Owls and remind us of how scary they are, but he manages to get us excited about what’s to come in Talon as well. Not all of the spooky tales about the Court are a home run and we don’t learn any more about the Court’s motivations, but I think most of what you find here is very entertaining and a cut above most other Villains Month titles. And the artwork by Jorge Lucas is absolutely perfect for this collection of horror stories.
This issue will eventually continue in continuing issues of Talon, who is sure to play a prominent role with the Court of Owls and Villains month. I would absolutely recommend this issue for anyone who has been trying to stay current with the developments in Batman, as I am sure the Court of Owls is here to stay. In fact, they’ve been there in Gotham all along.
3.5 out of 5 stars
The previous complaint is at least somewhat addressed in this issue, as The Court of Owls is a large enough story to warrant a special. The Court of Owls has been one of the best creations of the New 52, perhaps the best creation. Honestly, this issue might actually have a fault in that it's only a single issue, when it's clear The Court of Owls could easily support a book of their own, albeit a limited one. Of particular note is the artwork by Jorge Lucas, who incorporated a darker look than I'm used to from his work, but works given the story.
10 out of 10
Honoring well the tradition of frightening lullabies and urban mythologies, Court of Owls is truly fantastic work of writing and art, and an absolute must read for anyone even vaguely enamored with the macabre and horror genre — not to mention anyone looking for a good old-fashioned disturbing scare.
Grade: C
It’s the gift that really needs to stop giving. A very good piece of evidence that the Court of Owl’s time has run its course.
8.9 out of 10 (Great)
This is a seriously killer issue and worth picking up even if Villains Month isn't your thing.
5 out of 5 stars
It's always great when a superhero comic focuses more on the story over than cheap action shots. Let's hope we get to see and find out more about the Court of Owls.