Written By: Judd Winick
Pencils By: David Finch
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
Given that the last Dark Knight issue felt a little loose, despite the cool Arkham setting, this Night of the Owls chapter actually feels of worth. Following a single Owl assassin we begin with his ‘death’ (or indeed one of a couple) and hop back in time to see his history. There’s a wonderful tie in to Dick Grayson that weaves this whole Court of Owls into Batman mythology once again and its great to hear an Owl’s point of view on Batman and how his presence in Gotham did actually have an effect on this organisation that’s been living behind the scenes. I mean come on, who doesn’t love those moments that sell The Bat as something to put the fear into baddies?
Anyway, this issue pretty much hovers around the one location (Lincoln March’s office) and while there is the usual unstoppable assassin fight between Batman and this Owl it’s short, sharp, very much told from the Owl’s POV and a nice celebration of Batman’s image to his foes.
There’s one downer her. The comic’s cover should be ignored because those expecting Tim Drake to have his own tussle with an Owl will be disappointed (he literally shows up for one frame). Essentially this issue sets up bigger things to come. Don’t get me wrong it’s a strong story in itself and sets up an Owl assassin to become something more than simply ‘this week’s challenge’ but by the time the end of this issue rolls around there’s a sense that this is the last turn of the Night of the Owls wheel before the point of the crossover event comes to a head. Everyone’s in place, we seem to finally be over the Gothamites attacks and now Batman and his Robins are looking forward to taking the fight to The Court it seems.