Batman's "Night of the Owls" Crossover Goes to the Old West

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Posted by gmanfromheck (42501 posts) - - Show Bio

Ever since Scott Snyder brought the idea of the Court of Owls to Gotham City, we've been seeing bits about their history. The Court has supposedly existed for over a Century yet Batman was certain there was no truth to that. He discovered their true nature the hard way.

With the upcoming Night of the Owls crossover in all the Bat-Family titles, it's not just today's heroes of Gotham that will be dealing with them. We'll also be seeing the Court's existence going back to the 1880s in the pages of ALL-STAR WESTERN.

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Late last week, DC's The Source revealed some of the plans in how Jonah Hex will be dealing with the Court in his time period. ALL-STAR WESTERN co-writer, Justin Gray, said the following:

'Plans within plans.' That’s one of my favorite lines from Frank Herbert’s eco-sci-fi epic, Dune. It is also one of the hardest things to convey in a monthly comic where readers are often second-guessing the outcome or direction of a series. There is always a larger plan at work and things are never quite what they seem. Both Batman and Jonah Hex have been discovering this fact in their own unique ways. Having chosen Gotham City as the unlikely setting for ALL-STAR WESTERN, Jimmy and I thought long and hard about the different ways we could make the book interesting to both new readers and the Jonah Hex faithful. To do that we began our initial arc with the secret society called The Crime Bible trying to establish its roots in 1880’s Gotham. At the same time over in BATMAN, readers were introduced to The Court of Owls.

By now you know both organizations existed long before the caped crusader launched his one-man campaign to save the soul of a city. So starting in May, The Court of Owls, the Talon, the secret history of Gotham, Crime Bible, Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham…some of the most unlikely and surprising elements start falling seamlessly in to place. It has been months and months in the making, but the plans within plans are coming to fruition and even the most cynical fan has to admit this New 52 thing is pretty damn exciting.

If seeing the Court back in the 1880s wasn't enough, DC has also shownGreg Capullo's designs for a 'mid-Victorian' era Talon that will be a threat in the pages of BIRDS OF PREY during the crossover.

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Capullo commented:

Now I’m thinking Jack the Ripper. Cloaks and lots of layers. A bird’s feathers are all layered. Perfect.

Guess we'll be finding out a little about the Court from the 1840s as well. This appears to be DC's first major crossover since the "New 52" started and it's shaping up to be one of the best we've seen in a while.

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#1 Posted by ThePRez (466 posts) - - Show Bio

looks great but why included hex

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#2 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

More crossovers are coming though for the Month of May from what I know. But yes this is probably the most significant crossover that the New 52 will have for that time. I'm truly fascinated by it now, and absolutely LOVE that cover to All-Star Western!

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#3 Posted by Sammo21 (733 posts) - - Show Bio

@ThePRez: Because he is in Gotham at the time the Court of Owls were shaping Gotham.

I am pretty excited for this crossover. Looks like even Jason Todd will be helping to fight against the owls. I guess this is DCs first real cross over event since New 52 launched as it crosses over into any title involving Gotham City and the "Bat family".

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#4 Posted by MonkeyToe (416 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep, I am definitely pumped for this one too. Batman's comic has been one of the best of all the New 52 titles and expanding on that story into a crossover event can only spell good things for some of the more mediocre books in the line-up.

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45760 posts) - - Show Bio
@ThePRez said:

looks great but why included hex

I guess it's an excuse to have him tied to the rest of the DCU. Some people find it off putting that Hex does not really impact anything except his own little pocket world and I would think DC are using this as a way round that.
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#6 Posted by deadpool25mm (864 posts) - - Show Bio

lol i knew this would be, since Hex is in Gotham.

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#7 Posted by KidSupreme (854 posts) - - Show Bio

thats soo cool

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#8 Posted by Michiel76 (192 posts) - - Show Bio

I just love how this is called a crossover, but when marvel does it it's suddenly an event (and then the hate begins)

Still i'm loving the new 52 and i'm looking forward to this "crossover"

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#9 Posted by feargalr (1245 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't frakking wait for the night of the owls...

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#10 Posted by HeroMuseum (18 posts) - - Show Bio

Enjoying the whole Court of Owls crossover thing, looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. I'm sure (hoping) some remnant of them will still remain after they are inevitably beaten, so we can see them pop up again from time to time. Interesting villains with potential for future stories.

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#11 Posted by Ganthetsward20 (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Has the series been leading up to this or will it feel like it was just shoved in?

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#12 Posted by The Stegman (37556 posts) - - Show Bio

   Meh, still not gonna read All Star Western, just not my cup o' tea.

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#13 Posted by chroinkero (91 posts) - - Show Bio

I probably won't read this anyway, but this looks awesome!

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#14 Posted by Herx (531 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been enjoying this series, and the dynamic duo take with both Hex and Arkham. Cosidering that most of my other titles are falling into the owls crossover I'm actualy going to be looking forward to this as its actualy a plesent suprise that its happening with hex (and then you remeber that since this series has begun Hex has been in Gotham.... and trying to get out as soon as he possibly can).

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#15 Posted by The Impersonator (8133 posts) - - Show Bio

@ThePRez said:

looks great but why included hex

because the owls have existed in his time period. =P

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#16 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8212 posts) - - Show Bio

Man i so wanna read this and the Jonah Hex Talon looks femae

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#17 Posted by Jorgevy (5165 posts) - - Show Bio

The most awesome thing is that after reading the first issues of All Star Western and Batman I thought to myself, "damn, I wish they included the Owls in the 19th century Gotham" and now THEY DID!!


Love it! Will definitly read it!!

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#18 Posted by fACEmelter88 (702 posts) - - Show Bio

This, Aquaman, the Lantern books and I, Vampire are the best part of the New 52, I'm pretty damn excited about this I love Greg's style and Snyder actually got me back into reading Batman.

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#19 Posted by zackattack529 (1408 posts) - - Show Bio

this is all great, but what i wanna know is will i have to buy all the bat titles to under stand night of the owls. because i only read 3 bat titles (batman, nightwing, and red hood)

i hope i can under stand the full story just by reading those 3 titles because im on a budget with comics this year :/

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