Batman #8


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Batman #8


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Greg Capullo
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapton
  • Colors: FCO Plascencia
  • Story Title: Attack on Wayne Manor
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Apr 18, 2012

"I've come to understand how wrong I've been."

In this prelude to Batman’s impending epic crossover, Night of the Owls, an unprepared Dark Knight watches as the Court of Owls unfurls their talons and strikes at the elite of Gotham City.  Never before has the true strength and size of the Court’s ranks been shown, whose vicious claws breach into the halls of Wayne Manor and the houses of civil servants across the city. 

Batman #8 sits alongside Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run as a book that continues to delve into the secret history and uncovered truth of Gotham City.  Bruce Wayne’s opening monologue about the heart of Gotham is bitter sweet, as it simultaneously gives an insight into his mind while also shining a light on the Dark Knight’s insecurities.  This insight into Wayne comes to an all-too-brief end as the Court invades Gotham and Wayne Manor alike.  Armed with several new enhancements and the military talents of Alfred Pennyworth, however, Bruce uses the strengths of the Batcave itself to defeat the intruders in several beautifully drawn sequences by Greg Capullo.  Building upon Batman’s emotional breakdown that dominated issues #5 and #6, watching Bruce utilize every skill in his arsenal, including his home, proved to be the turning point for a hero that has been physically and mentally destroyed.

Batman #8 is the final stepping stone for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s impending Night of the Owls crossover.  The scope of the Court of Owls' attack is sure to be massive, as every ally of Batman is tapped to take Gotham City back from the Court’s clutches.  Every step of the way the Court has proven to be more than a capable foe for the Dark Knight, making next month’s retaliation almost too difficult to wait for.

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