History ComicBook / NightOfTheOwls

22nd Apr '18 1:55:47 PM MadAnthony94
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* OrphanageOfFear: Willowwood Home for Children. Basically think Arkham but instead of supervillains all the inmates are disturbed little kids. It's hinted that it was not as terrible in the past, but the deaths of the Waynes dried up their funding and fell into decay and institutional corruption.
31st Oct '17 7:08:12 PM urutapu
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For the most part, the story arc takes place in Gotham City, now being called the City of Owls due to the attack on it by the Court of Owls. However, the overreaching story arc also takes place in Wayne Manor and the outskirts of Gotham City. Such cities as Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans are featured prominently as well.

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For the most part, the story arc takes place in Gotham City, now being called renamed the City of Owls due to the attack on it by as the Court of Owls. begins its full-out attack. However, the overreaching story arc also takes place in Wayne Manor and the outskirts of Gotham City.Gotham. Such cities as Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans are featured prominently as well.
31st Oct '17 5:59:03 PM DLMaximum1
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* UngratefulBastard: Mr. Freeze is protected from one of the Talon assassins by Red Arrow and Starfire, the latter of whom reassures him that he's under her protection. Mr. Freeze's response is to blast her with his freeze ray. [[UnstoppableRage She does not take this rejection of her courtesy well. At all.]]

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* UngratefulBastard: Mr. Freeze is protected from one of the Talon assassins by Red Arrow Arsenal and Starfire, the latter of whom reassures him that he's under her protection. Mr. Freeze's response is to blast her with his freeze ray. [[UnstoppableRage She does not take this rejection of her courtesy well. At all.]]
31st Oct '17 5:54:31 PM DLMaximum1
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This comic was one of the most successful storylines of the New 52 both critically and financially. The aftermath of the storyline would affect a number of series, among them Birds of Prey who'd recruit a Talon in the aftermath as a team member. Ramifications of this storyline continue in the post New 52 Batman landscape, such as ''ComicBook/DarkNightsMetal''.

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This comic was one of the most successful storylines of the New 52 both critically and financially. The aftermath of the storyline would affect a number of series, among them Birds of Prey who'd recruit a Talon in the aftermath as a team member. Ramifications of this storyline continue in the post New post-New 52 Batman landscape, such as ''ComicBook/DarkNightsMetal''.



* AcousticLicense: While comics are prone to this sort of thing, Batman #11 stands out. All throughout a fight involving screaming jet engines, explosions, and men getting punched through brick walls, [[spoiler:Lincoln March]] keeps up a steady stream of convoluted conversation regarding his back story.

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* AcousticLicense: While comics are prone to this sort of thing, Batman ''Batman'' #11 stands out. All throughout a fight involving screaming jet engines, explosions, and men getting punched through brick walls, [[spoiler:Lincoln March]] keeps up a steady stream of convoluted conversation regarding his back story.



** Near the very end, Batman corners one of the members of the Court of Owls and tells her that her husband fled without telling her, and that the Court is falling apart. She remains defiant while he's in the room...but when he leaves, she calls up her husband in a panic. And Batman traces the call to find out where the Court's gathering for a meeting.
** And shortly thereafter, during the final confrontation, one comes from [[spoiler: Lincoln March--after deciding that the Court of Owls had to die after supposedly being targeted by one of their assassins, he injected himself with the formula that resurrects and regenerates the Talons, then puts his own name on their hit list. Sure enough, one of the Talons shows up and kills him...allowing him to come back from the dead and put his master plan to usurp the Court of Owls into action.]]

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** Near the very end, Batman corners one of the members of the Court of Owls and tells her that her husband fled without telling her, and that the Court is falling apart. She remains defiant while he's in the room... but when he leaves, she calls up her husband in a panic. And Batman traces the call to find out where the Court's gathering for a meeting.
** And shortly thereafter, during the final confrontation, one comes from [[spoiler: Lincoln March--after deciding that the Court of Owls had to die after supposedly being targeted by one of their assassins, he injected himself with the formula that resurrects and regenerates the Talons, then puts his own name on their hit list. Sure enough, one of the Talons shows up and kills him... allowing him to come back from the dead and put his master plan to usurp the Court of Owls into action.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Rather than face Batman at full strength, the Court commits suicide when they realise they've been beaten]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Rather than face Batman at full strength, the Court commits suicide when they realise realize they've been beaten]].



* LovingAShadow: As revealed in Batman Annual #01, [[spoiler: Nora ISN'T Victor's wife. She was cryogenically preserved long before he was even BORN. He's just obsessed with her.]]

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* LovingAShadow: As revealed in Batman Annual #01, ''Batman Annual'' #1, [[spoiler: Nora ISN'T Victor's wife. She was cryogenically preserved long before he was even BORN. He's just obsessed with her.]]



* WhamEpisode: Batman #7 and Nightwing #7 both reveal that [[spoiler: Dick Grayson was meant to be recruited into the Talons]] and the Court unleashes all of the Talons on Gotham
** The end of Batman #10 [[spoiler: where Lincoln March is revealed to have faked his death, is a member of the Court of Owls, and alleges that he's a forgotten brother of Bruce. Issue 11 puts a lot of doubt on the claims of being Bruce's brother as Bruce himself points out]].

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* WhamEpisode: Batman ''Batman'' #7 and Nightwing ''Nightwing'' #7 both reveal that [[spoiler: Dick Grayson was meant to be recruited into the Talons]] and the Court unleashes all of the Talons on Gotham
Gotham.
** The end of Batman ''Batman'' #10 [[spoiler: where Lincoln March is revealed to have faked his death, is a member of the Court of Owls, and alleges that he's a forgotten brother of Bruce. Issue 11 puts a lot of doubt on the claims of being Bruce's brother as Bruce himself points out]].
5th Oct '17 12:36:12 AM Theriocephalus
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-> ''"[[AncientConspiracy Beware the Court of Owls]] [[BigBrotherIsWatching that watches all the time.]]\\
[[ManBehindTheMan Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch,]] behind granite and lime.\\

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-> ''"[[AncientConspiracy Beware ''"Beware the Court of Owls]] [[BigBrotherIsWatching Owls that watches all the time.]]\\
[[ManBehindTheMan
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Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch,]] perch, behind granite and lime.\\



They watch you at your hearth, [[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed.]]\\
Speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send [[ImplacableMan the Talon]] for your head."''

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They watch you at your hearth, [[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed.]]\\
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Speak not a whispered word of them, or they'll send [[ImplacableMan the Talon]] Talon for your head."''
18th Sep '17 3:14:02 PM einstein591
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They watch you at your hearth,[[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed.]]\\

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They watch you at your hearth,[[ParanoiaFuel hearth, [[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed.]]\\
18th Sep '17 3:13:31 PM einstein591
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-> ''"[[AncientConspiracy The Court of Owls watches,]]\\
[[BigBrotherIsWatching watches all the time.]]\\
[[ManBehindTheMan Ruling Gotham from shadowed perch,]]\\
behind granite and lime.\\

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-> ''"[[AncientConspiracy The Beware the Court of Owls watches,]]\\
Owls]] [[BigBrotherIsWatching that watches all the time.]]\\
[[ManBehindTheMan Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch,]]\\
perch,]] behind granite and lime.\\



They watch you at your hearth.\\
[[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed,]]\\
speak not a whispered word of them,\\
or they'll send [[ImplacableMan The Talon]] for your head."''

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They watch you at your hearth.\\
[[ParanoiaFuel
hearth,[[ParanoiaFuel they watch you in your bed,]]\\
speak
bed.]]\\
Speak
not a whispered word of them,\\
them, or they'll send [[ImplacableMan The the Talon]] for your head."''
2nd Jul '17 7:58:09 PM KrspaceT
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This comic was one of the most successful storylines of the New 52 both critically and financially. The aftermath of the storyline would affect a number of series, among them Birds of Prey who'd recruit a Talon in the aftermath as a team member. Ramifications of this storyline continue in the post New 52 Batman landscape, such as ''ComicBook/DarkNightsMetal''.
6th May '17 4:54:04 PM WillKeaton
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* YouHaveFailedMe: A few of the resurrected Talons have this in their backstory--whether out of sloppiness[[note]]for all of their declared power over Gotham, the Owls ''really'' don't like the prospect of media scrutiny -- such as that caused by outright missing cops instead of dead cops[[/note]], "misguided honor"[[note]]a colonial-era Talon armed his target and demanded that he fight for his life; this Talon ended up being spotted in the course of making this kill, and one of the witnesses he slew was an officer, leading to unwanted scrutiny for the Owls[[/note]], or failing to do a job properly, they were retired early. Often, part of the issue featuring them focuses on their attempts to atone for their mistakes, perceived or otherwise.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Court of Owls is rather prone to doing this, whether to their own Talons, the skilled trainer of said Talons[[note]]once they could resurrect their dead champions, they decided that they didn't need him anymore for training replacements -- hence his death that kickstarts the story arc[[/note]], or to Mr. Freeze (who helped develop the formula that resurrected the Talons in the first place). [[spoiler: Fittingly enough, Lincoln March decides that the Court has outlived ''their'' usefulness at the very end.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe: A few of the resurrected Talons have this in their backstory--whether out of sloppiness[[note]]for sloppiness,[[note]]for all of their declared power over Gotham, the Owls ''really'' don't like the prospect of media scrutiny -- such as that caused by outright missing cops instead of dead cops[[/note]], cops[[/note]] "misguided honor"[[note]]a honor,"[[note]]a colonial-era Talon armed his target and demanded that he fight for his life; this Talon ended up being spotted in the course of making this kill, and one of the witnesses he slew was an officer, leading to unwanted scrutiny for the Owls[[/note]], Owls[[/note]] or failing to do a job properly, they were retired early. Often, part of the issue featuring them focuses on their attempts to atone for their mistakes, perceived or otherwise.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Court of Owls is rather prone to doing this, whether to their own Talons, the skilled trainer of said Talons[[note]]once Talons,[[note]]once they could resurrect their dead champions, they decided that they didn't need him anymore for training replacements -- hence his death that kickstarts the story arc[[/note]], arc[[/note]] or to Mr. Freeze (who helped develop the formula that resurrected the Talons in the first place). [[spoiler: Fittingly enough, Lincoln March decides that the Court has outlived ''their'' usefulness at the very end.]]
21st Mar '17 11:15:35 PM MadAnthony94
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* CircusOfFear: The Court recruits its assassins from the circus [[spoiler: specifically the circus Dick Grayson grew up in. He was a candidate until Bruce adopted him]].


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* EvilCounterpart: The ultimate villain of the piece is a dark reflection of Bruce. He uses an owl motif to counter a bat, underwent intense training after completely changing his walk of life, is more familiar with Gotham than anyone, and his life took a turn for the worse when the Waynes were killed [[note]] He was in an institution for disabled children that the Wayne family funded; when they died the funding dried up, and the facility was given over to corrupt, abusive staff [[/note]]. And, of course, he claims to be -- may ''actually'' be -- [[spoiler: Bruce's brother]].


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* GreaterScopeVillain: The Court of Owls has controlled Gotham for centuries, and know secrets about it that even Batman doesn't- in fact, they may be the ultimate reason the city's so screwed up. Their backstory ties into everyone's: Bats', Alfred's, even Robin's. And Bruce suspects they may have had a hand in his parents' deaths [[spoiler: although it turns out he's wrong.]]


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* TheRemake: Of a sort. This last half of the story owes a lot to the "Boomerang Killer" story arc that started way back in 1974 in ''World's Finest''.
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