The Dark Knight Reads: Fifteen Essential Batman Graphic NovelsThe Bat-books that formed a hero
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15. ‘Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls’
They call it the New 52: a line-wide relaunch of all of DC's superhero properties, turning back the clock on their histories and shaking up the origins of some of the more moribund titles. For Batman's debut storyline in this brave new world, he's fighting the Court of Owls, a shadowy/feathery conspiracy of Gotham's most powerful residents that picks apart Batman's brain like an owl pellet. Rising-star writer Scott Snyder's talky, twisty, pulpy plot and artist Greg Capullo's scratchy 1990s-throwback artwork have made their Batman DC's most popular non-team title; it looks set to define the character for some time to come.