Batman has some of the most well known and interesting villains out of any super hero. from the joker to Riddler, Bane and Killer Crock, but for me there is only one that really sparks my imagination and that is the court of owls. Now maybe you don’t know who the court are yet, and that fine, they are a relatively new adversary for the Dark Knight but in my opinion one of the best in a long time. So if you haven’t heard of them yet then i urge you to go and get this trade back now.
They are a faceless secret society made up of the most powerful and influential family’s of Gotham who have been members of this Illuminati style group controlling the future of Gotham since its creation. Using the talons, their small army of immortal assassins they use to manipulate and control the city, through murder and bribery. They are seen as urban legend within Gotham told to children to make them behave and brush their teeth at night, even having a nursery rhyme about them:
Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send The Talon for your head.
They are such an interesting villain in my opinion because they are not a psychopath like the Joker or a mob boss like the Penguin. They are a cabal, they have an agenda and until now batman has not been in the way of their plans. They hide in plain sight having secret bases across the city hidden on the 13th floor of some of the oldest buildings in Gotham. To destroy them would mean destroying the city for they are Gotham city. This isn’t even the first time they have been involved with the Wayne family as in the past they killed Alan Wayne, Bruce Wayne grandfather. Over all i am just a massive fan of the court and cant wait for there inevitable return and i cant tell you how much you should get hold of the court of owls volume 1 and 2 because it is simply a fantastic story.