To find a space for new stories, Snyder looked not to Batman but rather to Gotham City. By stripping back the city's history and revealing a cabal that has hidden in the shadows for centuries, manipulating people and events, including Batman himself.
The new Essential Edition, out now from DC Comics, collects the first 11 issues of Snyder's New 52 run. That's the entire saga from rumor, to exposure to confrontation to victory. It's really the best way to introduce yourself to this new threat to the Dark Knight.
I read these stories piecemeal and maybe out of order in their trade paperback form. The new Essential Edition lays the story out in one giant sprawling read just the way it was meant to be.
The sinister nature of the Court of Owls and their plan to plant doubt in the mind of Batman are the heart of this story and Snyder executes at a masterful level.
The Court of Owls has already appeared on Gotham and in the animated Batman v. Robin film. They've become firmly entrenched in the Batman mythos, so this sprawling collection is a great way to get to know this new addition to the rogue's gallery.
The Court of Owls Essential Edition is available now wherever you buy your comics.