Snyder Unveils the History of the Court of Owls in "Batman"

The original version of this story reported that the back-up stories would run in "Batman' and "Detective Comics." We have since learned Scott Snyder's tale will appear in "Batman" while Tony Daniel's Two-Face story will be the back-up story in "Detective.

After informing fans that "Batman" and "Detective Comics" will increase in size by eight pages -- and in price by a dollar -- come April, DC Comics has announced specific details about what fans can expect from the back-up stories that will expand on Batman's corner of the New 52 DC Universe.

In an interview with Newsarama, Executive VP-Sales, Marketing and Business Development John Rood and Senior VP-Sales Bob Wayne announced that as of April's #8 issues, "Batman" and "Detective Comics" will make the leap from 32 pages to 40 and from $2.99 to $3.99. In a post on DC's blog, The Source, the publisher announced that the first chapter of a story revealing the history of the Court of Owls will debut in "Batman" #8 with subsequent chapters appearing "Batman" in the months to come.

"Batman" writer Scott Snyder is crafting the storyline, which will expand on the tale he and artist Greg Capullo are telling in their debut story arc. Joining Snyder on the back-ups is his "American Vampire" partner, artist Rafael Albuquerque, and co-writer James Tynion IV.

"The first backup, in issue eight will give a sense of the terrifying scope of the Court of Owls' attack on Gotham," Snyder told The Source. "This really will be the first shot in a war for the soul of Gotham City. And then, starting in issue nine, we'll begin a three part story called 'The Fall of the House of Wayne' that will investigate the secret history of the Court of Owls and its relationship to the Wayne family - particularly to Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce's parents. The story will be told from the point of view of Jarvis Pennyworth, Alfred's father, and offer some big surprises and shocks about the forces that shaped the bat-mythology as we know it. Can't wait for you all to see these stories!"

Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Batman, DC Comics and the Court of Owls.

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