A secret society of people who want to control the entire city through capitalist schemes? Batman’s Court of Owls and Talon are made for Scooby-Doo.

Warning: SPOILERS for The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3One of the biggest team-ups in comics today is Batman and Scooby Dooand together they must face a Batman villain who fits perfectly into Scooby’s universe.

Scooby and the gang recently ran into trouble when they accepted a birthday invitation to Gotham’s Owl Court Hotel. Not many people show up because the hotel is apparently haunted. More than a century ago, the hotel was established by a man who wanted to use the rumors of the Owl Court as inspiration for his hotel. Apparently offended by the name, the court sent their assassin, Talon, after the man. Over the years, various individuals have purchased the hotel and planned to renovate it to bring it back to life. But Talon shows up time and time again to scare them away.


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IN The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 by Matthew Cody and Erich Owen, Bruce Wayne attends the party and tries to buy the hotel from its current owner. However, the man refuses because it was first established by his ancestor and he does not want to let it go. During the party, Talon shows up and tries to scare everyone away. Bruce Wayne makes an exit for Batman to appear. Eventually, with Batman’s help, Scooby and the gang discover that the Talon they see is actually the hotel’s owner and his wife. They have used the hotel as a base of criminal operations and dressed up as Talon to scare people away.

The Court of Owls are typical Scooby villains

Batman Scooby Doo Talon

Batman’s legendary Court of Owls story is dark and deep in the Batman mythology. Talon is a truly deadly villain and the Court of Owls are master manipulators not to be trifled with. But this story takes the concept of Court and breaks it down to its core, which fits perfectly into the crazy universe of Scooby-Doo. The reveal of Talon’s identity is classic Scooby Doo as Fred lifts Talon’s mask to reveal the old hotelier underneath. The wife even has classic Scooby Doo dialogue as she vows revenge.

At its core is Scooby Doo franchise is about exposing the supernatural to reveal that the actual villains are real people all along. These are people driven by everything from greed to revenge, genuine human emotions that powerful people often feel entitled to. This describes the Ugleretten perfectly. The court use themselves as the true masters of Gotham. In this issue, the hotel owner uses the rumors and spooky stories surrounding Talon as a means to keep control of his hotel. It follows the perfect Scooby Doo blueprint which allows this Batman villain to fit seamlessly into that universe.

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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 is now available from DC Comics.

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