I was never a big fan of Batman other than the animated series and the Justice League cartoons. Sure, I enjoyed the classic runs like Hush, Long Halloween, Killing Joke, etc. but I never really cared about the character enough to go out and purchase a comic book. My buddy (and fellow Kronosspeakeasy writer and host of the Wednesday podcast) Paul kept telling me to pick up "Court of Owls" saying that I'd love it. So I pick it up on Comixology really cheap and couldn't put it down. I found myself actually giving a poop about Batman as well as Bruce Wayne. Scott Snyder has done an amazing job and has made me a fan of Batman.
I wrote a piece about Batman being more than just a meme and how making him unbeatable takes away from Batman and leaves no room for the character to grow. Since he always wins because he's Batman, the reader doesn't get to see the full extent of Batman's skills. You don't get to see him overcome obstacles since he "Always has a plan". Having just finished up until the point where Edward Nygma introduces himself to Gotham as the Riddler, I can firmly say that I am sold on the New 52 series. "Court of Owls", "City of Owls", "Death of the Family" (maybe the best Joker story I have ever read) and "Zero Year" showcase how smart Batman is, how hard it is to actually be Batman, and also showcases the toll it takes on the people around him. On one hand you love and respect Batman and Bruce Wayne for taking everything and resting it on their shoulders. You also get why Batman's family (Alfred, Nightwing, Robin, Red Robin, and Batgirl) would take offense and be upset that he isn't letting them in and or help him on a case. In "Death of the Family" it literally almost cost him everybody he loved because he wouldn't let them help.
When it appeared that Bruce Wayne had died and Commissioner and became what I like to call Mecha Batman. I couldn't help but think how dumb an idea this was before I even picked up a single issue. It later dawned on me that Snyder did something that a lot of writers don't do anymore. He took a chance and shook things up. Like Metropolis needs Superman, Gotham needs Batman. So a Batman of sorts was created. I absolutely admire everything that Snyder has done with series and hope that he is writing Batman for a very long time.