According to DC, begging with Batman #8, the first of a series of back-up stories focusing on the history of the Court of Owls will begin to appear, giving readers and even deeper background on the secret society.
The back-ups will be written by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque.
“The first backup, in issue eight will give a sense of the terrifying scope of the Court of Owls’ attack on Gotham. This really will be the first shot in a war for the soul of Gotham City,” said Snyder. “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!
All of this leads to a “massive crossover event” planned for May 2012 that will span all the Bat-books the company is putting out.