Kevin Smith

Batman: The Widening Gyre 6 (September 2010)

Maybe DC did the whole “New 52” thing so they’d never have to address the terrible developments in Widening Gyre. I’d respect them for that motive. It’s just not a bad finish, with Smith killing off a familiar DC character, but a bad issue overall. Batman breaks into the Fortress of Solitude for a date […]

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Batman: The Widening Gyre 5 (April 2010)

Oh, no, it’s another one with potential. Smith doesn’t resolve the cliffhanger–he just has Bruce running off to avoid it. Bruce and Silver in Aspen, even in the few scenes they have, is terrible. Their trip is juxtaposed against Tim Drake Robin narrating. Smith writes all the Robin narrations the same, so it’s bland but […]

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Batman: The Widening Gyre 3 (December 2009)

This issue’s easily the best and I’m not entirely sure why. It’s a romance montage–Bruce and Silver off in paradise during the day, Batman out at night. There’s some stuff with the goat vigilante, who Smith writes like Brody from Mallrats and that scene is awful… and Smith writes Silver awful and the whole thing […]

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Batman: The Widening Gyre 2 (November 2009)

More flashbacks, more guest stars… and some fat jokes. The child murderer at the open is practically a lookalike for Silent Bob. Batman keeps thinking of him as the fat guy, but he doesn’t actually catch him, someone else does. Then Silver St. Cloud shows up. I’m skipping some of the lame narration to get […]

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Batman: The Widening Gyre 1 (October 2009)

Leave it to Kevin Smith to try to make Batman sound hip. He also sounds really self-aware, which doesn’t really work for the character. I was half expecting Smith to make a gay joke, but then remembered it’s the one thing DC editorial won’t allow. This issue has Batman teaming up with Robin in flashback, […]

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Green Hornet 10 (December 2010)

Smith finally figures out how to pace a comic book. It’s a shame he does it for his last issue. There’s a lot more Smith-type humor in this issue, which both works and doesn’t. As for his revelation Mulan is a lesbian…. It opens up certain possibilities but closes off a bunch of other ones. […]

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Green Hornet 9 (November 2010)

Ugh. What’s worse than Smith doing three action scenes and calling it an issue? Doing one and, essentially, a chase sequence and calling it an issue. Sure, there’s some of his banter between Britt and Mulan, but it’s barely banter. What’s far more interesting about this issue is the supervillains. The young Japanese guy has […]

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Green Hornet 8 (October 2010)

Smith requires the reader to forget everything he or she has learned about Kato in the previous seven issues and assume he’s an idiot. He’s an idiot and he gets killed because he acts like an idiot, not a genius strategist. The entire issue is something of a wash. For example, the corrupt mayor who […]

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Green Hornet 7 (September 2010)

Smith does a little bit more with this issue. He at least brings in the bigger storyline with the bickering father and son Japanese supervillains. Smith’s very obviously influenced by the Burton Batman movies here in terms of plot. Regardless of what problems the two have, Smith’s cast his Britt Reid into Burton’s Bruce Wayne’s […]

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Green Hornet 6 (July 2010)

Smith’s doing the movie montage in full effect this issue. He’s even got a wacky sidekick for the Green Hornet–a white guy who acts Chinese. I think it’s supposed to be hilarious. Smith frames the issue around Britt’s training, his first crime fighting efforts and his costume. There’s some bickering with Mulan too (it’s not […]

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Green Hornet 5 (June 2010)

It’s interesting Smith made the villains the Japanese, which makes the comic seem dated… even if it takes place in the future. Smith’s never made the time period work. This issue is–except the villain reveal–an all action issue. It shows off the Black Beauty’s technology (for those unaware, the Black Beauty is the Green Hornet’s […]

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Green Hornet 4 (May 2010)

Smith sure does have his way of prolonging things. This issue opens with the reveal of the Hornet Cave (or whatever they call it) from last issue. Then there’s some flashback while Kato’s describing the history of the Green Hornet to Britt–in other words, the first issue’s prologue is a total waste of pages since […]

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Green Hornet 3 (April 2010)

Forget everything nice I said about Smith’s pacing. This issue is a fast, empty read (no pun intended). Smith introduces a narration here–it’s close third person, inside Britt Jr.’s head. The issue also features the death of Britt Sr., so I can just start calling Britt Jr. Britt. It’s a bold move for a movie–undoubtedly […]

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Green Hornet 2 (March 2010)

Smith’s Green Hornet script is based on his unproduced screenplay and it shows this issue. Not in a bad way–Smith comes up with an amazing action sequence with a female Kato in an evening gown using her heels both as weapons and as hooks–but it’s nothing special for a comic book. The issue actually has […]

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Green Hornet 1 (March 2010)

I’m guessing, from Smith’s use of pop culture references, it’s going to be a future story. Because in the past, he’s got Indiana Jones references and a white guy calling his hat “pimp.” So the present day stuff must be in the future. Or maybe the editor just doesn’t care. Does Dynamite even have editors? […]

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Batman: Cacophony 3 (March 2009)

And, boom, there goes the series. Smith opens the issue reasonably well with a big fight scene between the Joker, the new supervillain and Batman, but then he decides to do a Killing Joke rip-off instead. I think he even opens the conversation between Batman and the Joker like Moore does in The Killing Joke. […]

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Batman: Cacophony 2 (February 2009)

There’s some really problematic art this issue. I feel kind of bad pointing it out (it happens regularly throughout the issue) since this issue is even better than the first. Smith opens it with narration. I can’t remember the last time I read a Batman comic with so much opening narration. It’s wonderful. There’s a […]

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Batman: Cacophony 1 (January 2009)

Who knew? Kevin Smith can write one heck of a Batman comic. And his buddy, Walt Flanagan (who spent many years as a punchline in Smith’s films), can draw well enough. I’ve certainly seen far less professional looking Batman comics than Cacophony. I haven’t read a Smith comic in ten plus years–since Daredevil. He does […]

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