Walt Flanagan

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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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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