• Title: Batman: Cacophony
  • Author: Kevin Smith Walter Flanagan
  • ISBN: 9781401224196
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Batman Cacophony Best selling comic book writer director Kevin Smith GREEN ARROW Daredevil Mallrats Chasing Amy steps into Gotham City to write this graphic novel featuring the mysterious masked killer known as Ono
    Best selling comic book writer director Kevin Smith GREEN ARROW, Daredevil, Mallrats, Chasing Amy steps into Gotham City to write this graphic novel featuring the mysterious masked killer known as Onomatopoeia who sets his sights and sounds against The Caped Crusader Will Batman be able to uncover the relationship between The Joker and Onomatopoeia in time to keep tBest selling comic book writer director Kevin Smith GREEN ARROW, Daredevil, Mallrats, Chasing Amy steps into Gotham City to write this graphic novel featuring the mysterious masked killer known as Onomatopoeia who sets his sights and sounds against The Caped Crusader Will Batman be able to uncover the relationship between The Joker and Onomatopoeia in time to keep them from destroying Gotham City Or is the combination of these villains too much for The Dark Knight to handle The wild ride that caught Batman between The Joker and Onomatopoeia comes to a crashing halt as Batman is forced to choose between capturing Onomatopoeia and saving The Joker s life Will Onomatopoeia have the final word with a deadly Bang Find out in this exciting stand alone story

    One Reply to “Batman: Cacophony”

    1. Full disclosure and a much needed disclaimer: I've been a fan of Walt Flanagan ever since his podcast Tell 'Em Steve Dave and AMC show Comic Book Men, and finding out that he was the artist for Kevin Smith's series of Batman stories was a highly pleasurable discovery, so in reading Cacophony, I retained that bias. Nevertheless, I'm still able to view most of his illustrations for this comic book critically. I acknowledge that he has a potential to become a full-pledged professional artist and Ca [...]

    2. In what will surely be my last Kevin Smith related review for a while, I recently finished his first attempt at Batman. Smith is joined by long time friend and comic book artist, Walt Flanagan as they work together to bring the Dark Knight's world to life with "Batman: Cacophony". In terms of the most recent graphic novels that I've been reading, this was a breeze. Clocking in at a dismal 144 pages, I flew through this book with ease. In this particular story, Joker is locked away at Arkham Asyl [...]

    3. Having read the reviews on before buying the book I expected Smith and Flanagan to really have dropped the ball with their mini-series with Smith making Batman sound like Jay and Flanagan drawing Batman as a stick man. But y'know what? It wasn't bad. I've read worse Batman books and I kind of enjoyed this. While in Arkham, Joker is targeted by DeadShot who is taken out by a mysterious new villain whose only utterings are the verbal sounds made by actions in comic books (Pow! Zap! Etc). Joker fi [...]

    4. Give Kevin Smith a lot of credit--he's a heck of a saleman.Listening to his newest podcast Fat Man on Batman and hearing Smith reference his work on two Batman mini-series intrigued me enough to seek out the books and give them a try. Thankfully, my local library has a copy of both collections saving me time and frustration in tracking them down. First up is "Cacophony," a three-part story about a gang war that erupts when Maxie Zues begins mixing the Joker's lethal smile inducing compound in lo [...]

    5. Spoilers here.I appreciated the effort of the conversation between Batman and Joker during the latter's moment of clarity. The idea Joker expresses -- "I don't hate you because I'm crazy, I'm crazy because I hate you" -- is an interesting frame for the relationship and one worthy of considering.But there are two critical points of awfulness in Cacophony.First, the main villain is rather pointless. Onomatopoeia has no outward motivation (he's a collector? Really?) He has no powers other than the [...]

    6. Read this one because I wanted to know more about Onomatopoeia. One. Creepy. Dude.Loved that the story delved more into the Batman-Joker dynamic. Overall an average story.

    7. I'm not exactly a fan of Kevin Smith but I have a certain amount of respect for him based on his reputation as a major comic book fan and writer, so I'm sorry to have to say that I really didn't enjoy this story arc. I'll keep this brief because I don't want to bash this, I just want to state what I didn't like.Granted, it's a short 3 issue arc, but there is no resolution. I hate that. The villain is just plain dumb. His "thing" is only mimicking sounds, not what other people say (which could ha [...]

    8. Meh. Not much memorable here. There's a conversation at the end between Batman and Joker that wasunique but the rest felt like a rehash from various other things. There are some nice covers by Kubert and Sienkiewicz but the rest of the art is mediocre. Even in the prologue Smith states that it wasn't the best story and the sequel is much better

    9. Batman finds himself trying to understand a strange relationship between The Joker and Onomatopoeia. The Cape Crusader soon has to choose between chasing down The Joker and this puzzling villain Onomatopoeia. Writer/Director Kevin Smith puts his love of comic books and Batman to a practical use and wrote the series Batman: Cacophony.I picked this graphic novel on my honeymoon because I was curious to see what Kevin Smith would do with Batman. I wanted to see what Smith would do with this superhe [...]

    10. I am/was a big Kevin Smith fan though in my humble opinion he's been off the boil for a while now. I'm also generally not a DC or Batman fan though I drop in and out every now and then. That may influence my thoughts.I'd heard good things about his onomatopoeic villain but frankly I cannot see why. Glibly repeating sound effects to no consequence just makes him appear mental incompetent and would imply, as Bats says, that the villains are running out of gimmicks. Aside from that, he's pure one n [...]

    11. I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan. When I heard not only did he dabble in comic books, but he's written for some of my fav DC heroes, I knew I'd love it. I was not disappointed. He really gets the dynamic between the Batman & Joker. Even when given already established characters & setting & everything, the occasional pop-culture reference & "not-so-kid-friendly" joke assures you it's Smith behind the wheel of this one.I'd also like to congratulate him on creating a very original villain [...]

    12. This arc left me wanting for more (even though I've set my eyes on a longer, 12 part arc by Kevin Smith, The Widening Gyre ). I expected a full-on, climactic gang war between Joker and Maxie Zeus, but they kept it short and sweet with this one. Art is great, not jaw opening, but simply great. I liked the choice of villains - Onomatopoeia really shined through, Zsasz was as psychotic as ever, and it was interesting to see Zeus, a villain I never heard of before (and came across as a BIT boring).H [...]

    13. This is not the best or the worst Batman story out there. It's simply ok. Read it. Don't read it. The choice is yours.I haven't read Batman: The Widening Gyre yet, so maybe it will prove me wrong, and make this one a must-read.

    14. This was surprisingly weak effort from K.S. I was expecting so much more and it was just kind of lame. Plus honestly not loving the art.

    15. I'm burning CDs all afternoon and suddenly like, "You know, I should read all the Onomotapoeia stories by Kevin Smith." Right? Of course.So I read Sounds of Violence and now this one, which was probably a 1.5 and SoV was a 2.5 so screw it, they both get twos. You know it's a Kevin Smith comic because the characters talk a lot about each others' dicks, and because Onomotapoeia is in it -- a Smith villain who sounds (haha) a lot cooler than he is in practice. Cacophony is two issues of a Joker/Max [...]

    16. A very dark and enjoyable book with great humour dotted throughout. First issue was a little rough but it got better as the story progressed.

    17. Deals with the Joker/Batman relationship more directly than any other arc I've seen. I don't know where this falls in terms of DC canon -- it does not read like an Elseworld, but Jim Gordon is commissioner.n? DC continuity makes me cry. I'll have to ask a friend who knowsYWAY. It's interesting in that the Joker explicitly states he wants to have sexual relations with Batman's corpse. He also, upon being freed by Onomatopoeia, drops his pants and offers him his ass. So they've officially made the [...]

    18. Hay dos factores principales que hicieron que este libro no llegara a las cuatro estrellas:1) El guion arranca con una premisa poderosísima: "Risas", una nueva droga hecha en base al veneno del Joker, está asolando Gotham con sus mortales consecuencias Ya para mitad del segundo capítulo, este elemento no tiene nada de peso en la trama. No es que la historia en sí se vuelva mala, pero desvaría cuando podría haber explotado más todo este asunto socio-cultural. Los diálogos de Smith son bri [...]

    19. For me, Batman comics are kind-of like pizza: no matter how good or bad it is, I'll probably devour it. I devoured this one, too. But I had a lot of problems with it. In his intro, Kevin Smith admits that his dialogue doesn't sound like Batman. He admits he had to cut out distasteful scenes and remarks. Everyone in this volume - Joker, Batman, the other guys - all talk like Kevin Smith. There are a slew of pop culture references, all the way back to common phrases used 25 years ago. It makes the [...]

    20. Ok so I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this book And here's my take. I thought all in all it was a good batman book. I liked how completely insane Joker was. I mean it's Kevin Smith It's not gonna be a PG Version of the story. The art was. Questionable. Had its good moments and bad moments. I love all the classic Kevin Smith dialogue though. The long conversations, I mean at the end of the day Batman is supposed to be the worlds greatest detective. And anyone who knows about that work knows y [...]

    21. So much fun :) It's definitely not Batman: The Killing Joke (one of my personal favorites), but there were some definite gems in this book! I disagree that the dialogue "sounds like Kevin Smith." No one said "whatnot," or "what have you," and there was a very clever reference to a merkin that I quite enjoyed, as well as some interesting drawings of the Joker with a beard (disturbing, yet captivating). I did feel that the more mysterious villain in the story was completely superfluous, because th [...]

    22. I've seen plenty of people complaining about Smith's Batman comics, but I just don't see the problem. Yes, he has a few too many sex jokes in there (which his editors at DC should have taken care of) but the stories he tell are always clever, engaging, and fun. And this book is great for anyone, no matter how familiar they are with Batman's lore. Even obscure characters (like Maxie Zeus) are given good, what-you-need-to-know introductions, and treated with respect.What's even more confusing to m [...]

    23. 3 stars. I wanted more from this story wise but I was a bit disappointed. I feel like the ending was abrupt and left a lot to be desired because in the end, Onomatopoeia remained a mystery. Also, this was more of a Joker story, which I didn't mind because I quite liked him here; especially the last conversation he had with Batman was particularly great. The humor in this was kinda juvenile and it threw off the flow sometimes but the artwork was really good and was kinda wasted here unfortunately [...]

    24. Kevin Smith's first Batman book (3 story arc). I enjoyed it, but like Smith himself said in the forward, it's not the best Batman story he can tell. There were interesting parts for sure, and it wasn't too bad, but it wasn't amazing. I look forward to reading the Widening Gyre (his 2nd Batman story) to see how he's progressed.I will definitely check out his Green Arrow and Daredevil books now though.

    25. Batman, Joker and some guy named Cacophony, I enjoyed this, although Kevin Smith almost seemed to be rude with some of the Joker parts as if he just wanted Joker to be R rated, I like his movies, but to see his style shine through a Batman comic was I just don't know. He wasn't really like that when he wrote Daredevil. Over all, I enjoyed this one and really loved the art. Good job.

    26. A bitter, bitter disappointment. Smith writes a good Joker, but the character of Batman is lost (and drawn quite badly). The character of Onomatopoeia, so good in other books and deserving more use in the DC Universe is ruined with a ridiculous backstory. Avoid, read the killing joke again instead.

    27. 03/31/10Reread 04/04/2015. Not at all like I remembered -- more shallow, just not as much to it as I want there to be. Not crazy about the characterization of Bats or the Joker, but it's probably a shipper's dream.

    28. Man. This book was awful. It even starts with an apology from Kevin Smith in the forward. I got this from the library and I still want money back.

    29. Although I'm not really a fan of superhero comics, I wanted to read Batman Cacophony to vary my reading from the more horror-oriented graphic novels I'd read earlier this year. However, since this is a graphic novel involving encounters between Batman, The Joker and three other villains, it could be described as horror since Batman's foes are all serial killers in one way or another.I found the plot to be rather basic but thought the artwork was reasonably good – and while Batman fans will be [...]

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