Batman: Cacophony

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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 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!

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Batman didn't invent onomatopoeia (we owe that to the Greeks), but he did popularize '60s comic book outbursts like "Wham!" "Pow!" and "Crunch!" Now Onomatopoeia is back to haunt the Dark Knight in the form of a ruthless, mysteriously masked, strangely named serial killer who will stop at nothing to neutralize the Gotham City superhero. This exciting Kevin Smith graphic novel collects Batman: Cacophony Nos. 1-3.
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Director/actor/comic book writer Smith continues to be a polarizing figure. For his many fans, that he wrote a Batman story is the only information needed to merit its purchase. There's just one problem with this collection of the 2009 miniseries of the same name: Cacophony isn't a Batman story. While the guy with the bat symbol on his chest gets top billing, this story is really about the villains in Batman's life and why their obsession with the superhero drives them to mania. Smith's frank examinations of depravity bring out the worst in villains—like a scared serial killer named Charon—in a way that feels "normal." His approach works especially well with Batman's archenemy, the Joker. Smith exposes the clown's sexual identity with a smirk and ends a relatively touching moment between Batman and the Joker with the villain clarifying that he lives to kill the bat. To steal a phrase, Smith's villains "go there." Too bad his Batman's just hanging in the shadows waiting for things to happen.Verdict It's a singular Batman story that many authors wouldn't have the hubris to pull off. For that alone, it's worth reading. But the material is beyond PG-13, which means this book isn't right for every library's teen section.—Robert Morast, Fargo, ND
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Director/actor/comic book writer Smith continues to be a polarizing figure. For his many fans, that he wrote a Batman story is the only information needed to merit its purchase. There's just one problem with this collection of the 2009 miniseries of the same name: Cacophony isn't a Batman story. While the guy with the bat symbol on his chest gets top billing, this story is really about the villains in Batman's life and why their obsession with the superhero drives them to mania. Smith's frank examinations of depravity bring out the worst in villains—like a scared serial killer named Charon—in a way that feels "normal." His approach works especially well with Batman's archenemy, the Joker. Smith exposes the clown's sexual identity with a smirk and ends a relatively touching moment between Batman and the Joker with the villain clarifying that he lives to kill the bat. To steal a phrase, Smith's villains "go there." Too bad his Batman's just hanging in the shadows waiting for things to happen.Verdict It's a singular Batman story that many authors wouldn't have the hubris to pull off. For that alone, it's worth reading. But the material is beyond PG-13, which means this book isn't right for every library's teen section.—Robert Morast, Fargo, ND
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401224196
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 104,322
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith sold his comic book collection to fund the movie Clerks, and after it became a huge cult hit he was able to buy them back. One of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent film-makers of recent years, Smith was the producer of the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and has also written and directed Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl and Clerks II. He is an actor, having appeared in the new Die Hard movie and the Friends spin-off, Joey, among others.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Batman vs. Joker goodness!!!

    Many people have fallen out of love with Levin Smith since Clerks first debuted. I don't know where I come down on that subject but this collection is suprisingly good. Smith's Batman is brusque and his Joker is psychotic just like they should be. His own creation, Onomonopeia, is a good adition to Batman's rogues gallery. The art by Smith's friend, Walt Flanagan, is much better than I expected and is more than servicable. Overall, this is a really good Batman story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Dialouge and Art was awful. Didn't feel like a Batman book mainl

    Dialouge and Art was awful. Didn't feel like a Batman book mainly just an angry man who thinks all his enemies should die dresed as a bat. It short and unworth the cash

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    soooo flustered

    Probably a fine comic. I have purchased it twice now from two
    different stores. Tried nook for pc, three different browsers.
    notta. It was presented as available for nook.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 10, 2010

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