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Batman: The Widening Gyre (Batman)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,347 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
As The Dark Knight stalks the night preying upon Gotham City's criminals, Bruce Wayne spends his days getting reacquainted with former girlfriend Silver St. Cloud, who attempts to teach Bruce about trust. Meanwhile Batman has taken on a mysterious new partner in his fight against crime in Gotham City, but will his attempt at trusting someone cause him to be rewarded...or p ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by DC Comics (first published 2009)
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I really want to like this, I really do. In fact, I'm such a Kevin Smith fan that I think it may be the only reason I'm giving this a 3 star rating over a 2 or a 2.5.

In my review of Batman: Cacophony, I stated that I had high hopes for the sequel in which Kevin Smith promised a superior story. Already, my hopes were probably too high. I mean, I love the guy's work! Big fan of his movies and podcasts; I also really enjoyed his Daredevil and Spider-Man runs. So I knew that he probably just wrote a
Jul 26, 2011 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars
This is the sequel to Batman: Cacophony, which wasn't all that good, but I didn't hate it. The Widening Gyre? Well, a more appropriate name for it would be, Batman Goes Retarded .
Unless the majority of this story turns out to be some sort of drug-induced dream sequence, then this is quite possibly one of the dumbest Batman plots I've ever read.
Read it for yourself, if you don't believe me.
May 31, 2011 Jacob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Library copy.
Absolutely horrible Batman story with out of character dialogue that's painful to read aloud. Who talks like this? Try reading the scene in the beginning with Poison Ivy out loud where she's, I guess, talking about wanting Batman's tongue for cunnilingus--it doesn't end there. In typical Smith fashion, it takes her three word balloons to say it, but maybe he was trying to sneak it past the editor by being long winded. Later on there's more sexual innuendos by mention of another char
Aug 14, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Kevin Smith and Walt Flannigan team up again for their second Batman mini-series, the longer and more complex "The Widening Gyre."

As Bruce Wayne contemplates if and how he could hand on the Batman mantle to someone else, a new figure arrives in Gotham. Saving Batman's bacon a couple of times, Bruce begins to wonder if might not finally have found his successor. Meanwhile, Silvia St. Cloud returns to Bruce's life and the two rekindle their romance, leading to an eventual proposal by Bruce.

In a lo
William Thomas
Kevin Smith was a hero of mine in high school. His intellectual narcissism was something I could relate to, being of that same mind at the time. Coupled with his oft-times sophomoric sense of humor and it seemed like he could do no wrong. I still watch his early movies often and still love them. But I've never read one of his comic books that I'd ever want to re-read.

So,Kevin Smith, stop writing comic books. Please.

You may have grown up on them, you may love them, but you don't write them as if
Sam Quixote
Fresh from their first Batman collaboration - "Cacophony" - writer Kevin Smith and artist Walter Flanagan return with their second collection, this time longer than the first, called "The Widening Gyre". A new superhero comes to Gotham wearing a wooden goat mask calling himself "Baphomet" and kicking evil-doer ass, giving Batman the idea that this might be the man he's been looking for to replace him and let Batman retire. Meanwhile Silver St Cloud re-enters Bruce Wayne's life after her husband' ...more
Eric Klee
Aug 21, 2012 Eric Klee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Kevin Smith's BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE mini-series in its "entirety" (You'll find out why I put "entirety" in quotes later.)

First, I'll start with the title. The title is taken from a poem called "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. The poem was written in 1919 in the aftermath of the WWI. While the various manuscript revisions of the poem refer to the Renaissance, French Revolutions, the Irish rebellion, and those of Germany and of Russia, others suggest the text refers to the R
Althea J.
Jul 31, 2013 Althea J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I think it’s hilarious how riled people get over this story. All I heard was how this is the worst of the Batman trade paperbacks. So I obviously had to read it.

First of all, the worst of the Batman I’ve read is Cacophony, Kevin Smith’s other Batman book. On the first page Joker calls an Arkham guard “natch" and from that point on all I heard was Kevin Smith’s voice coming through the pages. I think in Widening Gyre he improved a lot in not upstaging the story with Kevin Smith-ness and demonstra
Feb 15, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
After I read Batman:Cacophony, which was Smith's 1st Batman story with Walt Flanagan, it was OK, but I knew that he could do better, and he said the very same himself in his forward. This book is a much better Batman story. A fantastic one in fact, because as much as being a Batman story, it's actually more of a Bruce Wayne story, and a history lesson as well. There are flashbacks to earlier days, allowing for views of Robin/Nightwing/Superman, and many others. Also, there's a whole bunch of oth ...more
Feather Mista
Jun 26, 2013 Feather Mista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi nadie
Recommended to Feather by: Autor, supuestamente...
Un comic que venía siendo simpático, que no se podía tomar muy en serio, dibujado mal pero no tanto como el tomo anterior (Batman: Cacofonía), que tenía ciertos agujeros argumentales pero aun así estaba bien narrado.
Hasta que llegó el final. Quizás, el final más de mierda que haya leído en un comic de Batman. Y para colmo creo que nunca concluyó. Lo más esquivable que le haya leído a Kevin Smith. Sólo para supercompletistas.
Dec 18, 2010 Trey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite his supposed comic fandom, I'm pretty sure Kevin Smith does not understand Batman. From what I can glean, he did this series as a project so he could get his buddy (who can't draw) some work. To do that, he shoehorned his dick-joke sensibility into Gotham City. Doesn't fit. Apparently, he couldn't figure out that this wasn't supposed to be a Jay and Silent Bob script, and I can't believe DC published it in continuity.
Michelle Cristiani
Nope. I'm not buying it, Kevin. This guy is not my Batman, and for that matter, not my Bruce Wayne, either. Some of the phrases he uses sound a little too free and loose. It's simply the wrong voice.

The last page though, and that great reveal: worth a couple stars alone. I see where he's going with it, and his intentions are solid - the execution just isn't.
Dec 25, 2010 Eros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STill not completely happy about his writing of Batman (the character) Widening Gyre was a thousand times better than Cacophony. It told a compelling, human story about Batman and the Dark Knight/Bruce Wayne dynamic, and gave you a cliff hanger ending that makes you curse out loud and beg for more
Aug 01, 2012 sixthreezy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman, dc, kevin-smith
Please Kevin Smith finish this... I thoroughly enjoy Silent Bob's version of Batman.
Emily Green
Jun 17, 2014 Emily Green rated it liked it
In Kevin Smith’s Batman: The Widening Gyre, Smith places Batman in an interesting situation: he is on the cusp of possibly slowing down, a potential semi-retirement. Two situations bring Batman to begin to consider the unthinkable for a character who has defined himself not by his relationships, career, or beliefs, but by his hobby: vigilante crime fighting. In order to create the tension for this story, Smith relies heavily on the persona of Batman as a loner and stoic. He is not cuddly or even ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it
With Batman: The Widening Gyre, Kevin Smith makes up for the ordinariness of his first Dark Knight work: Cacophony . This six-parter has a richness of character and theme that you often don't get from comic books, or from Kevin Smith for that matter. As an avid fan of his film work (most of it), I find Smith’s storytelling strongest when it stems from his personal experience (Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy). In The Widening Gyre, I found this narrative strength emanating from some great scenes ...more
May 24, 2013 De rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
Smith's second outing with Batman is slightly better than his first. It was neat to see just about every "major" villain from the Dark Knight's history and the exploration of Bruce Wayne possibly giving up the mantle wasn't bad. Batman had a much more adult voice this time than in Smith's Cacophony, but the adolescent dialogue is instead transferred to Nightwing here.

I know Kevin Smith's stock in trade is vulgar and borderline-vulgar adolescent humor, but it seems out of place in a Batman story.
Orren Merton
Perhaps starting with the "follow up" story isn't the best way to go, but the blurb on The Widening Gyre sounded more interesting to me, so I didn't read Kevin Smith's Batman: Cacaphony first. Perhaps I missed out on some of the finer points but I din't think that this story was all that confusing or that it can't be understood as a standalone piece.

I happen to be someone who enjoys more psychological, emotional comics, so the fact that the majority of this graphic novel focuses more on "has Bru
Sep 28, 2011 Panos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Probably the most hated graphic novel on the Dark Knight of the last 5 years at least. Everything from artwork to script and plot has been judged and found inadequate, offensive and nonchalant. Hardcore Batman fans were at the point of burning the book in public by the time the sixth and last issue of the relative mini-series came out. Deemed by some a grotesque pervertion of not only the Caped Crusader but his alter ego as well, many few people were able to see pa
Mar 21, 2011 Rae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First: Before you read this book, you need to read "Cacophony", also by Smith, to understand the story. I didn't like that one a lot but it's an OK read and the backgroundinformation is quite useful to understand "The Widening Gyre".

That said I'm pretty unsure how to rate this book. For every good thing, every good sentence or dialogue, Smith wrote, there's something amazingly wrong with the story or the characters. Some act less like themselves and more like Smith or some of his Clerks-characte
Brady Smith
Nov 17, 2012 Brady Smith rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Kevin Smith fans
having read Batman for over 8 years now i would consider myself a true fan and very knowledgeable on the character and his history hence why this does not sit well for me. Having read Kevin Smiths work on other comic characters an interesting picture forms, kevin doesn't write these characters how we know and love them he writes them as if he were said hero and this shows very much so in this installment of his run on Batman. There are moments in here that are truly cringe worthy and made me wan ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Tif rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, dc
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Scott Lee
Jun 06, 2012 Scott Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Smith was right. Cacophony was not the best batman book he could write. This one was better. Stronger all the way through.

In my review of Cacophony I complained that the humor felt slightly off, in fact, I called it Whedon light. Well, I still feel that way. It was better done in this one, but still the jokes felt like moments in which the comic book was winking at me. In which Kevin Smith broke the fourth wall and told me a joke (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more) rather
Mar 07, 2011 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, batman
Most of this first volume handles way too fast or way too slow. It's half a-new-criminal-every-night and half oh-my-god-is-Bruce-Wayne-finally-happy. This all happens while Batman is fighting his lesser-known wacky, almost silly, super-violent villains, such as Crazy Quilt (murderer of eye doctors) and Cornelius Stirk (eater of human hearts).

It actually feels pretty manic and unfocused or a lot of it, but the ending is so tightly-wounded and precise that it almost makes you furious (because now
Dev Seetharaman
For starters the book was an interesting read. Its the kind of book whereby, when you put it down, you felt that it a worthwhile read, but nothing special. My problem with this book, was that as a Batman fan, it didn't stimulate me intellectually. There wasn't any big plot twists and the pacing never changed throughout the book. The only truly stimulating part throughout the whole book was the unpredictable ending. And sadly it was too late by then

I also didn't like how Batman was made to look s
Sep 16, 2010 Guillermo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read Batman: Cacophony, I strongly suggest that you do before picking up the first volume of Batman: The Widening Gyre. Like Cacophony, The Widening Gyre is written by Kevin Smith with art by Walter "Tell 'Em, Steve Dave" Flanagan.

The volume - the hardback to be released on 14 December 2010 - features a cast of infamous and not-so famous Gotham villains. However, there isn't a single one that is a singular in the story arc. The focus is on the hero in town. One called Baphomet, w
Ryan Miller
Jan 19, 2013 Ryan Miller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Kevin Smith's films. His characters, as he writes them, sound like his characters. My biggest problem with his Batman run: these characters are not HIS characters.

Every character Smith writes in this book is a variation on Smith's stock schtick. There's nothing wrong with that schtick--it's made Smith hugely successful. But Poison Ivy shouldn't sound like Catwoman who shouldn't sound like Etrigan who shouldn't sound like Nightwing who shouldn't sound like BATMAN, for crying out loud. Take
Bob Parks
Jan 28, 2012 Bob Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
The plot was great. The end is not what you expect. The art was excellent as well.
The dialogue was all Smith. It was fun but at times, the interior dialogue of Bruce Wayne/Batman didn't seem at home. Where Smith seemed on target was with Dick Grason and Tim Drake. Oh, and Aquaman. Great cameo by Aquaman. There were various references to other comics as well -- Miller's Dark Knight Returns, Gaiman's Sandman. I would definitely like to hear the various bits of dialogue out loud. I heard that Smith
Nessie McInness
I feel really bad for giving this 3stars. The story is quite good, it really is. And it's got lots of pleasant dc/vertigo universe references that made me "AWWW" everytime.


oh god, the gratuitous sexploitation... Argh. Silver really annoyed me, coming to Bruce's house and getting on all fours, stupid innuendos and pointless revealing clothing.. I know women are sexualized in comics, but this was just absurd. She plays no role whatsoever. Sure, we need to know Bruce is invested in their relati
I don't know why I read this which is not true at all. I read it because I can't seem to shake the idea that Kevin Smith is still relevant. As he has been kind enough to let us know over and again, he loves comics. And he did do a very good job with the Green Arrow a few years back. But, seriously, there are no Batman stories left to tell. None. Please print this out and fax it to DC.

As for the book, it starts off at a meandering pace, builds some steam with the introduction of a love interest
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Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, director, as well as a comic book writer, author, and actor. He is also the co-founder, with Scott Mosier, of View Askew Productions and owner of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash comic and novelty store in Red Bank, New Jersey. He also hosts a weekly podcast with Scott Mosier known as SModcast. He is also known for participating in long, humorous Q ...more
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