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Batman: Cacophony (Batman)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,932 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by DC Comics (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Kee the Ekairidium
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 ...more
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
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
Sam Quixote
Having read the reviews on Amazon 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). Jo
Ryan Miller
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
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
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
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
Jun 03, 2009 Tezzle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Recommended to Tezzle by: My friend Adam
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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).

Jesse A
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.
Noah Williams
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 wor ...more
Federiken Masters
May 21, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batmanistas y fans del guionista
Recommended to Federiken by: Mi instinto.
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 brillant
Michelle Cristiani
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
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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 ...more
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
Brenda Burns
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.
Sep 14, 2014 Mloy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mloy by: Kevin Smith via the Hollywood Babble-On podcast
I am a fan of Kevin Smith's "Hollywood Babble-On" and "Fatman on Batman" podcasts; as well as some of his films, but I have admit not everything does is gold. This comic, however, was awesome! He often sites this comic on his podcasts and during a couple Hollywood Babble-on shows even went as far as do a reading/read-along of it and it piqued my curiosity for it. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I borrowed it from the local library. I'm not a fan of Walt Flanagan's art, it's okay but n ...more
Steven Morton
I enjoyed parts of Cacophony but can't say I was in love with it. I thought Kevin brought some twists to Joker (the sexual aspect which I have never seen any writer do, maybe Alan Moore in the Killing Joke) and the conversation that Batman and Joker have at the end was interesting and thought provoking on both sides. Onomonopeida (horrible spelling I know) has gotten a bad rap in most of the reviews on here; I don't think he sucks as a villain I just think that Kevin has not broadened on the rea ...more
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.
Emily Green
In Kevin Smith’s Batman: Cacophony, the volume before his The Widening Gyre, Batman must battle a freed Joker, which is nothing new, and try to foil the Joker as he goes after a personal vendetta. However, Batman finds himself baffled by an unknown villain who is assisting the Joker. This new variable has not yet caught the public’s attention, though Batman does discover that Onomatopoeia has taken down other masked heroes. While he finds that he has no problem figuring out the Joker, he does no ...more
Mark Ashmore
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.
I really liked The Joker, and his various scenes with Batman in this graphic novel. I think it brought up some really pertinent and in some ways scary points about their relationship.

A lot of people complain about the villain and his 'pointlessness' in this graphic novel, but on the contrary I think the fact of not explaining him and tying him to The Joker (view spoiler) was more effective in developing him.
Hannah Givens

Reread 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.
Entretenida historia, aunque sea del "montón". Lo más rescatable son los siempre divertidos diálogos del buen Kevin Smith, sobre todo en la charla reflexiva entre Batman y el Joker, la cual parece una escena más pero que tiene una fuerza increíble.

La historia empieza bastante bien, pero el motivo para contar la historia (esa droga inventada a base del gas que usa el Joker desde siempre) se borra casi a la mitad de la misma y todo queda en un "..."

Los dibujos son bastante "meh", muy feos, muy si
Taysha Charlton
This was definitely different to most of the Batman I've read and I liked that. This was good fun. It offered some new insights into the Gotham City setting also. Though, at times, it was plagued by strange and somewhat out-of-place references or dialogue typical of Kevin Smith. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Kevin Smith. However, sometimes his choice of dialogue struck me as strange, particularly some of the Joker dialogue. I was definitely intrigued by Ono and I do want to see more of him. I ...more
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.
Jeremy Allan
Pretty bad stuff, and without the excuse of being dated.
Bad characterisation to go with bad plotting ,out of place dialogue and fan boy level artwork.
Batman with kevin smith style dick jokes?
what could possibly go wrong?
The plot has been done a million times before
the humour falls flat or is out of place in a batman comic
and i was bored reading it .

The Artist is definitely going for the tim burton type batman ,however the colourist is obviously a more silver age blue batman type.The effect overall is of bootleg non approved bat comic
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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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