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Batman: Cacophony (Batman)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  2,213 Ratings  ·  160 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 Queen
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
Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Rituraj Kashyap
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.
Jan 05, 2013 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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
Jan 04, 2014 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2009 Tezzle rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 07, 2012 Filip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Feather Mista
May 21, 2011 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batmanistas y fans del guionista
Recommended to Feather 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
Noah Williams
Jun 29, 2015 Noah Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2011 Bevans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
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 ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.
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.
Brenda Burns
Jun 28, 2015 Brenda Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cool-comics
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.
Mark Ashmore
Dec 15, 2009 Mark Ashmore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Dec 09, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
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
Nov 13, 2009 Jeremy Allan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-bd
Pretty bad stuff, and without the excuse of being dated.
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Dec 31, 2016 Blindzider rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Meh. Not much memorable here. There's a conversation at the end between Batman and Joker that was...unique 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...
Joseph R.
Deadshot is hired to invade Arkham Asylum and kill the Joker. As he's hauling the Joker out, another masked criminal shows up and "liberates" the Joker from Deadshot. The new criminal has a black mask with two concentric circles on the front. He never says anything except for repeating sound effects from previous panels so he has the name Onomatopoeia. He gives the Joker a lot of money and disappears into the woods. Batman gets to chase down the Joker yet again.

The Joker is on a bit of a rampage
Oct 01, 2016 Charles rated it did not like it
Quite disappointed and saddened with this one. Too keep it brief Smith's writing really felt like off and offered a peculiar take on Batman. The art really left something to be desired in my book and would vary in quality from panel to panel. Also, I enjoy his films, but wonder if Smith was attempting to inject his sense of humor into this. The Joker presents his ass to the villain? Really? Also, did we really need to kill a prostitute to advance this story? Were we unaware that the villain was ...more
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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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