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Batman: Cacophony #1

November 22, 2008

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Bring the Noise

Onomatopoeia returns, this time, in Gotham!

Writer: Kevin Smith
Pencils: Walter Flanagan
Inks: Sandra Hope
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Jann Jones
Cover Art: Adam Kubert
Publisher: DC Comics

Onomatopoeia, the mysterious villain from Kevin Smith’s run on Green Arrow returns to the DC Universe with this three-issue miniseries. When Deadshot is hired to break into Arkham Asylum and kill the Joker, he finds the bizarre killer there defending the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker offers to show his gratitude in some… unexpected ways, and Batman cuts loose against another Arkham escapee.

As big a fan as I usually am of Kevin Smith, this issue fell kind of flat for me. The Joker scenes in particular felt really out of place in the DC Universe. Sure, the Joker is a twisted creature, and certainly capable of virtually anything, but the things he does here feel more a Mallrats conversation come to life than an actual legitimate direction for the character. Batman, similarly, feels a bit out of place – he’s more emotional than the character usually gets in certain company. Actually, the character who comes off best in this series is Maxie Zeus, a c-list villain who really had nowhere to go but up. Smith does some interesting things with him, but he’s got the best spotlight.

Walter Flanagan, who is turning in his first mainsteam comics work after some indie stuff like Oni’s War of the Undead, does a decent job here. His layouts are strong, and most of his poses and fight choreography work too. His faces aren’t altogether there, but he’s developing. Part of that may be due to veteran inker Sandra Hope, of course, but together, they make a competent art team, if not a staggering one.

I dunno… I’ll get the rest of this miniseries, but I was disappointed in issue one. I’m hoping we get more about Onomatopoeia, more of the development of Maxie Zeus, and less of the more fanboy-ish moments that, until now, Smith never really allowed to invade his comic book work. Hopefully it was just his long absence from the form that made this issue weak, and once he gets armed up, we’ll get a sharper story.

Rating: 6/10

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