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Batman: The Widening Gyre (Batman (DC Comics)) [Kindle Edition]

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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 punished?

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After training three sidekicks and putting countless criminals in jail (well, putting the same 10 criminals into jail countless times, anyway), it only stands to reason that old Bruce Wayne was due for a midlife crisis. So when he is not busy breaking in a mysterious new crime fighter�a laid-back fellow with a rather eerie goatlike appearance named Baphomet�Mr. Wayne takes up with the vivacious, intelligent Silver St. Cloud and actually starts to lighten up. Hollywood writer-director and comics scribe Smith, who has an impressive knowledge of Batman mythology, delivers not only crisp, sharp dialogue but also strong action, three-dimensional characters, and a distinctly R-rated dose of gore and sexuality in a deceptively lighthearted adventure that opens things up for the next installment. Not to be outdone, Flanagan swims upstream in a genre filled with one indistinguishably sleek, streamlined figure after another to provide rough-hewn images and classical figure work that are a throwback to the days of highly distinctive visual styles. As nifty a package as mainstream superhero comics has to offer. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Kevin Smith is a producer, writer, director and author, Batman Cocophony is his first experience as a comic-writer. He currently works on Batman Widening the Gyre and Green Arrow Sounds of Violence. Walt Flanagan, american comic-book artist, he worked on Karney and War of the Undead for IDW, and for DC on Batman Cocophony and Batman Widening the Gyre.

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  • File Size: 117186 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gyre-less December 16, 2010
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's death, and the two begin a whirlwind relationship. But who is Baphomet and why has he suddenly appeared to take down Batman's Rogues Gallery?

"Gyre" is a mixed bag for me - there's plenty of action but not a strong enough plot to say this is a great Batman book. For example, there are a lot of old Batman villains that get aired for a few pages before being taken down again - Baron Blitzkrieg, Etrigan, Cornelius Stirk, Black Spider, and Crazy Quilt all get their day in court along with regulars Joker, Mr Freeze, and Poison Ivy. All it really does is show again and again that Baphomet can handle the action and underlines to Batman repeatedly that this guy might be the one to fill his boots when he retires. But seeing one villain after another being beaten up gets a bit boring after a while.

The other main focus is the love story between Silver St Cloud and Bruce Wayne. It's very soap opera-y. They jet to tropical islands, make love on the beach, jet to Aspen and ski, blah blah blah. Wayne gets loved up - how many scenes of him smooching with Silver does the average Batman reader want to see? Then there's Selina Kyle and we really get into Melrose Place territory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Seriously Mixed Bag January 24, 2013
By C.S.
I like Kevin Smith. I like his sense of humor. I didn't immediately write off the idea of him penning a Batman story. I never read Cacophony so The Widening Gyre was my first exposure to his and Walt Flannagan's take on the character. There are a lot of things Smith gets right, but ultimately the negatives outweigh the positives.

I don't mind the retro flashbacks with their tongue-in-cheek dialogue. It's a nice homage to a bygone era of Batman comics and it's clearly coming from a place of genuine love and nostalgia. Smith isn't pandering with these elements - it's a nice tip of the hat to what's come before. It also provides a nice contrast to the more grim present day events. I imagine a lot of fans are rolling their eyes at stuff like Batman calling Robin "chum" and pointing to it as evidence that Smith doesn't "get" Batman - but I'd argue the opposite.

There are moments in the dialogue where you definitely start to hear Smith's voice instead of Batman's, but for the most part he does an admirable job evoking Miller's no-nonsense, hard-boiled interpretation (particularly in the voice over sections).

One of the most controversial elements seems to be including moments like the sandwich and the revelation that Batman wet himself during one of Year One's most pivotal and iconic moments. I agree that Batman pissing his pants is a bit much (though Smith does love defending this), but I actually thought the more subtle attempts at humanizing Batman were sort of interesting. It's the kind of silly stuff a real geek would wonder about. I'm not sure if it ultimately works as well as it should, but I really do admire the attempt.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smith Surprises May 23, 2011
Personally, I'm a fan of Kevin Smith and listen to his podcasts. Still, I was hesitant to read "The Widening Gyre", mainly due to Smith's admission that he wrote some of the comic under the influence. There's a difference between hosting a jokey podcast stoned, and crafting a massive Batman series stoned.

The book truly took me by surprise. Smith's writing is crisp, and his innuendo-heavy dialog rarely felt out of place (mostly because he writes Batman rather traditionally). He tells a tale that's a mix of the "Batman: Knightfall" arc (in its basic plot) and one of the best Bond movies. Telling you which one might spoil too much, though.

The book isn't perfect. Some of the flashbacks felt diversionary, though as a whole they do suggest that this Batman is a little too nostalgic and soft for his own good. Additionally, Flanagan's artwork is solid but not stunning. He's most comfortable drawing carnage and gore, but the more emotional scenes lacked punch. That said, I'd love to see his art improve in the second half of the arc.

Which brings us to my last, minor squibble. Without dishing out any spoilers, "Gyre" ends on a stunning note that makes the book a must-read for any fan of the Dark Knight. However, I haven't heard any news on when Smith intends to finish his story. I hope chronic lateness doesn't strike again, because that last page demands some follow-through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As if there wasn't enough craziness in Batman: Cacophony, the prequel to this six issue series, crazy writer-director Kevin Smith sees fit to bring a new vigilante into the mix, the mysterious goat-masked Baphomet. We have seen Deadshot get in on the action in the previous series. Right in the first issue he was tasked to kill the Joker, not an easy feat for a hired killer to do, but he was stopped short by an unknown, the man in a crosshair mask that we knew nothing about before. If you thought there isn't anything that could get crazier then, expect even weirder things here. Almost as a counter point to Cacophony, we see Baphomet helping Batman out here against perhaps Jack Kirby's greater creations, The Demon, even going as far as saving Batman from getting decimated like a goat inches from being torn apart by the claws of larger prey. Interesting concepts galore but ultimately it all feels stale about midway, or three quarters through when the latter ideas start to become variant cousins of the former.

With a brave new story structure, Poison Ivy, Mr Freeze and the rest of the usual rogues are not presented here so much as an arduous challenge to Batman but more like mere background narrative to what is considered to be a deeper study of what it means to put on the cape and the cowl. What could be perceived as a series of unrelated attacks by pretty much everyone in the villain lineup except probably Two-Face and a few others, a beautiful, blonde girlfriend is actually finding her way into Bruce's heart. Working a story dynamic of Batman having a significant other has to be something of a challenge but it feels like Kevin has it within his grasp, like he had been waiting for this exact moment to unfold this palpable literary fantasy in comic form. Her name is Silver St.
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Published 1 month ago by Angie Trotter
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, engaging read for Batfans.
Go, Smith, for infusing the Bat with with some humor, something the Bat could always use. The characters and story are engaging; the twists and turns are pitch perfect for the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David McCall
2.0 out of 5 stars Batman Done Wrong
I am a big fan of the Bat and a fan of Kevin Smith so I thought "this has to be great!" I was wrong. Read more
Published 9 months ago by 02birds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Love anything Kevin Smith Writes. Good read comic books are being used to make great movies and this would be a great story for that.
Published 12 months ago by J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for son
I don't know how he liked it as it was a gift. He seemed glad to have it and will or has read it when time permits.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Stalcup
2.0 out of 5 stars I like Kevin Smith and I really wanted to like this book, but...
As much as I love Kevin Smith, I really didn't like this Batman comic. There were entertaining comedic moments here and there, but it really didn't feel like Smith had a good... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Admiral Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
This is a great piece of writing. The art work is well done. If you're a Batman fan, add this to your collection. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brad Ruppel
3.0 out of 5 stars Baa man
Well, there is this GoatMan character, Baphomet, who I think is to be introduced as a potential ally of Batman in future issues? Batman is in love or infatuated with an ex-lover. Read more
Published 16 months ago by danny boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Smith is awsome at writing Batman
This book goes on my top 5 favorite Batman Stories. has action, romance, mystery, and just a fun book visualy and well written. Truly Kevin Smiths best comics ever written.
Published 18 months ago by Comic Book Master
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
walt and kevin kill it, definitely a cool take on bats, and a fun read. kev is fatman yes sir dude
Published 19 months ago by jesse joshua dena
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