Batman Cacophony: A Very Short Review

This three-part miniseries was obviously generated to take advantage of the recent Batman movie.  The late Heath Ledger’s superb Joker has loosed a flood of Joker/Batman stories.  cacophony1All of them are a weariness — if I were DC I would put the Joker on hiatus for at least a couple years.

Cacophany is a particularly unsatisfying member of this annoying flood.  With its references to past events and a supporting cast of uninspiring villains of yore, it is a bad jumping-on place for new fans.  You would think that DC would take care to have everything accessible to a new reader, so as to derive maximum mileage from the boost of the movie.   It is exceptionally gory and violent, many knives, guns, pieces of broken glass, and so on, which means that moms are not going to let little Justin spend his allowance here.  (The various Bat cartoon titles are the way to go for youngsters — I have heard good reports of Brave and Bold.)

Finally and most damning, the thing doesn’t resolve.  Mysterious new villain Cacophony is not apprehended; we don’t even learn anything useful about him.  The information will doubtless be revealed in future miniseries.  I will seriously consider not being there.  Meanwhile you, the reader, should save your money.  This mini is eminently skippable.


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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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