The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
By: William Butler Yeats
I can imagine that you are currently thinking, “Thanks for the opening stanza from a Yeats poem, but I clicked on this link to read about the Goddamn Batman!” Well, I assure you that the two are related. The title of DC Comics‘ Batman: The Widening Gyre is itself a reference to Yeat’s poem, The Second Coming. The topic of second comings is also relevant, because while promoting AMC’s Comic Book Men at the NYCC, Kevin Smith fielded question from fans and revealed that he has written all but two issues of a sequel to Batman: The Widening Gyre. That’s right. The long-awaited follow up to Smith’s Batman: The Widening Gyre will finally be released late in 2013, with Walt Flanagan back on art duties again. Smith also revealed that Flanagan has already complete nearly four issues of this follow up effort.
So why the long delay? Between writing, directing, and taking part in AMC’s Comic Book Men TV series, Kevin Smith is clearly a busy man. Smith revealed that DC Comic’s Dan DiDio told him that he could take his time with The Widening Gyre sequel since that continuity was getting blown up anyway due to the New 52. In any case, it looks like the long delayed project will indeed see the light of day.
Kevin Smith’s Batman work seems to really polarize fans. I find myself in what seems like the minority of readers who enjoy what he does with The Dark Knight, so I look forward to reading a new “old DCU” Batman story.
Check back in to read a ComicBooked.com interview with Kevin Smith and the Comic Book Men crew, which we conducted at NYCC, to be up on the site here in the near future. While you’re here, be sure to check out the tsunami of NYCC news on the rest of the site.