This six issue epic that makes up book one left me speechless and wanting more until the very end. Written by writer/director Kevin Smith and drawn by Walter Flanagan “The Widening Gyre” is Smith’s best work yet and shows Flanagan maturing as not only an amazing artist, but a true story teller with pictures.
This book shows us numerous sides of the Batman and Bruce Wayne characters that we have never truly been introduced to in other books not scribed by Smith. We see humor, love, honesty on a very human level, but most of all we see that if the right person came around to take up his spot he would retire as the Batman when he felt the time was right.
The writing and art went from good to amazing in the six issues that make up book one showing that not only has Smith matured as a writer over the years, but his pick of Walter Flanagan as the artist on the book was definitely the right one. The story telling that both men convey in their art form left me speechless at the very end of the book and made me go back and re-read the entire series after reading book six. I will not spoil the ending at all here, but believe me and do yourself a favor and read Batman: Cacophony first before reading Gyre.
This is definitely a series worth picking up and reading from issue 1-6.