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Remember to Forget – That Time That Batman Wet His Pants

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Remember to Forget – That Time That Batman Wet His Pants

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today we look at the disappointing conclusion to the Batman mini-series, The Widening Gyre…

Kevin Smith brought Oliver Queen back from the dead in a strong run on Green Arrow that began with a ten-part story that explained how Oliver was now alive. He then finished his run with a storyline introducing a new villain, Onomatopoeia, who was clearly designed with the idea of what would a modern day take on a classic Silver Age style villain would be like, a la the Riddler or the Calendar Man. Here, this villain talks in, well, onomatopoeia, only, because it is modern times, he also is a serial killer who hunts non superpowered superheroes…

So nearly a decade later, Smith returned to DC for a Batman mini-series called Cacophony, which set Batman against Onomatopoeia, drawn by Smith’s longtime friend, Walt Flanagan (with inks by the great Sandra Hope). The series is a decent enough story, although Smith couldn’t get through the series without at least one crass sex joke, as the Joker thinks that Onomatopoeia expects sex for breaking Joker out of Arkham Asylum…

In any event, Batman defeats Onomatopoeia, but the villain escapes by stabbing Joker in the heart, leaving Batman to determine whether to save Joker or stop him. Batman ultimately chooses the former.

Smith and Flanagan returned for a follow-up mini-series, The Widening Gyre (with inks now by Art Thibert), which took eleven months to come out with six issues.

In the first issue, Batman is nearly killed before a mysterious new vigilante dressed as a goat rescues him at the end of the issue.

In the second issue, the goat man helps out a lot, and Batman begins to get infatuated a bit…

Later in the issue, one of Batman’s greatest love interests, Silver St. Cloud, returns after her fiancee dies…

Notice the “DeeDee” nickname. It becomes a thing. The pay off is…well, it is something.

At the end of the issue, Batman is so desperate for Goat Man to show up again for a team-up that a telepathic villain uses that desire against Batman…

Batman really fell for this guy quickly.

In the next issue, after Robin rescues Batman, he asks about the DeeDee nickname…

Then they finally meet and Batman learns his name is Baphomet…

Batman and Silver continue their romance, which involves them going to an island where they have sex so loud that dolphins informed Aquaman about it. Yes, that happens. He also asks about the DeeDee nickname…

While hanging out, Baphomet takes off his mask, and the infatuated Batman is thrown by this new level of friendship…

The next issue, while Batman is away, Robin is watching the city and he thinks Baphomet is awesome, too. It’s like he’s Poochie the Dog. Every time Baphomet is not on the page, you feel like asking, “Hey, where’s Baphomet?”

Batman then discovers Baphomet’s secret identity…

This then leads us to the conclusion to this tale, which is, well, it is pretty bad…

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