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Batman: Hush, Vol. 1 (Batman: Hush #1)

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From Jeph Loeb, the author of Batman: Dark Victory (1563898683) and Jim Lee, the founder of Wildstorm Comics.
Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Got...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ronyell
Batman and Catwoman

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I have been reading many “Batman” comics for awhile now and after searching for some really good “Batman” stories that were recommended to me by other fellow comic book readers, I keep hearing good things about “Batman: Hush” and I finally picked it up! “Batman: Hush Volume One” is apart of an alternative universe in DC Comics called “Elsewhere,” like where “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” also came from and I have to admit, I really enjoyed this volume!

What is this story about?...more
StoryTellerShannon
In this tale Batman suffers a grievous injury that takes him out of Gotham and into Superman's territory where he touches base with an old childhood friend and deals with several major villains of his past. I like how Wayne's character was established. That isn't something done very well in a lot of the other Batman graphic novels. There's an obvious shades of gray as to how matters are resolved a la The Batman Way or The Superman Way. Hardcore critics will take issue with how Batman was injured...more
Andy
So Wikipedia tells me that most of the Batman comics I like are what DC calls "Elsewhere" comics, meaning they take place outside of the regular continuity of the DC universe, thus allowing for greater freedom in story telling. But this book is part of the regular DC continuity and it turns out that this is the real Bizarro World, because like a fundamentalist reading the Bible, every word in the text has to be taken as fact, despite having been written by many different men, over the course of...more
Punk
Graphic Novel. This is exactly the kind of Batman story I like, Batman surrounded by his friends and enemies, chasing after Catwoman, being teased by Nightwing, secretly conspiring with Robin, hanging out with Superman, bizarrely annoying Lex Luthor. The big reveal of the so-called criminal mastermind was from roving, roving left field while at the same time totally flat, but that's okay, I had fun watching Batman get frazzled and scruffy, and the artwork was fantastic, the dark muscular Gotham,...more
Megan
I'm not really sure why this story arc was so popular - I think it was mostly due to Jim Lee being the artist. It's an okay Batman story and does further the larger arcs in his life a bit, but it's not exactly worth the hype in my opinion. The major plot points turn on several unrealistic "surprise!" gimmicks; in that respect it's more of a somewhat lame attempt at a big shake-up in the batverse thriller than a solid or intriguing detective story.
Anne
Good stuff! Hush has managed to renew my interest in Batman.
Cameron
"From Hell" raised my interest in graphic novels, "Batman: Hush, Vol.1" made me a fan of them. I've always been a Batman fan, so it wasn't hard for me to enjoy this. It was really cool to see all of Batman's enemies come together in one ginormous plot to attempt to take him down. With all the enemies coming together it made the story very unpredictable and kept me guessing about who "Hush" really was. This novel really showed the struggles that Bruce Wayne goes through on an everyday basis and h...more
Tyler
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Caroline
Loved the art in here, and the story was solidly entertaining. More Catwoman, who is always a blast for me--I enjoy her moral ambiguity and almost impish personality.

This touches on the reasons why I find Batman such an appealing character...and Superman not. Batman's got some real depth to him, and is willing to get down and dirty to do what's right in the end, plus seeing him take on a super-powered alien with effectively toys and gadgets is pretty damned awesome. Plus, this brings in some vul...more
Princess Dee
I very much enjoyed this comic.

It has a good storyline and good art.

I really loved the incorporation of Superman.
Federiken Masters
Mar 03, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lectores pasatistas fanáticos de Batman, Superman o de Jeph Loeb.
Recommended to Federiken by: Matías al prestármelo.
Leído de la edición en revistas de Sticker Design entre números prestados y otros que conseguí de saldo. Por cierto, si alguien me quiere revender el #1, bienvenido sea. El dibujo es muy bonito y todo lo que quieras y la historia se deja leer, pero peca de lo mismo que pecan casi todos los laburos de Jeph Loeb: es extremadamente infantil, tontoide y está mal ejecutado. Entiendo que en su momento haya vendido bien pero no que al día de hoy se lo siga citando como un clásico o como uno de los impr...more
Eric
Jun 27, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Graphic novel fans, Batman fans
Recommended to Eric by: Joe Carl
Batman: Hush was simply phenomenal. The story is deep and satisfying and the artwork jumps off the page.

It features the usual cast of Batman villains -- Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, The Joker and Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Raz Ah Guhl, The Riddler, and Clayface -- and introduces a new villain, Hush. It also delves into an edgy romance between Batman and Catwoman.

Hush made it very clear to me that Jeph Loeb is my favorite Batman author. This graphic novel is a must read for any Batman fan.
Mikey
Hush, Vol. 1 is a solid outing by Jeph Loeb, and does a decent job of mixing the gritty realism often found in good Batman stories with the whimsical, polished fancy of many DC comics. The story isn't as focused on Batman's persona as is befitting the best stories about the caped crusader (really, did Superman have to make an appearance?), and it's very, very obvious from the very beginning who Hush is, but this is an enjoyable read.
Emily
Mar 22, 2014 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, dc
Loved seeing so much of Bruce's backstory, not so sure how I feel about Selina/Bruce, but I'm open to it and I'll where it goes and maybe I'll warm up to it...? We shall see. It was a pleasant change to see Bruce so vulnerable when we saw him in his past. I'm so used to seeing him so strong minded and focused on whatever mission he's into, seeing him playing was...unusual. But in a good way. Of course Bruce being Bruce had to turn every game into some sort of training session, but at least he wa...more
Federiken Masters
Las historias de Gotham Knights me parecen bastante buenas pero con un dibujo mediocre. Los números de Hush tienen un guión bastante malo pero un buen dibujo, sobre todo en las escenas de flashback. Haciendo promedio entre ambas partes del tomo, se puede redondear en tres estrellas ni muy meritorias ni muy despectivas.
JD
Meh. After reading The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and the Killing Joke, this book was a disappointment for me. It felt a bit over-stuffed with characters--trying too hard to use as many DC Universe characters as they could. Take it or leave it.
Kari Ramirez
This is a review for both Volumes 1 & 2.

I've got to say that some of my favorite Batman books have to be when multiple heroes & villains make an appearance. I was not disappointed there! Catwoman, The Huntress, Nightwing, Robin....so many peoples! Then it just seemed like an endless parade of all the major villains stopped by to give the Bats a hard time in some way or another.

And the art, dang. I loved the watercolory flashback scenes best and I'm always a sucker for full color books.

I...more
Marc
This could have been better. The ending was pretty predictable...
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
One word to describe it is wonderful. :)
Sara
A good read and only slightly predictable.
Jakub Rabyniuki
This is stuff from Loebs golden times before he started take a drugs (Or what the ***** ruined his comics writing talent). He was excelent Batman writer in this times. One of the best ever.
But this isn´t his best Batman book. And I do not think this ever could have such ambitions.
This book is actually a guide to Batmans modern world. And guider isn´t mr.Loeb. But one little Korean guy. Very talented one. Jim Lee is with no doubt in top five of artist who ever painted superheroes comics.
This boo...more
Catherine
The theme of these three graphic novels is that the art is better than the story. The story of Hush itself is quite engaging. But it's Jim Lee's illustrations that are the highlight of the story. The art and coloring are lush, complex and beautiful. The narration got to be a bit much at times, as if Loeb wanted Bruce to reflect upon every single aspect of his personality. A lot of the narration was well done though and I'd much prefer it to no characterization. Seeing so many characters make cam...more
Tim Pendry
The story line on this Gotham City/Metropolis cross-over is, bluntly, conventional, predictable and uninspiring but the book is redeemed by dramatic graphics and superlative inking by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

The soap opera dynamic between Lois and Superman, Batman and Catwoman and chief villain Poison Ivy backed up by dim-witted Killer Croc is made sexy by some frankly erotic (at points) draughtsmanship.

The creative tension is supposed to be between the 'dark' Batman and the 'light' Superman...more
Dima Yakovenko
Очень сильный комикс, с довольно большим упором на детектив, вызывающий самую разную палитру эмоций и не позволяющий ругать себя за что то, ведь все в нем прекрасно. Начиная от потрясающей, действительно сложной и умной истории, наполненной огромным количеством отличных персонажей, кучей сильных, эмоциональных моментов, хорошими диалогами и прекрасным финалом и заканчивая очень красивым и стильным рисунком, которым действительно наслаждаешься, рассматривая каждый штрих.
Первый том - лишь начало ч...more
Archie
This is the first part of Hush. It is done by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. It is set in the more "modern" era of the Batman mythology. So in this book, you will find characters such as Nightwing, Robin, and new villians such as Harley Quinn.

Anyway, I prefer more the early mythology of Batman, but I can really appreciate the set up of this novel. The artwork is fabulous, but unfortunately begins to shift in appearance as the read the story.

So yeah, all in all Hush, is a 3.5. I give 4-stars to Volume I...more
Alex
Jim Lee's art is still spectacular, if a little dated - but the story is beyond dreadful. Loeb is a perfectly competent writer, but he's just not trying hard enough here to do anything other than give Jim Lee the chance to draw some well-known characters (a good thing), going through the motions of the sorts of things a very causal readee might expect them to do (a bad thing). And the overall story, which is theoretically a mystery, is not at all engaging, surprising or interesting (a terrible t...more
Neville Ridley-smith
I always second guess myself with these things. The reviews on the back of the book are so gushing with praise. Am I not getting something? I mean, it was ok... but it didn't blow me away. If this is a good Batman comic, I wonder what the preceding ones were like... Maybe I just don't like this style of superhero comics. Everyone seems so serious - it's like hammy acting. And yet a lot of it is kinda ridiculous. I laughed out loud when Superdog made an appearance! What the?! Is this a parody? As...more
De
May 10, 2013 De rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: batman
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Zach Danielson
This is a solid Batman story, a mystery in the vein of Batman: The Long Halloween (also by Jeph Loeb). There are a bunch of villians and supporting characters, but enough weight to the central story that it doesn't devolve into a villian-of-the-week sideshow. The art is great and the writing is pretty good. Any Batman fan will enjoy this.

A brief appearance by Krypto the Superdog is ill-advised, but doesn't ruin the experience.

Continued in Batman: Hush, Vol. 2
Ethan Vinyard
A good comic but not incredible should have been an elseworld but dc doesn't do those anymore so it stands as canon to a point and it is interesting worth a read if you're a fan of batman
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major...more
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