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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
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Paperback, 121 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ronyell
Batman and Catwoman

Introduction:

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!

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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
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
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
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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.
WeirDee
I very much enjoyed this comic.

It has a good storyline and good art.

I really loved the incorporation of Superman.
Anne
Good stuff! Hush has managed to renew my interest in Batman.
AriatheNerd
One word to describe it is wonderful. :)
Emily
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
Tyler
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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
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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
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.

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Al
An amazing story! A fresh, thoughtful take on old characters. If you like Batman at all, this is definitely a must-read. Very few Batman tales ever allow him to use his skills as the “World's Greatest Detective". I had to go with four stars instead of five though because this version is only the pencil sketches and the lettering. It loses A LOT without the inking and coloring. I found I had to study some panels extensively just to discern what I was supposed to be seeing whereas it would've been ...more
Andrew Ives
This first half of Hush, feels very much like a first half, having reached nowhere really by the last page apart from having introduced the involvement of the various characters - mainly Catwoman, then Poison Ivy, Superman, Killer Croc and Bruce's childhood friend Tommy Elliott. For me, the epitome of Batman will always be the Giordano and Aparo era, but for all its modernisms, this comes pretty close. Jim Lee's art is fantastic and while the Jeph Loeb story isn't really anything yet in vol1, it ...more
Blake Larson
It's rare that I give 5 stars to a comic series, or graphic novel...but this (and the part 2 that follows) truly deserve it. A character like Batman has such a rich history, it's really hard to create a brand new character and make them fit so perfectly, but that's exactly what Jeph Loeb does with Hush. Not only does he accomplish that, but he seems to do it effortlessly. Add in Jim Lee's artwork (personally, he's my favorite comic artist of all time - aside from the terrible Captain America in ...more
Jay Szpirs
Don't believe the hype.
Although the stunning art and good pacing make for a strong first reading, Hush falls apart on examination. Although lauded for its' twists and turns, this story is little more than a retread of the '90's Knightfall story (Mysterious New Bad Guy: "Say, if we all dogpile on Batman, he'll HAVE to loose, right?" Other Bad Guys: "OKAY!"). Re-readings (especially when paired with Vol. 2...) reveal plot holes that comfortably fit a freight train. Hush is Jeph Loeb jumping the s
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Jason Kurtz
Jim Lee's Art and Jeph Loeb writing, a stellar combonation. I did think it was a bit much to include nearly every major character in the Batman universe into the mix. It would have been more satisfying to have seen more of less characters. But of course everyone wants to see Lee draw DC, so there you go. But the return of a Lex Lutherian looking Harvey Dent was a nice touch... Two-Face always has the ability to change sides. The potential for Dent to become a REALLY complex character just increa ...more
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.
Damien
It's maybe unfair to rate/review this book before reading the entire series, but I think that it's fair and responsible to share how I feel after the first read. This book is doing some wonderful things, but also some very odd, seemingly inconsistent things. On the plus side, I really enjoy this art, and appreciate this visual version of Catwoman. This version has gone on to appear in the Arkham City game, and it is the most practical, but still sexy version of her. I also like Batman's weakness ...more
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.
Fr. Kyle
I've always loved Jim Lee's art. Joeph Loeb is a brilliant storyteller. The mystery behind the taped man creates for a good page turner. Who is it? Is it someone new? Is it someone old? I also loved the narration by Batman. You got into Batman's head, saw his emotion and his genuine care for his teammates and for his new love ...

An enjoyable read through and through.
Gavin
Wow. Fantastic work by Jeph Loeb here. It makes use of nearly every major character, and when a writer can do that and it makes sense without seeming gimmicky, it's rare. Loeb did that in 'Dark Victory' as well. Batman needs to find out who this new force is, or if it's one of the old gang up to new tricks, and he has help in somewhat unexpected places. Essential reading.
Ishanie
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next volume. The artwork is fantastic and the story stands alone. I'm an undercover comic book geek and I had to "out" myself with this one! It was great! I do have to agree with some reviewers that the artwork is the real star but the story line does pull you in. If you're a fan of Batman you'll either hate this or love it.
Matt Thomas
Killer Croc, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and an unknown individual are involved in a kidnapping of a small boy for a million dollars. The trail leads Batman and Catwoman to Metropolis which involves Batman fighting a Poison-Ivy-controlled Superman. Good story about the importance of friendship; Tommy Elliot, Catwoman, Superman, Perry White, Huntress, etc.
Dave Logghe
Easily the best treatment I've seen for Catwoman. Also a great use of "extended universe" characters. Also the art had some great specifics to it, like the wrinkles in the batsuit, and the fabric actually looking like fabric and not a perfect bodysuit. All in all, great volume, I'll have to read the rest, even though I already know where it goes.
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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
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