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Batman: Hush, Vol. 2 (Batman: Hush #2)

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BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra's al Ghul and the Dark Knight's other enemies - and allies ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ronyell
5.5 stars!

Introduction:

After reading the first volume of the well-acclaimed “Batman” story, “Batman: Hush,” I just had to check out the second volume that would conclude this fantastic storyline! Now, that I had just finished reading “Batman: Hush Volume Two,” I can clearly say that this storyline definitely rates along my most favorite “Batman” storylines next to “Batman: The Killing Joke” and “Batman: The Long Halloween!”

What is this story about?

Continuing from the last volume, the story
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Sesana
This review is for volumes one and two of Hush. I read this not long after it first came out, and liked it well enough, but I think I liked it even better with this read. Hush is a sprawling, villain-packed mystery that introduced one of the best Batman villains of recent years, Hush. The mystery is compelling, but so much attention is paid to all the various villains of the month distract from what should be the driving force. But I can't complain too much, because I like how Loeb handled all o ...more
[Name Redacted]
Look, I appreciate what they're trying to do, but I have comics (both pre- and post-Crisis) from decades ago in which Batman and Catwoman are already an item. This is what happens when authors don't know anything about the history of the characters they're writing. Batman doesn't feel like Batman, though I liked the reflections on his relationships with Nightwing/Robin I, Jason Todd/Robin II, and Tim Drake/Robin III. What is more, I suspect that this story inspired the craptacular resurrection o ...more
Zane
Sep 06, 2008 Zane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: batman fans
Recommended to Zane by: meg
This was okay. It was entertaining. Throwing all of batman's enemies into a conspiracy against him is not novel, but this is pulled together well enough. The dialogue between batman and the super villains was good. The end seemed a bit of a stretch. Oh and does anyone else ever identify with the supervillains? I mean the killer croc probably needed that money more than the rich family. It's not like he can get a job or anything, and he was devolving genetically. If someone couldn't get their gen ...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
That I read books one and two in one morning show that they really should have, at least, been one book together, but I already bitched about that in my review for part one.

Anyway, DC's publishing choices aside, this was a very good story. Batman's never been my favorite character, but he's very interesting when done right, and his rogues' gallery is classic--they are very prominently featured here. Almost all of them. (Although, it would have made some parts of the plot work a little better if
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Sophie
This was supercool. I absolutely loved it, and while I managed to restrict myself to small portions in the beginning, in the end I gave up and devoured the books in one go.

First of all, the artwork is so fucking pretty. It was one of those cases where sometimes I'd turn a page and be breathless for a moment, because wow. So gorgeous. So even if the story was, I dunno, boring or not to my liking, I would have had a great time just because of the whole look of it.

But the story wasn't boring, and i
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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.
Aj
Jun 04, 2014 Aj added it
Just like any other batman stories or movies this one was great. One book I would read twice.
Jason
Reading this is such a trip because the continuity of Hush volume 1 and 2 is so different from Batman's current run. Honestly, I really miss it. Some of it is weird ( Luthor is president!) but some if it is very rich ( Todd is dead and there's no Damian). In the end I find Hush himself to be pretty disappointing. His ability to manipulate and his his plan is very impressive but his motivations are severely lacking. Now, having said that, I still enjoyed the story very well. Here are ten things I ...more
WeirDee
It was excellent.

A thrilling and suspenseful story and great art!
The Crimson Fucker
Look at me Seth!!! i'm reading the good shit!
Emily
Hoooooo boy, reading that was EXHAUSTING is the best ever way possible. God, I love comics. And everything and anything to do with Batman in general. And let me just add this in before I get too far that I was SO SO SO happy to see Dick and Tim again. I cried a little bit. I love those kids :')

OKAY, now straight into the thick of it. (view spoiler) Am I pleased? Hell yeah. I'm wasn't quite sure why I didn't like this pairing, and
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Cameron
"Batman: Hush, Vol.2" picks up right where Vol.1 left off. Still confused as to who Hush really is, Batman finally gets a chance to find out his identity. Right before he does so, Harvey Dent shoots the man that had the answer. This adds a whole different element to the story. Now, not only are all of Batman's enemies involved(The Joker, Killer Croc, Clayface, The Riddler, etc.) but even his allies like Harvey Dent are suddenly thrown into the mix of this already confusing and twisted plot. At o ...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
Jessica Lave
I read the first volume a while back, and eventually I was able to get a hold of the second. It's a fast read, naturally, seeing as it's more illustrations than words, but there is a lot to each of the illustrations and it's easy to miss some of the finer details if you're not paying attention.

Honestly, I enjoyed the first volume more, but the art is incomparable. The story felt a bit rushed at times in this volume, but that could be either because I read it so quickly or because there is so mu
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Melissa
The story picked up as it went along, and I think all the characters were fun more than distracting, though I can understand others who disagree. The art is fantastic, with one caveat. I know superhero comics are not a showcase for people of normal or realistic proportions, but the tiny, fist-sized waists on all the women were just ridiculous at times. (That and the way shirts would suddenly be jostled to show lacy underthings when the non-superheroine female characters were in peril. The men ar ...more
Mario
This is where Jeph Leob descended into the red zone. The artwork is still amazing, but the story, not so much. Now, there were a few ideas that I really liked. For instance, and not much of a spoiler, I liked how Loeb used Jason Todd. Interesting and fun take on the Riddler. I really liked some of the characters interactions between Ras, Talia, and Batman. However, a lot of the dialogues were awkward, silly, and out of character (for instance, the Joker). I liked the ending, but I hated the Hush ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Oct 17, 2008 Stephanie Griffin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with low standards
Recommended to Stephanie by: Some moron
I'm just reviewing both of these volumes as one, as that's how they were to be read and the two volume set seems to me part of the problem. Each volume is slim---maybe a hundred pages---and this could have easily been released as a single, collected volume. As for the story: I found this to a very weak Batman tale. It had come pretty highly recommended to me by a few different people, but besides for a few highlights---which I won't mention as not to spoil the plot---this story seemed contrived ...more
Amanda
Batman Hush is basically a story about what happens when all of Batman's enemies are put up against him in one book. I didn't particularly like the comic because I found it a little confusing. I wasn't exactly sure who exactly this Hush character was by the end. Another aspect I found particularly confusing was the flow of the story. The dialogue didn't flow well with Batman's internal thought. One thing I did enjoy however was the scant amount of text. The scenes that were essentially wordless ...more
Kari Ramirez
This review is 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 re
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Archie
This is Volume II of the Hush graphic novel. It's pretty thin. It should have just been tacked on to Part I and sold as one. But hey, that's greed for you.

But yeah, if you liked Volume I, you should like Volume II. The set up is so good in Volume I that the ending works in Volume II.

So yeah, all in all, Hush is a 3.5. I give 4 to Volume I and 3 to Volume II, as Volume II has different look in the artwork and it all too jarring. I prefer the look of Batman in Volume II, but the nose on his cowl c
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Corey Regalado
One of the most perfect comics I've ever read. The penciling, colors, and script all make a fantastic entry into Batman lore. My favorite bit definitely has to go to Jim Lee for once again creating the sexiest versions of household names. Really, no one is unattractive in this book, not even Alfred. (Especially not Alfred.) But I'm not just shallow; the dialogue is sharp without being verbose and the plot is ingenious. Believe it or not, this actually feels more like a character piece than an ac ...more
Neville Ridley-smith
Holy internal monologue Batman!

This was definitely an improvement over Volume 1. Good art and fairly decent storyline. The number of red herring characters became a bit overwhelming. And I finally figured out what drags this series down for me. It's Batman's internal monologue on Almost. Every. Single. Panel. I appreciate the background information it gives (especially to someone like me who's not conversant with things like Batman having 3 different Robins and who the heck is Nightwing?) but it
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Mikey
Batman: Hush actually has a pretty exciting finish, much better than the solid - but a little lacking - first volume. As before, Hush's identity is painfully obvious from the first page, but this book shows that it's not the journey so much as the destination (though even that has some bumps...all I'll say is that Clayface is a really convenient plot device). Still, Thomas Elliott is a great foil for Bruce Wayne; we easily see how the dark knight could have gone astray had his - extremely tumult ...more
Andrew Ives
I've read Hush twice now, and I think it warranted a 2nd look to fully understand what happened. The art throughout is fantastic, and while Jeph Loeb's story may be slightly patchy in its pacing, the end comes all in one rush over only a few pages where the plot is explained in detail. It does all make sense, but the inclusion of eg The Joker, Scarecrow and Jason Todd seemed a bit 'bolted-on' rather than an intrinsic part of the plot, just so that no famous characters got missed out. The opening ...more
Zach Danielson
Continues Batman: Hush, Vol. 1

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.
Kimberly
Well drawn and full of plot twists. The ridiculously large cast of characters was appealing at first, but cycled through too quickly to feel satisfying. Each new villain/ally got a few pages and then disappeared again before it felt they'd been used fully. The result was a confusing tease, and I ended the story with the feeling of failed potential. The seeds of a great story were here, but needed a bit more nurturing to take root. Batman's internal brooding was powerful and moving in some places ...more
Charles
This truly brought together the seemingly pointless previous volume and connected it with just about every previous Batman story worth mentioning. This piece stands as an amazing tapestry of artwork and story (although Batman's interior monologues do get tiring at times). Only thing I could have asked for was a more solid conclusion, but still another epic that will be remembered in the chronology of Batman.

PS Batman was pretty old to date Catwoman, he's in his mid/late 40s and I think she's lat
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l.
el estúpido goodreads no me deja loggear dos veces algo que ya leí, así que voy a poner aquí mi opinión de la relectura de hush:

es muy curioso que todos los aspectos en que falla hush hayan sido llevados a buen puerto por el mismo guionista en al menos dos ocasiones (naturalmente: the long halloween y dark victory. o a lo mejor no es nada curioso y nomás sirve para desmontar las posturas auteristas.

el caso es que hush no me parece merecedora de estar a un lado de obras como year one, year 100 o
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Fraser Sherman
This story of a mysterious mastermind working against Batman through his rogue's gallery was a big deal when it came out. Reading it now, it's enjoyable though nothing special. The high points are actually the character bits, from Selina Kyle's relationship with Bruce Wayne and particularly Dick's connection with his mentor—these days nobody writes Bruce as anything but a depressingly strict, dour father figure.
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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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