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

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,840 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
The first part of the most-talked about story of 2003 is collected in trade paperback form! Reprinting BATMAN #608-612, this trade paperback features the first arc of Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee & Scott Williams' acclaimed "Hush," including guest appearances by Superman, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Huntress, and more!
Published October 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published 2002)
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Bookworm Sean
Batman is pissed off.


Not only are his usual enemies plaguing Gotham, but they’ve somehow united behind a mysterious figure. The Dark Knight is looking for clues, which means he ends up bumping into a few nasty faces from the past. He can handle them, he has done in the past, but what he wasn’t counting on was them manipulating Superman into fighting him.


This is no Batman v Superman. The Bat is unprepared and taken of his guard. It made for a great showdown, albeit one-sided. However that wasn’t
Batman and Catwoman


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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Jul 02, 2012 StoryTellerShannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jul 09, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Oh this was really good. I love Batman and I've heard that the Hush arc is a classic that I have to read, and so far I'm really enjoying it. So far my one complaint (?), more of just a request really, is where are my Robin's ?? Dick, Jason, or Tim, anyone really, I'm surprised Nightwing hasn't come in yet, Huntress even made an appearance. Anyway, onto volume two, which I'm really excited about because I believe there's an appearance by one of my fave ladies, miss Harley Quinn!
Jun 08, 2008 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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.
Aug 22, 2007 Punk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jan 08, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! Hush has managed to renew my interest in Batman.
Asghar Abbas
Apr 15, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I can't believe I haven't gushed about this . This is one of finest graphic novels I've ever read. The one which ignited my interest in them in the first place. It's also very close to my heart because all my siblings have read and loved it, thus making it special still.

Now this is what Batty vs Superman should have been about. See, Warner Bro/DC guys you have so much good source material why not use it ? Also please do not feed Synder. He messed it up twice!

Catwoman and Posion Ivy thrown into
This was my first ever superhero comic, and man was it fantastic! I didn't realize what I'd been missing out on.

So the art was really cool. And detailed (which I love in graphic novels). The colors were bright and vivid and it was just a joy to read.

The reason I didn't give this four stars was because of the plot (or lack of one) and the romance. I felt like nothing really happened. The whole 'mystery', well just wasn't one to me. Bruce's infatuation with a certain girl was really annoying. One
Nov 01, 2010 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Nerdish Mum
Feb 20, 2016 Nerdish Mum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read this story for the longest time and I was nervous I'd be disappointed. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! This is how you write Batman. It's fast paced, it's exciting and the bad guys and cameos keep coming and are done so well. The artwork, I love the artwork it is just so beautiful. Jim Lee can just draw! I love the story an the ending...the ending! I feel like I'm just gushing but that's just how much I enjoyed this book.
Jan 21, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.
Apr 15, 2014 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I very much enjoyed this comic.

It has a good storyline and good art.

I really loved the incorporation of Superman.
Aria Stuck in Wonderland
One word to describe it is wonderful. :)
Sep 29, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc, bats
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
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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
May 10, 2013 De rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alisha Ali
Nov 03, 2015 Alisha Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, batman
Oct 15, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome artwork!
Kari Ramirez
Oct 12, 2014 Kari Ramirez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, 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.

May 28, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2011 Andrew Ives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2012 Blake Larson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2011 Jay Szpirs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jason Kurtz
Oct 12, 2010 Jason Kurtz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Batman: Hush (5 books)
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