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Batman: Hush (Batman: Hush #1-2)

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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, 320 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by DC Comics (first published 2002)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Jan 29, 2015 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: Jeff
I had such a hard time deciding how to rate this one. I liked it and I didn't like it. I'm going with a four star..just because I love me some Batman and there are several really good things about this book.

Like: Batman and Catwoman. Do I like them together doing the smoochie smoochie? Well, somewhat.


I thought it would be hotter than it was..I mean come on, they are both awesomeness..but well it kinda fizzled in this book.
But here? Pure hawt.

Yes, I know I'm weird. I've been told that before.

T
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Kat Stark

Criteria: Any comic with Batman

Dude. I loved the artwork like crazy. I loved the characterization and I even enjoyed the dialogue, but that plot was fucking terrible.

I won’t rag on it anymore, I’ll just say this:

Poison Ivy using Catwoman and Superman to get her way...oh hells-to-the-nah says Batman.
Bruce’s best friend gets shot by a “mystery” man...oh hells-to-the-nah says Batman.
Money resolves all (the motivations are just *SMH*)...oh hells-to-the-nah says Batman.
Every single villain and semi-h
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Jeff
Batman and Catwoman sitting in a tree, K-I–S-S- .. . Okay, enough with that.

What I find fascinating is that nearly every Batman graphic novel I’ve read recently has been a good/great one. Forbidden Planet lists their top 50 graphic novels of all time. Batman has 5. No one else comes close. Many of the major comic writers have all tackled Batman: Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Jeph Loeb, Ed Brubaker, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Dixon etc. etc.

https://forbiddenplanet.com/picks/50-...

What makes
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Dan Schwent
An unknown enemy is trying to destroy Batman at the same time he enters into a relationship with Catwoman. But who knows all of Batman's secrets?

I've been hearing about Hush since it was coming out in monthly format and finally decided to give it a chance. It was totally worth it.

Honestly, I was skeptical at first. While I liked Jeph Loeb's work on Batman: The Long Halloween, I thought it felt a little padded. As for Jim Lee, I was wondering if he still had that old magic. I was not disappointed
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Brad
Never have I read such an emotionally satisfying Batman tale.

As much as I loved The Dark Knight Returns (and what sixteen year old comic book geek in 1986 didn't?), there is something inaccessible about Frank Miller’s Batman that always pushed me two paces to the side. Jeph Loeb’s Batman, though, is a different guy.

Well, he’s the same guy, but Batman Hush invites us into Batman/Bruce in a way I’ve never experienced. I can’t pin down exactly why, but there are a few possibilities. First, he’s ph
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matt
I guess I'm mostly alone in not thinking much about this title -- but here are my reasons:

SPOILERS BELOW
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I don't think Lee's artwork is right for this story. I know this is a very "personal taste" kind of thing - but so be it. His work is very "high-def", and I think mysteries are more effective with subtle, even murky images...I don't want to see each individual sinew of Batman's bicep, and I don't think it helps set
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The Holy Terror
Absolutely fantastic.

Though, holy spoilers, Batman.

Hehehe.

I suppose you have to expect that with such a long running series, but honestly this doesn't keep me from wanting to read the previous stories any bit even though I know what's going to happen now. Plus, I kind of knew bits and pieces from the movies, the animated series, and the video games already so I can't really complain that much.

I really love all of the women in this universe, though Catwoman will always be my favorite. I've loved
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Sam Quixote
Hush is without doubt one of the worst Batman books of the last 15 years but what makes it even worse is how highly it's rated by so many comics readers.

Well, I re-read this recently because I couldn't remember a thing about it from the first and only other time I read this years ago and what did I find? Good reason for why I couldn't remember a thing about it.

So I wrote an article on it's many failings here
Stephen
2.5 stars. This was a pretty good Batman story but I went into it with such high expectations that when I finished I was a little disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed it but it is not among my favorite Batman stories. I did, however, really like the art by Jim Lee.
Steve
I'm not going to be able to add anything that any of the other of the thousands of reviews have already said. But this is clearly one of the best story arcs in the history of Batman.
Highly recommended for everyone!
Anne
I've read Hush in the past (Batman: Hush, Vol. 1, Batman: Hush, Vol. 2), but this one is some kind of collector's edition or something.
Whee!
Except I didn't actually open the book at the library.
So.
Yeah, it turns out that Hush Unwrapped is meant to showcase Jim Lee's penciling.
Which, to be fair, are really impressive. However, I'm not a fan of black and white comics. Not only that, but it's is really hard in some of the panels to tell exactly what is going on. Especially the action scenes.
Pssst
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Magdalena
I like Catwoman, I have liked her since I saw Batman with Michelle Pfeiffer in the role. For me she is the perfect Catwoman and Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway isn’t half a Catwoman as she is! Anyway this is a great comic book; I started reading it late an evening (never a good thing when one has to go up early to find something so delicious to read) and I it was such a good story with lots of lots of villains and some Batman & Catwoman luve!! I’m a girl, I like a bit of snogging sometimes in ...more
Mason
Ya know, I feel like this could potentially be a great comic for people being introduced to Batman. It's got most of his most infamous rouges, it catches you up on the majority of the Bat-family antics, and it has some fairly decent artwork.

But for people who are more steeped in the Batman universe, people who've read multiple comics, seen the shows, watched the movies, and played the games; for people who know Batman, the Bat-family, and the villains, and for people who know who Hush is and wh
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Kurt
I don't really see the appeal of this book... Yes, the art is nice, in a nineties way, and the pace is pretty good over the span of the whole collection. There are some fight scenes and some explorations of Batman continuity, but.. it's not good. The story is presented as a mystery, in which one character is shown to be the only real suspect, and then after ten issues or so, other suspects emerge momentarily but never for more than a few pages. Is a reader supposed to be surprised at the semi-re ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Awesome! Flawless! Suspenseful with satisfying twists and turns and a diverse parade of Gotham characters. This comic always heads 'Batman best of lists' for a reason, it is a MUST READ for any Batman fan. A great mystery with plenty of red herrings and multiple layers so that even when the culprit has been revealed there is more and more to discover. While I suspected the mastermind early the plot was deep enough to keep me on my toes.

I have to mention the amazing artwork of Jim Lee, which is
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Kemper
One of the best Batman stories ever done.
Ekairidium
This comic story has everything that it tends to become disjointed at times but at its best, it was able to provide insightful examinations on Batman’s social circle which includes fellow caped crusaders and the colorful villains that composed the infamous rogue gallery. Hush basically has every character you have ever known in the Batverse: the Robins minus Damian Wayne, the Huntress, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Joker and Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Two-faced, Ra’s Al Ghul, The Riddler, etc. There is ...more
Liz
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Callista
First, allow me to confess that this is only the second Batman (or DC, for that matter) book I've read. Which means that my previous knowledge of characters came mainly from films (I haven't seen them all), secondary references, discussions with fans, and Wikipedia. But despite that, I didn't feel lost. The writer did a good job incorporating enough tidbits from the long DC history into the story that what was going on made sense.
Not having read a lot of this stuff, I don't know if the kitchen-
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Akie
The Absolute editions of graphic novels are well worth their high price tag. The art is better, the colors lusher, & the extras give people who like to take things apart to see how they work (I am definitely in this number) a long, lingering glance at the artistic process of creating a piece of art. Jeph Loeb is one of my favorite Batman writers, & the art in this is a step up from his other with Tim Sale (Haunted Knight, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, When In Rome). The plot is a mas ...more
Nick Kives
Great premise, but poor execution. I was enjoying this a lot till about the last chapter and half. Take 12 chapters for the big reveal but no real explanation of how he figured out who Batman was, or even more remote, how Harold was connected. No real motivation for his hatred of Bats either. I enjoy some of Jeph Loeb's work, but this wasn't up there, but Jim Lee's art is impressive despite the change to Huntress' costume. This is the series that Lee drew the iconic pose of Batman standing on to ...more
Jolene Haack
Normally, I blast through graphic novels. They only take twenty minutes or so to read so I don't waste time.

With this one, I couldn't bring myself to rush through it. The story was incredible. The writing was incredible. The art was incredible.

I'm growing to LOVE Jeph Loeb. And I'm realizing now how many TPBs I've read and loved that he wrote and I never realized it.
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Awesome. I love Catwoman so anything with her is immediately a three star and then in throw in Batman's internal issues, Hush's ability to be one of the worst yet one of the best villians in awhile made this book worth it for plot and dialogue.

Not to mention that the art is perfect and well-done.
Rusty
I feel l just like Neo did in the first Matrix movie, after he watched Morpheus leap from the top of one building to another. He stared for a few moments in disbelief before uttering a single sound:

"Whoa."

I think I did that exact thing after reading this. Batman, finally, after all these years. I get it. I get him. He's awesome. I want to be him. He's the coolest dude I've ever seen in comics.

This is a 4 and a half out of 5 stars. I waffled on giving it the full 5, but I held off because I got
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David Caldwell
A man with a bandaged head is playing Batman, his friends, and even his foes like they were game pieces. His foes are suddenly using new, more deadly tactics. Catwoman has taken on a larger role not only in Batman's life, but in the life of Bruce Wayne as well. It all begins with a fall that nearly kills Batman and will lead him down a dark and twisted path.

There is a lot of stuff that happens in this story arc. There are plenty of big name villains. You have the growing romance between Batman/B
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Frank
Not bad, but not great.

This story is taken from the main Batman line of comics (ends on issue #619).

It also introduces a villian: Hush. Hush is a a man that lurks around through the story in a generic coat and a bandaged face.

First, what made this book not so great. Tons of plot holes. You never really figure out why Hush was tied into everything. They should of just pushed Hush out of the story and made him as a feature in 1 issue. Hush doesn't make that many appearances as it is.

What made the
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Brandon
About two years ago I was getting extremely excited for the long awaited sequel to Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. Shortly after the DVD release of Begins and the comic collection that accompanied the special edition, I looked at graphic novels in a different light. They were a medium which could supply me with darker and more satisfying Batman tales which would in turn hold me over until my viewing of Dark Knight. What started as an interest, soon turned into the beginning o ...more
Jason
In short: Beautiful art, fun twists and turns, bats and cats making out, not terrible writing, stupid plot.

In long: Jim Lee isn't my absolute favorite batman artist (David Mazzuchelli takes that crown), but he is absolutely amazing. The current day story is so lushly and vividly rendered it hurts, and, okay, he makes the girls too wispy with that bend butt+boobs twist that comics are terrible about, but it's surprisingly restrained. So good. Also, the flashback art style is marvelous, fitting a
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Alex
This is a ridiculous amount of fun.

It's so much fun to read you'll likely temporarily neglect, while you're in the process of reading it, to engage your criticial faculties and notice that it's actually fucking terrible. I mean really terrible cliched writing and by numbers rogue gallery style plotting.

But comics should be fun right, so who cares?

It's ridiculously well drawn too. Jim Lee's pencils are out of this world fantastic. Oh, yeah also Catwoman has big boobs, Poison Ivy has big boobs, T
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Daniel
I like a few Batman books, but I'm not a hardcore superhero fan, so stories like "Hush" that inhabit a Batverse steeped in deaths, resurrections, and plots I'm not familiar with aren't really going to connect with me. Additionally, I found the book to be a little light on good story and heavy on "Hey, we should draw that woman bent over because why not." After reading a pair of Batman books by Neil Gaiman and Darwyn Cooke, this was a letdown. It felt like going from Martin Scorsese to Michael Ba ...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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