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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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Jeff
Jan 23, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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
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!
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
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-...more
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
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
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...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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Wendy Browne
Mostly liking this because of Batman/Catwoman OTP, but otherwise, wasn't overly impressed with Loeb's repeated need to march out all of Batman's enemies. And Jim Lee's art. Goodness, how blind I was in my youth.

Full review of Hush and Heart of Hush here: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
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.
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
Pieter
To me this is one of the most over-rated Batman story arcs out there.

First of all the artwork: Jim Lee's artwork is either love it or hate it. While it's hard to say that it's "bad" artwork because of it's beautiful coloring and great attention to detail, the artwork is nonetheless a sort of cliched, over-the-top 1990's superhero style. This is what Jim Lee excels at, and if that's your thing more power to you, I myself prefer the classic style of Neal Adams, the film-noir style of Tim Sale, or...more
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
Raul Sanchez
Before reading this graphic novel, I was of the opinion that Frank Miller's Batman from The Dark Knight Returns was the best Batman story arc that I would ever read, and after reading arcs like Long Halloween and Court of Owls, I felt justified in feeling that way. These arcs were good, don't get me wrong, but they weren't The Dark Knight Returns good. Now that I have finished reading Batman: Hush, I can confidently say that everything that I onced believed in concerning quality Batman is, was,...more
Peter
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Hakim
Worth a read. "Hush" is an intriguing new character, and seeing Batman struggling with a new villain is always interesting. Hush is a very well-written character that brings a breath of fresh air to the Batman mythos.
Props to Jeph Loeb for exploring Bruce's past with such subtlety and for offering us The "Opera" issue, which is nothing short of a dramatic masterpiece. However, the story arc was way too long and quite anti-climatic.
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
Suhrob
A left turn from the current crop of heavy, dark, heavily psychological version of Batman. Loeb felt the need to cram in most of the Batman pantheon, and therefore lot's of it is very rushed and here and there some conclusions are jumped.

I am also not completely wild about the over-complicated double-triple-quadruple somersault ending, because everything has to be quickly tied up and closed.

But yet - it is fast paced, action packed and it is fun to see so many foes and friends in action.

I don't...more
Amy
Batman, the Worlds Greatest Detective. Before reading this comic I kind of wondered why he was called that. He never really seemed to be solving that many mysteries just fighting crime and Gothams unjust justice system. But Hush has changed all that. This was a true mystery with just enough twists to leave you guessing.

This is my favorite Batman centered comic to date. It is just how I always pictured them to be, with it being entirely narrated through his thought process and hi saying very litt...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...more
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