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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 *trains flying monkeys*
Jan 29, 2015 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains 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
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, reviewed

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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Jan Philipzig
Feb 10, 2016 Jan Philipzig rated it it was ok
Jim Lee Superstar,
Or: How Many Fights Can You Pack Into One Book?


Batman vs. Killer Croc, Batman vs. Catwoman, Huntress vs. assorted “street punks,” Killer Croc vs. Batman and Catwoman, Poison Ivy vs. Catwoman, Batman vs. Superman, Harley Quinn vs. almost everybody, Batman vs. Joker… These are just the major fights of the book’s first half, there are many more. As you can imagine, fighting takes up a good chunk of the story. The remaining pages… well, they are little more than the desperate attem
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Jeff
Jan 23, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
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Dan Schwent
Aug 24, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2012, cool-covers
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
Aug 13, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2008 matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
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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Donovan


Hush. It's hush hush, keep the villain a secret. Jeph Loeb said it started out as a joke. But no joke, it's a well written mystery. I'm no mystery expert, nor the world's greatest detective. But you're guessing and second guessing until the very end. So it gets points for high readability and entertainment value alone.

Hush is this: Batman is doing his normal rounds when the villains are suddenly acting and fighting with uncharacteristic superiority, and he realizes that someone smarter and more
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Sam Quixote
Mar 14, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
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
Julia
Aug 11, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
4.5 stars

Wow. This is probably my favorite Batman comic!

I went into this thinking that I already knew who Hush was. I thought it was (view spoiler). But there were so many twists and turns in this that I soon realized I had no idea who Hush was and I was caught completely off guard at the end. I like that, at its core, it's a classic detective story. And I love that they did that because it stays true to who Batman is: a detective.

I also really loved all the character
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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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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a good graphic novel. There were a lot of twists and turns in the storyline as Batman followed Breadcrumbs and realized that a particular character wasn't the one pulling strings, and everything is leading to a puppet master behind everything. A parallel storyline is Bruce's relationship with Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend who has suffered losses just as Bruce did, but went in a different direction. What I didn't like so much is that the main character who is behind everything really ...more
Stephen
Oct 15, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok
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
Jul 31, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
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!
Jesse A
A very entertaining, very good Bat-book. Has the flavor of a Morrison Batman book without the batshit craziness.
aPriL does feral sometimes
All-star cast!

Something peculiar seems to be pushing the buttons of every bad guy who has ever hated Batman. One by one, terrifying villains Batman has battled and defeated in the past are hunting down Gotham's superhero once again to finish him at last, empowered by a strange confidence and new skills. Well, at least Batman can count on his friends...maybe. Some of them are acting peculiar, too. Murderous, actually. Oh oh.

In this special collection, everything that we who adore comics and what
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
May 08, 2016 Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote) rated it really liked it
At first, I just knew who Hush was. Then Jeph Loeb kept on tossing baits at me and I couldn't help myself from falling for the traps. The story was well-written and built with great suspense. There's a huge collection of villains throughout the volume and they each had their moment to shine and show readers who they were. As short as their presentations were, it was absolutely satisfying. It kept the focus on the main plot and gave Jim Lee and Scott Williams to draw out some of the best artwork ...more
Zane Hoffmann
Apr 05, 2016 Zane Hoffmann rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, batman, dc
This book came highly recommended to me by just about every Top 10 Batman story list on the internet. The various lists boasted that the story was full of great action and appearances from Batman's greatest foes all tied together by Batman veteran Jeph Loeb, accompanied by the pencils of Image and Wildstorm's prodigal son Jim Lee.

Well, it certainly is full of action and characters, and it's evidently written by Jeph Loeb according to the cover, although I'm not too sure how the man behind favor
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Kee Saitama
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
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Lydia
May 02, 2016 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
When I read this book I may or may not have pried myself away from its pages at 1 in the morning and promised I would get back to it soon, whimpering as I walked away from it.

Hush is fantastic. It is really a masterpiece. The art is beautiful, the watercolour flashbacks are gorgeous, it is so detailed and so vast and so sprawling. There are lots and lots of full-page panels, which I adore and I loved this cast of characters.

Most of all I loved Catwoman. Catwoman and I have a long-standing diff
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Kemper
Nov 29, 2008 Kemper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
One of the best Batman stories ever done.
Kurt
Mar 04, 2014 Kurt rated it it was ok
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
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
Logan
Sep 27, 2015 Logan rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This was a really good story! So first off the artwork is beautiful! Every page looks outstanding and there were some single panel pages that were amazingly done, well done Jim Lee! The story is a little harder to talk about, this kinda feels like Batman Eternal, because of the main plot and all the different sub plots, one of the sub plots being one which explores Batman and Catwoman's relationship which was good! The Main story is hard to talk about, one of its flaws is that it does jum ...more
Daniel
Jul 25, 2012 Daniel rated it did not like it
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
Mason
Jun 30, 2015 Mason rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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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Marla Haasz
2.5/5

I wanted to like this more than I did, but the only interest I had was when Harley Quinn and The Joker had their moments, and when Catwoman was fighting Poison Ivy and Huntress. Towards the last half, I didn't even read Bruce's thought bubbles but instead just skimmed the speech bubbles.

Also, I cannot and will not ever get over this art that gratuitously amplifies womens... assets, even when physics shouldn't allow it.
Daniel
Sep 04, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Predivivni crtezi prepuni detalja, akcija koja skoro ostavlja bez daha i atmosfera koja je skoro savrsena.

Ali onda stizemo do price... i najslabijeg dela i koje mi na kraju skoro upropasti sve ovo. Jednostavno suvise konfuzno i to ne potrebno sa glupavim objasnjenjima i bezveznim krajem.

Velika steta ali opet po meni svaka preporuka za ljubitelje Batmana.
Mića
May 06, 2016 Mića rated it it was amazing
This one is perfect!
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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)
  • Batman: Hush, Vol. 1
  • Batman: Hush, Vol. 2
  • Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 1: Hush Money
  • Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 3: The House of Hush
  • Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond

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