Batman: Heart of Hush
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The villain named Hush, created by comic superstars Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, makes a dramatic return to the life of Batman. What will this mean for Bruce Wayne? Secrets shared years ago between Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliott begin to have dangerous repercussions in the present. Why is this mystery driving Hush to destroy Batman's life? What part does Catwoman play in Hush's p...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dan Schwent
Hush returns and begins striking at Batman however he can. But when he attacks Catwoman and removes the heart from her chest, has he gone too far?

The Heart of Hush further fleshes out the childhood relationship between Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliot, aka Hush, as well as that between Batman and Catwoman. It also cements Hush's place in Batman's Rogues Gallery along with legends like The Joker, the Penguin, and the Riddler.

Much like in his initial appearance, the big draw with Hush is that he knows...more
Ronyell
Batman

4.5 stars

Introduction:

After reading “Batman: Hush,” I really got interested in Hush’s character and where he came from since we only saw half of his story in the original story. But thankfully, some of my reading friends managed to recommend me a story that continues the storyline from “Batman: Hush” and it is called “Batman: Heart of Hush!” With great writing from Paul Dini, who also wrote some of the episodes from “Batman: the Animated Series,” “Batman: Heart of Hush” is definitely one comi...more
Sesana
Batman has been blessed with a really interesting Rogue's Gallery. There's a lot of depth in those villains, and frankly, they're pretty scary as a whole. Hush has the distinction of being one of the creepiest, and with his competition, that's really saying something.

There's a lot of backstory here, about what made Hush who he is now. His current plot is the main focus, though. As the cover implies, it's much to do with Catwoman. Basically, Hush has heard through the grapevine that the events o...more
Brandon
In a diabolical plan that can only come from the mind of a super villain, Hush kidnaps Batman's on-again, off-again ally, Catwoman and removes her still beating heart. However, rather than killing her, Hush keeps both Catwoman and her heart in good health as he toys with Batman, trying to end him once and for all.

When I had read Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee's foray into the Hush character a few years back, I wasn't overly impressed. Sure, it was a good story and the character was interesting, I just fe...more
Anne
After reading the disaster that was Batman: Harley and Ivy, I was a tad nervous to read anything else by Paul Dini. I'm happy to say, however, that he has totally redeemed himself (in my eyes, anyway) with Heart of Hush.

Hush, while not as awesome as Joker, is a pretty interesting villain. Heart of Hush explores more of Thomas Elliot's background, and also his warped reasoning for targeting Bruce Wayne.

I'm sure you can see from the front cover that Catwoman is also a prominent figure in this stor...more
Adam
As a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, I really enjoyed this story arc. The writer, Paul Dini, worked on that show, and the tone of this book is very similar. I only read part of the original "Hush" storyline, but these issues did a good job of catching the reader up to speed. Nearly half of the story is taken up by flashbacks to Bruce Wayne's childhood, when he was close friends with Thomas Elliot. Elliot was another child of privilege, but his upbringing was full of abuse, and he grew up to...more
Callie Rose Tyler
2 1/2 Stars

Well it was better than Batman: Hush Returns but that really isn't saying much. You know how in Spider-man 3 they had those flashbacks of the "Uncle Ben" incident and they revealed that Flint Marko was also involved in an attempt to make the audience care?



Aside from being really lazy writing, it felt forced, cheap, and trite....which pretty much sums up this 3rd HUSH arc.

The author attempts to add depth to the character with flashbacks but it's too derivative. Instead of making Hush...more
Mabel
****spoiler alert****

Shortly before reading Heart of Hush, I read Kevin Smith's Cacophony and The Widening Gyre, both of which I loved, and both of which were torn to shreds in many of the reviews I read. It seems long-time Batman fans couldn't stand seeing him bent into a potentially softer character with long-term love interests. I bring this up because the critiques I've read of Kevin Smith's writing of Batman seems to apply much more to this Paul Dini story. Overall I enjoyed this story very...more
Kenny

I preface this review by saying Batman: Heart of Hush was a great Halloween read.



Batman and Bruce Wayne's greatest enemy, Hush, has returned to thwart the Dark Knight, planning to destroy him from the inside out. No matter how hard Hush has tried to kill Batman through physical attacks, no plots have been more effective than the ones that attack him emotionally. When Hush discovers the strong connection between Batman and Catwoman, she becomes his ace in the hole to break The Batman once and f...more
Eric
Apr 04, 2013 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans, especially those that already read Hush
Between Batman: Hush and this loose sequel, Bruce Wayne childhood friend Tommy Elliot / Batman nemesis Hush is quickly becoming one of my favorite Batman adversaries.

If you are able to suspend your disbelief regarding Selina Kyle being kept alive while her heart is ripped out of her chest -- which is made slightly more plausible thanks to cameos from Mr. Freeze and Doctor Mid-Nite -- as well as the intense revenge motivations of Tommy Elliot -- which is elucidated in a few brief flashbacks -- y...more
Wendy Browne
Once again, liking this for the Selina / Bruce OTP, but otherwise unimpressed with the story and character of Hush. Too much melodrama and not enough show, instead of all the tell needed to shoehorn Thomas Elliot into Bruce's life.

Full review of Hush and Heart of Hush here: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...
Matt Chic
There's a scene in this where Batman rips a live wire from from the ceiling and then shoves it AND Jonathan Crane's (the Scarecrow) head into a toilet-- demanding to know where HUSH is. All the while Joker looks on from the next cell over and says "OUTSTANDING".

That is how I would describe this trade.
Lynda
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Eric Klee
The "Heart of Hush" storyline ran in Detective Comics while Batman was running the disappointing "R.I.P." I found that "Heart of Hush" had a better storyline, was MUCH better written, had real character development, and had the possibility (and believability) to affect and change Batman/Bruce Wayne more than "R.I.P." ever could.

This was my first experience with the Hush villain, having just starting reading comics again after 15 years. I must say that he's equally creepy as -- if not creepier th...more
Mark
Hush is back and thirsty to exact further pain on childhood friend/nemesis Bruce Wayne and his alter ego The Batman. This story is set during Grant Morrison's Batman: R.I.P. arc and so Writer Paul Dini makes use of a number of the plot threads surrounding him to good use. However, this story does not read as if it's beholden to the plot of the Black Glove, but adds depth to it whilst simultaneously bringing back one of Jeph Loeb's great antagonists from his Batman run.

Hush could have felt like a...more
Jen
I devoured this book as soon as it was available in-stores. Of course I read each issue prior to that but it ain't as good as reading in succession.

The villainous concoction of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, Hush, aka Thomas Elliot, is once again up to no good and seeks to bring his nemesis Batman down, reaching Bruce Wayne where it hurts most (hey, I just noticed how that statement could be misconstrued): his heart. It's a race against time to save the woman who's meant more to Bruce than he's ever all...more
Justyn Rampa
Heart of Hush is included in the RIP Saga although it is written by Paul Dini rather than Grant Morrison. Adjusting to someone else's writing after being immersed in Grant Morrison is difficult. Mostly because Morrison is so clever that it is easier for other stories to become underwhelming. Ironically, this is the second Catwoman-centric story I've read during the RIP Saga (i.e. "Catwoman: When In Rome).

I found "Heart of Hush" to be a more engaging story overall although in the end...I was lef...more
Erik
Being a huge Dini fan ever since his hand in the creation of the brilliant Batman: Animated Series back in the 90s, I jumped on this hardback collection of the titular story-arc which first appeared recently in Detective Comics. Dini & Co. take their cue from the character of Thomas Elliot, who was recently re-imagined as the childhood best friend of Bruce Wayne, and later the newly-minted arch-nemesis Hush, in Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s two-volume Batman: Hush. However, the storyline this time...more
Jake
The original Hush, the one that created the character, was described to me as the ultimate love-it-or-hate-it Batman tale. And, I don't know if I was really either, but "really like it" doesn't sound quite as gripping. I dug it because it was a fun mystery that involved all of the classic villains working intricately, some with others and some independently. There were a few holes, but the story didn't take itself serious enough to put weight on those holes.

The sequel, done by Paul Dini (co-cre...more
Boots
i always read these things out of continuity. it's a great writer who can make that not matter and paul dini has been doing it for many years now. i'll admit right out of the gates the story felt a little rough, but once it got going, it more than went. dini knows these characters and, more importantly, he knows his audience. he knows readers love action, but without melodrama and sentiment underneath, things get really boring ~ he here's the perfect balance of comic-book soap opera and vigilant...more
Steve
I'll be honest, I really hated this story arc. It was so cliche, so melodramatic it was just too much to bear.

The first half with Scarecrow and the boy was excellent, but as soon as Hush enacted his 'master plan' things just got really rushed and it wasn't exciting at all.

I prefer Hush to be an enigmatic villain attacking from the behind the curtains, not wielding two guns like Two-Face.

They didn't even go so far as to explain the drugged staff members in Hush's hospital, and that cheesy ending...more
Pranay
SPOILERS - The plot was a bit over the top but Paul Dini manages to involve the reader in this fast paced revenge thriller. Its a game of cat and mouse between Hush and Batman with sometimes the caped crusader & sometimes the bandaged villain coming on top. The story has some good twists and you see batman admit his love for catwoman...well almost.
My biggest grouse was with the art. Its too tame and inconsistent. Comparison with Jim Lee (responsible for some brilliant art in HUSH) is unfair...more
Madeleine
Heart of Hush is a good graphic novel, but not great. It spends a great deal of time retelling Thomas Elliot's origin story which I seem to remember which makes me think it was in Hush...When Dini isn't doing that, he is telling a good story about Batman and Catwoman and revenge and love and all that wonderful stuff. My biggest issue, though, is that this is an R.I.P. tie-in story - or at least billed as one. However, besides one mention of the Black Glove and one mention of Jezebel Jet, it seem...more
Prince
Not as captivating as Hush or as fast paced as Hush Returns , Heart of Hush once again has the villain Hush a.k.a Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne back in Gotham with a new plan to strike at his nemesis. While we are once again treated to a half-baked revenge tale, Heart of Hush does have a single redeeming quality - an in-depth coverage of Bruce and Tommy's childhood, the accident that killed his father, and the subsequent event that led him to becoming Hush.

While the history...more
M
The enigmatic Thomas Elliot returns under the pen of animated DC writer Paul Dini in this collection. Having been humiliated by Batman and the Joker during his last Gotham appearance, Hush has returned to the city to enact his revenge plot. Striking at Bruce's metaphorical heart by removing Catwoman's physical one from her body, Hush further complicates matters by surgically altering his appearance to match that of one world-famous Bruce Wayne. Facing personal attacks from all sides due to Ellio...more
Nathan
Batman: The Heart of Hush is a revenge story gone wrong, it blends elements of the fantastical with reality and although the formula has worked before it does not in this case. The main problem with this story is Hush, the villain. Hush is portrayed in Jeph Loeb's story as a calculating mastermind that enjoys slowly teasing apart Batman's life, causing him to doubt his allies. Paul Dini portrays Hush as a jealous, whiny villain lacking the maliciousness seen in his debut storyline; this could wo...more
Orrin Grey
I can't remember why I picked this up, besides that I liked the painted covers by Dustin Nguyen. Basically, it's Paul Dini tying up the loose ends from Jeph Loeb's Hush. And because Dini damn well knows how to write Batman, it's very solid stuff, in spite of coming in the middle of the whole "Black Glove" thing that was going on awhile ago and that I tried to read but couldn't really make heads or tales of. Definitely made me want to watch Batman: The Animated Series again.
Magic Mike
This is a collection of the Heart of Hush arc of Detective Comics from Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen. I liked Nguyen's art style as it is different from the norm and Dini is one of the best Batman writers having worked on the Batman animated series.

The problem with this story is all in the ending. Everything is thrilling and great until the final act. Hush's plan is quite exciting, but the way it ends just seems very untrue to the Hush character and forced so as to get a certain outcome. Had the...more
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Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scr...more
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