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Batman: Hush, Vol. 1 (DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection #1)

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From Jeph Loeb, the author of Batman: Dark Victory (1563898683) and Jim Lee, the founder of Wildstorm Comics.
Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Got
Paperback, 121 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published 2002)
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Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Hush. Don't make me separate you two" is awesome. Great art work (it is Jim Lee come on) great story, and plenty of guest stars.

Right from the first page, my first thought is this is the way Batman is supposed to be. He does not have any superpowers so he has to rely on technology, tactics and in some cases his family/friends.

This comic has many elements from the Knightfall storyline. However where Bane was a imposing monster of muscle, the mistry of Hush is he seem to be a step ahead of Batma
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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Bookdragon 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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2008 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
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
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.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Batman detective, el más calculador, se enfrenta al secuestro de un niño que termina siendo mucho más que eso, sumando a la trama cada vez más compleja a medida que avanza, con villanos y héroes controlados por Poison Ivy sin ser en apariencia ni ella misma la cabeza de tal complot. Los dibujos de Jim Lee pasan de geniales a horribles sin escalas. Me arrepiento haberlo comprado traducido pero es que salieron muy baratos estos dos primeros tomos.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good, comic
When I first finished reading Hush vol. 1 I was entirely going ga-ga over the hot Batman and Catwoman's making out scenes!

But now after I calm down a little, I can see although Batman's action scenes and his nightly adventures are as effectively written as usual, the villains as awesome as always and the artwork is purely superb, still the storyline and the main villain Hush do leave me a bit underwhelmed. I know, Hush does a lot better in vol. 2, still in vol. 1 he is better in the story. the
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Nerdish Mum
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! Hush has managed to renew my interest in Batman.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feather Mista
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Lectores pasatistas fanáticos de Batman, Superman o de Jeph Loeb.
Recommended to Feather by: Matías al prestármelo.
Leído de la edición en revistas de Sticker Design entre números prestados y otros que conseguí de saldo. Por cierto, si alguien me quiere revender el #1, bienvenido sea. El dibujo es muy bonito y todo lo que quieras y la historia se deja leer, pero peca de lo mismo que pecan casi todos los laburos de Jeph Loeb: es extremadamente infantil, tontoide y está mal ejecutado. Entiendo que en su momento haya vendido bien pero no que al día de hoy se lo siga citando como un clásico o como uno de los impr ...more
Asghar Abbas
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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
Kindle Ninja
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The artwork elevates an otherwise simplistic story. It's like a free-for-all DC Royal Rumble with contrived surprises in the form of DC character appearances, both heroes and villains. It doesn't take advantage of the great build up and it just becomes one messy confrontation without real logical reason. But I do like the way they make Batman here so vulnerable, with real emotions and all.

Despite the shortcomings, Batman: Hush Vol. 1 is still an entertaining Batman read.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I very much enjoyed this comic.

It has a good storyline and good art.

I really loved the incorporation of Superman.
Aria the Blue Fairy
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One word to describe it is wonderful. :)
Alisha Ali
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: batman
S.C. Parris
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Fucking fantastic.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura emocionante y ligera que tiene un dibujo excelente en todos los aspectos.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Ives
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
This first half of Hush, feels very much like a first half, having reached nowhere really by the last page, having gone all around the houses in order to introduce the involvement of the various characters - mainly Catwoman, then Poison Ivy, Superman, Killer Croc, Bruce's childhood friend Tommy Elliott and Hush himself. For me, the epitome of Batman will always be the Giordano and Aparo era, but for all its modernisms, this book comes pretty close. Jim Lee's art is fantastic, as is the colour/pr ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Neville Ridley-smith
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
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May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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