This volume reprints Detective Comics #846-850, and tells us how Tommy Elliot came to be Hush, and then how he got to be a Bruce Wayne look-alike, literally stealing Selina Kyle's heart along the way - with a little help from Mr. Freeze's cryotech. Although it is titles a `Batman R.I.P.' story, Batman is Bruce Wayne throughout - it is filling in the back-story on Hush. To be honest, the plot could have been executed in one or two issues, but they had to fill Detective Comics somehow. The story is scripted well-enough, and though the artwork is a bit `cartoony' for my liking, it does the job. It is a good-enough episode in the current Batman Family saga.
on 3 December 2015
No Spoilers. A direct sequel to the excellent ‘HUSH’ (2003) written by Paul Dini with great artwork by Dustin Ngyuen. The villain Hush is back in town and targeting Batman’s friends and loved ones in an effort to bring down The Batman. It’s not an epic classic like ‘HUSH’ was, due to being about half the length and because we all now know who Hush is. It goes into the character’s past and origins a lot deeper and he becomes a much more rounded and interesting villain thanks to it. Catwoman and her importance to Batman is a key focus of the novel and is handled effectively and touchingly. Paul Dini has been working with these characters for decades and knows them inside out and it shows, he’s one of my favourite and underrated figures in the Batman world. Cool cameos, that don’t waste too much time, just pop up, do something awesome (and more importantly are relevant to the plot rather than just fan service) then we’re back to the core plot and the violence is brutal but never gratuitous. A really fun climax and a super cool epilogue round off what is a really great Graphic Novel. Not as epic as ‘HUSH’ but only because the writers are wise enough to know the story doesn’t require it to be: Definitely worth paying full price.
on 17 February 2016
With the Black Glove at large and Batman Rip and the Final Crisis looming into view, a desperate Hush see's his time to take out Batman and Bruce Wayne, before somebody else does it. Striking at Batman as only a mad man that knows his secrets can, he pulls out all stops to torture and trap Batman, targeting his weakness's and allies to really get under his skin.
A fantastic and strong Hush story that demonstrates why hes not just another stringer in the grand scheme of things, he has a weapon no other villain can acquire, history. Combine that with his knowledge, precision and psychosis Hush makes for Bruce Wayne what the Joker is for Batman. Written by the fantastic Paul Dini, he once again out does himself in writing a truly gripping, detailed and disturbing plot using dark gothic and realistic edginess alongside a lighter more classic tone of the golden age Batman.
Some fans may disagree but i find this prequel to Batman RIP a must read, not only does it explore Batmans relationships but it also screams substance when it comes to his humanity. A personal must read and indirectly really sets the tone and the stakes for Batman RIP and Final Crisis.
Contains Detective Comics: #846 - #850
on 27 May 2010
One wonders if this was doomed to fail because of the success of the incredible "Batman: Hush". 'Hush' was a massive undertaking with great story telling by Jeph Loeb and great Artwork by Jim Lee. 'Heart of Hush' is a good story with some really nice artwork. Part of the very interesting Batman: RIP storyline. This time Hush is more open as a villain, as Batman has already met him, and he uses fewer pawns. Scarecrow is used well and Joker's little cameo in Arkham is very nice. It is a good read, and I do want to re-read it.
on 6 November 2013
Paul Dini's Heart of Hush storyline is one sure as hell intriguing paperback. Basically a little bridge filling in the gap between The Black Glove and R.I.P storylines. The story in it's own right is vital reading, particularly if you intend to pursue the Streets of Gotham, and the Gotham city sirens storylines, as the events within lead directly through to those serials, setting them up nicely, then letting them run alongside each other chronologically.
After his acclaimed introduction to the DC universe, and subsequent return in the aptly named, albeit contrastingly negatively received "Hush returns"; this is Thomas Elliot's third outing in the spotlight, having heard of the Black Gloves plans to destroy the bat once and for all, Hush deems himself the only man deserving of the honour, and makes it his mission to beat them to the chase, instead of formulating a predictable plan to just shoot down Bruce Wayne on sight, he strikes at Wayne through those closest to him, the unchanged motive (revenge) shows a lack of imagination, but for a character who's entire purpose is to extract vengeance upon Bruce Wayne; this is forgivable.
It's worth noting that a considerable amount of the content is told in a flashback sense exploring the childhood interactions between Wayne and Elliot. This is told through more rustic, sepia toned artwork that does a great job when it comes to making you feel for Hush as a character.
Dini is a writer who treads a very fine line between producing grittier, and contrastingly more uplifting writing. Having a storyline about a man who cuts his own face off at the halfway point shouldn't work well alongside the abundance of snide humour Dini throws into the mix, but it does.
After the phenomenal artwork presented in Batman: Hush by the one and only Jim Lee, matching it in terms of beauty is virtually impossible, nethertheless; Dustin Nguyen does a commendable job with his watercolours, with his expansive take on the Batcave being worth of a commendation alone.
Back on the topic of the story itself, there are clichés of course, exactly how many times writers feel we need to revisit the death of Bruce's parents we'll never know, but the whole subject has been completely run into the ground now, and Heart of Hush; yet again forces the events upon us. One would think that at this point in the DC universe, there is nothing left to learn from the sequence; most Batman writers clearly think the opposite. Alongside the flashback scenes we get the definitive back-story for Thomas Elliot explained to us in full, which is truly 5-star tier work when it comes to solidifying a character, and while it doesn't go so far as to justify the man's actions, it certainly makes them understandable.
There are some implausible, if not simply out of character moments however; as the story bridges the gap between the Black Glove and R.I.P, taking place chronologically in the preceding nights before the latter. At this point of course in the timeline, Bruce is infatuated with model/tycoon/diplomat/dictator? Jezebel Jet, first introduced in Grant Morrison's "Batman and son" I'll leave no spoilers here as to how that turns out, but a large portion of this serial approaches the more "delicate" parts of the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (or is it rather Batman and Catwoman?).
In a nutshell: Did Batman cheat on Jezebel with Selina?
Yep, he sure did.
I'll finish off by pointing out one absolute impossibility that occurs;
*MINOR SPOILERS FOR THIS ENDING NOTE*
Rexy, Batman's resident robotic T rex trophy, taking pride of placement in the Batcave since not long after Year one, is completely destroyed due to the events of the storyline, readers of Morrisons run will recall it making a very clear appearance during R.I.P, set only a few nights after Heart of hush. This is minimal as it's only decoration for the most part, but it's still carelessness on Dini's part. And if he actually dove into this story without actually reading R.I.P, then a fool is him.
on 31 January 2012
After the imense Batman Hush it was quite obvious a follow up would not meet the expectations of the first.
However, the story and artwork complimented eachother brilliantly. Paul Dini did a good job of ressurecting Hush.
overall i'd give it out of 10, 7 1/2.
far better than Hush Returns.
on 26 February 2013
A great tale, crafted by true genius of their field. Heart of hush, is a real gem to read. It kind of reminds me the a tale you would see in the animated series. Just abit more graphic(not however, crude). Combine that with beautiful art, it is a must read.
on 4 January 2016
Batman Hush was a bona-fide classic worthy of anyone’s collection but this, a virtual direct sequel ....is much more muted.
Hush himself is portrayed much more like the usual overly-dramatic Bat-villain and Selina Kyle is the book’s helpless victim – both of which just do not sit right with me.
The art is much more simplistic than Jim Lee’s work which does not help any comparison either.
As a ‘next-chapter’ for the Hush/Batman conflicts this is just about acceptable and readable enough but it grates by being pretty average after such brilliance.
Thankfully the next Hush piece – ‘Streets of Gotham – Hush Money’ - returns to glory...find this in a library and buy that one.