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Batman: Hush [Paperback]

Jeph Loeb , Scott Williams , Jim Lee
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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23 Aug 2004 Batman
From the acclaimed team of Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween and Dark Victory) and Jim Lee (WildC.A.T.S., X-Men, StormWatch) comes one of the most memorable and best-selling Batman epics in years, now available in paperback. The story picks up with Batman hot on the trail of Killer Croc, trying to piece together the mystery of a 10 million dollar stash, originally intended as ransom money for a kidnapped child whom Batman rescued from Catwoman! The clues lead the Dark Knight to Metropolis, where he must face Poison Ivy and confront Superman! Featuring a new cover by Lee and Williams and bursting with never-before-seen story pages, Hush has put Batman well and truly back on the superhero map!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (23 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184023718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840237184
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" The best Batman book I've read in a long time..." -- The Ultimate Answer October 2004

"Beautifully illustrated...this is Batman at his best." -- Essex Chonicle Oct 14th 2004, review by Matt Adams

'The art is clean and defined and the elegance works in the grand story." -- Leeds Guide 12 Jan- Thurs 27th Jan 2005

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Hush? 3 May 2005
This collects parts 1-5 of a 12 part story which was the big DC event of 2003. A new villain emerges who appears to be manipulating villains and heroes in a complex plot to trap Batman. Poison Ivy, Catwoman, even Superman are drawn in to bring down the Batman. The artwork is gorgeous, Jim Lee is phenomenal. The plot is drawn out a little, and ending on issue 5 leaves you a little irritated. I bought the two hardcovers but i think you'd be better buying it in paperback and saving a few bob. There are a few additional pages of artwork which are unique to these collections and not released in the original comics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential graphic novel for Batfans 26 Dec 2004
By A Customer
This comic book now sold in two graphic novels is one of the best looking Batman books in years. This book was long awaited as it has the collaboration of two of the greatest talents in comics - Jeph Loeb (Superman) & Jim Lee (XMen). It doesnt disappoint. Art is amazing although story does rollercoaster a little too much - nevertheless once I started reading I couldnt put it down. In my opinion shows a side to the Batman that was prevalent in the days of the original Dark Knight Comics. This is what graphic novels are about i.e. - if you dont collect comics - this is the way to go - value for money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. 27 Aug 2008
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Jeph Loeb has a pretty illustrious history in comics as a writer. In Batman alone, he has written the fantastic Batman: Long Halloween (a key inspiration for Batman Begins) and its follow up Dark Victory, two stupendous stories which suggested he'd strike it lucky a third time too. Right?

Wrong. Somewhere between these two books, Jeph Loeb lost his mojo. This first volume of Hush (and why a 12-issue story needed to be published in two volumes of different sizes when even this same writer's previous stuff wasn't is a mystery) begins a rollercoaster story the ending of which you can see from a mile off.

Many of the characters and dialogue styles are identical to those used previously ("no one can resist me" says Poison Ivy. Again.) and the stilted internal monologue that grates. Loeb starts a story that whilst having a few twists you won't see coming and some nice moments (not least the fight with Superman), its villain will be obvious to you before you even know there is one.

The saving grace of all this is one Jim Lee. Possibly the best comic artist active at the moment, he brings to life Loeb's mediocre story with the same effortless, vibrant colour with which he makes the likes of All-Star Batman And Robin forgivable.

Unless you're a Loeb freak or a big fan of Jim Lee's artwork - or simply don't want to think very hard in the course of the story - then Hush is not for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Of Purchase 1 April 2009
By grind
Jim Lee does amazing work.The artwork is just fantastic.I'm a big Loeb fan so I was expecting a lot from the story since his previous Batman titles are classics.As in Loeb's other works Batman is faced by a whole bunch of his most famous foes.
Superman even pops up.
Its just rad.
You should really check it out.
All batman fans should have a copy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and clever 18 Aug 2005
Lets face it, graphic novels are a graphic medium, which means that good art work is equally as important as good writing. Jim Lee is God. that's all there is to it. The man can create pictures that are beyond anything else i've ever seen and Hush really doesn't dissapoint. Combine that with Jeph Loeb and well, it doesn't get that much better. OK, so it doesn't revolutionise the genre but not everything needs to. Sometimes it's good just to read a beautiful and clever piece of work. This is one of those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman at his best 25 April 2014
By smccran
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This is a clear five star rating in terms of Batman Graphic novels.

The story is outstanding, well paced Detective novel. Jim Lee's art work in both volume 1 and 2 is superb. If you are a Batman fan or a Jim Lee fan this is a must.

Introduces a few new characters and shapes the Batman world a little.

Production is good, image reproduction was sharp and its well bound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technically outstanding art, silly story. 28 Feb 2013
Let me just say the art is, as the title of this review states, technically great. It's perhaps a little too exaggerated or macho in places (lots of gritted teeth and muscles, large breasts, etc...), but in general it's very well drawn.

The story is a letdown.

There are just too many characters involved. In an effort to create a grand conspiracy involving secrets and relationships from Batman/Bruce Wayne's past, Jeff Loeb tries to cram in as many enemies and allies as he can. Instead of epic or well woven, it feels bloated and, at times, a little too comical. Superdog's inclusion feels like a fun fan service, but in my opinion it's almost a metaphor for the way the inclusion of so many A and B list character gives the book a slightly ridiculous feel. Some kind of fan convention, or cosplay re-enactment. The tone just seems imbalanced throughout.

The final reveal of the mastermind behind the scheme is one of the most disappointing I've read, too. One villain disappears and is replaced by another In the final moments if the book, and it just doesn't feel weighty enough. It won't be difficult for many to guess who the man behind the bandages is, and it almost feels as if Jeff knew this and throws us a pointlessly curved ball in the finale monents to make up for it.

The book makes an obvious nod to Millar's The Dark Knight Returns when Superman makes his entrance, which is fun but again takes away more than it gives as it feels like it's drawing on another's work to make impact.

It's a fun read overall with se effective moments (the Joker scene particularly), but I honestly can't see how this joins Millar's work as one of the seminal Batman books.

I guess it made more sense at the time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Superb. Along with Long Halloween the hush series is my favourite Batman story. Great Artwork and great Story A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by C. Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars wow - do it!
This is an amazing piece of work.
totally drawn into the story and the artwork is stunning.

Artwork - Lee is simply a legend. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Thomas Miklausic
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun but too short
This was good fun, with lots of different characters but at just 100 pages this should have been wrapped up with volume 2 and sold together. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by D. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge dissapointment
I bought this buying into the hype & customer reviews, it's a very simplistic, childish story which will not grab the readers attention for longer than the 10 minutes or so it... Read more
Published on 28 July 2009 by Mr. Christopher Comerie
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best batman storyline
Together with it's second counterpart - Batman: v. 2: Hush - hush is in my mind the best batman story ever, combining great art, with great dialog, a surprising storyline and great... Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Deus Mortus
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Hush - A Great Read
To begin with Batman: Hush brings together some of the most well-known names in the comic book industry to create a colourful and enjoyable story. Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Anon
2.0 out of 5 stars To many characters
I gave this comic two stars because even if it's nothing special it's a light hearted read. The problem I had was that there just seemed to be to many characters squeezed in and... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2008 by J. Machen
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the hype.
As Batman stories go, this is not the worst. Not in its best moments does it ever approach being one of the best. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2006 by Niall Mc Cann
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman Book !
This was one of the first batman graphic novels i bought, and was very impressed. Great story, with all the normal characters playing key roles. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2006 by "gus_ps"
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