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Batman: Hush Paperback – 23 Aug 2004


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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: 16.4 x 25.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,820 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2004
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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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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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.

Batman: Hush, unlike several story arcs, actually concentrates on Batman at the peak of his crimefighting powers which i find makes a pleasant change from Batman portrayed at either the beginning or the end of his career. This allows Batman the freedom to show off his full range of skills and supporting characters without worrying about a heart attack. I also find the range of characters (poison ivy, catwoman, superman and lois lane) adds depth to the story and the feeling of Batman being somewhat of a misfit in his surroundings rather than diluting it. All too often writers find themselves wrapped up in Batman's character, which is no bad thing but can prove to be monotonous and ironically makes the character less powerful, whereas other points of view show the effect of his actions and the impact they have on other characters, making the glimpses under the cowl even more interesting and powerful.

The plotline itself, while not perfect, adds a feeling of mystery and a character behind the scenes links events nicely. The idea of romance between Batman and Catwoman is a well recognised theme that is fairly well handled. However one small criticism is the way that Batman is constantly swooning over her like a schoolgirl. I would have preferred a slightly more subtle approach. After all Batman is the hard hearted, cold, professional protector of Gotham, an incorruptable symbol of power and justice. While the exploration of his lonliness is interesting the way that he immediately falls for catwoman leaves you wondering why Batman hasn't abandoned crimefighting and become poison ivy's personal stalker!!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gizzark Henry VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2008
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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