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Batman: Hush [Paperback]

Jeph Loeb , Scott Williams , Jim Lee
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,365 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Hush - A Great Read 9 July 2009
By Anon
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars A huge dissapointment 28 July 2009
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 takes it read. Falling for the classic Batman mistake of more characters equals better story, as a longtime fan of Batman (well since the Tim Burton films), the better stories are always when it's Batman against the world rather than added by the frankly lame sidekicks of Robin, Nightwing et al. Check out Frank Miller's excellant Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One or Killing Joke instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story.
must buy, excellent story.
Published 3 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman at his best
This is a clear five star rating in terms of Batman Graphic novels.

The story is outstanding, well paced Detective novel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by smccran
3.0 out of 5 stars Technically outstanding art, silly story.
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,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tetris4Kicks
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
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
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
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