Batman: Hush

Batman: Hush is a 12-issue story arc from the Batman series.  In this arc, just about every classic Batman villain and hero that you could hope to see appears.  Someone is pulling all of their strings in a very personal attempt to get to Batman. 

Jeph Loeb's story is tightly written, and kept me captivated throughout.  Each character is kept true to his or her essence, even as each is manipulated by an unseen influence.  The one-liners that each character delivers are priceless.  The surprises are unexpected for the most part, and the reader is kept guessing until the end.  (Is it impossible to guess who "Hush" is before the last issue?  Probably not - but Loeb doesn't make it easy.)

Jim Lee's pencils, though, no matter how good the writing, are my favorite part of this story.  Jim Lee is my favorite penciller in comics, period.  I love several different styles of comic book art, but his stands above the rest for me.  The level of detail in this book is astounding.  There is so much to see on each page that you could spend hours pouring over this book (I highly recommend investing in the Absolute edition of the graphic novel - it's worth it to see the oversize art).  There are dozens of tidbits for a comic book fan to catch - just be sure to look at the incredibly detailed backgrounds.  Whether it's catching the fact that both Jimmy Olsen and Peter Parker are photographers at a press conference, or just loving the two-page spread of the Batmobiles in the Batcave, I cannot imagine a Batman fan not thoroughly enjoying this book.

Batman is my favorite comic book series, and Batman: Hush is my favorite storyline from that series.  A definite must read for any Batman fan.

Reviewed by: becky
5 Comment(s)
Shea said...
Yeah this is definitely a great one although taking a back seat to Dark Knight Returns and Long Halloween. I find it amusing that this is the third Batman comic that he beats up Superman in. The first was dark Knight Returns, I just read it in New Froniter , and of course Hush. It's almost as if DC knows who is king.

This is definitely a different art style fro Batman and the mystery is what thing that makes Batman comics so interesting...and this one was a bog one.

Glad you love it and thanks for posting.
Paul said...
I agree, certainly one of my favorites. I really liked the descriptions of Robin and Nightwing, Batman's personal thoughts about these different characters. Also loved Catwoman (not just the art). Her's was a great character, and I liked seeing that dynamic that had been played out in so many other Batman comics come to a great 'revealing' moment.
Andy said...
I have so much to learn...
Rachel said...
The art is definitely the best part!
Adam said...
Though Tim Sale and Frank Miller's artistic interpretations of Batman are my favorite - I do love Jim Lee's art - the way he draws Superman and batman has this mythic, iconic texture to them - like it's how they were always meant to look