Batman: Hush

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BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious ...

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Overview

A New York Times Best Seller!

The complete critically acclaimed and best-selling tale is now available in one sensational volume.

BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra's al Ghul and the Dark Knight's other enemies - and allies - as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.

This volume collects Batman #609-619 as well as the 6-page segment from Wizard #0 and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com.

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With 320 pages of eye-opening graphics, this omnibus paperback collects the entire Batman: Hush saga. Already hailed as a comics classic, this graceful story arc pits the Caped Crusader against a mysterious, bandaged-faced maniac named Hush. Once again, Jim Lee's drawings establish the taut intensity of Jeph Loeb's narrative line.
From the Publisher
"It's beautiful stuff. Catwoman has rarely looked so seductive, nor has Batman's heroic but fearsome image often been used so well. [HUSH] make[s] readers look at Batman and his colleagues with a fresh, enthusiastic eye."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred

“The art is stunning and beautiful.”—Portland Oregonian

Publishers Weekly
By now, DC characters have become a kind of repertory company. The trick, for comics creators, is to find roles for them that both exploit their trustworthy familiarity and give them surprising things to do. Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) does his bit by supplying a rapidly unfolding plot in which caped crime fighter Batman battles Killer Croc and Poison Ivy. Simultaneously, he's pursuing and lusting after the lusciously amoral Catwoman, whom he teams with in a rousing (though improbably evenly matched) brawl with Superman. Other familiar characters make cameo appearances throughout. But Batman is actually following someone else's script; a mysterious, bandage-swathed observer is toying with him and the others. Readers can guess who this master manipulator is, but the real puzzle is what kind of game he's playing. Loeb is especially talented at underwriting, not crowding the page full of long explanations and snappy patter; after all, readers have known these characters for years. Penciler Lee and inker Williams also know not to overwhelm the action with fussy details: their large panels give plenty of room to let angular, sweeping lines collide in striking designs. It's beautiful stuff. Catwoman has rarely looked so seductive, nor has Batman's heroic but fearsome image often been used so well. This volume-a collection of the first five installments of a 12-part serial-doesn't achieve much emotional closure. Nor does it transform the characters, but that would be unlikely anyway. What it does do is make readers look at Batman and his colleagues with a fresh, enthusiastic eye. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Batman breaks into a building to rescue a kidnapped boy being held for ransom and encounters his old foe, Killer Croc. During the battle, Catwoman appears and absconds with the cash. When he follows her across Gotham's rooftops, Batman falls victim to old masonry and is seriously injured. While Catwoman delivers the money to Poison Ivy, another longtime Gotham villain, Batman is rescued by the vigilante Huntress and meets a childhood friend. Batman and Catwoman pursue Poison Ivy, who has used Catwoman and Killer Croc to her own ends, to Metropolis, home of Superman. When Ivy uses her plant chemicals to take over Superman's mind, Batman must fight his friend and teammate. The initial volume of the Hush series collects the first five issues of this popular story arc. This story marked the return of fan-favorite Jim Lee to art duties on a monthly comic and created a fresh burst of popularity for the Batman title. Writer Loeb focuses on the basics, pulling in a host of characters familiar to fans and introducing a convenient childhood friend as a plot device. His Batman is rather simplistic in motive, good at fighting but awkward about his feelings for Catwoman, and some readers might wish for a more sophisticated tale befitting the man labeled "The World's Greatest Detective." On the other hand, it is fairly accessible to new readers, and many fans will appreciate it for the art alone. Lee's men are chiseled, and his women are buxom, although generally not to a grotesque degree. VOYA Codes: 3Q 5P J S A/YA G (Readable without serious defects; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and YoungAdult~G). 2003, DC Comics, G128p,
— Lisa Martincik
Library Journal
When DC announced that Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween; Superman for All Seasons) and Lee (a founder of Image Comics, known for his work on Marvel's X-Men) would be teaming up on the regular monthly Batman comic, the resultant excitement among fans shot the book up to No. 1 in sales at U.S. comics shops. Now this volume collects Loeb and Lee's first five issues. Batman is critically injured after saving a kidnapping victim and needs the help of his allies, both to survive and to search for the villain behind the affair. Loeb's story is a cut below his other Batman work but makes good use of Batman's comrades, including the Huntress, Oracle, Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred, and Superman, plus a new character, Bruce's childhood friend Thomas Elliot. Most intriguingly of all, relations between Batman and a (semi-) reformed Catwoman heat up. Lee's pencils, inked by Scott Williams, are detailed, realistic, and dynamic; sexy women contrast with effective monochromatic flashbacks to Bruce Wayne's youth. The book also includes a previously unpublished two-page recounting of Batman's origin. Sure to be in demand, this book is recommended for all libraries, for teens and adults. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401223175
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: Batman Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 6,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles.   In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando.   In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Lee is drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

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    Amazing!

    One of the best Batman stories around. Jim Lee's artwork is gorgeous while Jeph Loeb has a brilliant story to read. Every character in the book fits in and doesn't deviate the plot. It doesn't even fit overcrowded. I bought this as my first graphic novel and it is one of my favorites.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

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    Batman's Greatest Mystery Yet

    Hush is an excellent story with mouth watering art work. Batman Hush is story full of twists and turns with an unexpected mastermind and will keep you guessing the whole time: Who is Hush?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Hands down, best batman story I've ever read

    This story caught me off guard. I had heard it was good, but when I read the whole thing I was blow away! Batman has to use all of his wits and strength to overcome his enemies, damn near every one of them! I loved that Loeb included a vast amount of villains and allies to batman and the romance story between Batman and Catwoman is awesome. The artwork is great, the story line is second to none and the mystery of Batman's new enemy who's been stalking him had me on the edge of my seat! Amazing piece of work

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Batman vs. evil

    Terrific graphic novel for those of us that don't buy many and for others that buy a lot. Batman versus most of his old foes with help from friends and some surprise allies. Art is exceptional and the story holds your interest. Strongly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    "Batman: Hush" Book Review.

    Many people consider this graphic novel to be the greatest Batman story of all time, and it is very good, but I feel like it's slightly overrated. The story is unbeliveable ( in the good way, mind you ) but it's really the dialouge writing that gets me. Somehow, it fails to be overly witty, much like the other stories by Jeph Loeb. Other character's prescence weighs the stiry down, particuarly Nightwing, who I find annoying, and Tim Drake, who I've always disliked ( nothing against Robin, though ). The other issue I have with this story is that Batman seems too brooding, a mistake writers often make. However, the book's high points are much more prominent. The first half of the story is my favorite, involving Killer Croc, a head injury, Huntress and a fight with Superman ( that's a reason to read the story right there ). The art throughout is godly, work only Jim Lee could have accomplished. So, if you want a good Batman story, read " Hush". Just know that it's not that great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Best batman comic ive read

    This comic has a very engaging story arc between bruce wayne and his childhood friend thomas elliot. The comics art is just stunning and easy to follow. I esspecially liked how they involved jason todd in the story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    "Hush" is an amazing work of art.

    "Hush" is an amazing work of art.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Recommend this to Batman Fans!

    If you like Batman, then you will like this book. Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb did a great job!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Awesome

    Very nice story and art

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Awesome

    Great story loved the relationship between batman and catwoman

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Loved it!

    Fantastic story and awesome art work! Keeps you guessing even after you've finished the story. One of my favorites!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

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    My personal favorite Batman graphic novel so far!

    I started reading Batman graphic novels about a month ago and have finished five so far. This is my absolute favorite of the five. Jim Lee's art is phenomenal, Jeph Loeb's story piqued my interest throughout and Scott Williams's inking made every character and detail a stunning sight. I have no regrets regarding this book. I loved it and if you're a Batman fan, I'm sure you'll love it, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Epic

    Epic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    a thriller

    It was certainly a good read and highly recommended for Batman fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    This is the book that introduced me to Jim Lee's phenomenally am

    This is the book that introduced me to Jim Lee's phenomenally amazing artwork; this is the artwork in EVERY comic book & graphic novel should look, gorgeous color and beautifully drawn characters-- and speaking of characters, this storyline has a great cast of all the Batman supporting heroes, anti-heroes & villains that you could want to see in a big story line like this one!  Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Batman: Hush is another magnificently written graphic novel by t

    Batman: Hush is another magnificently written graphic novel by the great Jeph Loeb! And with Jim Lee replacing Tim Sale as the artist just makes the book that much better! The book goes after the mystery of Hush and going deep into the relationships of many of Bruce's friends and foes especially Selina Kyle/Catwoman! No matter how big of a Batman fan you are, Hush should be in your collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    batman

    GOOD STORY

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    A magnificent masterpiece

    Hush brings out the best in the Batman universe by bringing in many characters across the DC universe along with a set of fresh faces . With old familiar faces bring new twists in each relationship Batman has, even pushing him to new limits and thought processes hardly explored in any comic. Each page brings all sorts of varied feelings with the gritty and constantly evolving plot and very detailed, yet not exaggerated, art. If you are any sort of Batman fan, or in search of a great graphic novel, this is one of the forefronts to the Gotham universe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I only own 3 graphic novels and this is one of them. The author

    I only own 3 graphic novels and this is one of them. The author and illustrators create a  new Batman story that almost feels like a old one because it fits so well. Very well done! Great art, great story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    One of Batman's best.

    Great story. Great look into the psyche of Batman and Bruce Wayne. The ending you could see coming from a mile away even with the misdirection but still worth reading till the end. The artwork is amazing! Batman, Superman, Ivy, Croc, Catwoman, the list goes on are just drawn beautifully. Must read for comic book fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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