Absolute Batman: Hush Hardcover – Dec 6 2011
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The best STORY. It's original. It's nuanced.
Warning: once you read this one, EVERYTHING ELSE PALES.
I wish Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee did more.
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In Hush, Batman is portrayed as more of the mid-range Batman: not a friendly sort, but still caring enough to be the Batman I remember from the post Frank Miller reinvention of the 80's. Now, Hush is first and foremost a Batman story, so you will have the action and the mystery aspect- but the great thing is, Hush is a VERY mature and complex story. Layers upon layers, and you will need to read CAREFULLY to pick up all the subtlties. The reward for your efforts, of course, is a great story! Plotted much like a supense movie, the story unfolds a bit at a time, while throwing in red herrings to keep you guessing right up until the end. Loeb has written a top notch story, and Jim Lee's art is of course very nice to look at.
While I can't put Hush in the same category as Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, it is an exceptionally constructed story which stays true enough to the Batman character to be enjoyable. Any comic fan who enjoys gritty and/or dark mystery stories should check out Hush. Recommended!!
When Bruce Wayne's childhood chum Tommy Elliot returns into his life and his collection of rogues behave in new manners, and a new enemy is added to the gallery, it is up to Batman to make the connections. Beautifully written and drawn with unbelievable intricacy, this Batman story is essential to any library, however, I feel that this is a flawed beauty. For one thing, there were to many characters. I guess in the end they did serve a purpose, even a marginal one, but was it really necessary to add Lady Shiva? Perhaps the reward becomes stronger when you take a look and absorb all its nuances and subtleties. It felt like a breath of fresh air to see Harley Quinn get some backbone, but I guess Loeb didn't want to dilute the essence of the curvy jester we all know and love. Oh, well, maybe someone else can do it. The cream of the crop was that the Riddler contributed to this. In fact it was a really good Riddler story, who is by no means an easy character to tackle, alongside the addition of a new villain to coincide and enter the Bat mythos.
Overall, I give it an 9/10. Definetely a read. The Absolute Edition looks stunning whether on your coffee table or book shelf.
For those of you who didn't catch this in its original run or in trade paperback, the story itself is quite good: a suspenseful mystery story that will likely keep you guessing until the end.
Why not five stars then? Well, I'm very particular about handing out five-star ratings: a comic has to be at the level of the aforementioned Watchmen or Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns for me to give it five stars, and this doesn't quite make the cut (although to be fair, not many comics do). This is more analogous (if you'll pardon the geeky reference) to Chris Claremont's post-John Byrne run on X-Men: solid, entertaining storytelling, but nothing really groundbreaking.
In conclusion: Recommended, although you will probably want to sample this in its less expensive trade paperback form before commiting to the lovely-but-pricey Absolute edition. Better yet, do what I did and see if there's a copy available at your local public library, then purchase a copy if you fall head-over-heels with it.