Jeph Loeb. Batman: Hush. New York, NY: DC Comics, August 18th, 2009. 320 pp.
4 out of 5
This was a fun read. I do appreciate the writer Jeph Loeb for his storytelling in other comic books especially in BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN. In fact I decided to read this book largely because of Jeph Loeb was the author. I also appreciated the artist Jim Lee. There’s a movie feel to the angles and dramatic poses of Batman.
This work is a “mystery.” I appreciated the author going for the Detective side of Batman. This book tells the story of Batman trying to figure out who is behind orchestrated attack against Batman. Whoever it is knows the ways of Batman. Whoever it is also manages to orchestrate many of Batman’s infamous villains together to fight against the Dark Knight. I like the twists and turn towards the end in which there’s a loop thrown to the readers of a sudden change on who is the mysterious mastermind now known as “Hush.” Another simultaneous story in this book is the story of Batman’s relationship with others. There’s the issue of trust and Batman is lonely enough to try to pursue love with the Catwoman. All along the issue is whether he can trust her and he takes dramatic risks of revealing himself. I love the irony that is pointed out in the book of how Batman is supposed to be this lone hero but then there’s all these connections of “Bat family” around him such as the various Robins, Batwing, Oracle, etc.
A fun read. I read this on Sunday nights after a long day and week of ministry (I’m a pastor). Great to read something that relaxes the mind. While it wasn’t as epic as BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN or Batman Year One, it was still a good story.