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Title:
Batman : Hush. Volume one
Author:
Loeb, Jeph.
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Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
116 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Batman created by Bob Kane."

"Originally published in single magazine from as Batman 608-612"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401200619
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In this story of murder, mystery, and romance, Batman sets out on a simple mission to discover the identity of the mysterious character wreaking havoc in his life and ultimately finds himself in battle against his greatest ally. Working with Catwoman, the Dark Knight Detective goes in search of the deadly Poison Ivy to learn of her role in this latest plot against him. But when her trail leads to Metropolis, a war of epic proportions breaks out as the Man of Steel stands in the Dark Knight's path. Featuring a monumental battle between Batman and Superman, this book also includes appearances by the ravenous Killer Croc and the female vigilante Huntress.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Late last year, DC revitalized one of its major franchises when it assigned Batman to Jim Lee, one of the hottest comics artists, and Jeph Loeb, an equally popular scripter. The pair's first five issues, collected here, pit the crimefighter against two classic foes, Killer Croc and Poison Ivy, and later bring in DC's other big gun when Batman follows Ivy's trail to Metropolis, where he confronts Superman. Lee's dynamic, detailed, often overwrought art provides the excitement and drama superhero fans demand, and Loeb's combination of fast-paced action and deft characterization is equally crowd-pleasing. Despite the hype and the huge sales the Loeb-Lee series has enjoyed, it is essentially a just-above-average superhero saga that lacks the thoughtfulness of Loeb's reimaginings of Superman's and Daredevil's early years. Moreover, Lee's art lacks the innovation of such previous Batman limners as, most notably, Frank Miller in the Dark Knight series. Nonetheless, this is solid genre work, whose popularity in its original monthly installments guarantees an eager audience for this hardcover roundup. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.