Author Jeph Loeb, Illustrations Jim Lee
This is the spoiler full review of Batman: Hush. If you want to stay in the dark about all of the twists that happen in this book but still want to read about how you might (but might not) like it please visit here.
Okay, so this one is complicated. Imagine I just took a deep breath cause I’m gonna speed through this one.
Batman saves a young boy from being kidnapped and held ransom by Killer Croc, Catwoman steals the ransom money and gives it to Poison Ivy who has her under her control, Batman gets injured pursuing Catwoman.
Huntress rescues Batman from Crime Alley but is barely conscious, he signals to Alfred to contact an old childhood friend named Tommy who is now a surgeon to perform the necessary surgeries to make him well again.
Now that Batman is fresh out of brain surgery he’s capable of searching for Killer Croc who is also searching for Catwoman but she gave the money to Ivy so he tries to kill her and Batman saves her. Amanda Waller’s crew takes Croc away because he’s slowly turning into a weird crocodile venom lookalike in little cutoff Hulk shorts.
So after Batman saves Catwoman she kisses him and we’re off on one of the main plots! Batman and Catwoman, will they? wont they? Let’s see!
Together they go to Metropolis to search for Ivy. Bruce and Tommy run into each other but Bruce has Batman things to do and can’t catch up with old friends now! Batman finds Ivy and rescues Catwoman again, kind of. Ivy also has Superman under her spell.
Catwoman uses Lois Lane as bait for Superman. It works, they capture Ivy.
Flash back to Gotham where Bruce is attending the opera and runs into Selina Kyle. Selina does not know that Bruce is Batman but Bruce knows that Selina is Catwoman and that they just kissed and this is all starting to sound like a sitcom.
Harley Quinn shows up to rob the Opera, shoots Catwoman. Joker appears and shoots Tommy. Oh yeah, Tommy is there.
Bruce changes into Batman and wants to kill Joker but Jim Gordon arrives in time to stop him. Joker says he’s innocent and surprisingly Batman agrees.
Then in a seemingly unrelated incident we see The Riddler getting arrested for robbery. Harvey Dent shows up, he’s no longer Two-Face because famed brain/plastic surgeon Tommy fixed his face, he gets Joker out of Arkham and Batman reveals himself to Catwoman.
Take a breath. It is at this point in my notes that I simply wrote, “this book is too complicated.” And I think it is at this point in this review that you’ll know if this book is for you or not. If you got through all those characters and thought, “this sounds exciting!” then go pick this up right now! But, if you could barely even follow my synopsis and felt overwhelmed by so many moving pieces then this book is not for you.
Harvey sneaks into Jim Gordon’s place while he’s sleeping and tells him that his, meaning Jim’s, gun was the one used to kill Tommy.
Catwoman is now with Talia, Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter and Batman’s former lover, while Batman goes to fight Ra’s. Why? Because any time someone dies in DC they get to consider using Ra’s’ Lazarus Pit to bring them back.
And now we’re back at the Batcave where the current Robin, Tim Drake, tricks Selina into thinking that he doesn’t want her around in order to prove some sort of lesson about trust. Selina leaves cause she doesn’t play like that!
Huntress attacks Catwoman because she’s been contaminated with fear by the Scarecrow and then the dead Robin, Jason Todd, shows up and declares himself the mastermind behind all of the complicated goings on.
Nevermind! It’s actually Clayface.
Then someone named Harold, the only character in this I actually didn’t know who he was but didn’t care enough to look deeper into it, is introduced and then immediately shot and killed.
Who shot him? Tommy. He’s alive. Dead Tommy was actually Clayface. Shot by Harvey with Jim’s gun. Keeping up?
Now we get the real ending. Riddler, it’s the Riddler. He created a mystery man named Hush who is a bandaged figure in a trench coat who’s been kinda around this whole story but got lost amidst the dozens of other characters and plots.
But his name is Hush and now Batman knows that and then he goes out to get romantic with Catwoman but he’s so rattled with trust issues that when she says the word “hush” he decides to leave her forever because she can’t be trusted even though now she already knows his identity and biggest secret.
*let’s out huge breath*
So there you have it. Hush.
Overall, I think this one comes down to how much of a DC fanperson you are. If you get a kick out of every character showing up to play a part I think you’ll enjoy this one enough to give it a shot. But for me it just didn’t work.
It’s too complicated, too messy, and too long. I don’t like mysteries that don’t give the reader a chance to solve it themselves. This book had three red herring false endings and I got bored with getting slapped around.
I did, however, really enjoy the art and character design. Check out Huntress for instance:
Everyone in this book looked effing cool! The women were also super badass and I always love when that happens.
Even with the overarching plot of the Batman/Catwoman romance Catwoman was always her own character and didn’t mess around with any of Batman’s issues just because she should end up his lady. She’s way stronger than that!
Are you a Batman lover/ DC completist? The pick this one up! Otherwise, you can probably pass.
3/5 bats 🦇🦇🦇
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