Author Jeph Loeb, Illustrations Jim Lee
This is the spoiler free review of Batman: Hush. If you would like to read the spoiler full review complete with many pretty pictures (a lot of Batman and Catwoman kissing) please visit here.
In the middle of my notes for this book there is one line that stood out. Alone amidst plot points and character names I wrote, “this book is too complicated.” That pretty much sums up my feelings about it.
Here’s the deal, I don’t like Batman. I know, hear me out. I like Gotham, I like the world in which he lives. I like the villains, I like his companions, I don’t like Batman. I’ll probably write a much longer post on all the reasons he’s unlikable at some point but for now just know that going in I don’t read a lot of Batman comics.
I am however, familiar with Gotham and many of its characters. I even recognized about 95% of the characters in this book, of which there are way too many. But not being a Batman fangirl I didn’t get lost in the endless cameos, I found them tedious.
Hush is about a very convoluted plot orchestrated against Batman by a mysterious figure in a trench coat. This figure has somehow gained control over… everyone. This book has everyone. It starts with Killer Croc and Poison Ivy but also leaps through the Joker, Harley Quinn, Superman and Lois Lane, Amanda Waller, Harvey Dent, Jim Gordon, Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia, Oracle, Huntress, every Robin that has ever been, Clayface, Scarecrow, The Riddler, every non-powered human in Bruce Wayne’s employ, and of course, Catwoman.
If you read that list and thought, oh boy! Then this book is for you. If you read that list and thought, that’s too many big characters for a 300 page trade then you’re like me and might want to pass.
So Batman spends the entire book trying to figure out who he can trust. He mainly wants to know if he should finally give in and trust Selina Kyle, Catwoman. Through many disorienting twists and false endings he arrives at a conclusion that I found ultimately dissatisfying.
I think by the end I just felt jerked around. The book is largely supposed to be a mystery but the reader is never given a chance to solve it themselves. They just have to follow “the world’s greatest detective” as he slowly loses trust in even himself and the mystery is finally revealed to him and to us. Just felt like getting slapped with a bunch of red herrings along the way.
This is all not to say that this book is objectively bad. It might fare better with bigger fans of Batman or fans who like to see an endless parade of DC characters. It’s just not for me.
That being said the art is quite stunning and I really enjoyed the character design. Also, two of the aforementioned Robins are kinda really hot! Why didn’t anyone tell me?!
There’s also Jason Todd but that picture has a spoiler in it so go to the other review to see it. Actually, this book is made of spoilers, it’s hard to write about.
Ahem, anyway. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it were slimmer. Just needed some fat trimmed. But I can appreciate how it is an important story line for Batman’s character and I understand why some people really like it.
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3/5 bats 🦇🦇🦇
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