Batman

Batman

Hush Returns

Graphic Novel - 2006
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Hush, the man Batman thought was a childhood friend, is back and he wants Batman dead. Hush is determined to hire the mercenary know as Prometheus to get the job done, but first he must cooperate with the Joker and fight Green Arrow.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2006
ISBN: 9781401209001
1401209009
Branch Call Number: GN BATMAN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Pina, Javier
Barrionuevo, Al

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May 04, 2010

"By the end of the day--you will be dead. I promise." --Joker to Hush

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May 04, 2010

"I've never seen you like this before. Scared." --Robin to Batman

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May 04, 2010

"A cop died here today Batman. Maybe you've gotten used to it. Maybe if I'd gone through what you have, I'd be the same way. But I'm not." --Green Arrow to Batman

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May 04, 2010

"What are you gonna do, spray me with your flower?" --Hush to the Joker

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May 04, 2010

"You and your team should evacuate Captain. I'll handle it from here." --Batman to Policeman

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May 04, 2010

I expected to hate this book. The art looked goofy and the weak narration using "the five basic human emotions" of joy, anger, grief, fear, and revenge as a device was strained. Huh? Since when is revenge an emotion? Anyway, once I got past the silly anime wannabe art and stupid dialogue, it seemed there was a decent plot going on. Though I can't praise it too much, because the ending seems like the writer got tired of telling the story and just stopped. I had to read on wanting to see how this newest of Batman foes would continue to manifest with different creators.
Spawned from an arc masterfully executed by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, this story line was handed off to relatively newcomers A.J. Lieberman writing, and Al Barrionuevo and Javier Pina handling the pencils. It was clumsy in almost every way leaving me to wonder if Lieberman had ever read these characters and which of Barrionuevo or Pina thought they were drawing a children's coloring book. While the incongruous characterizations of well established characters and art that looked like Saturday morning cartoons left much to be desired, there actually was a real cinematic quality to certain moments. Conversations would end abruptly with a given scene and characters, only to pick up with other people in another place, giving the scene a movie edited feel. Also, there were several full to partial page spreads that held all of the composition and drama of a film still. But alien motivations of familiar characters, corny images, and failure to follow through on plot points made this a clunky ride at best.
I expected to hate this book, but I just kinda didn't like it, and kinda did like it.

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May 04, 2010

Batman: Hush Returns almost picks up where the last story left off. The book begins with the Riddler crashing through a glass ceiling into a fancy event, then a flashback to a week before, and the new mystery begins.
Our last tale ended with the Riddler off to jail and that's where he is as the story unfolds. Something has Mr. Nigma (Riddler's alter ego) scared to sit tight in the pen he's in and strikes a deal with the Joker. It seems Nigma has a name that Joker wants (hmm, wonder who's) and is prepared to trade his connections to know. One car chase and satellite shuffle later, our flashback concludes with us up to speed on this timeline and Hush facing off with the Joker.
After that encounter Hush decides to bolster his armory and team up with another costumed criminal, Prometheus. Hush tracks Prometheus to his latest location where he is engaged with the Green Arrow. Batman shows and the villains blow, leaving Batman and Green Arrow to hash out some apparently unfinished business.
Everybody makes nice and we are treated to a rare flashback of the Joker's pre-clown history tying in a few threads lead to a climax and multiple showdowns. There is an epilogue giving some origin story to Prometheus and bringing Talia (Ra's al Ghul's daughter and current head of the League of Assassins) back into the fold. With an open ending you can be sure this is not the last we've heard from Hush.

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