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Comics: Batman Hush

July 23, 2008

As promised, today is all about Batman Hush, not that I really promised it.

On with the show. It’s going to be pretty short today. I’m not feeling well. Not sure why, I was great yesterday.

Background: Hush was written, drawn and inked by a who’s who of comic creators. Jeph Loeb wrote the eleven issues that appeared in the Batman single issue series. Jim Lee drew it and Scott Williams inked the issues.

Jeph Loeb is an accomplished comic, movie and television writer. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. and a master’s in Film.

Loeb debuted with script with for Teen Wolf which starred Michael J. Fox. His next script Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A couple of the cool ones for me, Loeb was a writer/producer on Smallville, Lost, and Heroes at various points in time. I don’t like Lost all that much but I followed Smallville for a while and love Heroes.

While working on a script for The Flash earlier in his career he met a publisher who got him to begin writing for DC Comics. Loeb has written for several titles under both the DC and Marvel banners. Cable, Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America being one his more popular Marvel offerings. For DC his Batman collections are some of his most popular work but he has written for Superman, Wonderman, and the Justice League.

Loeb has won 4 Eisners and 5 Wizard Fan Awards.

Jim Lee born in Korea and raised in St. Louis is one of the most famous artists in comics. He graduated from Princeton and got a job drawing for Marvel in the late 80s. His first comics included Alpha Flight and Punisher War Journals. His rise to fame came when he began working on Uncanny X-men in the late 80s and early 90s. Later he moved to Image comics and worked on wildC.A.T.S. He now works with DC Comics.

Scott Williams is a long time collaborator with Jim Lee working with him on projects such as wildC.A.T.s, Batman, and the more recent All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder with Frank Miller. He has also wokred on X-men and Superman.

The Comic: Hush for it’s 12 issue brevity is an awesomely written story. It features Loeb’s trademark plot twist the hell out of everything writing and almost every single villain the Batman has ever faced. Lets see he faces, Catwoman, Superman, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley and the Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Talia Head, Ra’s al Ghul, Lady Shiva, The Scarecrow, Clayface, and finally a new enemy called Hush. Quite the list.

His friends list isn’t as long but some Batman staples and other friends show up including, Huntress Tommy Elliott who keeps Batman alive with a surgery and is later shot to death by the Joker, Super Dog, Night Wing, Harvey Dent, Tim Drake as Robin, Commissioner Gordon and finally his daughter Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl aka the Oracle.

The plot involves all of Batman’s enemies being mind-controlled or paid off to do various crimes so that Hush can get at Batman. Also, Batman and Catwoman share a love story during the process. At one point, Poison Ivy controls Superman and Batman has a pretty epic showdown with Metropolis’ own.

My recommendation: I’m not going to reveal too much about the plot or anything. However, I will say that the writing, the art, and the feel of Hush is amazing. Hush is one of my favorite Batman collections. I strongly recommend that you grab a copy of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for yourself. It’s a good read.

♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣


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