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Batman: Heart of Hush Paperback – April 23, 2010

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Paul Dini is the multi-award-winning writer of many scripts for Batman: The Animated Series, and has also written for the Superman and Justice League animated series. His comics work includes Batman: Black and White and Batman Adventures. Dustin Nguyen has pencilled the critically acclaimed WildCats 3.0 and The Authority.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (April 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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By H. Scorpio on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although only about half as long as "Hush," "Heart of Hush" is the perfect sequel to the original masterpiece. Smaller in scope and scale, but even more personal....and you don't even have to read the bits of Hush storylines from Gotham Knights in between the two to catch up. It didn't sound like I missed much.

As far as I can tell, the essential Hush saga can be captured in these graphic novels:

-Hush

-Heart of Hush

-Hush Money

-House of Hush
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Format: Hardcover
It's fair to say Paul Dini's Hush arc was anticipated on two counts, the first in observing what he could deliver on a Batman tale benefitting from a longer format, and the second in discovering how much further he could embellish on Tommy Elliot's mysterious background. While we do learn more about his troubled childhood and the behavior that arose from it, this may be an example where less is more and things are best left shrouded, as some characters are more intriguing if certain aspects about them remain a riddle. Most of the revelations do come about from the debatable yet probably unavoidable use of flashbacks, whose purpose was to illuminate Tommy's past plus possibly give him a sympathetic slant and more rational motivations for becoming Hush. The flashbacks however are excessive, comprising a significant chunk of the narrative, given that the technique is most effective when used sparingly. More importantly the story clearly suffers from its over the top and implausible situations that diminish its credibility, from the medical predicament inflicted upon Selina combined with Hush's surgically altered face, to the coincidental encounters in his youth with Jonathan Crane and Peyton Riley, who would eventually go on to become the Scarecrow and new Ventriloquist. Peyton's role in Tommy's past is especially troublesome considering it contradicts and undermines her empathetic plight and portrayal in a recent two-parter from a few months past. What fortunately does spark is the poignant reigniting of Bruce's feelings toward Selina, an affair of the heart that succinctly symbolizes the story's metaphoric title. Despite its flaws, many critics of Hush will welcome this tale for its elaboration on his persona alone, but regrettably it falls short of the expectations his much awaited return and the added length generated in comparison to the rest of Dini's exceptional tenure on 'Tec.
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Format: Hardcover
I won't bore you with a recap (and I won't give away any plot spoilers), but I will give some background information. Heart of Hush is officially part of the Batman R.I.P. storyline, but takes place a couple of nights before the events of RIP proper (and therefore, before Final Crisis). Hush, upon learning of the Black Glove's intentions for Batman, returns to Gotham to make one final attempt on his nemesis. What happens in the story, I won't say, but it is a very good story. The Heart of Hush storyline officially ends within this book, but an epilogue of it takes place in the 'Faces of Evil' issues of Batman and Detective Comics (Not collected in this), but they aren't necessary and only serve as to give closure to some of the characters in this story. The story officially picks up in Batman RIP and then Final Crisis, telling the story of the 'last' adventure of Batman.
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Format: Paperback
I was a big fan of HUSH, I think it is and will always be one of the best Batman graphic novels ever. Pairing Jim Lee's masterful artwork with Jeph Loeb's impeccable storytelling abilities is the stuff of legends. Heart of Hush is a bit complicated in that it is technically a sequel to Hush yet it also falls in between the Batman RIP storyline. While they did get a good replacement for Loeb by using Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen is no Jim Lee (though he does have a really great style particularly suited for Batman). Overall it was an enjoyable read but truly not to be compared with it's original counterpart. I rented this book at my local library.
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Recommended reading: Batman: Hush, Batman: Hush Money

Typical of Paul Dini, this story isn't boring for those of us who love pairing Batman & Catwoman, this story involves a short run that explains the origination of Hush and the tragic story that brought him into "The abyss." This story doesn't disappoint in Batman's clever ingenuity and fail-safe ideas to save those he cares about. There is one or two moments that leave you wondering why Hush didn't kill Batman, but that perhaps would spoil the fun of it all.

There are a couple of easter eggs in this one, particularly in the Batcave. This story also adds more depth to Peyton Riley as she is key to Hush's fall and gives glimpse into Peyton Riley's (Ventriloquist II) fall into the abyss as well.
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I gave this four stars out of five. Not because I didn't think it was unworthy of five stars, but because I feel if you haven't read anything about Hush before buying this graphic novel you might be lost by the missing previous story arch. The story continues in what happened in the Batman: Hush story arch. Which was written in the early 2000's, I read them in the graphic novel form that was printed in 2004. Heart of Hush picks up before the RIP Batman event that was going to change everything about Batman and so this is supposed to bring closure to the events that have happened since Hush was introduced. Not giving away too much of the plot I will tell you a basic summary. Hush returns because he hears about what is being planned for Batman and he wants one final attempt to ruin his old Childhood friend and get revenge which leads into relationship elements that were started in HUSH between Batman and Catwoman and how Hush fits in with them. It really is a good read. I loved it and if you are a fan of Batman, Catwoman, or Hush you will probably will too.

I love Paul Dini's work. IF you don't know who he is, he's written numerous Batman Comics, invented Harley Quinn, wrote for The Batman Animated Series, Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and many more. So if you like any of his previous work I'd suggest you pick this up!

The story and art are fantastic. It is in my book a must read for any Batman fan, I just had to be fair and rate it 4/5 because you do need to know the history between Batman and Hush from previous comics to understand fully what is going on at times and where the motivation is coming from.
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