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About the Author

Jeph Loeb is a screenwriter/producer whose comic credits include Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Superman/Batman, and more. Jim Lee worked on X-Men, Batman and Superman and founded Image Comics and WildStorm. Today, Lee is co-publisher of DC Comics and the artist for many of DC's best-selling comics and graphic novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229924
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 25, 2011
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It's a great idea to release a penciled version of graphic novel once in a while.

Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe is basically the same book as Batman: Hush with dialogue and all, except everything is in pencils. The only coloured bits are the sound effects and Batman's internal narration.

Reading the book in just pencils is quite a different experience. It's basically like looking at the final draft of the book before the go ahead for inking. If you're marveled by Jim Lee's art in the coloured edition, you'll be blown away by this edition - if you're a comic artist maybe your brain will explode with awe.

Every page is filled with detailed pencil work, deserving a slow peruse. The amazing pencil hatches and shading are everywhere, on the characters, the backgrounds. After reading the book, you'll probably get a new sense of appreciation for comic artists and the art of making comics. This book is definitely a collectors' edition for fans.

As for the story, the storytelling is good and well paced, there are some surprises as Batman tried to uncover who this Hush villain is. The characters are well defined and believable. The sequences with Catwoman are fantastic - I love how Catwoman and Batman interacts.

However, I've a problem with the ending. Even though the villain was revealed in the end, the motivation for going against Batman isn't, or is too weak for me to notice. Just because you're a bad guy and he's Batman means you've to go against him? So the story is great for me until the ending which I felt could be better.

Also check out Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee if you can't get enough of the art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel P Wieselquist on July 19, 2011
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This is much more than an "Absolute" DC version, as it gives you all of Jim Lee's pencil work pre-Colorist. If you're at all interested in viewing the process at work, this is a must-have. I've often seen a few pages dedicated to this in special edition stuff, but this is the ENTIRE BOOK. Won't replace the original, very nice as an addition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hengky Tanoyo on August 10, 2011
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Honestly speaking, I don't think I will ever consider Batman: Hush to be a good story arc. I mainly bought the original colored version for Jim Lee's artwork. I mean who wouldn't be excited for a Jim Lee's Batman. Of course, a solid story would've been a great bonus. But not here, the storyline is pretty much an excuse for Jim Lee to draw most of Batman's rogue gallery. Joker, The Riddler, The Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, even Superman are featured here. And the titular new villain character Hush has really one of the most convoluted backgrounds among Bat-villains (not in a good way). There is really no character study nor deep here. It's just Batman and his sidekicks in one visually stunning situation after another. If you're looking for solid storytelling, look elsewhere.

That being said this Hush: Unwrapped edition is really the kind of book that I'd been waiting for. Being an aspiring penciler and line art afficionado myself, it is just very inspiring to see how painstaking and richly detailed Lee's penciled pages are. I could spend hours and hours just savoring the art. I still love the colored comic books but I do hope there would be more books like this in the future. I hope Marvel can follow suit. I mean, for a teasing, how about a Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man: Torment being published in this format? Or Jim Lee's X-Men works? Fingers crossed on those.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on July 26, 2011
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as an illustrator myself i was completely blown away with all the pencil detail that went into this! (not taking anything away from Scott Williams or alex sinclair-the inkist & colorist) but its truly amazing to see each page and each panel come to life with the mighty pencil...if your into drawing comics and take it serious,then you should DEFF buy this book....or if your just a huge batman fan,then this will also be up your alley! (WORTH THE PURCHASE!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ahmad Chishty on June 1, 2013
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It's Jim Lee...nuff said!

But to elaborate,
this book is the hush series complied into one graphic novel, no inks, no colors, just Jim Lee's pencil work, and man IT IS A TREAT!

If you love grayscale work, this book is worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamil Bhatti on January 11, 2013
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In general I prefer my comics to be black and white. The reason isn't because I despise color, but that I love the line work which is often obscured by shoddy coloring. This is less of a problem with modern comics, but even today the colorist can get a bit overzealous for my taste with their favorite Photoshop filter (or motion blur - Ugh!). This is personal preference, but I think the finished art loses some of the emotion and energy of the original pencils.

Naturally I was delighted with this book, which is a pure representation of Jim Lee's penciling (before inking even!) unmarred by anyone else. The only thing about this which appears "finished" are the word balloons, which for my money, they should have converted to greyscale so they didn't stand out so much.

The only problem I have with this excellent edition is that the quality of the scans are inconsistent. Perhaps I have a bad print of the book, but some pages really pick up every pencil shade while others almost look like a bad photocopy. This may be how the original boards look, I don't know.

But I must say I am very impressed that they took a chance and published a comic like this, I hope there will be more. I love it. A distinctive addition to my collection.
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