Friday, March 18, 2011

Batman: Heart of Hush - Review

Hush Is Back To Destroy Bruce Wayne's Heart

Batman and Bruce Wayne's greatest enemy, Hush, has returned to thwart the Dark Knight, planning to destroy him from the inside out. No matter how hard Hush has tried to kill Batman through physical attacks, no plots have been more effective than the ones that attack him emotionally. When Hush discovers the strong connection between Batman and Catwoman, she becomes his ace in the hole to break Batman once and forever.

Written by Paul Dini and drawn by Dustin Nguyen, Batman: Heart of Hush is a five issue collection that is well worth the money for such an amazing story. The writing sizzles and the artwork, which is a blend of simple and complex lines and color, makes this one of the most visually arresting Batman stories I've read in a long time. These characters and this level of artwork haven't been present since the original Hush story line by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. Hush, or Thomas Elliot, is the absolute opposite to Batman and Bruce Wayne.

The complex relationship that the two of them shared as children is a reflection of how important it is to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. Bruce may have trained in the art of combat and detective work, but Thomas trained in the art of tactics and strategy. Watching these two battle it out in literature has reinvigorated my love for Batman and writers like Paul Dini.

If you're a fan of comics and of stories of revenge and crime noir, this collection is right up your alley.

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