This month’s recommended read is a particular personal favourite. I was reminded of it during a conversation with a good friend (Dom Calvert) about which Batman story would make a great film.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hush.
Hush runs Batman through a who’s who of his worst villains, including Joker, Killer Croc, Riddler and Poison Ivy. Superman also appears, falls under Ivy’s control and must be beaten-down by The Bat in one of the coolest scenes you’re ever likely to see in regular Batman stories. Jeph Loeb has shown a great understanding of Batman and his Rogues Gallery and that certainly remains the case with this story, but there are also a number of changes that will affect Batman story continuity for some time.
Batman and Catwoman dating? Check. Jason Todd’s grave suddenly empty? Check. Bruce’s old childhood friends we’ve never previously heard of, suddenly showing up and having some significant impact on Bruce’s early life? Check. Villains gaining upgrades to make them deadlier? One villain becoming a good guy again? Uh-huh. A long-time Batman ally a betrayer? This is one story that makes major waves.
The artwork is by the legendary Jim Lee and Scott Williams, so right off the bat you have a powerhouse of writing and aart team that creates a story so immersive, that the reader is left enthralled and excited.