The 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Gotham City is infected by a crime epidemic, and all of Batman's enemies have emerged to throw his life into utter chaos. But little do they know, they're all pawns of the villainous Hush in an elaborate game of revenge against Bruce Wayne. Pushed past his breaking point, Batman will need to use more than the world's greatest detective skills to uncover the true identity of this mysterious mastermind before it's too late.
• BATMAN 608-619
• HUSH interlude from WIZARD 0
Every so often, a writer and an artist pair up to tell a story, and their collaboration makes magic.
Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee are one such team. Their fresh approach to the monthly adventures of the legendary Batman elicited unanimous praise and unparalleled sales success.
But it was not just two big names working together—it was the story they chose to tell.
While the story rarely draws attention away from Batman, it's also the story of Hush, a man who knows which buttons to push, creating havoc in the Dark Knight's life. Hush arrives in Gotham City and immediately pulls the strings, making the grotesque rogues do his bidding. All of them, that is, except Catwoman, who finds herself drawn deeper into Batman's life than she ever imagined.
Old relationships are reexamined and new alliances are formed, but Batman remains in the bull's-eye, and with each chapter Hush gets closer to exacting his revenge—a long-standing debt to be repaid.
This is one of my all-time favorite Batman stories. It is what brought me back to comics as an adult. I remember hoping that it really was Jason Todd [and I think a lot of us fans did], which opened the door to Judd Winick resurrecting everyone's least favorite Robin into the fan-favored Red Hood.
Jim Lee's pencils are unparalleled on this plain of existence.
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