|Batman: Heart of Hush|
In a diabolical plan that can only come from the mind of a super villain, Hush kidnaps Batman’s on-again, off-again ally, Catwoman and removes her still beating heart. However, rather than killing her, Hush keeps both Catwoman and her heart in good health as he toys with Batman, trying to end him once and for all.
When I had read Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s foray into the Hush character a few years back, I wasn’t overly impressed. Sure, it was a good story and the character was interesting, I just felt it lacked that punch that Loeb is known for with his often solid writing.
However, this time around, the character is in the capable hands of Paul Dini who is best known for his stellar story telling with the 90s Batman animated series. Paul crafts an excellent story that really hammers Hush home as a worth adversary for The Dark Knight. Tommy Elliot’s (Hush) back story is expanded upon and at times, you can find yourself with feeling of empathy for the vindictive child hood friend of Bruce Wayne.
I’m certainly not justifying the lengths of which Hush goes to effectively end the Batman but you certainly can’t blame him for feeling the way he does. A hard upbringing and feeling unappreciated by family can really twist a person’s world view.
A much better outing for Hush this time around. Oh, and the Tumbler from Chris Nolan’s Batman makes a cameo – a nice nod to the series.