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Batman villain returns in “Heart of Hush”

by Matthew Price Published: July 26, 2011

Batman: Heart of Hush

Collecting “Detective Comics” #846-850 from Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen’s run on the title, “Heart of Hush” brings back the Batman villain Hush, created by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee in the “Hush” storyline.

The intertwined pasts of Batman and Hush are explored, as Hush strikes at Batman through his feelings for Catwoman.    Like the original “Hush,” Hush strikes at Batman by using members of his rogues’ gallery as part of his plan.   I’ll avoid spoiling who Hush is for those who haven’t yet read the original, but his background and his relationship with his family is explored in-depth in “Heart of Hush.”  If you haven’t read the original yet, I’d do that first, but “Heart” is a worthy follow-up, published around the same time (and tying slightly into) “Batman R.I.P.”  in 2008-2009.

Dark Knight, Dark City

DC recently reprinted the Peter Milligan-Kieron Dwyer “Dark Knight, Dark City” from “Batman” #452-454. The Riddler goes on a crimepsree, but dark forces are at work beyond the Riddler’s usual schemes.   The 100-page spectacular also reprinted the Milligan story “Identity Crisis” from “Detective Comics” #633.

DC Comics Presents Batman #3

Ed Brubaker (“Captain America”) and Scott McDaniel (“Nightwing”) are the top-notch creative team for “Batman” #595-598, reprinted in DC Comics Presents Batman #3.  Bruce Wayne investigates his father’s past, and what connection he may have had with an organized crime figure.   He also faces off against the Bat-villain “Santa Klaus.”

Batman: Dead to Rights

Scott McDaniel joins writer Andrew Kreisberg for the collection of “Batman Confidential” #22-25 and 29-30. Like a “Legends of the Dark Knight” tale, this weaves into the early days of the Batman.  This one follows after Batman’s first encounter with the Joker.   While every part of the storyline didn’t work for me, it does a good job of showing how dangerous the Joker can be even when seemingly confined by the police.

DC Comics Presents Superman #4

Action Comics 768 and 771-773 follow Superman’s confrontation with Ra’s Al Ghul, guest-starring Nightwing (in an issue by Chuck Dixon).  The rest, written by Joe Kelly, also explores Clark Kent’s relationship with Lois Lane.   The Marvel Family also guest-stars; McDaniel provides the cover for the collection.
Comics read in 2011:  1,049. Still to go: 962.
by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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