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Batman: Hush, Vol. 2 - Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott A. Williams This review is for volumes one and two of Hush. I read this not long after it first came out, and liked it well enough, but I think I liked it even better with this read. Hush is a sprawling, villain-packed mystery that introduced one of the best Batman villains of recent years, Hush. The mystery is compelling, but so much attention is paid to all the various villains of the month distract from what should be the driving force. But I can't complain too much, because I like how Loeb handled all of the characters, especially Harley. The accelerating romance between Bruce and Selina is believable, even though I admit to being surprised that things were finally made concrete between them. Jim Lee's art is quite fabulous here.

Two small nits to pick: the resolution is so fast, after such a detailed build up, that it feels unsatisfactory. Another issue might have been nice, maybe, to give the climax a little more body. And I enjoy a bit of camp as much as the next person, but I don't think anybody comes out a winner when Krypto the Superdog shows up in a serious Batman comic. Way out of left field, and totally off-tone for the rest of the book.