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The 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels: Batman – Hush (No. 17) (FV) (FB)

“To instill fear into their hearts I became a bat. A monster in the night. And in doing so, have I become the very thing that all monsters become… alone?”

Jeph Loeb has mastered the lengthy storyline that cycles through Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Usually these are stories from Batman’s past, but Hush is a modern tale that uses some of the same clever gimmicks as The Long Halloween. We’re left to wonder at the identity of a new mastermind villain named Hush who’s playing all of Batman’s old enemies in an effort to ruin the Dark Knight’s life. It’s a mystery with a controversial resolution, but if the journey is what matters, well, then Hush belongs on the list of the 25 must-read Batman books.

While I’m not a big fan of how Hush resolves itself, the individual pieces are brilliant. This is one of the few Batman stories to give some notable page space to explore the Batman/Catwoman relationship with some depth, which makes it noteworthy by itself. The real star, though, is Jim Lee’s art, which just might be his best work in his time at DC Comics.



The 25 Batman stories every comics fan should read created by Hilary Goldstein on October 25, 2011

No comic book character has been blessed with as many must-read stories as the Batman. In forming a list of the 25 greatest Batman stories ever told, I read and reread well over 100 books, slowly narrowing the list down to the essentials. These are the books everyone should read; the can’t miss home run tales of the Dark Knight.

There are great Batman stories that didn’t make the list. I love Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin run, Scott Snyder’s Detective Comics tales, and Jeph Loeb’s early Batman/Superman stories. Their exclusion, and the exclusion of numerous other great reads, doesn’t reflect on the quality of those books. Only 25 could make it. There are dozens of others I simply didn’t have room for on this list.

Six years have passed since I created IGN’s original 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels list. And in that time a number of other tales of the Caped Crusader have hit the shelves. Some of those deserved consideration for inclusion, though few actually made the cut. More importantly, our perception of “classics” change over time. I wanted to reread the books already on the list and see which stood the test of time. As you’ll see, one or two fell and one glaring omission went from “off the list” and jumped into the top 10.

In the end, this remains a list of the 25 Batman stories every comics fan should read.


Batman - Hush 01 The Ransom
Batman - Hush 02 The Friend
Batman - Hush 03 The Beast
Batman - Hush 04 The City
Batman - Hush 05 The Battle
Batman - Hush 06 The Opera
Batman - Hush 07 The Joke
Batman - Hush 08 The Dead
Batman - Hush 09 The Assassins
Batman - Hush 10 The Grave
Batman - Hush 11 The Game
Batman - Hush 12 The End
Batman - Hush Collected Issues

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Batman - Hush 01 The Ransom
Batman - Hush 02 The Friend
Batman - Hush 03 The Beast
Batman - Hush 04 The City
Batman - Hush 05 The Battle
Batman - Hush 06 The Opera
Batman - Hush 07 The Joke
Batman - Hush 08 The Dead
Batman - Hush 09 The Assassins
Batman - Hush 10 The Grave
Batman - Hush 11 The Game
Batman - Hush 12 The End
Batman - Hush Collected Issues

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