Monday, August 08, 2005

Batman: Hush Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb; Jim Lee, penciller.

We've come a long way since the first 1950s comics. The old, corny dialogue has been replaced by memorable lines that make you feel that you're right there with the characters hearing everyone say. This graphic novel went way beyond my expectations. It's about a series of problems that have Batman stressed out. Turns out his nemesis, Poison Ivy, has been using her seductive powers to manipulate Batman's other enemies to cause trouble. Catwoman (one of the villans that was temporarily under Ivy's control) teams up with Batman, hoping to get revenge on Ivy. The chemistry between the two was outstanding, the way they play off each other. The greatest part of the novel was the breathtaking illustrations, each a mural of its own. -David D.

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