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Hush Returns

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Hey, gotta say, Hush 1+2 were pretty good and I loved the art, great combination of writer and artist.

Hush Returns. WTF? Is all I can say. it starts off solidly enough, and has some really interesting ideas, then the story just jumps into the middle of no-where, then back with just a page of text as an explanation, then it just ends. Well, I say ends, what I really mean is, there are no more pages.

Any thoughts, contributions, ideas?
 
I just hated what it did with Joker.

This whole BS about Joker clearly remembering his past, and having a photo album of his dead wife. Riddler being a witness to her murder, and Joker apparently has been waiting years to get this info out of Riddler. Having a little heart ot heart with Penguin and Riddler in front of a cosy fire about what happened to his wife etc.
 
Really? I quite liked those parts, I really enjoyed that bit where he looks through the photo album of her, it brought a bit of character to him, showed that he isn't *just* a cold mass-murdering clown. But then I know that a lot of people prefer him that way, so I understand how it'd annoy them.

Just the way it cut around, and then at the end just ended so abruptly, honestly I always describe it that the story didn't end, they just stopped printing the pages...
 
It's because the Hush Returns arc actually lasted from there till the very last issue of Gotham Knights...they just never put out any more trades of it.
 
Hush Returns...never happened :hehe: :down:

the story didn't end, they just stopped printing the pages...

this is so true. what a debacle. It just shows even DC knows it's not worth trading the last issues
 
Indeed, it's a shame, 'cause I wanna know if they rescued it. But from everyones reaction, I guess not. Oh well...
 
Indeed, it's a shame, 'cause I wanna know if they rescued it. But from everyones reaction, I guess not. Oh well...

They had the Joker come back with birds who were trained to give people heart attacks...so, in Bizzaro World, they saved it...unfortunately, we dont live in Bizzaro World.
 
I visited bizarro world once last summer I think. It was cold.

Birds who give heart attacks?

Oh DC, what will you think of next?
 
I've been goin to my comic book store looking for the follow uo to Hush Returns cause by the end of the comic, it clearly isn't over on the outcomes.

Anybody have any word on the follow up?
 
I've been goin to my comic book store looking for the follow uo to Hush Returns cause by the end of the comic, it clearly isn't over on the outcomes.

Anybody have any word on the follow up?

they finished it in Gotham Knights, they have no plans on releasing the rest of the run in trade.
 
Because you know, that would require DC actually listening to fans...
 
No...no one wants to read the rest of it...once again...trained birds who give people heart attacks...and it's not the Penguin doing it either...it's the Joker...the Joker...trained a bunch of birds to go around and make peoples pacemakers explode in there chest.

And dont even get me started on the 20 or so issues that happened in between where the Hush Returns trade left off and that last Joker The BirdMan of Gotham arc started...Poison Ivy losing her powers, a bunch of nonsense with Clayface...it was all terrible.

Hush was literally the only character who was remotely well written at all.
 
That sucks. Hard. God, you gotta love DC sometimes don'tcha...
 
they finished it in Gotham Knights, they have no plans on releasing the rest of the run in trade.

The Hush story never really finished. DC just stopped the story and cancelled Gotham Knights with the penultimate part of the Hush v. Joker re-match.

There was just some stupid blurb at the bottom of the page that said something to the effect of "you the reader have to imagine what happens next, cause we're not publishing the last part of the story". Then they replaced GK with Batman: Confidential.

But then the whole story pretty much sucked except for a few issues at the beginning so it wasn't really a big loss.
 
Oh well, at least I know now... Shame though, it had the potential to be a good story...
 
I think it was obvious how it ended...Hush had the pacemaker in still, and Joker had his finger on the button...we havent seen Hush since. Joker killed his ass, and Batman let him do it. Batman...let...the Joker...kill one of his childhood friends (true, he was evil, but still). That's beyond the "I may not kill you, but I dont have to save you" thing, all the way to "you know what, f**k you, I'll just let the Joker do the killing so I keep my hands clean"
 
Wait, what? I take it Tommy Elliot and or Hush had a pacemaker and Joker had the button to kill him?

And Batman didn't intervene?

Strange, essentially the same choice as in Under The Hood Vol. 2, but with a resolution. I take it we don't *actually* know what happened?
 
at least the art was good....thats the only thing this books got goin for it
 
True, the art was very good actually, especially the opening scenes with the torture of The Riddler and the bits of Joker and his goons.
 
I been looking for this topic.
I bought Hush Returns and by the middle of it I was wondering if the writer even knew where he was going with this story. By the time I closed the book, I knew the answer was no.
Ugh, that was the worst read in a long time.
The Joker doesn't need to seek revenge for his wifes murder. He's a mass murderer. All society is the target of his 'revenge'. The character is scary because he is unpredictable and his past is a mystery, even to himself. Take that away and he is diminished.
The rest of the plot had good moments but where the heck was the editor? Jeeze talk about bloated. There was a pretty good idea in there somewhere but it's trapped in a fat suit that's wearing another fat suit.
 
I like it, but they could have done it better :o
 
Exactly, Hush Returns just has no editing at all, it just doesn't go anywhere!

But I kinda liked the Joker bit, it gave him a different side...
 
"Hush Returns"

When Hush resurfaced, he did so with a vengeance. Still out to destroy Batman and determined not to let the rest of the villains get in his way, Hush quickly began to carve out a niche for himself, beating his former accomplice, the Riddler, within an inch of his life and even driving the Joker out of town. Hush also ended up killing Poison Ivy in a fruitless attempt to recruit her.
Hush Returns. Cover to Batman: Gotham Knights #60 (December 2004). Pencils by Jae Lee.
Hush Returns. Cover to Batman: Gotham Knights #60 (December 2004). Pencils by Jae Lee.

Following a short-lived alliance with JLA nemesis Prometheus, Hush then began to torment Bruce Wayne with the aid of an all-new Clayface. Exploiting the latter's shape-shifting abilities, Hush was briefly able to shed doubt on his true identity and apparently also had Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth framed for murder. His name has since been cleared, albeit through trickery.

[edit] Payback

The Joker eventually returned to Gotham City with an army of trained pigeons and retaliated (in Batman: Gotham Knights #73-74). He captured Hush and kept him sedated for three weeks, during which time he implanted a pacemaker into his body, effectively gaining control of his heart. At the Joker's mercy and unable to remove the device himself, Hush turned to the one man he felt he could trust (or rather, predict): Bruce Wayne.

Wayne consented to help Hush on the condition that he allow himself to be treated in and confined to Arkham Asylum. Hush agreed, and then immediately escaped after being told that the surgery had been a success. He was intercepted by Batman before he could confront the Joker, and the two men debated the merits of a code against killing such vile criminals. Hush demanded that Batman allow him to do what he wouldn't, and finish off the Joker once and for all. Batman seemed to agree and began to leave, but then revealed that he'd tricked Hush - the pacemaker was still in his body, and he'd been allowed to escape the asylum. At that moment the Joker arrived, and Hush began begging Batman not to leave him.

The issue (and the Batman: Gotham Knights series) ended unresolved. It remains to be seen what decision Batman made, although Hush returned in the recent Man-Bat miniseries."

I thought you were kidding about Joker The BirdMan. I guess Hush is alive then, according to trusty wikipedia updates.
 
so thats the resolution...sounds horrible...I bought the Hush Returns TPB and it started out with the potential to be a great story and then.....
 
that Man-Bat mini series was set before the events of Payback.
 

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