By Paul Dini (writer), Dustin Nguyen (pencils), Derek Fridolfs (inks), John Kalisz (colors)
Decent, solid story here – definitely better than what’s going on in Robin. Nothing epic or ground breaking, but good nonetheless. I do have a gripe, however, and a big one at that.
Paul Dini has managed to make Hush into one of the most pathetic villains I’ve ever seen. His backstory doesn’t give me any sort of sympathy for the character, nor does it give me any insight into his madness. He just comes across as a pure, obsessed loser. Also, the childhood banter between he and Bruce Wayne feels unnatural and forced. Hush says his mom made him read all sorts of books from military strategists when he was young boy so that he could better deal with his father. If his mom was half as smart as that, wouldn’t she try to formulate a better strategy for herself AND her son? Why put it all on the kid? This is just stupid and the character has become painfully stale in a hurry.
When this book doesn’t deal with Hush, it’s awesome. I love the scenes between Catwoman and Zatanna and the stuff between Batman, Nightwing, and Robin. It’s these interactions that save the book from mediocrity. But being an “RIP” related story, we see little of Batman’s irrationality or weirdness (at least compared to his behavior in the Batman title), so there’s a bit of inconsistency going on.
We all know this is just going to lead to a confrontation with Hush and I’d rather it happened sooner than later. The Hush background stuff is becoming ridiculous and the more time I spend with this unlovable loser, the more I want to see him disposed of. The only time he was a good character was before his true identity was revealed. From there, it’s been downhill. Please, kill him off and let Batman rest (or retire) in peace. (Grade: C+)
– J. Montes