By Paul Dini (writer), Dustin Nguyen (pencils), Derek Fridolfs (inks), John Kalisz (colors)
The Story: Priced at $3.99, this double-sized issue of Detective Comics delves deeper into Hush’s past, revealing the final days of his mother and how he managed to inherit the family fortune. The conclusion of the Hush storyline not only brings out the final brawl between Batman and Hush, but the fate of Catwoman as well.
What’s Good? I enjoyed the clever nod as to how Hush got his name — I didn’t see that one coming. Catwoman’s epilogue is also devilishly fun.
What’s Not So Good? Just about everything else. Dustin Nguyen’s art is serviceable but no where as strong as his previous efforts. It doesn’t help that the coloring is too vibrant at times – completely hampering the intended mood.
Hush is a horrible character that’s been allowed to get away with too much. I blame Paul Dini for this. I can see him holding his own against Batman (at times), but him managing to take on Robin and Nightwing after a rough tussle with Batman is completely stupid. How he’s able to escape the Batcave at the end is also just an example of lazy writing.
Conclusion: This story is not only awful, but it had nothing to do with the RIP storyline. For a milestone issue, it fails in just about every department. Thank god it’s over. One of the worst reads of the year.
– J. Montes