Book Review: Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe

Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe

It's a great idea to release a penciled version of graphic novel once in a while.

Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe is basically the same book as Batman: Hush (Amazon: US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | JP) with dialogue and all, except everything is in pencils. The only coloured bits are the sound effects and Batman's internal narration.

Reading the book in just pencils is quite a different experience. It's basically like looking at the final draft of the book before the go ahead for inking. If you're marveled by Jim Lee's art in the coloured edition, you'll be blown away by this edition - if you're a comic artist maybe your brain will explode with awe.

Every page is filled with detailed pencil work, deserving a slow peruse. The amazing pencil hatches and shading are everywhere, on the characters, the backgrounds. After reading the book, you'll probably get a new sense of appreciation for comic artists and the art of making comics. This book is definitely a collectors' edition for fans.

As for the story, the storytelling is good and well paced, there are some surprises as Batman tried to uncover who this Hush villain is. The characters are well defined and believable. The sequences with Catwoman are fantastic - I love how Catwoman and Batman interacts.

However, I've a problem with the ending. Even though the villain was revealed in the end, the motivation for going against Batman isn't, or is too weak for me to notice. Just because you're a bad guy and he's Batman means you've to go against him? So the story is great for me until the ending which I felt could be better.

Also check out Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee if you can't get enough of the art.

Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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11 Comments

Too bad Miller wasted Lee's

Too bad Miller wasted Lee's talent in All-Star Batman and Robin. I would've love to see Jim Lee get back to pencilling full-time. I want to see something like this for Superman For Tomorrow. This is a must buy. Period.

I normally don't aprecciate

I normally don't aprecciate marvel or the whole hero/superhero mithology but goddamn this art is just ... I don't think I need to describe it.. I'm srsly thinking about buying it, thank you for your great review

After reading this review I

After reading this review I realised that my local comic book shop had this in stock, So i raced out the next morning and picked it up, I paaaid waaay too much for it, but an impulse buy here or there feels good every now and then.

I wanna buy this edition but

I wanna buy this edition but while I was watching the video I noticed some pages "duplicated" like the scene with Croc and Bats ( full page) like 3 times. What's that??
Hope someone can answer me. Thanks!

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