Okay, 'Hush'. I suppose there are a few things that can be said about the story between Batman 608-619.
The thing is with reading comics is that there are usually a number of chefs in a comic kitchen that really make a comic work. Usually the bigger chefs are the writer and the artist. Now, I'm guilty (as are a lot of bloggers) of waxing lyrical about how wonderful a writers is, and that their work is the main reason that I picked up a book. At times this is really tough on the artist who has usually spent more time on a story than the writer, and that they should get more than the little kudos than I can muster.
For me, 'Hush' is not about the writing. Hell no, it is an example of what happens when you let one the finest artists of his generation have a proper run on one of the greatest characters in comic history. And in doing so, ushers in the new age of comics: The Widescreen Age to enter Gotham properly.
I'm not going to discuss the plot of the book, because I'm sure that anyone who reads this will either be infuriated or amazed by this story. 'Hush', for me, is all about twelve issues of Jim Lee kicking ass and taking names. Most major Batman characters (heroes or villains) are encapsulated perfectly. Check it out, the cracking cover of the collected edition, is just entrée to the perfect full main course that awaits you inside. If you already have these books, you know what I mean. If you plan on buying it: read it once, then flick through the art again and you realise that the book you have is worth every single penny of your hard earned cash!
I once had a conversation with Ian of Portsmouth Ian's Comic and Books, about why the hell these books were so expensive and so sought after. And he summed it up perfectly: it's because they contain the best examples of comic book art, by one of the best artists in the business, in one of his last full-time gigs.
Hmmm, I wonder how much an original art page of this stuff costs?