Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1 Review

Hush Little Baby...

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Travis Moore, Otto Schmidt, Tamra Bonvillain and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 6, 2018

Dick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too!

It's time for the Bachelor Party and Nightwing and Superman take Bats to... Bat Burger of course.  I am not a big fan of the place, but I guess it was inevitable that we would end up here in at least one of these preludes.  There are some fun faces there and it's just a quick stop.

After Superman shows them what's next on the itinerary, there is a bit of a the form of Hush.  If you don't know who Tommy Elliot is, Tim Seeley catches you up through words and actions before sending him and Nightwing into the Betwixt...a "between" world.

We get a crash course in what's going on before Hush and Nightwing have to team up to save themselves and their identities.  To stop the madness, they need to find a place that is means something to both of them and that means we are off to...Wayne Manor.

We get a little more Hush background before Tommy gets all jealous and attacks Nightwing demanding to know why Bruce chose him to be at the bachelor party.  It all comes down to Tommy being an envious prick who tried to take everything from Bruce.  Yea, that isn't the best way to get invited to parties!

We continue with the big reveal of the issue (Hush 2.0) that shows that no matter how much you try, you can take the Bruce Wayne out of Hush but you can' wait, that isn't going to work.  We find out that Tommy is still an envious prick.  Yea, that's it.

We end with Hush possibly being gone forever (highly doubt it) and a brief, but nice scene between Dick and Bruce that once again makes me made that we get nothing close to this in the regular run of Batman.  The Epilogue then pushes us towards the next prelude issue and is another bit about the Joker seeming to still be mad about not getting an invitation.  I guess the craziness of the DC Nation book didn't count.

This is a good issue overall...nice art and a story that was cool enough since we don't get a lot of Hush going around nowadays.  As a prelude to the wedding, it was a bit unnecessary, but any interaction between Bruce and his kids is welcome to me.

Bits and Pieces:

This prelude is all about getting everyone up to speed on who Hush is...until he's gone.  Maybe we will see him at the wedding, but this ended up feeling like an unnecessary diversion...though I still had some fun with it.  It looked good and ended in a nice way, but once again, I was left wondering why this couldn't have been told in the regular Batman book if it really needed to be told at all.



  1. What does the world of Slender Man have anything to do with Hush. Had Dick and hush just gone to another world to fight you could have had the same conclusion without needles weird world explanations taking up several pages. When hush returns it should be interesting for the Nightwing book considering that book never has any worth while Villians.

    1. Well... If I were a betting man I would put some money down on how Hush survives (with the help of "That Guy") and will be back to attack Bludhaven with his own personal army of Slender Men.