Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 Review

The Fuge Is Back For Some Story Time

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art By: Dexter Soy, Sergio Davila, Matt Santorelli, Ivan Plascencia, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 3, 2020

It's back to the Dark Multiverse...... for some reason, where Tempus Fuginaut instead of maybe helping with Death Metal is telling us stories about how the worlds down below are different than the one we know, and for this tale, he's going to be looking at a world that was affected by the death of the Waynes, but where they were also accompanied by The Elliots. That's right we're going to be looking at a messed up Hush world so let's jump into this issue and see if this divergence in the timeline of this world is subtle and clever or if it just goes balls to the walls insane for no apparent reason. Let's check it out.

In this messed-up world, we discover that when the Waynes died and the Elliots witnessed their deaths they decided that a butler was no one to take care of a billionaire child so Bruce was adopted by Tommy's parents and the two boyhood chums actually became brothers. Jump ahead twenty years and the world has gone upside down where this book resembles nothing of the Hush story and just shows us that Gotham is now a City-State, Tommy Elliot is the Senator, who is not only being helped along by Talia and the League of Assassins, but by the Court of Owls as well...... not to mention that Lincoln March is the President of the United States..... but I'm not sure how Gotham being a City-State helps with any of this. Pretty much we just have a bunch of characters that are thrown into this story in weird and wacky ways that feel out of place, where characters are acting in ways that they never would have unless they had a Batman in their lives, but with Bruce Wayne essentially being committed to Arkham for the last decade or so by Tommy so that he could take over Wayne Enterprises and essentially all of the Wayne fortune....... there's no Batman to influence anyone's life in this world.  

That being said, we do have a Bloody-Bat of Arkham story that's being passed through the House of Crazy, which apparently inspires an institutionalized Bruce Wayne, but puts this bat costume together somehow with what looks like armor, but still keeps his face and arms wrapped up in bandages like Hush and even has the trench coat that was worn by pretty much everyone in the original Hush story so it was a red herring as his cape....... I guess you gotta keep that branding. So originally where the story was a mystery for all the readers that was really compelling and you never really knew where it was going, this version of the story is now unrecognizable...... except for the ridiculous Batman costume and the mystery is only for Tommy Elliot as we pretty much know everything the whole time, not to mention that it's just whittled down to an over-sized issue.

All in all, the art in this book is amazing and I wish that the story would have resembled Hush a bit more for how great the art was because I was looking forward to this addition to the Tales of the Dark Multiverse series because of how compelling the Hush story originally was and wanted to see an interesting take on a "What If" scenario of that story but instead we get a variation on the Wayne's murder and then a dystopian future with everyone and their mother represented....... except for Catwoman for some reason, which would have made the most sense in trying to do something resembling the Hush story. That only comes from a silly Batman costume though and I was left seriously wanting more by the end.

Bits and Pieces:

While I love the art in this issue, the story seriously left me wanting more because the only things that resemble the Hush story in this issue are the inclusion of Tommy Elliot and Batman having a silly Hush costume for absolutely no reason. This could essentially be any Elseworld/Hypertime story for our Dark Knight because we don't really do much to play with the whole Hush angle in this book and for such a beloved story, I was looking for something interesting or clever to come from this, but sadly I got neither.


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