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Favorite Comic Runs RESULTS: Jeph Loeb's THE LONG HALLOWEEN vs. HUSH

Both are must read Batman mysteries, but which one is taking the top spot?

The Holiday Killer or the foe striking at Batman from the shadows? Jeph Loeb worked with Tim Sale to create THE LONG HALLOWEEN and he collaborated with Jim Lee to produce HUSH. Both are mysteries that every Batman fan should experience at least once, and, this week, we asked you all to think about these two storylines. Which do you prefer and why? Are you not a fan of either story? Or perhaps you can't choose and love both of them? The crowd has given it a proper amount of thought and decided to grant a narrow lead to...

HUSH.

This was a very close race. Loeb and Lee's tale received 40% of the votes, and the writer's work with Sale earned a respectable 37%. 17% said they love both and only 1% admitted they aren't a fan of either option. 6% shamefully confessed they have't read either story. What gives? If you're a Batman fan, you should make it a goal to read these.

At the end of the day, both are of these are detective stories which manage to implement a whole lot of characters from Batman's world in a very entertaining manner. THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more focused on Gotham's crime element and Two-Face/James Gordon, while HUSH has a greater variety of cameos and is absolutely loaded with action. They have more than a few parallels, but some key differences in the narrative -- and not to mention the artwork -- allow them to feel like very different experiences. And the best part of all? Both are very new reader friendly, too.

Let's see what some Viners have to say about the two options.

mak13131313

"Tough decision. Both are great stories but, I choose Hush for the art."

GraniteSoldier

"Hush is better for me. I like the Hush villain, and I like that it wove a tale taking Batman for a mystery from Gotham to Metropolis and back again. It is not without it's flaws, and it is by no means a "revolutionary" piece for the Batman story, but it is more fun to read and feels like a true Batman-style detective story. The dynamic between Bruce and Selina was great, and Hush has better art in my opinion. It's not my favorite Bat-story, but of these two it is my more favorite."

LyraFay

"I like both of them, Long Halloween is fantastic and true Batman the world's greatest detective story with glorious twists and turns. Hush on the other hand was a great first time read (it was the first one I ever read.) But it also shows the familiar Batman that appears in media (good or bad depending on your point of view.) But both have the great interactions between characters and art."

Overlander

"I loved Hush. The story was phenomenally paced, full of interesting turns, great character moments, and spectacular Jim Lee art. It was the whole modern comics package."

McBig

"Wow this is by far the hardest one. Both are so amazing but Long Halloween was the first Batman story I ever read and love it so much because of the Harvey Dent stuff."

herrweis

"Without a doubt the long Halloween. Hush was all about Jim lee's art. Tlh was a good mystery and Tim sales art complimented the story rather than overshadow it."

manwithoutshame

"Long Halloween for me. It's Tim Sale's defining work, Batman lurking in the shadows where he belongs, unraveling a mystery with no shortage of suspects. I've read it time and again and always enjoyed it. It's not perfect, with most of the shortcomings being due on Loeb's end, but even he elevates his game for the greatness that is the Long Halloween.

Hush on the other hand, is a flashy cameo-fest with a bunch of rain, gnashed teeth, pectoral muscles, and yawn-inducing plot twists."

Reignmaker

"I vote Halloween.

I read the Long Halloween first (and I believe it came out first). Many of Loeb's subsequent Batman stories sort of followed the same mystery template where a confused Batman is rotating from villain to villain as he slowly unravels the truth. It was more magical for me the first time around so I put Halloween at the top. Hush also felt like more of a platform to showcase Jim Lee's art than tell an intricate story. You can also see the ending coming a mile away, whereas the last few pages of Halloween genuinely surprised me."

That's it for this week, Viners! Be sure to check the homepage on Monday for a brand new edition of this segment. In the meantime, go ahead and tell us your favorite moment from these stories. If it's a big spoiler, please be sure to use the appropriate spoiler tags! Do you want to suggest a future match-up for this segment? Tell us below or via twitter.

40 Comments
Edited by MuyJingo

Twist!

Really didn't expect Hush to take the lead.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

Posted by _Linea_11

Siriusly?

Posted by Outsethero

Posted by PunyParker

Great stories.
Dark Victory too.

Posted by DoctorThomasElliot

I actually wanted Long Halloween to win. I thought it was a better story overall.

Edited by Jphu8414

Very close results, these are both two great stories so I'm not surprised

Edited by DrellAssassin

Love both stories, but I can't stand Sale's art, especially compared to Jim Lee's. Hush gets the win for me.

Edited by Netshyster

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

Posted by RustyRoy

Great stories.

Dark Victory too.

Agreed

Edited by PunyParker

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

Why?

Posted by k4tzm4n

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

And insulting everyone that doesn't share your opinion is tasteful? ;)

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Posted by Jayc1324

Hush is the best.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

I'll have to read Hush, then

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I think this should go to show that these are two great Batman stories, rather than hating on the results or people who voted differently. There's no denying Batman has had many of the greatest stories in comics.

Posted by PunyParker

I think this should go to show that these are two great Batman stories, rather than hating on the results or people who voted differently. There's no denying Batman has had many of the greatest stories in comics.

Yes.

I'll have to read Hush, then

Double yes.

Edited by tupiaz

@punyparker said:

@netshyster said:

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

Why?

Because Hush is the most unreliable and unrealistic character in superhero comic history. I believe it is more realistic Superman will reveal him self tomorrow than we will see a Hush character.

@amazingwebhead said:

I'll have to read Hush, then

You don't really have to. It doesn't add anything to the Batman mythos (even though it tries) it is a good popcorn comic with the action and the art but nothing more than that.

Posted by baneofdemon22

I voted the Long Halloween, and am happy to see they were close. The only thing I'm upset about is that 1%. What's your deal?

Posted by PunyParker

@tupiaz said:

@punyparker said:

@netshyster said:

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

Why?

Because Hush is the most unreliable and unrealistic character in Superhero comic history. I believe it is more realistic Superman will reveal him self tomorrow than we will see a Hush character.

I like Hush and his personal relationship to Bruce.
I guess we disagree.

Posted by mak13131313

@k4tzm4n said:

@netshyster said:

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

And insulting everyone that doesn't share your opinion is tasteful? ;)

Exactly. And thanks for mentioning me!

Posted by staypuffed

Hush is fantastic. I have, sadly, yet to read The Long Halloween.

Posted by LyraFay

Cool my comment was on there!! :) Thanks Greg!!

Posted by tupiaz

@tupiaz said:

@punyparker said:

@netshyster said:

Goes to show you that people just don't have any taste.

Why?

Because Hush is the most unreliable and unrealistic character in Superhero comic history. I believe it is more realistic Superman will reveal him self tomorrow than we will see a Hush character.

I like Hush and his personal relationship to Bruce.

I guess we disagree.

What relationship? Mind blowing unrealistic jealousy? The relationship is as hollow and cheesy as they get in comics. There is no depth, no real or believable emotions. I really have a hard time to see what there is to get here.

Posted by I3IO_HAZARD

TLH: Much better story, hush has a nice showcase of batman's supporting characters but they all eventually just felt like unnecessary cameos. TLH has a much better writing

Hush: TLH art takes some time to get used to, hush art is mind blowingly awesome, jim lee brought his A game to this book

Posted by Ranoiaetep

need to say that long halloween is a way better story comparing to hush. but jim lee's art make hush is more acceptable to others. honestly i don't know which one to vote

Posted by Billy Batson

I voted the Long Halloween, and am happy to see they were close. The only thing I'm upset about is that 1%. What's your deal?

Because they're both horrible >:(
BB

Edited by MasterDetective

Jesus freakin' christ, I wish eternal woe in the fiery pits of hell to all those who voted for long haloween for humanity's sake.

Edited by baneofdemon22

@masterdetective said:

Jesus freakin' christ, I wish eternal woe in the fiery pits of hell to all those who voted for long haloween for humanity's sake.

But they lost. I know that's a joke, but it's pretty extreme, man.

Posted by PunyParker

@tupiaz said:

What relationship? Mind blowing unrealistic jealousy? The relationship is as hollow and cheesy as they get in comics. There is no depth, no real or believable emotions. I really have a hard time to see what there is to get here.

He's a phyco,and his jealousy is ,at least, illogical.
That's what i like.

Posted by Cap10nate

I loved reading the comments in the voting thread for this one. Alternating comments saying that these are the greatest and worst Batman stories ever told. Very few other books have this dichotomy of opinions. Fun to read people reaction to them.

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Posted by AmazingWebHead

@tupiaz: Well, I hear it has a competent Riddler. That's reason enough or me.

Edited by Pokeysteve

Hush won that poll a few months back so this was no surprise. I bet Long Halloween got a lot of votes from people who simply didn't want Hush to win.

Edited by tupiaz

@tupiaz: Well, I hear it has a competent Riddler. That's reason enough or me.

Riddler in the story is great sadly he has a to small role to make of for the overall story and the character Hush.

@tupiaz said:

What relationship? Mind blowing unrealistic jealousy? The relationship is as hollow and cheesy as they get in comics. There is no depth, no real or believable emotions. I really have a hard time to see what there is to get here.

He's a phyco,and his jealousy is ,at least, illogical.

That's what i like.

A psychopat is not illogical they just don't have empathy. There is a huge difference.

Posted by Spiderman1997

I know you've alrrady had Thor and Spiderman but J. Michael Straczynski's Spiderman vs Thor maybe ? To be honest I haven't read hid Thor it seems to be praised generally.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

@tupiaz: Well I've still never actually read anything with Hush in it. Whether everyone thinks he's a good villain or not, I'd still like to do that!

Posted by laflux

Honestly I've only read Hush and I enjoyed it. So I don't feel Knowledgable enough to give an opinion.

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Posted by clayscarface

I read Hush first and loved it. It was pretty early in my comics days, though. I recently read Long Halloween after reading a lot of great runs in other series and it was just PAINFUL for me. The art didn't impress me, I thought it was a very limited color palette. As for the story, I thought it was actually pretty predictable. Hush isn't perfect, and I haven't read anything else with him in it, so maybe the character is ruined later down the line, but that story was awesome. And the art is just breathtaking. Sure, it's a popcorn comic, but it's still fun and really well executed.

Posted by BlackPookie