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I'm asking about Hush In particular
The reasons are almost the same. Loeb rehashes his old stories and his Hush is one of the worst villains ever and not in a good way. Batman rogues were there just because and not written well. Lee isn't a good artist. And etc.
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.
I choose both...of course Hush is good because you got Jim Lee's art as well as just about all of the Batman villains but then again the Long Halloween is a great piece of Batman's mythos. The trio of Batman, Gordon, and Dent working together and the creation of Two-Face is in my opinion a must have element to Batman though on the other hand there are many parts of the Long Halloween I feel don't need to be there.
I couldn't choose and just went with loving both. In truth I actually think Hush is better written overall, but there is too much in Long Halloween I love like the Gordon/Batman/Dent relationship and Calendar Man's assistance for me to really hold Hush above above it.
I used to think Jim Lee was the most deserving artist of being so overhyped. Now I just think he's overhyped. Plus, the sort ears get on my nerves. Tim Sale on the other hand is still awesome, plus I love the retro noir feel of the art and story of Long Halloween, so it gets my vote.
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.