It’s a shame that one of the most important things to ever happen to Harvey Dent as a character occurred in an overblown mess like Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s Batman: Hush
It’s even more of a shame that no one developed Harvey from there on, instead leaving the character to gather cobwebs in limbo for THREE YEARS before utterly squandering all that potential in Face the Face
. In an exercise of sheer masochism, I shall review both to examine all the great potential that DC pissed away in the name of mediocrity and the damned status quo. But before I can even analyze Harvey’s role, I need to go over his appearances in Hush
as they actually played out. Be warned: this will result in a LOT of bitter, bitter sarcasm. I loathe Hush
, both the story and the character, but I won’t be able to review the story as a whole for two reasons:
1.) I’m only interested in Harvey’s story, not in any of the seventeen other subplots happening at the same time in this poop-strewn labyrinth
2.) I like my blood pressure where it is, thank you very much.
So yeah, fair warning to those who love Batman: Hush
. If you wish to defend it in the comments (or correct me on any details I might have missed), feel free. I won’t bite your head off, I promise! I know that this is a popular and beloved book to many, so I don’t want to step on any toes, but I simply cannot accept this story as anything other than crap... not even considering what he does with Harvey, which is admittedly pretty cool.
By which I mean, MY version of what Loeb does with Harvey. Because I'm not sure even Loeb knew what he actually did.( The return of Harvey Dent (but not his hair) behind the cut, along with lots and lots of ranting on my part )
Does anyone know if it's true that Loeb planned to write a Hush
follow-up with Harvey Dent, and thus that's why he didn't appear in comics for three years?