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By:Arnold T. Blumberg
Date: Friday, June 27, 2003

Since their recent debut as the BATMAN creative team, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee have received nothing but praise for their take on the Dark Knight. Their 12-issue story arc "Hush" now hits the halfway point with #614, offering the Loeb/Lee take on the relationship between Batman and his archenemy, the Joker. Loeb is thrilled that fans have gone along for the ride.

"Being #1 for a sustained period is very gratifying," says Loeb. "The naked truth is that neither Jim or I need to do this story we do it out of love for the characters."

With "Hush," Loeb continues a pattern of offering yearlong Bat-story arcs, as with 1996-97's maxiseries BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN. For Loeb, the 12-issue limit gives fans the best possible reading experience.