When you take one of the most iconic superhero characters of all time and give him to one of the best comic artists of the modern age, you get a story like Batman: Hush. Originally published over 12 issues of Batman (#608 in Oct 2002 until #619 in Sept 2003, the Jeph Loeb penned story was pencilled by Jim Lee and tells the story of Hush, a stalker seemingly obsessed with creating havoc in Batman’s life. Considered one of the best Batman stories, it had a comprehensive cast of iconic characters, including Catwoman, Harvey Dent, Superman, The Joker, Scarecrow, and The Riddler, amongst many others.
Back in 1992, Jim Lee and several other high-profile creators formed Image Comics, his own imprint called Wildstorm Comics. Finding publishing a hindrance to his passion for art, he sold it to DC Comics in 1998 and accepted a role there. Despite that, he worked his way up the DC hierarchy and is currently the Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC. But it’s his brilliant and dynamic art for which Korean-born Lee is most admired.
The NZ Mint has issued several Batman ranges to date, of varying quality of design, but they’re on solid ground with this series. We missed covering the first coin, called simply ‘Gotham City’, but with the issue of the second coin today it’s time to take a look at this superb series. Choosing the rectangular format that works equally well on the excellent ‘Guards of the Empire’ Star Wars series, these are 1oz in weight, antique finished and with a colour application that suits perfectly – eschewing the gaudy brightness that characterised the 1960’s TV series, in favour of the gritty world we know more today.
The first coin was a classic pose of the modern Batman, but the second is a sublime image of the superhero in the embrace of Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Terrific art, and the coin is a superb render of it. The presentation is also first class, with the mint continuing to use the outstanding perspex display frame. Each coin has a mintage of 2,000 pieces. If you’re a comic book fan, a Jim Lee based series of Batman coins has got to be a highlight. Available to order now, the NZ Mint is currently under shutdown for a month, so please do expect delays in shipping at this trying time.