I mean, wasn't the whole reason he made "Hush" because critics at the time were praising the show's dialogue and said it was the show's best aspect? He wanted to do something radically different and relied on visual shit to get the creepiness/humor/action across in that episode. The guy is like Tarantino in the way he talks (passionately) about his influences and makes them his own.
And hell yes, his run on ASTONISHING was A+++++++
^ Same for the art too!