One thing that's always sort of bothered me about Birds of Prey is that so much time is devoted to Dinah's rigorous training as well her training/tutelage with Lady Shiva and other masters. But being that she has a tendency to attract a lot of martial arts-centric opponents wouldn't it be wise train Helena? This most recent fight with Shiva isn't the first time she's been horribly beaten against a martial artist, it's happened a couple times before. Why not make Helena as close to her in skills as possible given she's risking her life usually to face off against a lot of Dinah's enemies?
Why doesn't Black Canary train HER?
Black Canary doesn't train her for the same reason that Marvel would never let Iron Fist formally train Luke Cage,or Cassandra Cain never trained Stephanie Brown, or Captain America never trained Kate Bishop or Patriot.It takes something away from the character.You can't have every street leveler being trained by great fighters.some of them have to fill the mid to low tier quota.
I think they should start focusing on amping Helena up in the combat department, she's too good of a character to be left by the wayside like this. I know her temper goes against the discipline these other fighters try to assert in order to be unbeatable but I think it'd be all the more fun to see her become even deadlier. One thing I've always liked about Helena is that she works out an honor code sort of as she goes along, one minute she's classically heroic and the next some thug is getting the business end of a crossbow bolt. Her almost killing Penguin recently was AWESOME I thought.
I think that's the problem with Dinah not training Helena, Huntress is still very much a loose cannon and Dinah doesn't want to be responsible for training someone who is potentially a danger to themselves. Besides, I like Helena's raw edge in contrast to Dinah's refinement... but I do agree, Helena should get a power boost...
Point Blank Huntress doesn't need it.
Read some of Huntress past arcs and you will see that she already has substantial combat skills and training and Black Canary trusts her enough to allow her to fight along side her against the 12 brothers in silk (who were said to be near shiva level combatants), and she was good enough to knock Shiva on her @$$
As far as her training goes:
Her cousin Sal --Mafia assassin/ weapons training and hand to hand combat
Richard Dragon-- Martial Arts
Checkmate--While it was not officially stated; the fact that she is their former queen would imply some combat training from their organization.
While I do not believe she is as good as Black Canary in terms of martial skill, she makes up for it in ferocity, ruthlessness, and cunning. Then she can fall back on her skills.
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