Would U Buy It #87: "Robin: Cry of the Huntress"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Robin: Cry of the Huntress.
Alternate Title:1) Huntress: Cry of the Huntress; 2) Robin/ Huntress: Cry of the Huntress.
TPB Cover:Robin III #3.
Collecting 6 Issues:Robin III #1-6.

Covers (click to enlarge):

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For my money, the real Huntress will always be Helena Wayne, of Huntress: Darknight Daughter. Just by being the daughter of the Earth-2 Batman and Catwoman, there is instant, built-in characterization that everyone can reasonably expect from her. Namely: unwavering heroism, with just enough troublemaker to make her badass and unpredictable.

I won't lie though. I like the Helena Bertinelli Huntress as well. Being the daughter of a mob boss, she could be assumed to be deadly, but being the new version of Huntress, it could also reasonably be assumed that she would find the path of heroism, and eventually stick to it. Unfortunately, she was plagued throughout her incarnation with several false starts. She had an 18-issue series from 1989-1990, a 4-issue retelling of her origin in 1994, an attempted jumpstart with Nightwing in 1998, a one-shot team-up with Spoiler in 1998, another boost and retelling of her origin with Batman in 2000, a Year One mini-series in 2008, an extended run in Birds of Prey, and of course, this attempted resuscitation with Robin in 1992. That's right: Tim Drake is such a badass character, DC considered him able to buoy second-string characters to stardom.

This mini-series had a few other hurdles to clear though, and it didn't do well. First, the gimmick covers. I'm showing you the art covers for this WUBI, but there were 2 variants for each - a "moving cover" and a "reversible cover." If you really need to see them that badly, look them up. I simply will not waste the time on them. Second, the art wasn't that great. It's not that it was horrible, but the characters just didn't look the way they normally did. It was a little off-putting. Third, they were fighting the KGBeast. It was 1992, and they were still dealing with this Cold War holdout. Robin's foes Lynx and King Snake were also present in the story, but Robin had just beat them in his previous mini-series, just the year before, so what the heck? Still, any attempt to revive the Huntress is a good one in my book, so maybe this mini-series deserves another look.

For the cover, the third issue wasn't a tough pick. It's the only cover with a good shot of Robin and Huntress.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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