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Huntress #1 - Crossbow at the Crossroads, Part One Review

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Helena goes to Naples, Italy in the first issue of her six issue mini-series to prevent the spread of crime to Gotham City; but what she finds there is more than she bargained for.

Helena Bertinelli in Italy kicking ass and taking names is exactly the way she should be portrayed, and she is exactly that in her first issue of 'Huntress.'

The Good

If anyone should be drawing the Huntress it's Marcus To. Each and every panel in this issue is absolutely gorgeous. Marcus doesn't only portray Helena as a beautiful woman, he manages to capture her aggression, fluidity, and flexibility in each and every panel. Helena has the tendency of being this very stoic and serious character; something that Levitz portrays rather well in this issue; and while Helena is serious, Marcus is able to capture her emotions, too. The colors are vibrant and the panels themselves are illustrated in a way that really tells a story.

It isn't often that we get a story about Helena Bertinelli; in fact, we really haven't seen her since her appearance in the 'Birds of Prey' series. Even when she had been present in that series, Helena didn't really seem to hold the spotlight for very long (save for issue #11 of The Birds of Prey series, if my memory serves me correctly). Here we have an independent Helena who has traveled to Italy and will be working alone -- and she recognizes how tough that can be. She knows a shipment is leaving Naples for Gotham City full of illegal substances; however the level of atrocity is still shocking to her.

Maybe it's because there is a real problem with this very issue in the city I live in, or the mere fact that this is something I feel pretty strongly about, whatever the case may be this comic really hit home for me. I think that the issues that Bertinelli will be combating in this Huntress series is something not enough people discuss, so it's kind of awesome to see Paul Levitz take an issue that exists and is very serious, and incorporate it into his plot line. I particularly liked the line she says when her plans go awry, "I wonder if Batman plans these moments better...or is he just luckier?" Yes, Helena, I wonder that too sometimes.

The Bad

Helena may have compromised her identity to a reporter, albeit slightly. Personally I thought this could be easily overlooked.

The Verdict

This issue is a lot of fun and puts Helena in the spotlight in her very own series. She's interesting, exciting and a really strong woman. This book is extremely accessible to new readers; so if you know nothing about the Huntress and want to pick this up, do it! You won't be disappointed. Lastly, Marcus To knocks it out of the park, again!

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Posted by super_psycho

emmm :D

Edited by Or35ti

I wasn't very impressed by the preview, and to be honest I found it really boring. But maybe this won't be so bad after all.

Posted by TheCrowbar

Does it seem to have any of that Earth-1 Earth-2 nonsense?

Posted by ReVamp

YES! I didn't know it came out this week

Whistles

Posted by No_Name_

@TheCrowbar said:

Does it seem to have any of that Earth-1 Earth-2 nonsense?

Nope! It's an easy, accessible read. No Earth nonsense! Just Italy, and kick assery and lots of purple!

Posted by Wattup

It's kind of strange that DC has given on-goings to characters like Mr. Terrific and Huntress has a mini. Unless they wanted to gauge interest to lead to an on-going or didn't want to give the Bat-family too many titles. 8 )

Posted by daredevil21134

Hell Yeah,Thats my girl

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Posted by keith71_98

SOOOO glad to hear that this was a good book. I love this character and I've really been excited about this title.
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This was so good. Boring it wasn't. Helena was on the go constantly trying to figure out what was what and kickingeveryone's ass along the way. Did you see that Vulcan pinch move? Awesome! And who is her contact at the Daily Planet? Could it be Lois Lane? That would be interesting.. Paul Levitz and Marcus to need to stick around and make this an ongoing. Great review, Babs!

Posted by Bestostero

It was a bit slow, but I thought that for almost all of the #1's in the new 52. It's a keeper!

Posted by Dernman

She's yet another reporter? ug

Posted by Jake Fury

5 Stars? So, this comic is perfect without a single fault?
Posted by fodigg

So how many times does she have sex with Roy Harper and Jason Todd? That's what I wanna know.

Posted by No_Name_

@Dernman said:

She's yet another reporter? ug

Nope

@Jake Fury said:

5 Stars? So, this comic is perfect without a single fault?

I enjoyed it.

Posted by Jake Fury
@Babs
Sorry, I get a little bit snarky at times but I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Posted by CODYSF

Going to get it right away.

Posted by No_Name_

@huntressfan said:

Did you see that Vulcan pinch move? Awesome!

LOVED that panel. It was as though I could see it happening. So cool. :) Glad I wasn't the onky one who enjoyed the book!

Posted by Phaedrusgr

I don't like her new - old "dressing code"... Liked the review though. I really love reading her stories.

Posted by ragdollpurps

Action packed issue, should be an awesome mini and Marcus To killed it. Great review. :]

Posted by daredevil21134

I wish it wasn't a mini

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Posted by Roldan

@fodigg said:

So how many times does she have sex with Roy Harper and Jason Todd? That's what I wanna know.

Wow that joke got old really quick.

I remember really liking Marcus To's art when he did Red Robin so that's great, might check this one out. (I like the new costume though, it's a great that they covered up the belly-window).

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@daredevil21134 said:

I wish it wasn't a mini

We got to let DC know that. I recommend people le them know through the letters pageunless someone has a better suggestion. People got to buy it so the numbers demand it. It also wouldn't hurt to tweet DCComics and DCNation and let them know it should be longer then 6 issues.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I was not thinking of getting this issue but since it got a good review i think I am going to get it

Posted by ChernobylCow

I saw the issue on the stand and have enjoyed many of the female books of the new 52. Honestly, Batwoman is probably the best book of all of them. But I wasn't sure how this fit in with this whole new 52 thing, being a mini and all.

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@ChernobylCow said:

I saw the issue on the stand and have enjoyed many of the female books of the new 52. Honestly, Batwoman is probably the best book of all of them. But I wasn't sure how this fit in with this whole new 52 thing, being a mini and all.

I don't see anything fresh about Batwoman right now. It's good don't get me wrong and JH Williams art is on another level that no one is duplicated but its not been with new readers in mind. But this series is very new reader friendly. This series is about the buildup and culmination of events that lead to Huntress having the largest price on her head in the history of DC heading back home to Gotham. That story will pick up in Birds of Prey. DC has hinted that The Huntress may also have ties to Mr. Terrific and next years Justice Society. Personally I think DC is playing coy and Helena won't have that big of a role as they're making it out to be. Either way, I'd forfeit all it to get a Huntress ongoing series.

Posted by fodigg

@Roldan said:

@fodigg said:

So how many times does she have sex with Roy Harper and Jason Todd? That's what I wanna know.

Wow that joke got old really quick.

I remember really liking Marcus To's art when he did Red Robin so that's great, might check this one out. (I like the new costume though, it's a great that they covered up the belly-window).

Yeah, they can't all be winners. How bout this one: Without geometry, life is pointless! No? Okay, how bout: What's the difference between one yard and two yards? A fence! Still no? Okay one more: Have you heard about the pharmaceutical company that tried to license a drug that made women become Catholic nuns and join convents? The FDA denied it. Turns out it was habit-forming. Still nothing? Gods, save me from this pun-ishment.

Posted by Om1kron

this is another character in the batman continuity isn't it. I made my first pull list today and it had like 4 damn bat titles on it lol. 

Posted by huntressfan

If people are serious about a Huntress ongoing then hitting Dan Didio and Paul Levitz up on Facebook might be a good idea. Ben Abernathy, Editor can be hit up on twitter. Also don't foget to include DCComics twitter and let him know how much you like The Huntress.

Posted by Zuckuss_02

Does this Huntress mini series take place in the new DC reboot? The same can be said about the upcoming Penguin mini series.

Posted by Dernman

@Babs said:

@Dernman said:

She's yet another reporter? ug

Nope

Ya I see I read it wrong.

That will teach me not to just skim something before commenting.

I don't no if the reason I like the new costume so much is because I absolutely hated the old ones or not.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

Huntress without Batman as an influence seems wrong.

Posted by Xenozoic Shaman

I liked it enough to say that I wish she was being given more than just a 6 issue series. I hope the rest of the series maintains or improves on this issue.

I'm glad that they touched on the trafficking of women. A lot of people support that sort of thing without realizing it, so it's nice to see it brought into the spotlight now and then.
Posted by Eyz

Looks like another solid title!

Anyways, I picked most past Huntress comics/issues whenever she had those. I'm glad she's getting a new mini thanks to the reboot!

Posted by huntressfan

@Zuckuss_02 said:

Does this Huntress mini series take place in the new DC reboot? The same can be said about the upcoming Penguin mini series.

Yes it does. The solicit to #1 says that it ties in upcoming events in Birds of Prey.

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@Fantasgasmic said:

Huntress without Batman as an influence seems wrong.

That was taking away in Huntress Year One. I don't understand why all superheroes that operate in Gotham have to be influenced by Batman. Huntress has always felt Gotham was as much her as it was Batman's. Batwoman wasn't influenced by Batman and she's doing okay for herself.

Posted by JanArrah

@huntressfan said:

@Fantasgasmic said:

Huntress without Batman as an influence seems wrong.

That was taking away in Huntress Year One. I don't understand why all superheroes that operate in Gotham have to be influenced by Batman. Huntress has always felt Gotham was as much her as it was Batman's. Batwoman wasn't influenced by Batman and she's doing okay for herself.

Wait let me get this right.. the woman who is running around in a Bat costume in the city that Batman lives in wearing his symbol wasn't influenced by Batman? ARE YOU SERIOUS? I don't get that. Batwoman was CLEARLY influenced by Batman and in fact, I think it was openly stated during her original Detective Comics run. Was she trained by him? No.. she was trained by no known superhero. She was apparently trained by special ops military. I still don't understand how that makes her "Bruce" certified, but I guess his standards have been lowered considerably recently. I mean.. former a former Justice League member like Huntress wasn't allowed to wear the Bat-mantle during No Man's Land, where they could honestly use the help.. I don't get it. We're told Batwoman is so amazing, but we don't see it anywhere in the comics.

I'd love to see Helena and Kate get into a fight and Helena win, but that'll never happen. Helena is too good for that. As for Huntress in the JSA, I seriously doubt it's going to be THIS Huntress. With Earth-2 returning, that means that the Huntress, Bertinelli is based off of can return and that means more Helena Wayne, a character I am DYING to see return. She wasn't given enough of a chance at all. She only really appeared briefly in JSA/Super Squad, briefly in Infinity Inc, then her back up in Wonder Woman and that's it. And she is Bruce's first child with his real love..

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@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

Posted by hippiehop

I liked this book, felt a bit like the original Birds of Prey stories to me, with that sort of international intrigue and global social issues. I feel like the new Birds of Prey book is pointless without Oracle but this title kind of fills in that void for me. Even though it is just Helena, it is that same type of story which I really enjoy. I wasn't expecting MORE bat-titles already though!!

Posted by daredevil21134

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

I agree.But I hope they keep Gail Simone far away from Huntress

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Posted by huntressfan

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

I agree.But I hope they keep Gail Simone far away from Huntress

Huntress got watered down in BOP. That's why it's good to see her riding solo right now.

Posted by daredevil21134

@huntressfan said:

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

I agree.But I hope they keep Gail Simone far away from Huntress

Huntress got watered down in BOP. That's why it's good to see her riding solo right now.

I couldn't stand her in BOP......but I still collected if for Huntress

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Posted by entropy_aegis

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

Um what? you're saying this as if she was operating before him.Bruce had already made his mark on Gotham and Dick was carrying the mantle so yes she was influenced by him.Gotham belongs to the Bat.

Posted by jrock85

@Babs: I knew you'd enjoy this issue. Did it make you feel a little more optimistic about the portrayal of women in comics?

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@entropy_aegis said:

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

Um what? you're saying this as if she was operating before him.Bruce had already made his mark on Gotham and Dick was carrying the mantle so yes she was influenced by him.Gotham belongs to the Bat.

No I'm not. That's how you interpret it because you think every cape in Gotham has to be influenced by Batman and that simply is not the case. Batwoman didn't become a superhero because of Batman and she didn't seek his approval or permission. When he returned from the dead and they meet up, I don't recall her saying when they did meet up "Oh by the way I've been working in your town is that ok with you ?, or "you've been the greatest source of inspiration. I hope to be just like you." It's okay you know for people to become super-heroes because they want to make a difference.I personally don't have a problem with capes being capes for their own motivations that have nothing to do with The Dark Knight.

But this thread is about Huntress and I don't want to derail it. She deserves her due. This was a great issue and I'm very optimistic for the character and her future.

Posted by huntressfan

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

I agree.But I hope they keep Gail Simone far away from Huntress

Huntress got watered down in BOP. That's why it's good to see her riding solo right now.

I couldn't stand her in BOP......but I still collected if for Huntress

What didn't you like about her in BOP?

Posted by fodigg

@huntressfan: I don't want to speak for them, obviously, but I would guess because up to that point Huntress had been first and foremost a loner. She tried joining up with Batman and got shut down. So she was constantly on the outside and apart. Then in BoP she was "go team!"

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@fodigg: Yeah I had expected Huntress loner nature to be more of an issue in BOP. It never was. I think a lot of what makes Huntress Huntress was changed to fit her into BOP or just never brought up. This is why I'm going to enjoy the hell out of The Huntress mini. It's also not surprising that her most enjoyable stories happen in miniseries. DC needs to keep Levitz and To together and just turn it into an ongoing.

Posted by daredevil21134

@huntressfan said:

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@daredevil21134 said:

@huntressfan said:

@JanArrah:

I'm a very serious. Batwoman was operating in Gotham when Batman was supposedly dead. So how was she influenced by him? When he returned she was already operating. I don't want to see Batman be a dick. If people are doing good for Gotham he shouldn't care. The more help the better.

I don't want to see Huntress and Batwoman fight. Why would they fight? They should work together.

My personal opinion is that Helena Wayne will not be returning. Everything suggest that Helena Bertinelli will be Huntress in the DCUN.

I agree.But I hope they keep Gail Simone far away from Huntress

Huntress got watered down in BOP. That's why it's good to see her riding solo right now.

I couldn't stand her in BOP......but I still collected if for Huntress

What didn't you like about her in BOP?

She act like an emotional baby,she slept with a parking lot security guard and she took a major back seat to Miss Green Arrow Black Canary

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@daredevil21134: I'm not sure I agree about the emotional baby part. But I didn't like her taking a back seat to BC and sleeping with Josh was the worst out of character moment in the history of out of character moments for the character and she's a had a few. That one took the cake. So I agree with you there.

Posted by daredevil21134

@huntressfan said:

@daredevil21134: I'm not sure I agree about the emotional baby part. But I didn't like her taking a back seat to BC and sleeping with Josh was the worst out of character moment in the history of out of character moments for the character and she's a had a few. That one took the cake. So I agree with you there.

Ok maybe saying she acted like a baby was a little harsh but mostly everytime there was an emotional moment she had tears in her eyes and she's always portrayed as a tough woman.And I didn't like her taking orders from oracle

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