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Huntress #6 - Crossbow at the Crossroads, Part Six Review

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Huntress's mini-series comes to an end, but does it answer all of our questions?

The Good

When the Huntress was first introduced following the start of the New 52 most readers were skeptical regarding which version of the Huntress this was an how she would fit into the continuity of the universe. Now, with the final issue of her mini in stores, do we know who the Huntress is? Well, we certainly have a better idea of what version of the Huntress we will be seeing at the start of Paul Levitz's upcoming WORLD'S FINEST, but we still don't know who she is. Is that a bad thing? Not exactly.

So let's go over what was good about this issue. Again, Marcus To's stunning pencils capture a graceful, agile, and very beautiful Helena. The landscape is gorgeous and overall tone of the book is consistent with previous issues. The comic is fun, high spirited and entertaining.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this issue is the Huntress's bravery and courage. She comes face to face with danger and practically spits in its face. Dodging bullets, sliding across cars and jumping off of a cliff -- all with a smile on her face. She loves what she does and she's happy to be doing it. Fighting for a cause she believes in. These are qualities that really made me appreciate her character and kept me hooked to the story, regardless of how careless and reckless some of her actions might be.

The Bad

The issue seemed to end rather abruptly and the villain seemed to go from extremely angry and vengeful to very, very afraid. Amalfi's son seemed to go from very hot to very cold and did not feel very consistent. Some of the scenes were also a little bit far fetched. One minute there is a billion-euro bounty on her head, yet it literally seemed as though getting into Amalfi's compound was a piece of cake. Additionally, why wouldn't he have anyone guarding his doors and windows? It's not as if he doesn't have the money to do it. It all seemed very easy for her and felt like it moved a little bit too quickly. It would have been great to see the character deal with bigger challenges.

Her identity also remains a mystery. Is she Helena Wayne or Helena Bertinelli? I understand this will be answered in the upcoming WORLD'S FINEST, but it also leaves me wondering what the point of this series has been. We've had six issues of Huntress running back and fourth beating up mobsters but at the end of the mini-series, she doesn't actually solve anything. She goes through all that trouble just to walk away from the situation after the bad guy "promises" to fix everything and to never traffic another young girl ever again? Really? How disappointing.

The Verdict

A lot of action that doesn't often add up makes me wonder why I bothered reading this series at all. What did I really gain from it? It didn't give me any insight into her character, didn't leave me with an answer as to her true identity and she literally let the villain walk away because he promised never to do all those bad things again. Sure, she had moments where she was depicted as a fierce, no nonsense, kick-ass chick; but at the end of the day she made some rather silly decisions that virtually undermined her character.

Marcus To, however, fails to disappoint. Impressive art, mediocre story. Perhaps Levitz will pay a little more attention to detail in his upcoming WORLD'S FINEST. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I hate her face on the cover, it looks like she's morphing in to a Manga character 

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Posted by RedOwl_1

That's why no matter what people says the story is a waaaay more important then the art

Posted by darkrider

Is it just me, or did almost nothing happen in this miniseries? It was basically just a lead-in to World's Finest, amiright?

Posted by darkrider

i am sorry but i have to say another thing this series is bad bad bad i want my 18 dollars back

Posted by danhimself

I don't know why people are still wondering what her identity is...they've announced it interviews all over the place...it's Helena Wayne

Posted by HubrisRanger

In retrospect, this mini was overall pretty disappointing. It had a great start, but as it went on the plotting went all over the place, with this final issue feeling like it was trying to wrap up its own storyline, establish a new status quo for Helena and also tie-in to Worlds' Finest in literally the final two pages. It just never feels well tied together, as if Levitz needs more pages. But this story took six issues and shouldn't be that hard to tell in four if the story didn't spend an inordinate amount of time telling us how bad the gaggle of baddies are. They're human trafffickers; they are the worst kind of scum to begin with, so wasting pages to show us that they are really bad leads to rushed issues like this, especially when you introduce an 11th hour villain and decide to make it a WF precursor.

To's art is beautiful, and I would say is enough to consider this series or at least the first few issues, but this last issue especially left a worrying taste in my mouth for Worlds' Finest.

Posted by bloggerboy

@danhimself:

You are assuming all the people reading the Huntress series will read a specific interview. A six issue miniseries should work on it's own.