Comic Vine Review

22 Comments

Huntress #2 - Crossbow at the Crossroads, Part Two

4

Still in Naples, the Huntress is on the move; chasing after a man named Moretti who has been on trafficking young women into Italy and selling them to the highest bidder. But is Helena in over her head?

The Good

Helena in her very own solo series is a brilliant idea. Whoever decided that the character should have her very own solo title (even if it is only a six-issue miniseries) knew what they were doing. The first issue of this series was absolutely fantastic, and the second is almost as good.

No one draws Helena quite like Marcus To. I love that he draws Helena with realistic proportions, rather than making her this dainty, frail character. To's version of her character compliments her "hard as nails" personality perfectly.

Being this far away from home, Helena has to use her wits to ensure that she can adequately stop the human trafficking that Moretti and his men are funneling out of Naples. The book opens with a scene demonstrating exactly that. After breaking into the police department, Helena hacks the computer to obtain some top secret information. But where does it lead? She's definitely working between the law and the crime, making her own rules as she goes along and it's fantastic. Writer Paul Levitz is definitely crafting a very interesting and entertaining story for Huntress, showing that she doesn't have to play second fiddle on a team book and that her character is interesting enough to carry her own miniseries. To be honest, I'm more impressed with what I have seen in this title than in many other "New 52" books for several reasons. First, Levitz's story isn't just action packed Helena Bertinelli kicking all kinds of ass; it's also about Helena playing detective. She is anything but dumb. She's smart, quick on her feet and sassy; and that's a side of her character we haven't seen in a very long time.

I know I mentioned this in the review of the first issue; but I really do like that the subject of her search is to stop human trafficking. I think that Levitz has the opportunity to explore the subject and bring awareness to the issue, and I think it's fantastic. So far, he's been doing a really great job.

The Bad

One problem I have with this book is that for investigative reporters, it's hard to believe that Christina and Alessandro haven't guessed that Helena is The Huntress. If they have, why haven't they said anything? She is making it somewhat obvious. Why would this random woman from Gotham City go out of her way to obtain information about Moretti's trafficking of so many young girls? Not exactly the kind of thing that would be on every tourist's agenda.

The Verdict

This book, two issues in, still makes me wish it was being turned into an ongoing series. Between the great characterization of Helena by Levitz and the breathtaking art by Marcus To, this is definitely a great example of how to write DC women right. It's action packed, beautiful, and it deals with a very tough issue. I'm enjoying every moment of this fun read, and definitely recommend it. If you're looking for a fast miniseries you can easily dive into, this is a good one to try.

22 Comments

Avatar image for hotsaucecommittee
HotSauceCommittee

375

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Really enjoyed issue one, first I've read I've Huntress but just heard about this Earth 2 nonsense and not so sure anymore =/ 
 
Excellent review nonetheless

Avatar image for bestostero
Bestostero

5782

Forum Posts

10440

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

Edited By Bestostero

I really love this cover lol

Avatar image for raineffect
RainEffect

3376

Forum Posts

1377

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 2

Edited By RainEffect

"Danger has never looked this good"?
 
And I thought MY jokes were bad.

Avatar image for daredevil21134
daredevil21134

15942

Forum Posts

22

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 15

Edited By daredevil21134

It was a good book

Avatar image for jsphsmth
jsphsmth

1258

Forum Posts

97

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

Edited By jsphsmth

Loving it so far.

I hope the mini does well enough that we can get a Huntress ongoing by this team. If it really is Earth-2, maybe it can take the place of Mister Terrific which is probably Earth-2 and is anything but terrific.

Avatar image for DanialCarroll
DanialCarroll

2540

Forum Posts

12718

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

Edited By DanialCarroll

Seems this mini-series--along with Penguin and Shade--ended up on the bottom of the DC sales chart (with Men of War). I've yet to read them, so I'm not passing judgement, just making an observation. What are your thoughts on this? Bad promotion perhaps?

Avatar image for jsphsmth
jsphsmth

1258

Forum Posts

97

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

Edited By jsphsmth

@Danial79: I enjoyed all three. The minis are missing the New 52 tag that all the ongoings have, that might confuse new readers. It is hard to advertise minis effectively when all the main titles are in the middle of a major advertising push.

Avatar image for mayo88m
Mayo88m

253

Forum Posts

25

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By Mayo88m

@Danial79 Yeah I think there is an extreme lack of promotion to the minis. As a matter of fact I didn't know either existed until the last few days, and it took a little more research to find out that they were part of the New 52, but only mini-series. Kind of frustrating, especially considering the great reviews Huntress has been getting.

Avatar image for DanialCarroll
DanialCarroll

2540

Forum Posts

12718

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

Edited By DanialCarroll

@jsphsmth: @Mayo88m: I'm keen to give Huntress a go, but if it's not part of the main DCU, I probably won't. Just as I don't read Marvel's Ultimate titles because they aren't part of the main continuity, I feel the same towards any "Earth-2" titles.

Me likes continuity :)

Avatar image for doordoor123
doordoor123

3817

Forum Posts

60

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 12

User Lists: 5

Edited By doordoor123

DIdnt pick it up. The first issue was good but it wasn't enough to bring me back for #2.

Avatar image for theoptimist
TheOptimist

740

Forum Posts

232

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 12

User Lists: 7

Edited By TheOptimist

I was pretty impressed with the detachment of any other continuity at this point actually, just because it really gave Huntress a chance to stand on her own two feet... there was no "And then Batman showed up, because she can't handle it herself..." This independence really breeds the feeling that she is a competent superhero.

Marcus To is an amazing artist, also.

And there is no over Earth-2 connection indicated at this point. That may be some element of upcoming twist, but it has no bearing on story at this point.

One problem I have with this book is that for investigative reporters, it's hard to believe that Christina and Alessandro haven't guessed that Helena is The Huntress. If they have, why haven't they said anything? She is making it somewhat obvious. Why would this random woman from Gotham City go out of her way to obtain information about Moretti's trafficking of so many young girls? Not exactly the kind of thing that would be on every tourist's agenda.

I dunno... it seemed like they picked up on it in the same way Gordon used to play it in some of the older issues... I know who you are, just don't tell me.

Avatar image for huntressfan
huntressfan

46

Forum Posts

48

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By huntressfan

@Danial79 said:

Seems this mini-series--along with Penguin and Shade--ended up on the bottom of the DC sales chart (with Men of War). I've yet to read them, so I'm not passing judgement, just making an observation. What are your thoughts on this? Bad promotion perhaps?

Huntress came well ahead of all the miniseries and about 13 of the 52 titles. That's pretty good considering its only a mini. If it were on ongoing, I think the sales would have no doubt been higher.

Avatar image for huntressfan
huntressfan

46

Forum Posts

48

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By huntressfan

@jsphsmth said:

@Danial79: I enjoyed all three. The minis are missing the New 52 tag that all the ongoings have, that might confuse new readers. It is hard to advertise minis effectively when all the main titles are in the middle of a major advertising push.

You make a good point here. I've noticed the lack of the new 52 tag as well. Not only that, Huntress was previewed what around noon yesterday. Well after all the other titles had been previewd. I don't like that or understand it. When solicits comes out, it's not released with the early solicits. Considering all that and despite some of the things we've all mentioned, it still did better then several 52 titles is good news for Huntress and it can't go unnoticed by DC.

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Jonny_Anonymous

45774

Forum Posts

11109

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 32

Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

I think this mini is great and I will continue to pick it up, it really should be an ongoing. If this really is Earth 2 why does she make references to Batman in #1?

Avatar image for eyz
Eyz

3187

Forum Posts

304

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

Edited By Eyz

Really loving this one!

Avatar image for eyz
Eyz

3187

Forum Posts

304

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

Edited By Eyz

@spiderbat87 said:

I think this mini is great and I will continue to pick it up, it really should be an ongoing. If this really is Earth 2 why does she make references to Batman in #1?

Cause there's a Batman, from the 30s, over there too?

I'm still wishing this whole Earth 2 thing turns out fake OR that it is the whole pre-Flashpoint DCU...

I miss the interaction between various generations of heroes/Legacy characters... Like Wildcat and Catwoman, the complete Flash Family, Alan Scott and Kyle, etc..

Avatar image for daredevil21134
daredevil21134

15942

Forum Posts

22

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 15

Edited By daredevil21134

Wish it was ongoing

Avatar image for jsphsmth
jsphsmth

1258

Forum Posts

97

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

Edited By jsphsmth

@spiderbat87: Batman exists on Earth-2. The original Earth-2 version of the Huntress from the 70s was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Jonny_Anonymous

45774

Forum Posts

11109

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 32

Edited By Jonny_Anonymous
@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: Batman exists on Earth-2. The original Earth-2 version of the Huntress from the 70s was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.

I know but they said there was no alternate versions of character in the DCnU
Avatar image for djotaku
djotaku

930

Forum Posts

605

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 367

User Lists: 4

Edited By djotaku

To everyone who keeps saying it doesn't have a new52 tag on it - that's because it's not part of the new 52. By definition those can only be the 52 ongoings.

Avatar image for l_italiano_anastasia
L_Italiano_Anastasia

1

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Wonderful review, Sara. As a big Helena Bertinelli fan, I'm thrilled that The Huntress is being well-received.
 
If issue one was about showing Huntress violence, this issue is definitely about the chase, the hunt. Mr. Levitz and Marcus To are showing us a very strong, intelligent and competent Helena. She isn’t experiencing any growing pains or having self-doubts. That’s not her story or in her DNA, and I’m thankful. When “in-character”, she never lacks for confidence, knows exactly what she’s doing and why. She scorns at criminality, but if there is anything that sets her ablaze, it’s the exploitation of women (“I hate men who use little girls”).

 
Another thing I applaud the creative team for doing well is having Helena look for clues and follow those clues while continually moving the story forward. I haven’t felt this story stall or become stagnant despite its slow build-up. It’s not easy to tell a story with this pace and maintain reader interest. Mr. Levitz’s description that this story is an adventure caper is an accurate one.

So far, it’s a fun story (with real-world implications), that highlights what makes Helena such a phenomenal and amazing character- she takes everything personal and she makes everyone pay. I don’t doubt she’ll eventually meet her match as bigger troubles await her, but it’s why no matter what the odds or who she’s up against, I’ll never bet against The Huntress coming out on top.

Avatar image for jrock85
jrock85

2882

Forum Posts

2684

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

Edited By jrock85

I wonder what Helena will be doing when this series is over. Joining the BOPs, maybe?