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Huntress #3 - Crossbow at the Crossroads, Part Three

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Helena begins to dig deeper into the trafficking of young girls, and what she finds may be more than she can handle...

The Good

Maybe it's just me, but as each issue progresses I feel like Paul Levitz has more and more of a handle of who Helena is as a character. What we get is a book that re-introduces Helena as a strong, independent character that can handle herself -- and this is the Huntress that I have been waiting to see. She is quick on her feet, witty and can handle herself, but in this issue we witness her first ever real "close call" towards the end of the book.

The story is just beginning to get very interesting and a little bit more complicated. We discover that Moretti isn't working alone and that he has some help from a man named Chairman Hassan, a political leader from "Kufra," a region in north Africa. Helena discovers that Hassan had been supplying Moretti with young daughter's of the region's dissident's. The question remains, how deep do the ties between Moretti and Hassan really run? Huntress has a whole lot to deal with, and she may be in over her head. Whatever happens, it's certainly a very interesting story.

The Bad

One problem I have noticed through the last 3 issues are the sometimes obvious details that are overlooked by the characters. For example, there is a scene where the head mobster, Moretti, docks his yacht and several police vehicles park near the dock. It's hard to believe that the police wouldn't disguise their vehicles prior to meeting with a mob boss.

It's also a little bit hard to believe that three issues in and Alessandro (the Italian journalist) doesn't suspect that Helena is the Huntress even though she has called him to obtain and exchange information regarding Moretti and trafficking. Why doesn't he suspect anything? Why hasn't he questioned her interest in the trafficking? He sees she is clearly endangering herself to a certain extent. It just seems rather strange.

The Verdict

Marcus To should always draw the Huntress. If this issue is anything, it's gorgeous. The Huntress is beautiful, smart, clever, witty, strong and sexy -- Marcus To captures each and every one of these qualities through his stunning pencils. The inks are very fine and the colors are vibrant which compliment his pencils perfectly. The third issue of the story is a little bit disorganized. The story definitely jumps around a little bit between locations, and it would have been good to have a guide of some kind to distinguish between the different locations. Overall, though, it's great to see the Huntress represented as such an interesting and independent female character. She has a big problem on her hands, but she seems to (so far) be handling it fairly well.

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Marcus To is basically Gandalf with a pencil. I cannot wait to pick this up!

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I am loving this Huntress mini, I'll be kinda pissed if the rumors going around that this is a different earth are true.

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@spiderbat87 said:
I am loving this Huntress mini, I'll be kinda pissed if the rumors going around that this is a different earth are true.
What?! Yeah, that would be about right. When Huntress gets written perfectly, people try and excuse it.
  
"Huntress isn't allowed to be independent and sassy. What are you, nuts? She has to live in the shadow of the Bat Family!"
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@RainEffect: Is this mini canon to new-52?

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@RainEffect: Is this mini canon to new-52?

To my knowledge, yes. She referenced Batman in issue one. Though, that isn't really proof, but to me, it is evidence.
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@RainEffect said:

@super_psycho said:

@RainEffect: Is this mini canon to new-52?

To my knowledge, yes. She referenced Batman in issue one. Though, that isn't really proof, but to me, it is evidence.

I know that she referenced to Batman but how can you be so sure that its canon to new-52

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Referencing Batman is a tease. It can work for both Earth Prime and Earth 2, depending on what the reader wants it to be.

Personally, I am hoping for Earth 2. Earth Prime Gotham is already full of vigilantes and Starling fills her roll in BOP at the moment. It would be cool to see her with the JSA again.

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@jsphsmth said:

Referencing Batman is a tease. It can work for both Earth Prime and Earth 2, depending on what the reader wants it to be.

Personally, I am hoping for Earth 2. Earth Prime Gotham is already full of vigilantes and Starling fills her roll in BOP at the moment. It would be cool to see her with the JSA again.

It wouldn't make sense having Batman part of Earth 2
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@jsphsmth said:

Referencing Batman is a tease. It can work for both Earth Prime and Earth 2, depending on what the reader wants it to be.

Personally, I am hoping for Earth 2. Earth Prime Gotham is already full of vigilantes and Starling fills her roll in BOP at the moment. It would be cool to see her with the JSA again.

no no no no no no helena wayne

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Sure it would. He would be her retired father just like in Pre-Crisis days.

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@super_psycho: If she was Earth Prime, wouldn't she be in Birds? It would have helped the comic sell and upset a whole lot less fans.

I was initially upset, but the Earth 2 possibilities are amazing. Even more so if James Robbinson is spearheading its development with JSA.

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@jsphsmth: I just don't like that version..Sounds retarded to me ..

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@jsphsmth said:

Sure it would. He would be her retired father just like in Pre-Crisis days.

the idea is after the reboot there's no more dupes that's why Superboy Prime and Power Girl dot exist and in a world where there is no JLA just the JSA adding in Batman would just confuse everything also the reason Huntress is in Italy is because thats where she's from, I don't remember the Wayens ever being Italian Americans.
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@spiderbat87: Pretty sure Power Girl will be showing up. Karen is guesting in Mr Terrific, one of the other comics that they are hinting is taking place on Earth 2. They haven't shown her with powers, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have any. Holt hasn't revealed that he is Mr. Terrific to her, why would she reveal her powers to him.

They never said there are no duplicates. The Multiverse is full of them. There used to be one for every Elseworld book and most of those focused on Batman and/or Superman. So I would expect multiple versions of each in the Multiverse.

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@jsphsmth said:

Referencing Batman is a tease. It can work for both Earth Prime and Earth 2, depending on what the reader wants it to be.

Personally, I am hoping for Earth 2. Earth Prime Gotham is already full of vigilantes and Starling fills her roll in BOP at the moment. It would be cool to see her with the JSA again.

I don't mind if she's from either Earth, regardless the story is awesome, but you're right about Starling! She feels the hole rather nicely I think, and is probably my favorite of the new characters introduced to the New 52. I can't wait to see her developed more, and her background brought up.

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@super_psycho said:

@RainEffect: Is this mini canon to new-52?

Yes of course it is canon. DC has been clear that this mini will tie into up coming events in Birds of Prey. Just read the solicit to #1:

Look out! By the end of this hot new miniseries, the Huntress will have the largest price on her head in DC Universe history.

What will the Huntress do that warrants such a death mark? And who puts it there? The jaw-dropping events will be revealed as the Huntress heads home to Italy and embarks on a mission that defines her life. Don't miss out, because this story will tie in to upcoming events in BIRDS OF PREY!

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@Mayo88m: I agree on all your points, fellow Batfan.

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@huntressfan: DC also said that it would tie into JSA, on Earth 2, and Mr Terrific.

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@huntressfan said:

@super_psycho said:

@RainEffect: Is this mini canon to new-52?

Yes of course it is canon. DC has been clear that this mini will tie into up coming events in Birds of Prey. Just read the solicit to #1:

Look out! By the end of this hot new miniseries, the Huntress will have the largest price on her head in DC Universe history.

What will the Huntress do that warrants such a death mark? And who puts it there? The jaw-dropping events will be revealed as the Huntress heads home to Italy and embarks on a mission that defines her life. Don't miss out, because this story will tie in to upcoming events in BIRDS OF PREY!

Cheers for that. I am now definitely going to be picking up BOP.
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@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: Pretty sure Power Girl will be showing up. Karen is guesting in Mr Terrific, one of the other comics that they are hinting is taking place on Earth 2. They haven't shown her with powers, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have any. Holt hasn't revealed that he is Mr. Terrific to her, why would she reveal her powers to him.

They never said there are no duplicates. The Multiverse is full of them. There used to be one for every Elseworld book and most of those focused on Batman and/or Superman. So I would expect multiple versions of each in the Multiverse.

My point is even if she does end up with powers she wont be Supergirl from an alternat reality and yes they said after the reboot they where not having any dupe characters.
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@spiderbat87: They already have duplicate characters. Batman and Superman both exist on Earth one also.

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@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: They already have duplicate characters. Batman and Superman both exist on Earth one also.

Crap i never thought of that but they did say no more dupes. If Huntress does turn out to be Earth 2 all drop all this like a hot potato. 
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@jsphsmth said:

@huntressfan: DC also said that it would tie into JSA, on Earth 2, and Mr Terrific.

No DC has said "This character may" have ties to what you stated. "May" is the key word. Fans are reading into the rest. Helena Bertinelli Huntress will be in BOP after her mini is over. That is where her story will continue. But regardless of all that, this Huntress story is about Helena Bertinelli and as Babs has said in her review, this is the Huntress we've been waiting to see reappear. It's been awesome. This and Wonder Woman are two of the best female books DC is putting out at the moment.

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@huntressfan: Doubtful.

Levitz created Helena Wayne and I am happy to see him writing her again so well after all these years.

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@jsphsmth said:

Referencing Batman is a tease. It can work for both Earth Prime and Earth 2, depending on what the reader wants it to be.

Personally, I am hoping for Earth 2. Earth Prime Gotham is already full of vigilantes and Starling fills her roll in BOP at the moment. It would be cool to see her with the JSA again.

I've gotta agree with this.

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@jsphsmth: I'm not going to turn this thread into a who is this Helena Wayne or Helena Bertinelli when DC has been explicitly clear this is HB. If you want to imagine it's Wayne by all means. Levitz has stated in his interviews he is writing Helena Bertinelli. He also stated that's her name on her passport. Well sure enough it is on page 3 of #1.

http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/?p=29571

1: The solicitation states that “the Huntress heads home to Italy” does this indicate that the Huntress is still Helena Bertinelli?

Paul: That’s still the name on her passport, if she was actually showing it to immigration. Not her style to check in, though.

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@jsphsmth: con't

Also when DC previewd issue #2 on The Source they did so by prefacing once again that this was Helena Bertinelli. So I guess for confused fans they once again let you know this was Helena Bertinelli Huntress.

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/11/09/exclusive-preview-of-huntress-2/

In the first issue of HUNTRESS, you were introduced to Helena Bertinelli, who just arrived in Italy in hopes of tracking down a ruthless criminal.

In issue #2 (on sale today), Helena’s mission continues as she stalks her prey and attempts to sabotage the secret delivery of a weapon shipment to him. But with Moretti’s men in full protection mode, can Helena stop him from receiving the weapons while also saving the innocent people he is exploiting?

HUNTRESS #2 is written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by Marcus To and John Dell.

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I was under the impression that Alessandro knows who she is and is feeding her information because of it. Maybe my mind just made that up to make more sense instead of Levitz stating it explicitly.

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Good God. Are people still having this conversation three issues into the story? No one knows who Helena is at this point as no origin has been established for her yet in the DCnU.

DC solicited this mini as starring Helena Bertinelli going home to Italy. DC's Eddie Berganza also made note of Helena Wayne's bio at the end of Huntress #1 by outright stating:

"As originally conceived, Helena was the daughter of two very cool and special people. Two people we knew, but they weren't from here. The Batman and Catwoman of Earth-2. Not bad parentage, and it made Huntress a very aggressive hero with a unique point of View. Now as we get further into the all-new world of the New 52, you'll have to check out the 6-issue mini to find out where she really comes from."

As far as I'm concerned, this can go either way. Helena could still be the post-Crisis Helena Bertinelli, or she could really be Helena Wayne running around on the main DCU Earth under an assumed alias along with Karen Starr for whatever reason. For all we know, she could even have a DCU version of Doctor Who's chameleon arch to hide who she really is. The point is there are enough hints to support either case and nothing is set in stone yet. Anyone who thinks they know which version of the Huntress they're reading about is nothing short of jumping to conclusions.

Anyway, back to the main point, I'm liking this mini so far and can't wait to see how the Huntress's story unfolds in the new continuity. From all the info we've been given so far, it sounds like DC has some pretty exciting plans for the character.

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We definitely need a Huntress ongoing after this mini, and no one should change Marcus To. :D

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Such a badass cover and series...

If only GA could have gotten this same treatment...

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@huntressfan: Sorry, solicits are written over three months in advance. Even with DC's new 90 day mandate that means that the issue solicited is still being written. They don't go back and change the original solicitation as the story changes.

That would mean that the October letter page announcement of Earth 2 would supersede the information provided in the original solicts.

Please just relax and enjoy reading Helena Wayne's story. It really is a great into to Earth 2 and a great street-level story. Congrats to Levitz and To for such a great job.

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@huntressfan: Thanks..Birds of Prey isn't on my pull llist currently but i m definitly gonna pick up remaining issues of her mini when they come out..

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@jsphsmth said:

@huntressfan: Sorry, solicits are written over three months in advance. Even with DC's new 90 day mandate that means that the issue solicited is still being written. They don't go back and change the original solicitation as the story changes.

That would mean that the October letter page announcement of Earth 2 would supersede the information provided in the original solicts.

Please just relax and enjoy reading Helena Wayne's story. It really is a great into to Earth 2 and a great street-level story. Congrats to Levitz and To for such a great job.

We are talking about recent information as well. Not just solicts. DC released this information last month on their blog, not three months ago confirming what they've been saying from the beginning. This is Helena Bertinelli. I'm a chilling and happy HB fan!

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/11/09/exclusive-preview-of-huntress-2/

In the first issue of HUNTRESS, you were introduced to Helena Bertinelli, who just arrived in Italy in hopes of tracking down a ruthless criminal.

In issue #2 (on sale today), Helena’s mission continues as she stalks her prey and attempts to sabotage the secret delivery of a weapon shipment to him. But with Moretti’s men in full protection mode, can Helena stop him from receiving the weapons while also saving the innocent people he is exploiting?

HUNTRESS #2 is written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by Marcus To and John Dell.

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@super_psycho said:

@huntressfan: Thanks..Birds of Prey isn't on my pull llist currently but i m definitly gonna pick up remaining issues of her mini when they come out..

No problem. I'm looking forward to Helena's return to BOP. Can you just imagine the goodness now with Black Canary, Starling, Katana, and Huntress. It's going to be epic!

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@huntressfan: Nope..That is beyond my imagination :)

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This book should be upgraded to an ongoing with the same creative team.