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Posts tagged Helena Bertinelli

Sep 9 '13

New From DC Collectibles The Statue - Huntress!

Oh it says new 52 Huntress but I’ll just pretend it’s Helena Bertinelli …


The Huntress bursts out of the pages of her monthly comic book series, World’s Finest with this striking statue designed by acclaimed artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. 

That’s actually one of the nicest statues I’ve seen.

Feb 12 '13

It’s Down to Four Couples: Favorite DC Couple Non-Canon Semis

Renee Montoya and Helena Bertinelli won yesterday’s match. That leaves just four couples in the semi-finals and today they will battle to decide who goes to Thursday’s final.

And here are the two matches:

Ted Kord/Blue Beetle and Michael Carter/Booster Gold



and Match 2

Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance


Renee Montoya/The Question and Helena Bertinelli/Huntress


Voting is open until 8:30 PM EST.

One vote per person please.

Nov 2 '12

First look at Arrow’s Huntress

Despite being retconned out of DC Comics, Helena Bertinelli is still around in the world of the TV show Arrow. She’s make her debut in the sixth episode of the series (November 28) and will be played by Australian actress Jessica DeGouw. According to the verbiage with the picture she’s on for two episodes.

Although I won’t be sure until we see the full costume it does appear that belly window did not make a transition to the small screen and they went with generic leather and mask look. I’m okay with that.


Aug 21 '12

Arrow Adds Huntress … as Ollie’s Love Interest?

Arrow the new CW drama is adding an other famous female character from DC Comics — Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress. (You know the one that doesn’t exist in comics anymore) The story, via EW, (who needs to correct their assertion the character debuted in 1947. Not the same character at all) also says the character will be a possible love interest for Ollie:

Helena is a potential love interest for Oliver Queen; a fellow vigilante, set on destroying her father’s organized crime empire. But Helena’s blind pursuit of revenge will put her on a collision course with the Arrow.

Australian Actress Jessica DeGaow gets the role and should appear in the sixth episode

Okay, not who I’d pick for an Italian Mafia Princess, but what do I know. What do you think?


Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - Gail Simone

Gail Simone wrote Helena Bertinelli in two volumes of Birds of Prey.

I know a lot of people have hardcore love for the Helena Wayne version of the Huntress, but I’d never really read any of her stories, so for me, Huntress was always Helena Bertinelli. To my dying day, whether she appears in current continuity or not, she will remain one of my favorite characters, not just in comics, but in all fiction.

To be blunt, Helena is the shit. I adore her.

The charge was often leveled us, when I took over Birds of Prey, that we had added the Huntress to the book to tie in with the television series that had spun off from the book’s previous incarnation. The truth is, it was my idea to bring her in. The show had already flopped, and DC was in no hurry to be more closely affiliated with the series. So they were not thrilled with the idea of bringing Helena aboard.  I made a stern case, aided by a great editor, the fierce Lysa Hawkins, for what Helena would bring to the book; her unpredictability, her untamed nature, her unmatchable will.  All of that stuff was true, but had nothing to do with why I wanted her in the book. The truth is a lot simpler.

She was badass.

Completely, unendingly badass.

My first run on Birds of Prey, there’s no question I spent more time on Black Canary’s character. It wasn’t that I loved Dinah more, it’s that I felt Helena hadn’t needed so much rehabilitation. Dinah had been a hostage many times, a wet blanket…it seemed a lot of great writers had no idea what to do with her. Helena was different, writers seemed to know that her value was her uncompromising nature. Nearly every story she appeared in, she kicked someone’s physical or metaphorical ass, even Batman seemed to take a cautious step back in her presence. I loved that, that was a woman I wanted to read about.

In my second run, we planned to focus much more on Huntress, starting with her taking over leadership of the Birds…she earned it, and it felt a natural progression. I was also lucky enough to write the character for some animated shows, and her natural shine made that leap look easy. It wasn’t me, it was all her.

If my career ended tomorrow, I wouldn’t have a lot of regrets, because I know this one little miracle, this little thing I still am somewhat amazed at—I got to write Wonder Woman. I got to write Black Canary. I got to write Homer Simpson. I got to write the Spirit. I got to write Superman.

And I got to write Helena Bertinelli.

You can’t do better than that in superhero comics. I seriously felt writing Birds of Prey was simply the best gig in comics. I had no envy for the Spider- and X- writers, because I got to write the Huntress every month. Huntress, who made Batman smile and Shiva pause. You can’t do better.

I have my favorite Huntress writers, people like Cavalieri, Rucka, and Grayson, but almost all writers seemed to step up to the plate a bit more when Helena was on panel. She had that kind of star power charisma.

It makes me very sad to be writing about her in the past tense. I have no idea what DC’s plans are for her, hopefully her time on the bench will be short.

Love you, Helena, come back soon!

I asked Gail for a few of her favorite panels with Helena. Some like the last page of issue #68, I already posted but here are two more:
Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - Devin Grayson

Devin Grayson wrote Helena Bertinelli in No Man’s Land as well as a mini-series.

I really got to know the character of Helena Bertinelli most through Greg Rucka’s writing. I love his take on her origin story, Cry for Blood. After reading that, I wished I could rewrite my Nightwing/ Huntress miniseries to include some of his insights into her character, like how the role of the outsider influenced so many facets of her life. She was unique in so many ways that were never thoroughly explored.

Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - post #7

Helena Bertinelli was a rarity in DC Comics, a character who openly practiced her faith. That side of her came up a few times in the pieces people sent me.

Laura wrote of one moment:

While I do love her in No Man’s Land, because that’s one of her best stands, my favorite story with Helena is the one in Streets of Gotham for many reasons (Nguyen’s art, anyone?), but especially because it illustrated the conflict of Helena’s faith—not in a cliched, “oh, let me naval-gaze and ponder the worth of my beliefs” sort of way, but rather by showing the combination of a woman whose faith is, by definition, one of second chances, but who finds it so much easier to make snap judgements and act on them.  She didn’t go out of her way to angst about her faith, because she is who she is, and in the end, her actions reconcile with her faith and reaffirm in in a quiet, realistic, and—most importantly—subtle way.  Well, subtle for superheroes, anyway. I’m gonna miss Helena B.  I’m truly going to miss the character of a loner, undefined by anyone but herself, who only played with others when she wanted to.

And many others wrote of this moment from Birds of Prey v. 2 #6, as Helena heads into battle against Shiva. I was very touched by the moment when it appeared and wrote about it.

Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - post #6

Helena Bertinelli wasn’t just a cape she was also a school teacher. That dichotomy was noted by two readers.

springald-jack said:

I really loved that she was a teacher, and that being a teacher was as much her mission as shooting people with crossbows. I love the idea of “capes” who do good outside the uniform.

And wonderarity said:

This, from Birds of Prey #68,  is actually my favorite page of Helena of all time. We all know she’s a freaking badass who’ll keep on standing no matter what you throw at her. She definitely is. But I also love that she has a softer side, she’s a teacher, she loves kids and she loves teaching them.

Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - thoughts from Greg Rucka

I’m saying goodbye to Helena Bertinelli today and here’s some thoughts from a writer who had a lot to do with the character - Greg Rucka. The creator behind two key Bertinelli stories, “Cry for Blood” and “No Man’s Land”, names his favorite Huntress moment and shares some thoughts on the character:

If pressed - and I hate using stuff I worked on when answering questions like this - but… Helena’s arc during NML was driven by Devin Grayson and myself, and I still am very fond of that story. The moment of Helena standing up to Joker and taking shot after shot is one of my favorites, I think. 

What I’ve loved most about Helena Bertinelli is that she was a dark mirror to Batman, without going down the Azrael saga route. I’ve always liked her growth, starting with seeking Batman’s approval and moving further and further away from it, reaching contentment with her own desires and goals. She’s always been a very strong, wonderfully flawed, terrifically passionate woman, and the contradictions inherent in her character have always exerted strong gravity on me when writing about her. I’ll miss her.
Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - post #4

Another reader, TimHoltorf, remembers Helena Bertinelli:
Helena Bertinelli was the first female character in the DC Universe to go face to face with the Predators. After the first cross over with Batman Predator, DC and Dark Horse went for round two, but this time Batman had help from the Huntress in dealing with the intergalactic hunters. Even at the time, Huntress was one of my favourite characters because she was never written as someone who needed rescuing. Speaking of rescuing, Huntress actually rescued Batman from the Predator.
Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - post #3

Another key moment in Helena History is Hush (alliteration!) as we give the Huntress, Bertinelli version a fond farewell. Here’s a memory from sweetjellybelly:

My first foray into comic books was with vol. 1 of Hush. I was just killing some time in my local library and I grabbed the graphic novel and started reading. It only vaguely interested me until Batman fell and Huntress came to his rescue. She was so vibrant and dynamic. She was hardly in it and yet you learnt so much about her. She was the first hero that made me interested in comic books and I’m so sad she’s been written over. Worse than being shoved in a fridge. She’s just gone.

And lussily shares:

The first comic I ever read was Batman: Hush. Huntress is in like the very beginning of that, and I remember reading it and thinking, who the heck is this lady? I thought I had a general grasp on comics but I had noooo idea who she was. And I honestly didn’t care to look her up. That was my first exposure to Huntress, and what I came away with was this: She’s better than she knows. And she did seem pretty angry and like she was trying hard to prove something, but you know what, I liked her. I didn’t even know her name but I liked her a lot. She’s better than she knows. That’s stuck with me, in terms of how I view her character, and honestly it’s made me love her more.

Mar 7 '12

Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli - post #2

I’m giving Helena Bertinelli aka the Huntress a farewell salute today. Here’s another favorite reader moment, this one from hallelujah_hippo

I absolutely loved Huntress in Rucka’s Cry For Blood.  For me, Huntress will always be Helena Bertinelli, loyal, independent, fierce. 

Mar 7 '12

Saying Goodbye to Helena Bertinelli

Today I’ll be saying goodbye to the wonderful character Helena Bertinelli, the post-Crisis Huntress. Quite a few people (including some creators) sent me their favorite moments with the character and I’ll be posting them throughout the day. First up is a moment from Birds of Prey noted by SpazzyLazzy

First time I saw the Huntress was in the JLU, but I didn’t really think much of her. What pushed her up to one of my favorite characters was Gail Simone’s BoP run where she (as Helena Bertinelli) invites herself into a mafia meeting and takes her seat with Creote and Savant being badass Russian bodyguards, and announces that she’s taking over. 

I love this scene as well. Helena was so confident and in control.

Oct 5 '11

Huntress and Batman // By *qualano

It’s Huntress Day!


Huntress and Batman // By *qualano

It’s Huntress Day!

Oct 5 '11

Huntress Day: Huntress - Queen of the DC mini-series

Given today’s release of the first issue of the Huntress mini, I have officially declared today “Huntress Day” at DCWKA. In this post, I take a look at the mini-series that have starred Huntress aka Helena Bertinelli.

When the post-crisis Huntress was introduced in 1989, she was given her own series which ran for 19 issues. (You can go find it but I think there are better things to spend your time reading.) But since then her appearances in comics have been either as a team member in Birds of Prey under the hands of Gail Simone or as the star or co-star of mini-series. Lots of them. I think more than any other female character. Let’s take a look at some.

The first mini-series to feature Huntress was (shield your eyes)

Robin III: Cry of the Huntress by Chuck Dixon. This is from 1992 where hence the special cover (It moves!) and extras. This is the second of six issues.

The second Huntress mini-series, from 1994, was all Helena and it was called:

It is also by Dixon and the art is by Michael Netzler. And you can read the whole trippy thing right here. It also features the Huntress logo which you’ll see, as you scroll down, remains the same through the years.

Since Huntress had already had mini-series with Tim Drake and Bruce Wayne, the next series from 1998 would give her Tic-Tac-Doe with the Bat guys.

This four part series by Devin Grayson would have repercussions in other Bat books for the next few years.

In 2000, 11 years after the character’s introduction, DC decided to tweak her origin story and the character was put into the excellent hands of Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett. The result was:

Batman, as he tends to do, got top billing, but it was all Helena’s story. If you haven’t read this six part series, you really should. Great story, great art and it starts her relationship with the Question (not as good as the JLU’s but still good).

The next mini-series, by Ivory Madison and Cliff Richard, wouldn’t show up until 2008. A six-issue mini, it took a look at the character’s origin focusing on her first year. If you like Huntress, I recommend it.

And today we have the first issue of yet another Huntress mini, by Paul Levitz and Marcus To:

Which of what you’ve read is your favorite?