Happy birthday, Cully Hamner!
Cully is a great guy and today is his birthday. Among his work is the series Red, the basis for the recent movie, and the art on the Question back-up in Detective Comics. He’s drawn a lot of kick-ass DC women, and here’s a look at some of them.
I’ll start with this piece which Cully drew for me at NYCC.
Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress wearing Cully’s great costume redesign.
And, finally, the cast of the Question. Have a great day Cully!
Renee Montoya (The Question) stumbles across a Global Organized Crime Ring and seeks assistance from the one person with knowledge and expertise in organized crime: The Huntress.
I loved this team-up. Of course they were both characters close to Rucka’s heart and had Charlie/Vic in common but until the Question back-up the two of them hadn’t interacted that much in years. Helena and Renee each needed a friend and when they came together it seemed to be a natural fit. They have a lot in common. Both Renee and Helena carry a lot of hurt and anger within them. They tend to warm up to others slowly and both seem to have challenges with any level intimacy with a partner beyond a trip to bed. And they’ve both had failed relationships with members of the Batclan. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow in the Question co-feature issue after issue as they each shared a bit more of their real selves. That’s what made the ultimate panels of the series with Helena and Renee so ready to sacrifice themselves for the other so compelling. Helena will always be the odd bird out with Babs and Dinah. I would love to have Renee somehow play a role in the Birds to give her the same emotional anchor that Babs and Dinah get from each other. Also, I can’t possible let an opportunity go without mentioning how functional Helena’s costume is as drawn by Cully Hamner.
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