Who do you think the worst writers for Helena Bertinelli were?
Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and anyone else who has written her in Arrow.
Not only did their interpretation of Helena Bertinelli make Judd Winick’s interpretation of her look miles better by comparison, but Arrow is literally the WORST interpretation of the Huntress I have seen in any media. Enough for me to can that shitty television show after Series 1, and feel better about all of the worst comic narratives she appeared in.
Fuck anyone who says that’s show’s version of Huntress is the best they’ve seen. That’s not Huntress at all.
Between Huntress's immunity to radiation, her ability to throw forks into people and walls, cat hearing, and Batgirl commenting on how hard she was to punch, do you think Helena Wayne has special powers on Earth-1?
I don’t think she has special powers on Earth-1. I just think those small details are there to emphasise that she’s from a parallel universe and that her body probably functions slightly differently on Earth-1 than it does on Earth-2, probably as a consequence of a slightly different law of physics. But that’s a question for a quantum physics expert.
I think her uncanny skill to throw forks like knives into people and walls is just there to emphasise that she’s very skilled with weapons. She did use to throw knives at people pre-Crisis and pin them to walls.
The cat-hearing bit I’m pretty sure we weren’t supposed to take literally. The thing to always remember with Helena Wayne is that she—most of the time—never mean what she says. She’s 90% sardonic when she speaks to people (including her friends) and is only serious 10% of the time.
Next year, during the Infinite Crisis anniversary, DC is getting rid of the New 52 and restarting the universe again. This may be a good thing or make things worse.
I think you mean Crisis on Infinite Earths since Infinite Crisis was the sequel story that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first Crisis.
That being said, if we get a better DC Universe where the characters are actually treated with respect and are recognisable as the people we know and love, I’d be willing to give it a chance.
If they actually give us back the real Earth-2 that has the decades-long history, the real Justice Society, Fury is actually Wonder Woman’s daughter with Steve Trevor, Thomas Wayne actually stays dead, and Huntress and Power Girl are treated as that world’s second generation World’s Finest, I’ll be sold.
If that new reboot, however, turns out to be more fuckshit than this current bullshit DC Universe, it won’t be my loss. I’ll just spend my money where quality and better business practise actually exist.
How did Huntress fans react to Helena Bertinelli when she was introduced?
She was not that well received because Huntress fans at the time were Helena Wayne fans, and Helena Wayne was the character they wanted to read about.
When those fans picked up Huntress #1 in 1989, they expected to read about a newer version of Helena Wayne. When they saw that the Huntress fronting that book wasn’t the one they grew up with, they dropped it right away and just didn’t support the character. Her solo series lasted only 19 issues and was cancelled a year later.
In addition to lacking all of the initial fan support that Helena Wayne had pre-Crisis, Helena Bertinelli also struggled in general for most of her first decade of publication to find an audience. There were some people who liked her since the beginning, but there were also many who didn’t.
At first it was initial anger over the loss of Helena Wayne for a character that was—in their opinion—far less interesting, and it also didn’t help that she was frequently subjected to poor characterisation by other writers. She was also not really given good narratives during that first decade, and when she was featured in a story, she was always made to look more extreme and less heroic than other heroes, which also influenced people’s reception of her.
It literally wasn’t until Greg Rucka rebooted her character in 1999 that people started to warm up to her, and it was during Gail Simone’s writing of her in Birds of Prey that she started to acquire a stronger fan following in her second decade. It also helped that she appeared in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon during this time as well, where she was also better characterised. It also helped her tremendously that by this point, Helena Wayne was a thing of the past of the distant past, and Bertinelli didn’t exist in her shadow quite as strongly as before.
If Helena was to join a Lantern Corps, which one do you think she'll join?
If we’re talking the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne, I think she would be a Green lantern since she primarily lives to protect and she has a very relentless pursuit of Justice.
If we’re talking the New 52 version of Helena Wayne, I think she leans more towards being a Red Lantern because of the amount of bottled up anger she appears to have. Additionally, this version seems to toe the line between pursuing injustice wherever she finds it and just having nothing much else to do other than what she was born to do.
If Helena Wayne was better developed in the New 52, I think she would be a bit more like her pre-Crisis counterpart and would probably still be a Green Lantern type.
Summary:Batgirl #32 saw the protagonist, Barbara Gordon, on the edge of her limits as a superhero after her arch nemesis, Charise Carnes (aka Knightfall), returned to Gotham bigger, badder, and more powerful than ever before. While Charise essentially shares the same goals as Barbara in that she wants to look out for Gotham’s best interests, she also has an extreme and ultimately totalitarian idea of justice comparable to that of a dictator. Barbara is especially weary of her persistent use of violence as a way of getting her message across. The final straw for her was the amputating of Ricky Gutierrez’ brother’s hand to force the former into dropping his lawsuit against Barbara’s father, James Gordon, for a shooting incident involving the GCPD.
Knowing that she has to take things a step further if she is to take down Charise once and for all, Barbara recruits the help of her oldest and closet friend, Dinah Drake-Lance, who operates as Black Canary and the current leader of the Birds of Prey. Barbara fills her in on her case with Knightfall, and Dinah feels that she is embarking on a suicide mission, but agrees to help her out regardless. At the end of this conversation, they gain the support of one more individual, Helena Wayne, who chanced upon their meeting in one of her rare visits to Gotham.
Summary: The issue begins with a robed Helena Wayne having breakfast in her (expensive) flat in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kara flies in to tell Helena that they should start preparing for their departure back to Earth-2. She hits the shower to get ready to meet with her lawyer who will finalise her will acknowledging Somya’s daughter as the beneficiary to all of her possessions. While Kara finishes getting ready, the two women have a brief conversation acknowledging that their ‘fun’ will end when they return home and that they may be their world’s last remaining hope against Apokolips. Helena no longer feels that Earth-2 is her home anymore since all the people she knew and loved there have since died.
Summary: The issue opens up with the Earth-1 Batman and Superman in the Batcave investigating the Earth-2 heroines Huntress and Power Girl on Batman’s computer. Having by now recalled their adventure on Earth-2 five years ago, Batman and Superman discuss the events that transpired, namely that a demon named Kaiyo ‘The Chaos Bringer’ had caused them to fight their doppelgangers in a ‘contest’ to determine which world Darkseid should destroy.
Realising that their actions on Earth-2 sealed the fates of their Earth-2 counterparts, Superman suggests going back to Earth-2 to rectify the mistakes they made. He also suggests finding Kaiyo, whom they know is residing on their world. Kaiyo who had been listening to the conversation the whole time decides to ‘cut to the chase’ and appears to them both, offering them the chance to change one aspect of Earth-2’s past as a ‘thank you’ for being of good service to her all these years. She makes a point of emphasising that any changes they make to Earth-2’s past will be on them.
If you had been in charge of rebooting Huntress and Power Girl for the New 52 with the same premise (refugees from Earth-2 stranded on Prime Earth) what would you have done differently? What different directions would you have liked to see the book go in?
I would’ve further integrated them into the mainstream universe and established who they are as both civilians and superheroes. More details behind the cut.
Helena rocks the crossbow, but how do you feel about the DCU's other archers, like Ollie, Roy, Mia, or Conner?
I’ve honestly never been that invested in them to be quite honest, probably because I haven’t read enough stuff with them.
Ask me about Marvel’s archers on the other hand…then you’ll have me talking. I quite like Kate Bishop and her upbeat personality, as well as her making Hawkeye as much her superhero identity as Clint Barton.
As for Clint? I honestly don’t know who can possibly hate this guy (aside from the Ultimate version of him, anyway). There’s just never a dull moment with him, and he gets himself into interesting situations. A lot.
He’s also naked. A lot.
I think after a while Marvel took the hint from the Hawkeye Initiative and started doing this more often. (Admittedly the above scan predates the Initiative website).
What, to you, is the most important thing to a superhero team? Balance of personalities? Powers? Colours?
I have always been a Justice Society gal, so for me the appeal has always been the presence of diverse superheroes in the team.
The Justice Society started that by having different generations of heroes working together and eventually including more heroes of colour. Infinity Inc took things a step further by including more people of colour, some of which adapted the old mantles of older Justice Society members like Yolanda Montez as the second generation Wildcat and Beth Chapel as the second generation Doctor Midnight. Some of the founding members were even eventually developed as LGBTQ characters like Obsidian.
The various Justice Leagues have also (most notably in the post-Crisis continuity) been more inclusive more diverse heroes, especially heroes of colour.
Who would you prefer to see Batman settle down with? Like, in terms of another alternate Earth Batman. It's a three-way split between Selina, Zatanna, and Diana, for me :P
My unsinkable Bat ship has always been and forever will be Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. No one else has been able to top them for me in terms of having real chemistry, and how both characters play off of each other as well as they do. It’s also the reason the Earth-2 versions of Batman and Catwoman are always my favourite versions of them.
In addition to the fact that Bruce marries Selina and fathers a daughter with her, the Earth-2 Batman has also, in my opinion, felt like a more full human being than the mainstream version. In most cases (prior to the New 52 anyway) he lives a full life. You see where he is at the beginning of his life, where he is in the middle of that life, and where he ends up prior to his own death. I especially love the fact that at centre of his entire narrative is Selina Kyle whom he’s loved for most of his life right up to the time of his own death. You literally see a different Bruce in each stage of his life.
I also love the Earth-2 Selina for the same exact reason. You see where she is at the start of her Catwoman career, where she is in the middle of that life, and where she ends up by the time she reaches the end of her life. I love the fact that she managed to live a full and happy life, and got to spend the rest of that life next to the man she loves with a great daughter who’s life she got to be a part of and see to adulthood. I love characters that are allowed to grow and change with time and see how their relationships strengthen or weaken. In the case of the Earth-2 Bruce and Selina, it most definitely strengthened.
I do think the Earth-1 Bruce and Selina are interesting in their own right as well, but DC also never allows them to progress as real human beings for very long. As such, I can never invest in their story for very long.