Do you think Kate Bishop was a bit inspired in Huntress when she was created? I mean besides the physical appearance I feel like they have a few things in common.
That’s a very good question.
I don’t know if Allan Heinberg or Jim Cheung are fans of the Huntress themselves, but I’m honestly inclined to believe that any resemblance between Kate Bishop and Helena Wayne/Bertinelli is purely coincidental for various reasons.
The first obvious one is that Kate’s look is largely based off of Clint Barton’s who’s signature look predates Helena Wayne who was created in 1977. Clint’s been around since 1964 which means the colour purple and the Huntress-looking mask were signatures of his long before Helena Wayne made them cool.
It is also worth noting that at the time of Kate Bishop’s creation in 2005, Helena Bertinelli was serving as the Huntress during that time. In addition to being consistently depicted as angry/tough-as-nails by writers, she had also been wearing a more generic-looking mask for nearly 16 years before getting her Helena Wayne-inspired mask around that same year.
Personality-wise, I don’t think Kate has that much in common with Helena Bertinelli since they both respond to situations very differently. At best, they both have the ‘personal trauma as a main motivator’ in common, but beyond that they have completely different personalities. It can be argued that her personality is closer to that of Helena Wayne who is more relaxed, more optimistic, and more self-assured as a heroine, but there are also many other heroines like that between Marvel and DC.
The same is also true about their social status as wealthy women. That’s not really a unique trait for either Kate or Helena since many heroes are wealthy socialites, CEOs, heirs, etc in the genre.
I seen it suggested that "Huntress and Power Girl, refugees from Earth-2" was a good concept, but it should have been done after CoIE instead of waiting till now. What are your thoughts on this?
I would have definitely read that story!
I actually did find myself wishing they had done that back when they did Infinite Crisis, but alas. The original Helena Wayne never came back despite Power Girl getting back her Earth-2 origin. It was an opportunity that was greatly missed. :’(
I think that’s what they are going for now in the New 52, but Levitz hasn’t actually made it work. Which is unfortunate cause the idea itself has a lot of potential for great storytelling, it’s just being squandered on a writer who—let’s be honest—no longer knows how to write creatively. :/
favorite women for those same categories?
1. Helena Wayne
2. Natasha Romanoff
3. Nicola Scott
4. Marjorie Liu
Actually for that first one it’s more of a tie between Kara Zor-L, Helena Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Lois Lane, but I guess what keeps Hel on top is ‘dark haired woman + loves the colour purple + shoots arrows + quirky’ all bundled into one. Also she has one of the coolest mums in the DCU.
Same with that second list. It’s more of a tie between Natasha Romanoff, Wanda Maximoff, and Kate Bishop.
One would think Kate would be on the top of the list given that she has all of the above in common with Helena Wayne only with a bigger bow, but there’s something about that Russian spy that just keeps me going back to her each time. I can’t decide if it’s the fact that she’s entirely fearless and maintains her cool in every situation that she’s in, the fact that she always knows what to say in every situation, the fact that she’s just so damn good at what she does, the fact that she’s very much a gray character, compelling back story, or all of the above. I’d probably go with ‘all of the above.’
To further solidify that point, this panel from the more recent Hawkeye got me saying ‘this book needs more Black Widow!’ even though Kate was equally great in this issue:
There is literally nothing about those two panels that isn’t brilliant.
Man it's painful reading that preview after we just had a great Supergirl issue with Power Girl. What will it take to get to get Levitz to stop writing Power Girl? The way he writes her is awful and completely OOC. :(
We all feel your pain, man. But as much as I’d like to see someone else writing both Huntress and Power Girl and actually doing them justice, unfortunately we’re in a no-win situation. :/
Like I told another fellow Tumblr user a while back, Levitz has a strong hold on DC Comics given his decades of employment there. He also has a strong hold on the Huntress since he co-created her, and subsequently Power Girl who is paired off with her on the book.
All that into account, DC Comics is not going to be as eager to get him off the book even if the writing is spectacularly bad, and is consistently dropping in sales every month. We’re already seeing that with Legion of Superheroes (which he is also writing) and that book has hit below cancellation levels and is still going.
In all likelihood, Levitz will probably continue driving this book into the ground until he decides to personally leave or end the title. :/
Where are you finding all these costume concept designs for the new 52?
They’re found in the back of the Worlds’ Finest: The Lost Daughters of Earth-2 TPB, which is where I’ve been snagging them from.
Hey, since you already talked about Desaad in a few posts, what do you think of his New 52 redesign? I'm personally disappointed with his new look.
I honestly wouldn’t call it a redesign since all they did was make him look like The Master from ‘The Deadly Assassin’ episode of Doctor Who:
A genuine redesign should’ve—in my opinion—followed the New 52 standard for all rebooted characters: Young, ideal body type, and more importantly: SEXY! SEXY! SEXY!
Actually, I did do a few quick sketches of what a genuinely rebooted Desaad should look like. Using this image of Young Desaad as a reference:
I came out with this version complete with a suit and tie (
Damn you Justin Timberlake):
Or if he looks too normal for a guy who’s a sadomasochist that gets off from torturing people and serves as Darkseid’s right hand man, we can always go back to Desaad’s classic look of wearing a hooded robe. Just deaged with a better hair style, glowing Apokoliptian eyes, and maybe a few scars on his face to emphasise the sadomasochism bit:
Truthfully, I think the ‘Dorian Gray’ look makes him scarier since you’d never guess he’s that guy just by looking at him. He would therefore be more effective at luring any unsuspecting victim into his torture chamber, which I think is more eerie than a guy you would expect to be into that sort of thing at first glance.
What were your thoughts on the BatCat dynamic in Dark Knight 18. I know it's not a lot of air time for the both of them, but it was probably the best BatxCat dialogue yet in the New 52.
I’ve seen better. :/
I get that they were trying to capture Classic BatCat but didn’t pull it off successfully in my opinion. It wasn’t so much sexual tension as it was blatantly sexual.
What do you think of the Arkham City version of Catwoman, and Arkham City in general of how it represents the characters in the Batman Universe? Nice April Fool's Joke by the way.
I haven’t actually played the game, but from the trailers and videos I’ve seen of her online and spin-off comics I read, I like that her characterisation stays true to the fact that she’s astute, intelligent, and skilled at what she does. I also like the design and texture of her costume, which I thought was pretty cool too.
The only thing I didn’t like is that her camera shots are very male gazey and the character is still objectified even in her narrative. I also felt they should’ve gotten Adrienne Barbeau to voice her since I didn’t feel the voice actress for the game sounded natural when she spoke. She sounded too infantilised and sounded like she was trying too hard to sound sexy.
What's your take on Karen guest starring on the Supergirl comic?
I’ll know when I actually read the comic next month. :)
The only thing I’m taking comfort in right now is knowing someone else besides Paul Levitz will be writing Power Girl’s character. So here’s to hoping it’s done well. :)
What are your thoughts on the new Earth-2 Batman?
If James Robinson is willing to throw us Helena Wayne fans a bone, I hope it turns out to be Bruce looking for his missing daughter, or at least Dick Grayson, who was originally a part of Helena’s family.
Otherwise, I feel that establishing a new Earth-2 Batman spectacularly misses the point of why Helena Wayne exists in a very significant way. If he’s especially ‘here to stay’ as Robinson noted, then all that is going to do is completely remove Helena Wayne of her power on Earth-2, continue to marginalise her and treat her as a disposable character.
I honestly can’t think of a worse insult to the Dark Knight’s daughter than to put someone else—especially a man—in her place as the hero who continues her father’s legacy on Earth-2. A place that is rightfully hers.
This undoubtedly one of those creative decisions where I feel editorial should actually step in and say ‘hey, this is a bad idea.’ But unfortunately, James Robinson is one of those writers that DC is giving free reign to do whatever he wants on the Earth-2 book, including the power to make problematic decisions such as this, among many, many other ones he’s made.
I’ll be honest and say he’s completely destroying many of the positive developments that existed with the original Earth-2, which does nothing to change my mind on feeling that DC attached the wrong writer to this book. He doesn’t respect anything that the original Earth-2 stood for, let alone felt any obligation to preserve these positive developments in some way. He’s already demonstrated that women, people of colour, and especially significant others are disposable characters who only exist to serve as plot devices for other (typically white male) characters.