So apparently April is DC’s ‘WTF Month’ (are you being clever DC?), and Newsarama provides us with the following teases:
• Booster Gold reappears while an entire team disappears
• One team is trapped in a bottle while another is changed completely
• Some heroes change their colors and other change allegiances
• Pandora battles to the death
• A close encounter of The Dark Knight kind
• There’s a new, old Creeper and some old New Gods.
• One hero quits, and another hero dies
While I can’t say I’m personally moved by this latest stunt, I did reread some of the solicitations for the month of April, and quite a few caught my eye:
BATMAN AND ROBIN #19
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and fold-out cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• On the darkest of nights, who is the one person Batman meets that could change his life forever?
Could this be the issue where Batman officially meets the Huntress? (Keyword here: Huntress)? For one, she more than qualifies as someone who ‘could change his life forever.’ Second, Damian has already met Helena in Worlds’ Finest #6 and knows her secret. Given those circumstances, it would certainly make sense to make Batman and Robin the title where Bruce officially meets his Earth-2 daughter for the first time, even if he won’t know that at that time. On top of that, the ending to Worlds’ Finest #8 outright hinted that Bruce will be catching onto the Huntress very, very soon.
While it is very likely that the initial meeting between Bruce and Helena Wayne will most likely take place in the Worlds’ Finest book itself (maybe the voyeur watching Karen snog with Michael in issue #11 is Bruce?), the Huntress herself could potentially be the ‘mystery character’ behind the centrefold of Batman and Robin #19. (Or at least this Helena Wayne fan can only dream).
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art and fold-out cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Batwing quits—and what new member of the Batman family is ready to take his place?
While it is really disheartening to read that Batwing #19 may mark the potential loss of the Batfamily’s only black member (the cover solicitation for BW 19 is a bit worrisome on that front), at the same time it does beg the question of who this new ‘Batman family member’ could be? Again, the first person who springs to mind is the Huntress as she would certainly qualify as ‘new’ and is directly a member of this family, even if from a parallel universe.
I will admit, it would still be problematic to replace a black member of the Batfamily with yet another black-haired, blue-eyed caucasian character, but at the same time it would make the Helena Wayne fan in me very happy to see Helena officially acknowledged as a member of this family. It’s long overdue at this point. I just hope (pray) it isn’t at the expense of David Zavimbe, who is an equally great character.