Cover to our New Year’s issue that comes out this week, you can download over at DC’s website.
get an exclusive preview over at Entertainment Weekly’s site here- http://family-room.ew.com/2012/12/24/batman-lil-gotham-new-years-eve-first-look/
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybuddy.
What I wouldn’t give to get this version of Harley Quinn back.
I don’t know who that woman using her name is in Suicide Squad.
Detective Comics #737
No Man’s Land
Huh. I remember making a ‘Friends Only’ banner with this image for my LJ way back when. I didn’t realise that was Huntress Harley had pinned down beneath her.
What makes this especially ironic (and serendipitous at that) is that I wasn’t even aware of the existence of the Huntress back then, nor was I familiar with any of the character’s associated history when I made that banner.
Who knew that years later I’d find myself a bigger fan of this character?
this pretty much says it all
^ In which Steph totally hits on Power Girl
Steph your girlfriend is right there, stop that
She even knew about Power Girl’s 1-800 hotline!
Also, everyone hits on Power Girl. :P
(And strangely enough this was the story that confused the fuck out of me as to who Power Girl was. Supergirl from a parallel universe who is suddenly some magical dude’s long lost granddaughter? Wut?)
Day One: First Batman comic you read?
-Sigh- She was my gateway to mainstream comics, period. And boy…Do I miss Old DCU Quinn. The current one is unrecognisable to me. :’(
After a rather long and exhausting 24 hours of doing my modly work for a comics discussion site I help maintain, I thought now would be a good time to detox by writing something I actually enjoy writing about, and on a topic I’ve been wanting to write about since the start of the New 52 Relaunch.
For anyone who’s interacted with me long enough, it’s probably common knowledge by now I much I hate the whole retconning of origins of characters I love and care about, in addition to erasing decades of continuity and great storytelling. From a business perspective, I can certainly understand the need to reboot the franchise every couple of years to keep material fresh. But why is it impossible to do this without staying true to the characters’ essence, who they are, what they are about, and what they stand for? Why is it necessary to “pretend” that previous stories and character development “never happened?” I think it’s rather insulting to be a fan of a particular franchise for so long, only to be told by the publisher you’re buying from to “suck it up, this is what matters now, so buy this, cause trust me, it’ll be totally worth it!” But that is way beside the point, which leads me to my dislike of the 1986 reboot.
As someone who was (surprisingly enough) born within the year of the first major relaunch, I technically grew up in the “Helena Bertinelli era” of comics and should therefore think of her “my Huntress.” However, I didn’t get into comics until I was much older and surprisingly enough Harley Quinn (a character I was introduced to via a cartoon I loved as a kid, Batman: The Animated Series) was my gateway to mainstream American comics. I already loved her on the B:TAS cartoon, but came to love her even more in the mainstream comics.
At the time I thought it was awesome that a villainous character like the Joker’s girlfriend could front her own book, be able to cross the line between “heroic” and “villainous” and still be awesome. Her relationship with Poison Ivy was especially my gateway to femslash in comics. While her book had some dark themes and was problematic in some ways, it was a pretty fun book to read (at least it was for the first half of its run anyway). When she appeared in the live action tv show version of the Birds of Prey comic, I was super excited to see a live-action version of Quinn, only to be let down two episodes in over her portrayal. But then, the show—ironically enough—introduced me to another great character, The Huntress, who was depicted as “Helena Kyle,” the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Admittedly, my first reaction was “this feels like fanfic material” and thought she was a character uniquely created for the show, only to find out through a quick google search, that she was in fact a real character in comics. At that point I just thought…”how come I have NEVER heard of this character before?”
Considering how Bruce and Selina were one of my first OTPs ever as a six-year-old (particularly after loving Tim Burton’s Batman Returns), it absolutely floored me that I had grown to know these two characters like the back of my hand, but their baby girl was completely unknown to me. By this point my curiosity piqued. Not only was a terrible tv show that was loosely based on the far superior comic version my gateway to Helena Wayne’s character, Helena Wayne was also my gateway to Power Girl (another favourite of mine) and the entire Earth-2 universe in general. As I did further “research” on her character, I finally learned why I never heard of her character in the first place:
She was killed off and erased from continuity the SAME year I was born.
To be continued…in Part 2.