“Before I left, I told you I never belonged here. You said ‘Home is where you make it.’ I never forgot that. I always was going to come back.” Kara Zor-L (JSA Annual #1)
The World’s Finest.
Infinity Inc is a great series in my opinion, and it’s written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Jerry Ordway who are two of my favourite talents from the comics industry.
Infinity Inc is basically your Earth-2 ‘Young Justice’ book fronted largely by the children of the Justice Society members. You have Jade and Obsidian, Fury and Silver Scarab, Star-Spangled Kid and Norda, Brainwave Jr and Nuklon as your main cast.
Huntress and Power Girl appear in the first 12 issues of the series, and after that first story arc, they decide that their place is with the Justice Society. But nonetheless, it is still a great book with a great cast of characters, and Huntress and Power Girl are both very well written and characterised in that series.
I do recommend that you do check it out.
This song is actually in Italian (which I know you’ll enjoy Steph :P), but it’s a song about emptiness. It reminds me of Helena Wayne because the New 52 version feels very empty in the sense that she’s completely distanced herself from her life on Earth-2, and subsequently her own identity as Helena Wayne. She also strikes me as someone who is very sad on the inside but doesn’t like to look vulnerable around others and has a very cynical outlook on life. I feel this song captures that side of her very well.
While I don’t think either Helena or Kara have romantic feelings for each other, this song does make me think of the close friendship that they have and how they very much look after each other in their own way. I think this song best captures how Kara Zor-L feels about her friendship with Helena Wayne in part because she at one point didn’t have her in her life which made her appreciate this friendship even more, and in part because Kara has always struck me as being slightly more invested in the friendship than Helena. This isn’t to say that Helena doesn’t value her friendship with Kara, but her reasons for valuing this friendship are a bit different from that of Kara’s.
Aside from the fact that this song is from 1984 and therefore within the pre-Crisis Helena’s publication history, it also makes me think of Harry Sims’ complicated relationship with Helena Wayne. He was that guy who wanted to have a ‘normal relationship’ with a woman he perceived as ‘normal’ only to discover that she was a lot more than he initially bargained for. More specifically he responded poorly to the fact that Helena was a lawyer by day and a costumed crime-fighter by night, which conflicted with his idea of how a ‘normal girlfriend’ should be. Obviously we all know that ‘playing it safe’ isn’t really Helena’s style and enjoys being the Huntress too much to willingly give that up. Under those circumstances she could therefore never slow down enough for him to keep up with her and that frustrated him.
On a very superficial level, this song is the New 52 Helena Wayne in a nutshell (though it could easily be a Selina Kyle song as well). She’s confident, stylish, likes cars, dresses, money, power, and she definitely loves being a woman. (Though this being a Benny Benassi song, I’m pretty sure he mean’s the act of sex. While Helena does not appear to be sexually active in the New 52, she does strike me as someone who would prefer to be on top if she was…which would be consistent with her *current* characterisation).
This song is very much about being stuck in a certain place in your life and needing to move past that, which is exactly what Helena Wayne is trying to do in the New 52…albeit not very successfully. On the one hand she longs to have her life back to what it used to be, but at the same time she’s completely divorced herself from it, feeling that there’s no point in holding on to something that no longer exists. Given that she has very little control over her current circumstances, she tries to make of the life she has now as much as she can.
So we all know that Bob Kane and Bill Finger always get a mention as the creators of Batman on every piece of merchandise featuring the character, as does Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel for Superman, and William Moulton Marston for Wonder Woman.
Although the character of Huntress/Helena Wayne isn’t exactly known outside of comics, her creators (Paul Levitz and Joe Staton and sometimes Bob Layton) always get a mention as her creators in every comic that features her (except for Earth-2 since she was barely in it).
Yet we never see Gerry Conway or Wally Wood’s names mentioned as the creators of Power Girl in every comic that’s featured her, not even in her own solo series, or the book that she shares with the Huntress.
Does anyone else wonder about that or is it just me?
On a similar note, has anyone else also noticed that Paul Levitz and Joe Staton never got a mention as the Huntress creators either when Helena Bertinelli was the Huntress? Only when she appeared as Helena Wayne?
Dad’s kind of situation: opposition with clearly equal or superior strength, no effective weapons. “Look at your environment, Helena. Weaponize it.”
Apologies if this is a dumb question (I didn’t read the issue), but is this the first time Helena has explicitly acknowledged her ‘Dark Knight Daughter’ status since issue #5 of the Huntress mini?
‘Everything I have, everything I am, is because of him. I am the Batman’s daughter. I am The Huntress’ -Helena Wayne (JSA Annual #1)
NOTHING MAKES ME MORE FRUSTRATED THAN PEOPLE TAGGING HELENA BERTINELLI AS HELENA WAYNE OR OTHERWISE.
THE CHARACTERS HAVE THE SAME FIRST NAME AND ARE BOTH THE HUNTRESS, BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND TREATING THEM AS INTERCHANGEABLE IS UNACCEPTABLE AND AS DISRESPECTFUL AS YOU CAN GET.
Other characters to never tag interchangeably:
- Wally West and Barry Allen
- Dinah Drake and Dinah Lance
- Linda Danvers and Kara Zor’El
- Power Girl and Supergirl
Everyone who knows her knows she’s a Helena Bertinelli fan first, and a Helena Wayne fan second. It is equally worth noting that she is also the moderator of the helenabertinellihuntress blog. Believe me when I say this isn’t someone who mistakes Wayne for Bertinelli and vice versa.
On a similar note, if you’re going to be rude to people on Tumblr for mistagging characters, you at least owe it to those people to be able to identify those characters correctly yourself. You did a pretty rubbish job at that earlier when you erroneously accused Stephanie of mistagging a post that most everyone else following the New 52 knows is a Helena Wayne photoset.
If you are still in doubt that the Huntress in that photoset is Helena Wayne, here are five sources that put your argument to rest:
In case you are still in doubt, let me present you with the ULTIMATE SOURCE for all things Helena Wayne:
And as your ultimate source for all things Helena Wayne, I am going to tell you once again that Stephanie tagged her post correctly.