A Dating Question

gailsimone:

If you could go on ONE perfect date with a DC character, whom would you pick?

And then same question, with a Marvel character?

Not based on their powers, just who you find most attractive or appealing?

DC Comics: Huntress (Helena Wayne) 

Marvel: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)

None of these awesome ladies have powers. Just a wide array of skills, cool gadgets, high intelligence, and they fight for the things that are most important to them. Most of it has to do with a love for human life and having a low tolerance threshold for people who abuse their power and hurt others.

THE BEST OF THE HUNTRESS | The Secret Origin of the Huntress Review.
As promised, before we delve deep into the history of the pre-Crisis Huntress, you must first get know what her pre-Huntress life was like! (It’s actually pretty damn awesome).
A year ago on the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne’s birthday, I did a review of her original origin story. I admit, this story actually involves a fridging (something I failed to acknowledged in the original review—shame on me), but I do draw attention to the fact that the story is centred more on Helena Wayne’s relationship with her mother than with her father. The importance given to Selina’s relationship to her daughter is also acknowledged and explored in another pre-Crisis Huntress story: The Lion Roars at Midnight, which I reviewed for Mother’s Day last year.
Once you’ve gotten to know Helena’s pre-Huntress life, we must next talk the origins of her better half, Kara Zor-L, who becomes the next important woman in Helena’s life once her Huntress career kicks off. Not only is Kara the first JSAer Helena immediately likens to following her first mission with the Justice Society, but this relationship becomes very significant to her later on. Helena is especially intrigued by her new friend’s extra-terrestrial origins! ;)
But again, that is a future discussion. For now get reacquainted with our pre-Huntress. :)
To the Wayne Family Vault! ➔
THE BEST OF THE HUNTRESS | The Secret Origin of the Huntress Review.

As promised, before we delve deep into the history of the pre-Crisis Huntress, you must first get know what her pre-Huntress life was like! (It’s actually pretty damn awesome).

A year ago on the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne’s birthday, I did a review of her original origin story. I admit, this story actually involves a fridging (something I failed to acknowledged in the original review—shame on me), but I do draw attention to the fact that the story is centred more on Helena Wayne’s relationship with her mother than with her father. The importance given to Selina’s relationship to her daughter is also acknowledged and explored in another pre-Crisis Huntress story: The Lion Roars at Midnight, which I reviewed for Mother’s Day last year.

Once you’ve gotten to know Helena’s pre-Huntress life, we must next talk the origins of her better half, Kara Zor-L, who becomes the next important woman in Helena’s life once her Huntress career kicks off. Not only is Kara the first JSAer Helena immediately likens to following her first mission with the Justice Society, but this relationship becomes very significant to her later on. Helena is especially intrigued by her new friend’s extra-terrestrial origins! ;)

But again, that is a future discussion. For now get reacquainted with our pre-Huntress. :)

To the Wayne Family Vault!

SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPERHEROES | The origin of the Earth-2 Huntress.

The Huntress!Earth-Two’s newest heroine begins her career right here! Learn why the Golden Age Batman retired—who he married—and what his connection is to the raven-haired avenger who is DC’s latest and greatest star!—DC Super-stars, Vol. 03, No. 17, Nov-Dec 1977

Before the New 52 destroyed everything that was great about Helena Wayne (first by having her usurp the identity of Helena Bertinelli and later by having Thomas Wayne usurp her place on Earth-2), there was a time when DC Comics actually treated women with more respect, and even attempted to be more inclusive of women.
By the 1970s, the second wave of feminism hit a cultural peak in the United States (and possibly around the world as well), and this cultural revolution found its way into the offices of DC Comics. The first product of second wave feminism resulted in the creation of the Earth-2 Kara Zor-L as Power Girl, who was originally characterised as a strong advocate for female emancipation. The second was the creation of the Earth-2 Helena Wayne as the Huntress, who was also originally characterised as a strong advocate for women’s rights and of the poor. 
As evidenced by the advertisement above, DC Comics in 1977 felt very confident about their newest addition to the Earth-2 (and ultimately, the Golden Age) mythos, so much that they described her as ‘DC’s latest and greatest star!’
Since I’ve already announced a much needed six-month hiatus from the New 52 (I really do need to detox, guys!), I may as well fill the void with something else fans have asked me to do in the last three years: reacquaint them with the original Helena Wayne!
Over the next six months, I’m looking to cover:
The pre-Crisis origin of Helena Wayne (which I’ll post shortly)
The pre-Crisis origin of her better half: Power Girl
Helena’s first case with the Earth-2 Justice Society
Helena’s first meeting with the Earth-1 Batfamily (which I already reviewed)
The Death of the Earth-2 Batman
The Justice League/Justice Society crossover to Apokolips
Huntress’s team-ups with Power Girl and the Earth-2 Robin
The foundation of Infinity Inc (which I started reviewing a while back)
America vs the Justice Society
The best stories of the Paul Levitz and Joey Cavalieri eras
I have a lot of reading (or re-reading in some cases) to do.
SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPERHEROES | The origin of the Earth-2 Huntress.

The Huntress!
Earth-Two’s newest heroine begins her career right here! Learn why the Golden Age Batman retired—who he married—and what his connection is to the raven-haired avenger who is DC’s latest and greatest star!
—DC Super-stars, Vol. 03, No. 17, Nov-Dec 1977

Before the New 52 destroyed everything that was great about Helena Wayne (first by having her usurp the identity of Helena Bertinelli and later by having Thomas Wayne usurp her place on Earth-2), there was a time when DC Comics actually treated women with more respect, and even attempted to be more inclusive of women.

By the 1970s, the second wave of feminism hit a cultural peak in the United States (and possibly around the world as well), and this cultural revolution found its way into the offices of DC Comics. The first product of second wave feminism resulted in the creation of the Earth-2 Kara Zor-L as Power Girl, who was originally characterised as a strong advocate for female emancipation. The second was the creation of the Earth-2 Helena Wayne as the Huntress, who was also originally characterised as a strong advocate for women’s rights and of the poor. 

As evidenced by the advertisement above, DC Comics in 1977 felt very confident about their newest addition to the Earth-2 (and ultimately, the Golden Age) mythos, so much that they described her as ‘DC’s latest and greatest star!’

Since I’ve already announced a much needed six-month hiatus from the New 52 (I really do need to detox, guys!), I may as well fill the void with something else fans have asked me to do in the last three years: reacquaint them with the original Helena Wayne!

Over the next six months, I’m looking to cover:

  1. The pre-Crisis origin of Helena Wayne (which I’ll post shortly)
  2. The pre-Crisis origin of her better half: Power Girl
  3. Helena’s first case with the Earth-2 Justice Society
  4. Helena’s first meeting with the Earth-1 Batfamily (which I already reviewed)
  5. The Death of the Earth-2 Batman
  6. The Justice League/Justice Society crossover to Apokolips
  7. Huntress’s team-ups with Power Girl and the Earth-2 Robin
  8. The foundation of Infinity Inc (which I started reviewing a while back)
  9. America vs the Justice Society
  10. The best stories of the Paul Levitz and Joey Cavalieri eras

I have a lot of reading (or re-reading in some cases) to do.

Beause there is no such thing as excitement in perpetual pessimism.

Welp. I have stuff to say regarding my future coverage of the New 52, and let’s just say I’m taking a holiday.

Or, if I may be more accurate, I’m basically skipping the next Crisis and hopping into my own personal TARDIS to cover the Earth-2 comics of times long past.

WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END | The only exciting scene this issue.

And I feel cheated.
WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END | The only exciting scene this issue.

And I feel cheated.

black-mast:

Some Huntress Fanart :-)

black-mast:

Some Huntress Fanart :-)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY | To our favourite crossbow-wielding superheroine.

'Dad said I came into the world kicking and fighting. I guess I owe it to him to go out the same way.' 
-Helena Wayne (Wonder Woman #290)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY | To our favourite crossbow-wielding superheroine.

'Dad said I came into the world kicking and fighting. I guess I owe it to him to go out the same way.' 

-Helena Wayne (Wonder Woman #290)

WORLDS FINEST: FUTURES END #1 PREVIEW | Kara goes to save her girlfriend
SILENCE WILL FALL | Know where the cracks in the universe come from?
I realise I am fashionably late to my own Tumblr party, but I am sad to announce that I’ve officially outlived the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne today.
Why is it sad you ask? Because Helena Wayne was simply two damn awesome a character to die at age 27 in her respective timeline. In fact, the scan above was the last conversation she had with Power Girl before meeting her own end during the final battle in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The ironic thing of course is that Power Girl was more worried about losing her cousin than she was of losing her best friend who was more vulnerable to death on a dying Earth than a man of steel. In fact, Helena had a point here about Kal being virtually indestructible. Kal ended up surviving the Crisis while Helena did not. As such, our poor Kara was without her best friend for two long miserable decades.
Fast forward to the year 2014, and history is literally repeating itself. Not because it naturally does, but because DC loves to have their cake and eat it too. 
So for my birthday today, DC Comics gave us the first batch of Futures End issues. None of it was pretty. For the two Futures End books that I got today, DC gave me a Brother Eye-possessed Power Girl, a dismembered Red Tornado, two evil Terry Sloans, a Mister Terrific who fails to live up to his name, and an incomprehensible story that told us nothing about why the Earth-2 characters ended up on Cadmus Island following the War with Apokolips. Actually, scrap that. There was no story in today’s Earth-2: Futures End one-shot. Just stuff that happened for no reason at all, really. Not even the explosions were fun to watch.
I will say though, today’s new comic book day wasn’t all bad. I did after all get a Clint and Tash team-up in today’s new Black Widow, which was fabulous. In fact, it actually made my day. :) I can never complain about having Clint and Tash appearing on the same page together as illustrated by the wonderfully talented Phil Noto. I dare say, if you need to throw away $3.99 (£2.49) today, go buy this book. Writing is solid, the art is gorgeous, it’s literally worth every penny. :)
For next week…oooh….we’ll see what happens. If Worlds’ Finest: Futures End #1 isn’t a throwaway story like today’s Earth-2: Futures End #1 was, I may actually review it. If Power Girl does end up beating the shit out of Deathstroke in next week’s Futures End #19 issue, I may cover that as well. 
After that, I think I’ll be done with the Futures End one-shots and will just stick to the weekly. Then the month after that, we’ll have another six months of Crisis on Infinite Earths 2.0 to look forward to. I’m honestly not expecting a masterpiece to come out of this new weekly, so it’s a good thing I’m not picking this up for the story. (Especially if today’s Earth-2 was anything to go by).
At this point, I think Earth-2 needs a Doctor. Bad!
How long before a blue police box falls through a boom tube and crash-lands into the current hellhole that is Earth-2?
SILENCE WILL FALL | Know where the cracks in the universe come from?

I realise I am fashionably late to my own Tumblr party, but I am sad to announce that I’ve officially outlived the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne today.

Why is it sad you ask? Because Helena Wayne was simply two damn awesome a character to die at age 27 in her respective timeline. In fact, the scan above was the last conversation she had with Power Girl before meeting her own end during the final battle in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The ironic thing of course is that Power Girl was more worried about losing her cousin than she was of losing her best friend who was more vulnerable to death on a dying Earth than a man of steel. In fact, Helena had a point here about Kal being virtually indestructible. Kal ended up surviving the Crisis while Helena did not. As such, our poor Kara was without her best friend for two long miserable decades.

Fast forward to the year 2014, and history is literally repeating itself. Not because it naturally does, but because DC loves to have their cake and eat it too. 

So for my birthday today, DC Comics gave us the first batch of Futures End issues. None of it was pretty. For the two Futures End books that I got today, DC gave me a Brother Eye-possessed Power Girl, a dismembered Red Tornado, two evil Terry Sloans, a Mister Terrific who fails to live up to his name, and an incomprehensible story that told us nothing about why the Earth-2 characters ended up on Cadmus Island following the War with Apokolips. Actually, scrap that. There was no story in today’s Earth-2: Futures End one-shot. Just stuff that happened for no reason at all, really. Not even the explosions were fun to watch.

I will say though, today’s new comic book day wasn’t all bad. I did after all get a Clint and Tash team-up in today’s new Black Widow, which was fabulous. In fact, it actually made my day. :) I can never complain about having Clint and Tash appearing on the same page together as illustrated by the wonderfully talented Phil Noto. I dare say, if you need to throw away $3.99 (£2.49) today, go buy this book. Writing is solid, the art is gorgeous, it’s literally worth every penny. :)

For next week…oooh….we’ll see what happens. If Worlds’ Finest: Futures End #1 isn’t a throwaway story like today’s Earth-2: Futures End #1 was, I may actually review it. If Power Girl does end up beating the shit out of Deathstroke in next week’s Futures End #19 issue, I may cover that as well. 

After that, I think I’ll be done with the Futures End one-shots and will just stick to the weekly. Then the month after that, we’ll have another six months of Crisis on Infinite Earths 2.0 to look forward to. I’m honestly not expecting a masterpiece to come out of this new weekly, so it’s a good thing I’m not picking this up for the story. (Especially if today’s Earth-2 was anything to go by).

At this point, I think Earth-2 needs a Doctor. Bad!

How long before a blue police box falls through a boom tube and crash-lands into the current hellhole that is Earth-2?