It’s the sort of idea you’d think I’d get angry about, but I didn’t. I was simply too baffled at the Stupidest Idea I’ve Ever Heard. Of course, I probably wasn’t angry because the Stupidest Idea I’ve Ever Heard isn’t racist, sexist or really offensive on any of those levels. It takes a certain amount of logic to come up with an offensive idea. You have to be adhering to certain stereotypes and actually attempting to craft a half-assed story. It takes a special cluelessness about humanity or malice to offend. It takes a small amount of intelligence.
It takes no intelligence to come up with the Stupidest Idea I’ve Ever Heard. It is in no way offensive to me as a person, or even as a fan. It is just something so pointless and wasteful that I feel sorry for the person who came up with it. The person who came up with it works in the entertainment industry. That person is paid to come up with ideas to entertain us. That person needs ideas in order to pay for food and rent.
That person is so clearly out of ideas, the bread and butter of their chosen business, that I can’t help but feel sorry for them.
It is so lovely to see them back together again. The Huntress was dispatched in the most awful, casual and disrespectful way in the original Crisis story. This was Batman’s daughter, for goodness sake, and she was killed off in a couple of panels.
And Karen’s not really had a best friend since, and that was almost 30 years ago. I love Power Girl, she’s my favourite character. But she’s always seemed an outsider on the DCU main earth. It really made me smile to see her reuinted with her best mate.
Mulett on Huntress/Power Girl’s friendship (CBR Forum)
"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)
'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)
I think what made this particular ending special is that we finally saw a side of Helena that has only been implied but never explicitly shown. The fact that this was Batman’s daughter literally pulling the trigger without a second’s hesitation does make me wonder what kind of life she had on Earth-2 for her to be willing to go this far for her goals. What’s more is that just before killing the chairman, she made a comment about how “there were so many ways [he] could’ve helped [those women] and left them their souls,” thus maybe implying that she herself no longer feels like she has one. The fact that she even teared up a bit makes it seem she took personal interest in this case, or her experience with this case triggered some painful memories for her.
Me when I reviewed Huntress #5 a hundred years ago.
Admittedly, I crack myself up reading my own reviews sometimes.
I get so ridiculously wordy when I write, I should probably leave a sticky note on my monitor that says:
'Remember, you're not writing a 10-page research paper for class that requires you to throw in as many words as you can just to meet that requirement alone.'
These days, writing 10+ pages of anything comes naturally to me….which I think has impaired my ability to stick to the point.
Hmmmm…I think it’s time to consider a different career.
So tell me a little bit about this Huntress series. It’s one of the first things kind of coming after that initial wave of New 52 books, and another character who you are very closely associated with, even though we haven’t seen your Huntress in comics for a long time. I haven’t read up on all the ins and outs of this new series. How are you splitting that difference? Is there a way in which the relaunch is enabling you to bring in some elements from the character that you wrote before back into this new Helena, or are you really kind of starting from whole cloth again?
Well, the thing that unites both characters is that they were driven by attitude. Within the DC universe then, and I think still through most of the run of the Helena Bertinelli version, and probably right now going forward—there’s a really tough broad. Her attitude towards what’s going on is much more direct, it’s much more action-oriented, she’s less tolerant of criminality, moral criminality, she’s very unambiguous in all of those ways, and that creates a great storytelling opportunity.
Paul Levitz discussing the Huntress during a video interview with CBR in Summer 2011, just before Huntress #1 release. (source)
There will be a point to this quote later.
Perche mi ricorda tanto una gatta in quel di Roma?
Actual quote on an Italian forum for La Cacciatrice: La Balestra al Crocevia (aka Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads).
Translation: Why does this remind me too much of a cat in Rome?
WHY KILL Damian Wayne?
That is the nagging question upon seeing that DC Comics is killing the 10-year-old son of Batman, who also happens to be the current Robin the Boy Wonder.
It doesn’t make sense. Especially given the success of Scott Snyder’s recent two storylines (Night of the Owls and the Joker-fueled Death of the Family), Batman doesn’t need a gimmick death for attention.
I can hardly believe this news. Surely this JSA annual featuring Power Girl and the Huntress will be my favorite single issue in more than 20 years. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I wonder how many copies I would have to buy to convince DC to feature Helena Wayne on a regular basis?
Can you tell I am excited?
Time is the Little Death – Writers of longer texts sometimes don’t know what to do with their characters between scenes. Often, two mistakes are made: (1) Passage of time is not explained and suddenly the characters are at their next destination and the reader is left in the lurch and (2) passage of time is written about where pretty much nothing happens and readers read the most boring 1-4 chapters they have ever had the displeasure of scrolling through. Have you ever been reading a novel and want to skip ahead to the good parts? This is a writer guilty of laziness. This is problem combatted with careful planning, hard work that some writers are not willing to sweat about and it is their fatal flaw. An outline is a very good idea especially for long works. Know where the characters are going ahead of time and you won’t have to bore the readers while you figure it out for three chapters.