BATS OR BIRDS | Welcome to the New 52 reunion of these comrades!
Now that we’ve taken you back in time to the very first meetings of Helena Wayne, Barbara Gordon, and Dinah Drake Lance (Huntress, Batgirl, and Black Canary respectively), meet your New 52 incarnations who met for the first time in Batgirl #32 on sale now!
It’s kind of a weird reunion because on the one hand, they met before pre-Crisis during separate events, and later formed a team as Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Laurel Lance, and Oracle.
Now they’re back together again, not just in their original incarnations, but they have newer costumes!
If you’re looking for an ‘old school’ Birds of Prey narrative (or just looking for a better take on Helena Wayne, period), be sure to check out Batgirl #32 - #34, which will feature these three prominently. :)
Let DC Comics know you want more books featuring women being awesome!
(Then maybe they can relaunch Birds of Prey and Worlds’ Finest as better books than they have been under the current editorial direction).
(And maybe, finally, Selina can meet her Earth-2 daughter and actually know who she is).
Ellie explores the backlash in the DC fan community over the makeovers
An excellent article written by my mate, comiccombatant.
Please check it out!
Earlier this month, creators Tim Seeley and Tom King announced that a New 52 version of Helena Bertinelli would be debuting in the new series, Grayson, which would see Dick Grayson rebuilding his life as a spy after the events of Forever Evil outed him as Nightwing.This week saw the official first appearance of Helena Bertinelli as both an agent of Spyral and as woman of colour in the final pages of Nightwing #30.
As was to be expected in this situation, the change to Helena Bertinelli’s appearance in the New 52 didn’t go unnoticed. Many people supported the change and there were just as many who didn’t. Those who supported the change saw this as a positive development for the character, and those who didn’t complained about the change for all of the wrong reasons. Unsurprisingly, most of the complaints were, at best, deeply rooted in ignorance over the diversity of people that exist in Italy, and, at worst, rife with racist rhetoric.
Given the mixed bag of reactions the new Helena Bertinelli got, I decided to compile my own list of reasons for why this change actually works in her favour. Not just to enlighten the unenlightened, but also to express my own excitement for this development as well as address any concerns about where this could go given DC’s awful track record with women in the New 52. But first, the positives!
So. I had stuff to say. Namely in favour of rebooting Helena Bertinelli as a woman of colour, which I think is a good idea. I also address concerns that could potentially come from this, namely in terms of character development since DC’s track record with women in the New 52 is horrendous. Their track record with women of colour in particular isn’t any better.
Before any of you click this link or even reblog this, let me be absolutely clear about something: This is a post that discusses FIVE reasons why Helena Bertinelli as a woman of colour is a positive development for her, and what it means for the representation of Italians of colour. YES, contrary to popular fan opinion, Italians of colour DO exist in Italy!
I completely understand if you’re concerned about how the character will be developed within the context of the New 52. That is a legitimate concern taking into account just how many women have been rewritten and completely repurposed so that their personalities and narratives are BARELY recognisable for the people we like them for.
But if you’re in that corner of fandom that thinks Helena Bertinelli can’t still be the character you know and love because she has darker skin now, or if you’re of the position that ‘Italians are white not black,’ GET THE FUCK OUT. Don’t even bother reblogging this post just to counter-argue that because it’s not an argument you are going to win with me—I’ll tell you that now. Don’t even bother hitting my inbox either, because I’m not going to have this conversation with you either. I will instead link to this video to shut you up. I hope your Italian is good cause you’re going to need it to comprehend the discussion that is being had in this video, including about inclusivity and racism in Italy!
That being said, happy reading. therearecertainshadesoflimelight, I hope you don’t mind that I linked three of your tweets in this post!
KILLER HUNTRESS | Should not be Helena Wayne's most defining trait.
LOL. With so much doom and gloom to look forward to in the DCU future, I guess now is an appropriate time to whip out this song and start drawing fanart of Huntress and Power Girl in a post-Apokoliptic future?
No, seriously. Listen to this song and tell me if it doesn’t sum up the New 52 DC Universe in four minutes! Here, I’ll even post the lyrics:
To fight in defence
Of friendly hate
I don’t know why
A soul deceased
A broken hope
A choking breeze
Can’t you take me away from your lies?
The bitter blood
Of children’s cry
Inside the truth
Far from my sky
Can’t you take me away from your lies?
MARCUS TO | Commission of Classic and New 52 Helena Wayne at ECCC.
ASSESSMENT | Paul Levitz loves recycling old tropes, part 2.
TRIAL BY FIRE | Paul Levitz loves recycling old tropes, part 1.
What would you like to see more of?
Pre-Crisis Helena Wayne?
New 52 Helena Wayne?
Parallel 03 | The pre-Crisis continuity was a nicer place than the New 52.
In the pre-Crisis continuity, Helena Wayne introduced herself right away and Bruce was intrigued to learn more about this daughter he has with Selina Kyle on a parallel universe. He even invited her up for tea.
In the New 52, Bruce is often written like a dick, though in this case, he was actually written out of character. As such, he greeted his Earth-2 daughter in the most dehumanising way possible: by trapping her in a cage like a jungle cat. No bat cuffs which is the usual way he restrains criminals when he’s not beating them to a pulp. (Something tells me Selina Kyle would not approve of this fuckery).