Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #305 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #305
Story: Straightjacket
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Doctor Tarr, Professor Fether, Milo
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Michael Hernandez (artist)
Publication Date: July 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: The Huntress has been captured by Dr. Tarr and Milo, both of whom escaped from the Willow Funeral Home prior to explosion. Feeling threatened that the Huntress is equally hot on the trail of their own scam, the duo take the Huntress back to Arkham Asylum to get her "fixed up" by a man known only as "Professor Fether." When the Huntress arrives at Gotham's most infamous sanitarium, what horrors await for her there? Has Arkham Asylum's doctors truly gone rogue, or have the patients taken over the asylum?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 05 (Spoilers Ahead)

It has been a month now since "The Button" concluded with more questions than answers, and this month begins DC's latest event Dark Knights: Metal. As such, the book to check out this month is Dark Days: The Forge #1, which--like "The Button"--continues to plant new mysteries surrounding the DC Universe's Rebirth.

Previously, we learned that a near 100-year-old Johnny Thunder is being kept in a resting home, and is one of the few people on Prime Earth who still remembers the Justice Society. We also previously learned from "The Button" that Jay Garrick is trapped in the speed force, or some other dimension where he is being kept prisoner by Dr. Manhattan. We also learned that Kent Nelson was being held prisoner in his Tower in Salem by Nabu, and was only recently released from his magic-induced coma (complete with helmet on head) in the events of Blue Beetle #9.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Batman Proposes To Catwoman In Rebirth. What Could This Mean For Our Girl, Helena Wayne?

Last week, DC Comics did the unexpected. In the pages of Batman #24 by Tom King and David Finch, Bruce Wayne got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Selina Kyle with a ring using the same diamond she originally stole (in Batman #1 from 1940) that he later bought from the owner. It was a very significant moment in Bruce and Selina's present.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Yay or Nay? My Thoughts on Wonder Woman, Mild Spoilers Ahead!

Wonder Woman is here and she is crushing everything else at the box office this weekend! This is excellent news for both a superhero film fronted by a woman as well as a female director. It is also the film that is going to undoubtedly pave the road for more female-led superhero films, and hopefully female (including women of colour) directors as well.

Taking place in the last year of World War I, Wonder Woman chronicles Princess Diana's heroic journey from her life as the Amazonian daughter of Queen Hippolyta on Themyscira to becoming the world-wide sensation known as "Wonder Woman" in Man's World. At the start of her journey, Diana has a very innocent view of the world and of mankind comparable to that of a child. As she becomes acquainted with the world of man, its prejudices, weaknesses, and corruption, she starts to learn that life on the other side is more complex and not as clear-cut as she was accustomed to on Themyscira. By the end of her journey, Diana develops a stronger sense of identity and mission for herself.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Road to Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman Rebirth: Year One

Title: Wonder Woman Rebirth Vol. 02
Story: Year One
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, Queen Hippolyta, Ares
Creators: Greg Rucka (writer), Nicola Scott (artist)
Publication Date: May 2017
Available In: Print | Digital

Description: A part of DC Rebirth!

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka continues his return to WONDER WOMAN! The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana's first year as Earth's protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own...one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman's journey begins in this epic origin story!

Collects WONDER WOMAN #2, #4, #6, #8, #10, #12, #14.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 04 (Spoilers Ahead)

This past Wednesday saw the conclusion of "The Button" crossover between Batman and The Flash. I originally had this post scheduled for Wednesday like with the other three posts, but then I made the mistake of reading Superman #23 just before lunch that same day. If you read this week's Superman, you don't have to guess as to what "event" happened in that comic that sent me into a flying rage the rest of the day, but it is one that deserves its own post. For this one, we'll only focus on "The Button."

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #304 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #304
Story: Last Rites
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), The Undertaker
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Mike De Carlo (artist)
Publication Date: June 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: The Huntress has discovered the Undertaker's secret and risks exposing his funeral home scam to the public. His plan for keeping his secret is to dispose of the Huntress the same way he disposes of all his evidence: by burning her in his secret crematorium in the basement of his funeral home. He has already disposed of the Mechanic and Pat Pending in this fashion, and has one more client to dispose of before the night is over: a hitman by the name of the Paralyzer.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Road to Wonder Woman: Legend of Wonder Woman: Origins

Title: Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 01
Story: Origins
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, Queen Hippolyta, General Antiope, Duke of Deception, Priscilla Rich, Ares
Creators: Renae De Liz (writer/artist), Ray Dillon (artist)
Publication Date: December 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Description: THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND!

On the hidden island of Themyscira, the Amazons, led by Queen Hippolyta, live in a kingdom of peace, protected by the gods. But the balance is upset when Hippolyta is granted what no immortal may have: a child, given life from the clay of the island. She is the princess Diana, who alone can sense the evil that is infesting the Amazon’s home.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 03 (Spoilers Ahead)

We are on the penultimate chapter of "The Button" this week, and while I didn't expect any Justice Society or pre-Crisis Earth-2 reveals given that this is a Bruce and Thomas Wayne centric chapter, it does setup up for some big reveals for the final chapter. I would say the biggest tease at the conclusion of this week's chapter is--POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT--a revisit of the pre-Crisis DC Multiverse and we may finally see Doctor Manhattan at last.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 02 (Spoilers Ahead)

We are finally halfway through "The Button" story arc with this week's The Flash #21, and plenty of exciting things happen in this week's second instalment that are definitely worth paying the $3.99 cover price for. I won't spoil everything that happens in this week's second instalment, but I do want to talk about what this week's reveals (coupled with past reveals) might mean for the Justice Society's Rebirth. Perhaps we may even see a Rebirth of the pre-Crisis Earth-2 since the original pre-Crisis multiverse is now being teased across various Rebirth books. Really exciting stuff, I can barely contain myself!

And of course, this wouldn't be a Helena Wayne Huntress blog if we didn't spend the rest of the post speculating what this week's reveals might mean for our favourite crossbow-wielding Dark Knight Daughter! Let's get right to it! And oh yes! There are spoilers ahead! Stop here now if you haven't been reading "The Button" or any of the Rebirth comics, and would like the chance to catch up before reading any of my wild theories on what I think is going on. Your call!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 01 (Spoilers Ahead)

It's a really exciting time to be a DC Comics fan right now, and this year is proving to be a really exciting year for Rebirth. While we still don't know the status quo of the classic Justice Society (or that of many other pre-Crisis Earth-2 characters for that matter), we've already had at least five of them confirmed as returning, and we've even gotten teases of ones that we can potentially see in the future.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Huntress and Power Girl in Rebirth: What Ingredients are Needed to Make a New Worlds' Finest Series Successful?

It's Easter Sunday, and for those who celebrate, Happy Easter! For those who don't, Happy Sunday and I hope you're making the most of your weekend.

I've been thinking about this for a while, and like everyone else waiting to hear anything about Justice Society Rebirth other than "wait and see," I've been doing a lot of speculating on how to bring back the classic Helena Wayne Huntress with Justice Society Rebirth and who would be the character to do it.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #303 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #303
Story: Undertakings
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Pat Pending, The Undertaker
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Mike De Carlo (artist)
Publication Date: May 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: News of the Huntress allegedly killing a bank robber has spread like wildfire throughout the mainstream media, and Harry Sims once again castigates his girlfriend on how she handled a dangerous criminal irresponsibly. Fed up with her boyfriend's rebukes, Helena Wayne fires back at him by pointing out how he's losing perspective on a case where evidence of her involvement in the criminal's death is faulty at best.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

My Future Reviews of Roy Thomas' Justice Society Comics Following His Offensive Response to Cultural Appropriation and Asian-Americans Regarding Iron Fist

I've been wanting to address Roy Thomas' offensive response to Asian-American criticism of Iron Fist appropriating Asian culture since Tuesday of this week. In fact, I spent--literally--all week processing what I read. This is unquestionably the hardest post I've had to write all week.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Best of Huntress and Power Girl: Wonder Woman #291 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #291
Story: Book One: Judgement in Infinity
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Zatanna, Etta Candy
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (artist)
Publication Date: April 1982
Available In: Digital

Summary: A new extraterrestrial being has arrived on Earth-1's Washington DC, but he is not here to go on a tour of America's Capitol Hill. Instead, he is evaluating the Earth and all of its citizens. He wants to know if this planet (as well as its parallel counterparts) that is thriving with intelligent life and advanced civilisations is worth saving by unleashing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse throughout the multiverse.

Wonder Woman is the first to respond to the emergency and learns a very disturbing truth about her new foe: this isn't the first time the extraterrestrial being known as the Adjudicator has attacked a planet thriving with intelligent life and advanced civilisations. He has a history of destroying such planets that have failed his test of "worthiness" and planet Earth is next. Wonder Woman realises she cannot fight this powerful villain alone and recruits not only the help of the Justice League, but also that of the Earth-2 Justice Society and any other heroes in the known multiverse!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Earth-2: Society #22 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #22
Story: Life After Death
Characters: Batman (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Fury (Donna Troy), Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Flash (Jay Garrick), Superman (Val-Zod), Oracle (Dick Grayson), Robin (John Grayson)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Vicente Cifuentes (artist)
Publication Date: March 2017
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: It's been six months since the heroes of Earth-2 defeated the Ultra-Humanite and now they just want to enjoy their lives and protect their new planet on both a small and larger scale. Over time, they have gained the trust of their new world's citizens, and some have even started new lives.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Silver Lining: An Open Thank You Letter To Dan Abnett

Dear Dan Abnett,

I have to be honest and admit, I was genuinely surprised by the conclusion of Earth-2: Society this week. I similarly admit, it's been a very frustrating comic for me to follow, and even more frustrating for me to review. But I do think you managed to salvage this version of Earth-2 in a way that no one expected, especially given the troubling circumstances with which you inherited the title. I think you've successfully brought this series to a satisfactory conclusion and left the world and characters in a better place for a more successful relaunch if DC so chooses.

Earth-2: Society #22 Preview

EARTH-2 SOCIETY #22
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
In this series finale, a new dawn rises on Earth-2. After a terrible struggle, the Wonders have restored their world, better than ever. Can they become the new heroes and caretakers the reborn planet needs to protect it from future threats? And what of the price they paid for peace—what is the final fate of the Earth-2 Batman and his legacy?
MARCH 08 | RATED T | $2.99 PRINT DIGITAL








Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #302 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #302
Story: Dying To Take You Away!
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Pat Pending, Nedra Borrower
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Mike De Carlo (artist)
Publication Date: April 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: There is a new bank robber in town and his name is Pat Pending. Pat is no ordinary bank robber as he comes with some state-of-the-art technology that facilitate his thefts with little resistance. That is until he makes the mistake of hitting six banks in a row and grabs the attention of the Huntress!

During his latest theft, he finds the Huntress waiting for him and engages him in a fight. Despite his arsenal, Pat Pending proves to be no match for the Huntress who knocks him out cold. However, he doesn't go down without pulling one last stunt of his own--one that gets the Huntress to flee in panic!

Did Pat Pending take his own life, or did the Huntress go too far in her use of violence? And what does this disastrous exploit mean for Helena Wayne's relationship with Harry Sims who wants nothing more than for Helena to give up her alter ego? Helena Wayne knows she has a deeper mystery to unravel, but this is only the beginning!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

More Rebirth Theories: How Can Convergence Be Used To Rebirth Everyone?

We're approaching the end of the month and already there's a lot we know about DC's Rebirth Universe. Amongst the surprises that have popped up over the course of Rebirth has been the return of long forgotten characters, characters who have been retconned out of existence, and even characters we didn't expect to see again. Amongst the confirmed and hinted characters so far include:

  • Original Wally West as the Flash/Kid Flash
  • Johnny and Jakeem Thunder and the Thunderbolt
  • Original Kent Nelson as Dr. Fate
  • Original Saturn Girl from Legion of Superheroes
  • Ryan Choi as the Atom
  • Cassandra Cain
  • Original Ted Kord as the Blue Beetle
  • The pre-Crisis Earth-2 and post-Crisis versions of the Joker
  • Original Maxwell Lord
  • Post-Crisis versions of Superman and Lois Lane
  • Superboy-Prime
  • Ching Lung
  • Original Jay Garrick as the Golden Age Flash
  • Flashpoint Thomas Wayne as Batman
  • Flashpoint Eobard Thawne as the Reverse Flash

Friday, 24 February 2017

Jay Garrick Returns in The Flash #22 for "The Button" Crossover

THE FLASH #22
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by HOWARD PORTER
Cover by JASON FABOK
“The Button”: Two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party — and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!
On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Each issue of “The Button” will feature both a lenticular cover along with a regular cover, each drawn by Fabok. The lenticular cover editions will retail for $3.99, with the regular covers at the standard Rebirth price of $2.99.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #301 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #301
Story: A Little Learning...
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, The Mechanic, The Undertaker
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Don Heck (artist)
Publication Date: March 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: It's an ordinary day for Gotham's high school students as they attend a career day fair at their school. Also attending the event is Helena Wayne as a guest to talk about the law profession. The students are less than enthusiastic about the job prospects, prompting them to ask Helena what it is about her career that makes it "fun" for her. Helena answers the students' questions about the details of her job and then talks about what she "enjoys most" about it by very implicitly talking about her exploits as the Huntress. Helena gives an example of such a case by discussing an earlier exploit she made as the Huntress earlier that day.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Earth-2: Society #21 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #21
Story: After the End: The Final Fate of Earth-2
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Fury (Donna Troy), Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Flash (Jay Garrick), Superman (Val-Zod), Commander Steel (Henry Heywood III)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Vicente Cifuentes (artist)
Publication Date: February 2017
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: The heroes of Earth-2 put up a final fight against the Ultra-Humanite for the future of the new Earth-2. But is their combined effort enough to ward off the Sandmen Army and the god-like powers of Alan Scott? And what of the Huntress and her team of two? Do they have what it takes to stop the Ultra-Humanite from having complete control over the new Earth? What will the Huntress lose in the final battle against the Ultra-Humanite? The battle for the new Earth-2 ends here in this literal groundbreaking conclusion.

Earth-2: Society #21 Preview

EARTH-2 SOCIETY #21
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
The Wonders battle the Sandmen army to free the new Earth 2 from a dystopian fate, but the new world Director has unleashed his terrifying secret weapon. Can Batman, Huntress and John, the weakest of the wonders, shut down the Director’s stronghold? It’s a dangerous, last-minute gamble...and the price may be too great to bear. Final issue.
FEBRUARY 08 | RATED T | $2.99 PRINT DIGITAL








Saturday, 21 January 2017

New Letter to DC President Geoff Johns, This Time Officially Petitioning for Helena Wayne's Inclusion in Rebirth and Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 2

It has been a very depressing week for people in both the United States and United Kingdom. In the same week of Donald Trump's "inauguration," British Prime Minister, Theresa May, delivered her speech outlining her objectives for Brexit. Let's just say that by Friday, I was feeling so disillusioned with the state of both of these countries, I stayed off Twitter for the entire day and felt like Dr. Manhattan did when he decided to isolate himself on Mars away from humanity and the world's constant conflicts. I felt like residing on Mars myself despite having a CO2-rich atmoshphere, no natural resources, and it is cold as hell out there. But then, something miraculous happened today: the Women's March all over the globe.

I have to admit, there is nothing more inspiring and empowering than seeing millions upon millions of people uniting all over the world for the same cause. For the first time since Brexit and the US election, I was actually feeling hopeful and optimistic for the future. Just as I was getting ready to give up the fight, feeling that everything we've done has been futile, millions of people reminded me that no, I am not alone in my sentiments, and that we are all in this together. Even though the US government has been usurped by a regressive, racist, misogynist, and homophobic minority that empower the likes of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party, there are still millions of people out there who will stand up and say "no, we do NOT accept this outcome."

Well, I got inspired today. I got inspired to finally put into words what I've been wanting to say for a whole year, and it took a freedom march to finally come up with the right words to say. I've written Geoff Johns a letter officially petitioning for Helena Wayne's inclusion in Justice Society Rebirth as well as the revival of Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 2 with Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon as the creative team. Unfortunately, in detailing my reasons for wanting both things, I couldn't be keep the letter short, but I hope that it will make a difference all the same.

I will be dropping this off in the mail tomorrow. I don't know if Geoff Johns will see it, or even read it, but I hope he will. Like every DC fan reading Rebirth right now, I hope that this year and every year after, we will finally get back the the Helena Wayne and Justice Society we want to read about, and I hope too that DC decides to keep publishing Legend of Wonder Woman, especially with her movie about to come out in a few months.

Below is the letter I will be sending to DC President and CCO, Geoff Johns.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Earth-2: Society #20 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #20
Story: After the End: The Final Fate of Earth-2
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Fury (Donna Troy), Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Flash (Jay Garrick), Superman (Val-Zod), Commander Steel (Henry Heywood III)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Vicente Cifuentes (artist)
Publication Date: January 2017
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: The fight for the new Earth-2 continues as the heroes on Team Power Girl continue their battle against the Ultra-Humanite's army of Sandmen. Underground, Team Huntress learns the existence of the new Earth's "governor" that calls himself Central Control. Together with her two male companions, the Huntress goes on the hunt for Central Control and end the conflict once and for all. Central Control, however, has no plans to be defeated so easily. Seeing that the new Earth's heroes are out to get him, the Ultra-Humanite prepares to unleash his most dangerous weapon yet: the imprisoned Alan Scott, aka the Green Lantern!

Earth-2: Society #20 Preview

EARTH-2 SOCIETY #20
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
On the streets of New Metropolis, the Wonders battle the army of Sandmen sent to destroy them. But on this reborn world, no one recognizes the heroes, and their presence sends the citizens into a panic. Behind the scenes, the identity of the world-ruling Director is revealed. And he has a secret weapon that’s equally shocking.
JANUARY 11 | RATED T | $2.99 PRINT DIGITAL









Sunday, 1 January 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #299 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #299
Story: Stranglehold!
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Blackwing (Charley Bullock)
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: January 1983
Available In: Unavailable :(

Summary: The Huntress has found the hideout of Toro and the Boa, but they weren't without any surprises of their own. Having unleashed one of the boa constrictors on the Huntress--Rosemary--Toro and Boa make their escape. With Rosemary having a strong stranglehold on her, the Huntress tries to prevent the boa constrictor from killing her by holding her breath. She is unable to hold it for very long, and the boa constrictor tightens her grip on the heroine after every exhale, causing her to nearly pass out. She is then rescued by Charley Bullock who wakes up just in time to kill the snake.