Monday, 11 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E06 'Primal Scream'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Primal Scream
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 13 November 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: At Reese's request, Helena goes undercover to help thwart a gang of thieves terrorising New Gotham and quickly discovers that the group is part of a larger criminal infrastructure. Helena pursues the top boss until she is exposed, putting her in grave danger.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E05 'Sins of the Mother'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Sins of the Mother
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 06 November 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: Along with Barbara and Helena, Dinah learns the truth about her past when her mother, Carolyn Lance, comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena finds out that Reese has family problems of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E04 'Three Birds and a Baby'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Three Birds and a Baby
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 30 October 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: When Helena rescues an abandoned baby boy, Elliott, and brings him back to the clock tower, Barbara and Dinah try to help. However, to everyone's surprise, the baby is only happy when Helena is holding him.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E03 'Prey for the Hunter'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Prey for the Hunter
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 23 October 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: Helena and Reese clash when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by usurping their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah skips going to school when she learns from Helena that there is a metahumans only bar.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E02 'Slick'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Slick
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 16 October 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: Harley hires Slick, an evil meta-human who can turn from solid to liquid, to kill the honest cops who thwart her evil schemes. When Reese becomes the next intended victim, Helena protects him, and their mutual attraction continues to grow.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Revisiting Birds of Prey (2002): S01E01 'Pilot'

Title: Birds of Prey
Story: Pilot
Cast: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Mia Sara, Ian Abercrombie
Producers:  Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola
Air Date: 02 October 2002
Available On: CW Seed

Summary: Into these women's lives comes an innocent teenage girl named Dinah, who is drawn to the clock tower by powerful, haunting visions. Unsure of her background but impressed by her budding meta-human powers, the two crime fighters allow Dinah to help them thwart a criminal scheme that has resulted in several mysterious suicides and threatens the city's infrastructure.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #273 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #273
Story: The Girl in the Gilded Cage
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Carole Martin, Solomon Grundy
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: 14 August 1980
Available In: Unavailable (for now...)

Summary: The Huntress has been captured! Desperate for female companionship, Solomon Grundy has decided to make the Huntress his captive in place of the broken female statue he stole from the Gotham museum. But the Huntress is not about to become anyone's sex slave, and certainly not to a zombie-like creature. While the Huntress works on her escape plan and bring Grundy to justice, at the offices of Cranston, Grayson, and Wayne, District Attorney Harry Sims waits for Helena Wayne to arrive to work in order to seek her advice on a bill he wants to propose to restrict vigilante activity in Gotham!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #272 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #272
Story: The Monster and the Masterpiece
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Carole Martin, Solomon Grundy
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: 10 July 1980
Available In: Unavailable (for now...)

Summary: After agreeing to seek justice for Winston Pitt whose paintings were destroyed in museum custody, Helena Wayne quickly learns the destroyed paintings were actually forgeries of Winston's work with the originals most likely stolen. Deciding to have another look around the museum as the Huntress, Helena Wayne soon discovers that the looter is none other than Green Lantern's old foe, Solomon Grundy. But Grundy isn't interested in Winston's work. He's after something else he's fallen in love with: a marble statue of a woman!

Saturday, 19 October 2019

First Look At Ashley Scott As The Huntress For Crisis On Infinite Earths

Since the official announcement Ashley Scott will be reprising her Birds of Prey role as the Huntress for the upcoming CW DCTV crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths, it has been an exciting couple of weeks for me as a Helena Wayne Huntress fan. Not just because Ashley Scott was my first exposure to the Huntress at all, but because she's also been revealing in the past couple of weeks how much this role has meant to her.

This week, Scott began shooting her first scenes for The Flash S06E09 and revealed in an Instagram post the emotional experience she had slipping back into the Huntress costume for the first time in 16 years:

Sunday, 6 October 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #271 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #271
Story: Into Darkness Once More
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Harry Sims, Carole Martin, Solomon Grundy
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: 12 June 1980
Available In: Unavailable (for now...)

Summary: Helena Wayne visits the graves of her parents as the Huntress hoping that the comfort of their gravely 'presence' would help her train of thought as she investigates her current case. As she thinks back on the earlier events of her day, an old friend of hers—Winston Pitt—visited her law firm hoping to file a lawsuit against the museum exhibiting his paintings for the destruction of his work. Helena laments not being able to offer her services as a public interest lawyer, but agrees to help him in another capacity (as the Huntress). Following the clues of her investigation, Helena is led not to a petty vandal, but to one of the Green Lantern's deadliest villains!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

The Crisis Of What Went Wrong In Infinite Reboots

October is here and so is the NYCC for the year. Over the past two days, DC teased a major announcement that would be released on Friday. Sometime yesterday afternoon, DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio revealed that they are working on an ultimate DC timeline that would provide the connective tissue for DC’s past, present, and future.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Top 5 Reasons All-Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever Should Make Everyone's Trade Collection

It is the last day of September, which means we are literally two weeks away from the release of All-Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever to comic book retailers, and three weeks away from the book being sold in the mainstream market.

Originally, the new Bronze Age JSA omnibus was supposed to be released in August of this year, but for some reason, the release date got pushed back to September, then later October. Fortunately, it appears the book will finally be hitting the stands sooner rather than later.

While the book is definitely a must for every fan of the Justice Society, it is also a must have for Huntress and Power Girl fans. Here are the Top 5 reasons All-Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever should be a part of your collection.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Ashley Scott Set To Reprise Her Role As The Huntress For The CW's Crisis On Infinite Earths

For almost a year now, DCTV fans have known that a CW adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths was on the horizon as the big Arrowverse event for 2019. What no one anticipated was the network going all out with the event by inviting every actor who has ever portrayed a DC Comics character either on television or on film to participate in the crossover.

From Kevin Conroy who voiced Batman in various animation shows and video games, to Burt Ward who played Robin in the 1966 Batman show, to Smallville's Tom Welling and Erica Durance, and even Brandon Routh from the 2006 Superman Returns film reprising their roles, Crisis on Infinite Earths is increasingly becoming a love letter to DC in other media. Today, the 2002 Birds of Prey star Ashley Scott confirmed on Twitter that she will be reprising her role as The Huntress for the event:

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Batman Day 2019: What If Helena Wayne Survived Crisis On Infinite Earths?

The idea for this post was actually presented to me by another fan on Twitter who requested that I write about how Helena Wayne's life would've panned out from her last pre-Crisis appearance (Crisis on Infinite Earths) to now. Specifically, what would her status quo be? What relationships would she still have? Would she still have the same career? Live in the same location? Wear the same costume? Have unique gadgets and vehicles to assist her in her Huntress missions? Would her role in the Justice Society be the same or change?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Upcoming Huntress Collections, Multiverse Comics, And More!

Reprinting the first chapter of the 1980s classic CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS!
ON SALE 09.25.19
$1.00 US | 32 PAGES | FC

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Top 3 Reasons Helena Wayne And Helena Bertinelli Should Be Separate Characters

Today is the canonical birthday of the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne Huntress as established in the back matter pages of Infinity Inc #7. 1984 was a great year to be a Huntress fan because in addition to helping kickstart Infinity Inc which further explored the legacy of the Justice Society, she was central to Earth-2's main event for that year: America vs the Justice Society of America. DC was also starting to recognise the popularity of the Huntress by this time that they began the initial work to launch the character onto her own ongoing series.

Then Crisis on Infinite Earths happened in 1985.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Justice League vs Doomsday Clock: The Journey Into DC's Past, Present, And Future Continues

Today is the release of both Doomsday Clock #11 and Justice League #31, both of which have a unifying theme concerning the DC Universe's susceptibility to change, but have yet to offer any insights into its future direction. At the moment, both stories are offering their own interpretations for why the DC Universe changes the way that it does.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Justice Doom War Is Here And Here Are The Reasons You Should Be Reading!

This is it! The moment we've all been waiting for ever since DC Universe Rebirth #1 promised to restore the heart and soul of the DC Universe we've all been missing: its past, its present, its future, and most importantly, its legacy! And it's all happening in the first chapter of Justice Doom War in this week's Justice League #30.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #321 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #321
Story: The Final Blackout
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Tom Kelly, Gary Minelli, June Moorman
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Rod Whigham (artist)
Publication Date: 07 November 1984
Available In: Digital

Summary: Helena Wayne has decided to seek psychiatric help as the Huntress for the recurring nightmares she's been having about her mother. She thinks the nightmares may be linked to some cat burglaries that have been happening in Gotham recently. Most disturbing to Helena yet is the fact that she blacks out during these robberies, which makes her question whether or not she's the one committing them. Before she has the chance to unpack to psychiatrist, Dr. June Moorman, the doctor herself tries to kill the Huntress, which alarms the heroine. Exactly who is June Moorman, and what history does she have with the Huntress that makes her want to murder her?

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Older Comics Are Outselling New Comics. What Needs To Be Done Differently?

San Diego Comic Con was last weekend, and admittedly, there was nothing to write home about since DC didn't reveal any new details on their upcoming projects that we didn't know about already. However, there is one thing DC co-publisher Dan DiDio said at the con last Thursday that really got my attention:

'We do these Facsimile Editions where we reprint older issues of comics including all the old ads and stuff…and in some cases these are selling more than the new comics with these characters. People are more interested in buying the stories from 30 or 40 years ago than the contemporary stories, and that’s a failure on us. We should be focused on moving things forward, always pushing the boundaries and finding new stories to tell. That’s how we’ll survive and grow this industry.' (Source)

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Earth-2 Heroes Join The Justice League In Upcoming Justice Doom War

Justice League #26 kickstarted the storyline that's going to lead into Scott Snyder's 'Justice Doom War' epic, and presumably the 'Year of the Villain' event.

Following the events of 'The Sixth Dimension', Superman has recruited the World Forger to the Justice League in order to help them save the DC Multiverse from dying as a consequence of the Source Wall breaking during the events of Dark Nights: Metal. However, when the heroes returned to their Earth, they soon discovered that their world has been in state of disarray during their absence.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #320 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #320
Story: Flashbacks
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Tom Kelly, June Moorman
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Stan Woch (artist)
Publication Date: 03 October 1984
Available In: Digital

Summary: Helena Wayne has been having recurring nightmares of late, and they are beginning to affect her sleep. To 'cure' her insomnia, Helena decides to venture out into the night as the Huntress to investigate a series of robberies. As soon as she notices a cat motif to the robberies, Helena is immediately triggered and passes out. Upon waking up, she realises she isn't feeling well, and decides to seek professional help. She goes to the one person she feels she can trust: a new ally in the form of Tom Kelly!

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Justice Society Returns In Scott Snyder's Justice League This Autumn

Today has been an interesting, yet very weird day for me. For one, my day started out with a friend and I sharing our disillusionment with DC as of late, especially in face of some of the kerfuffles that have been taking place ever since WB and AT&T have been taking a more active role in managing DC's intellectual properties.

Then later in the day, I talked in-depth about Helena Wayne's core mythology as a character, why she fits in better with the Justice Society, and why she doesn't really fit into the narrative of the Prime Earth Bruce and Selina because of how profoundly different their journeys are.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Top 5 Times Helena Wayne Hinted She May Be Bisexual

June is Pride Month for the LGBTQA community, and for years I've been wanting to write about Helena Wayne's bisexual behaviour in the comics. Everything from pre-Crisis to post-Crisis to post-Flashpoint, there has been a treasure trove of evidence that seem to suggest Batman and Catwoman's canonical Earth-2 daughter may be attracted to more than one gender.

While Helena Wayne has historically only had one confirmed romantic partner—District Attorney Harry Sims—writers also couldn't resist teasing romantic attraction between herself and her father's ward, Dick Grayson, as well as writing her friendship with Power Girl in ways that play into romantic tropes. In the latter case, it's especially hard to overlook the queer subtext.

Despite neither DC Comics nor Huntress co-creator Paul Levitz ever explicitly confirming Helena Wayne's sexuality, there are plenty stories with the character for readers to examine and draw our own conclusions. Based on the way Helena Wayne has interacted with various characters as both the Huntress and as herself across three different continuities, I would argue that she is indeed bisexual.

From pre-Crisis to post-Crisis to post Flashpoint here are my Top 5 picks that—to some degree—support my conclusions.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Doomsday Clock vs Justice League: Two Competing Entities for the Evolution of the DC Multiverse

Doomsday Clock #10 came out this past week, and I have to say this is the first issue I've genuinely enjoyed since the series first launched in 2017. I won't get into Doctor Manhattan's role in this story too much in part because I feel Geoff Johns has been using the character in ways that don't fully understand the purpose of his character in Watchmen, and in part because I want to focus on the details that matter most to me in this story: the history of the DC Multiverse and specifically how that changed over a period of time.

Geoff Johns shifted focus back to the DC Universe in Doomsday Clock #8, but it is actually in Doomsday Clock #10 where we start seeing answers to some of the questions first posited in DC Universe Rebirth #1 in 2016, some of which seem to intersect with events happening in Scott Snyder's Justice League. There will be spoilers throughout this post for both Doomsday Clock and Justice League. If you aren't caught up on either series (or both) this is your stopping point to give you the chance to catch up. If you are all up-to-date, proceed to the next paragraph.

Monday, 20 May 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #319 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #319
Story: The Ozymandias Solution
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Tracy Heather, Alfred Seraphin, Nightingale
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Stan Woch (artist)
Publication Date: 05 September 1984
Available In: Digital

Summary: Helena Wayne has finally unmasked her friend Myra's killer, and is ready to give the Nightingale the long overdue fight they've been craving for. But a showdown with the Nightingale isn't the only thing on Helena Wayne's 'check off' list. She still has to resolve her case with Myra's art dealer, Mr. Seraphin, who may be even more shady than he appears to be! Just what exactly is the origin of the Japanese statue he wants to sell Helena, and is it authentic? If fake, did Myra lose her life for nothing?

Sunday, 28 April 2019

New Bronze Age Huntress Collection Coming in 2020!

written by PAUL LEVITZ
The earliest stories of Huntress, one of the Gotham City heroes featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, are collected in a new title. From the parallel world known in the DC Universe as Earth-2, the Huntress is a unique hero -- the daughter of a hero and a villain: Batman and Catwoman. Helena Wayne was trained by her parents to become a superb athlete, and studied law with the hope of bringing criminals to justice. But after Catwoman is killed by a blackmailer who tried to force her into returning to her life of crime, Helena dons a costume of her own. Now, with her crossbow as her chosen weapon, the Huntress vows to avenge her mother's death.

This title collects 1970s stories from DC Super Stars #17, Batman Family #18-20 and Wonder Woman #271-287, #289, #290, 294 and 295.

ON SALE 01.28.20
$19.99 US | 226 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1779500724

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Bronze Age JSA To Be Collected In Full This August!

The classic 1970s run of the Justice Society of America is now collected in a single volume from the pages of ALL-STAR COMICS #58-74, ADVENTURE COMICS #461-466 and DC SPECIAL #29! Witness the continuing adventures of the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Wildcat as they’re joined by younger heroes Robin, Power Girl and Star-Spangled Kid to battle the Psycho-Pirate, the immortal Vandal Savage, the Injustice Society and more.

ON SALE 08.28.19
$34.99 US | 448 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-071-7

Sunday, 17 March 2019

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #318 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #318
Story: Knee of the Idol
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Tracy Heather, Alfred Seraphin, Nightingale
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Mark Beachum (artist)
Publication Date: 01 August 1984
Available In: Digital

Summary: Myra Liebe has been murdered by a mysterious new foe, and it is up to Helena Wayne to put aside her own holiday to resolve her college friend's murder. Just who is the Nightingale and what does she want with an ancient Japanese statue? Why did its procurement cost Myra Liebe her life? What is Myra's relationship with art dealer Alfred Seraphin? Could he have had something to do with her death? These are all questions the Huntress must come to the bottom of, even if it means risking becoming the Nightingale's next victim!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Gary Frank Teases JSA First Appearance in Doomsday Clock #10, Plus Updates

Hi! Hello. Happy belated New Year and happy belated Valentine's Day. "Where the heck have you been, D? Also, where the heck is Session 03?? It's beyond late!"

Heh. Sorry about that. I guess before we get to today's main story, let me briefly discuss what's been going on. First things first, I will confirm Mark and I did record Session 03 in December. Twice.