Tuesday, 22 September 2020

How I Became A Helena Wayne Huntress Fan Part 4

Nine years ago today, I created this blog to talk about Helena Wayne as the Huntress, as well as review her comics and her other media appearances. What I haven't done until recently was talk about why I became a Helena Wayne Huntress fan and how I even got here in the first place. In the last three entries, I talked about how I missed my first opportunity to invest in the Huntress in 2002 due to losing interest in the WB TV shows I was invested in at the time, and because I had gotten invested in anime and manga during that time. 

Friday, 18 September 2020

How I Became A Helena Wayne Huntress Fan Part 3

In the last two parts of my origin story as a Huntress fan, I talked about how Catwoman set the standard for the way I would invest in female characters growing up, and the female characters that ended up fitting that standard in my earlier fandoms. We now get to the first comic book character I invested in as an adolescent that not only followed the same standard Catwoman set all those years ago, but was also my real predecessor to Helena Wayne in more ways than one. 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

How I Became A Helena Wayne Huntress Fan Part 2

In Part 1 of my origin story as a Huntress fan, I shared my first experience with DC characters at the age of six via film and television. I especially talked about how strongly Catwoman resonated with me at that age and how she set the gold standard for the way I would invest in future female characters, including the version of the Huntress who is her daughter with Batman. Catwoman specifically set the standard for complex female characters who's goals and motivations were often (if not entirely) at odds with the lifestyles they led.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

How I Became A Helena Wayne Huntress Fan Part 1

September is a special month for me. Not just because I was born on this month, but also because it's the month of Helena Wayne's canonical birthday, and it is also the month I created this blog almost nine years ago. At the time, I had recently turned 25 and I was still in uni. DC had also rebooted their entire DC Multiverse with The New 52 around this same timeframe. It quickly proved to be a very polarising time to be sure, but it was especially not one of my proudest decades as a blogger. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

WarnerMedia Lays Off Numerous DC Universe and DC Comics Employees As Part of Restructuring. What Could This Mean For The Earth-2 Huntress And The Justice Society?

There is no sure way to bring me out of my unannounced hiatus faster than another restructuring of DC Comics as part of an effort to streamline services to AT&T business goals. Given that AT&T acquired a massive debt from their acquisition of TimeWarner and HBO back in 2016, the telecommunications company has since been pressured by their shareholders at Elliot Management to quickly recover that cost. This has no doubt been the driving force of AT&T's corporate culture over the past three years, with a few shakeups during that timeframe. 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E06: The Justice Society Review

Stargirl
, episode 06 opens up with a student from Courtney's school, Artemis Crock, practicing for her school's American football team. When she is prevented from scoring a touchdown by a sexist teammate, Artemis punches the lad and is subsequently benched by her coach. Upset over their daughter's humiliation, Lawrence Crock and Paula Brooks decide to pay Artemis' coach a personal visit that results in his death. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1: Alan Scott's Classic Origin Story Gets A New Twist!

June is Pride Month, and while I was thinking of doing another 'Top 5s' list for Helena Wayne's most queer moments in comics this year, I decided to focus on one of her oldest friends instead. Another fellow member of the Justice Society of America who also happens to be one of my favourite DC characters! 

Just in time for Pride Month, and just in time for celebrating the original Green Lantern's 80th Anniversary, we look at Alan Scott's original origin story in All-American Comics #16, as well as the updated version of that story featured in this week's Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1 by James Tynion IV and Gary Frank! 

In case this needs saying, spoilers ahead for both All-American Comics #16 and Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1!

Monday, 22 June 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Seeks To Be The Anti-Crisis. What Could This Mean For Helena Wayne?

Last week, the much anticipated Dark Nights: Death Metal debuted with an explosive first issue, promising to redefine the future of the DC Multiverse and reshape the narratives of our favourite heroes for the better. That’s a pretty bold mission statement, isn’t it? But what exactly does that mean? Before Death Metal can repair the mistakes of the past, it must first understand why those previous attempts to streamline the main DC canon failed in the first place, starting with the mother reboot of all DC reboots, Crisis on Infinite Earths!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E05: Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite Review

Stargirl, episode 04 opens to a flashback sequence from nine years ago that gives us a glimpse into Rick Tyler’s past, just moments before his father, Rex Tyler, and his wife Wendi were killed in a car crash just outside their home. Prior to the accident, Wendi leaves her son in her brother’s custody, complete with false documents that present Rick as her brother’s son.

Click to read on Patreon for $1.00 per month

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E04: Wildcat Review

After a few appearances in the last three episodes, we are formally introduced to Courtney's classmate, Yolanda Montez, who–as it turned out–wasn't always an outcast. Three months prior to Courtney's arrival, Yolanda was actually an outgoing student with ambitions to be elected into Blue Valley High School's student government. She was loved by her family and was even dating her popular classmate, Henry King Jr. 

Friday, 12 June 2020

James Tynion IV Confirms Tom King's Batman/Catwoman Won't Affect Main Batman Continuity. What Does This Mean For Helena Wayne?

Earlier today, Newsarama confirmed the status quo of Tom King's upcoming Batman/Catwoman maxiseries as being 'outside the bounds of continuity' and won't impact James Tynion IV's own plans for Batman and Catwoman in his Batman run. When enquired about the status quo of Catwoman's pregnancy in the main Batman canon in an interview, Tynion had this to say:

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E03: Icicle Review

Last week was a wild week for me as Huntress and Justice Society fan, but I am definitely back with another review of Stargirl, and let me just say this one required a rewatch! Not for anything the episode did good, not for anything the episode did bad, but for what it did to shake me to the core with its shocking climax! And let me just say it sent quite a massive chill down my spine! Sit back, relax, and lets get into Stargirl, episode 03, 'Icicle!'

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Catwoman 80th Anniversary Special #1: 'Helena' Is Not The Love Letter To Helena Wayne Tom King Thinks It Is

Catwoman 80th Anniversary Special #1 dropped this week, and well...I found it a bit underwhelming compared to the other anniversary comics that came out this year. Namely, the #750 anniversary issues for Wonder Woman and The Flash that were genuinely great, and Robin 80th Anniversary Special #1, which was also a favourite. For the 80-year-old feline fatale, however...I lamentably only liked four stories out of the ten that were featured: 'Skin the Cat', 'The Catwoman of Earth', 'Addicted to Trouble', and 'The Art of Picking a Lock.' Out of the four, 'The Catwoman of Earth' was the closest I got to getting a pre-Crisis Catwoman story.
 
As much as I would love to talk about the four stories I did enjoy from the Catwoman anniversary special (and I'll probably do it as a Patreon exclusive), I'll instead be focusing this post on the Tom King and Mikel Janín 'Helena' story. I will not be reviewing the story itself since my thoughts on Tom King's take on Batman and Catwoman is already pretty well known. But I will focus on King's interpretation of Helena Wayne's origin.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E02: S.T.R.I.P.E. Review

After a smashing debut last week, Stargirl, episode 02, picks up right where the pilot episode left off: the first showdown between Courtney Whitmore and the Brain Wave! Just when Courtney thought she was done for, an unexpected ally comes to her rescue: a giant robot piloted by her stepdad, Pat Dugan! As Courtney begins to learn more about the new enemies she's up against, she becomes increasingly convinced in her decision to seek justice for her father and the Justice Society as she suits up for the first time as Stargirl!

Friday, 22 May 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E01: Pilot Review

Stargirl
, one of 2020’s most anticipated television series, aired its pilot episode early this week, first on the DC Universe streaming service on Monday, then on the CW network on Tuesday, and it became available for online streaming in the US on Wednesday. And, of course, as I duly expected as both a Geoff Johns and Justice Society fan, the pilot episode opened with a bang! Literally! I couldn’t wait to talk about it as soon as I watched it, and in case it needs saying, spoilers ahead!

Friday, 24 April 2020

Robin 80th Anniversary: Helena Wayne's 5 Most Memorable Moments As Robin During The New 52

Robin's 80th Anniversary celebration may have come and gone as quickly as a tornado on a prairie, but that doesn't mean all conversation on DC's famous Robins have ceased. In fact, it's an ongoing conversation since each of these characters have strong fan followings, even characters like Stephanie Brown who was Robin for what felt like a few good seconds post-Crisis. Another famous name that gets brought up a lot in Robin discussions is Helena Wayne who had her origin reworked in 2012 so that she started out as Robin for the New 52 continuity.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Robin 80th Anniversary: Counting Down The Original Earth-2 Dick Grayson's Greatest Hits

The year 2020 has been a big anniversary year for some of DC's greatest superheroes. DC celebrated Wonder Woman's 80th anniversary in January, the Flash in February, Robin in March, and originally Catwoman was supposed to have hers celebrated in April. Alas, however, that's been put on hold due to the COVID19 pandemic that put us all in quarantine indefinitely, and as of today, no new DC comics will be out until the last week of April at the earliest.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

DC Super-Stars #17 Facsimile Gets New Release Date

DC SUPER-STARS #17 FACSIMILE EDITION
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, DENNIS O’NEIL, and JACK C. HARRIS
Art by JOE STATON, BOB LAYTON, MIKE GRELL, JUAN ORTIZ, and others
Cover by JOE STATON and BOB LAYTON
This 1977 issue features the debut of Huntress, the untold origin of Green Arrow, and an early adventure of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Offered to coincide with the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.
ON SALE 05.05.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

The JSA Returns This July With A New Ongoing Series, Prime Earth Helena Wayne Is The Main Villain (April Fools Prank)

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1
Written by TOM KING
Art by TOM DERENICK
Cover by LEE WEEKS
The actions of Dr. Manhattan caused the Justice Society of America to disappear from the DC Universe. After becoming inspired by Superman, Dr. Manhattan restored the DC timeline and the Justice Society returned. But are things truly back to normal? As the Justice Society seek to understand their place on this new world, they encounter a new threat in the form of an old friend: Helena Wayne! Now the daughter of our world's Batman and Catwoman, the Huntress travels back in time from a grim future that was set in motion by the sudden reappearance of the Justice Society! Her mission? Save her future by removing the anomaly that destroyed it! Don't miss this explosive extra-sized first issue by DC superstars Tom King and Tom Derenick!
ON SALE 07.29.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The Best of the Huntress: All-Star Comics #72 Review

Title: All-Star Comics #72
Story: A Thorn By Any Other Name
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Flash (Jay Garrick), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Thorn (Rose Canton), Huntress (Paula Brooks), Sportsmaster (Lawrence Crock)
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: 03 May 1978
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: The Huntress has formally joined the Justice Society of America after successfully helping Wildcat and the Star-Spangled Kid put a stop to the Strike Force in Gotham. Now an official member of the legendary team, The Huntress embarks on her first official mission with the JSA in Keystone City where the Thorn has killed a police officer: Jack Reilly.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

The Flash #750: The Future Of Earth-5G Is Up In the Air!

This week, The Flash #750 celebrated the Flash's 80th anniversary, and out of the entire collection of stories featured in the special, only three of them added new chapters to the upcoming Earth-5G initiative: the main Flash feature from Joshua Williamson's run, the Jay Garrick Flash story taking place in Keystone City in 1940, and the epilogue to the recently concluded Flash Forward miniseries, which is also functioning as the prelude to DC's upcoming FCBD 2020 offering: Generation Zero: Gods Among Us.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Tom King’s Upcoming Batman/Catwoman Maxiseries From The Perspective Of A Helena Wayne Huntress Fan

It has been a wild week for me this week. Not just because AT&T removed DC co-publisher Dan DiDio from his position yesterday (seemingly as part of a restructuring effort to align DC with AT&T’s multimedia platform with more emphasis on franchising and branding), but also because Batman/Catwoman writer Tom King dropped another tease bomb this week that caused my Twitter feed to blow up.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn Review

Title: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Cast: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Pérez, Ella Jay Basco, Ewan McGregor
Filmmakers: Cathy Yan (Director), Christina Hodson (Screenwriter), Margot Robbie (Producer)
Release Date: 07 February 2020
Available In: Cinemas
Rating: R (strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material)

It's Valentine's Day today, and the female-led Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey at some cinemas) has now been out for a whole week. While I originally intended to see the film today for the special occasion, I also had a bad day at the office last Thursday (long story) that I told myself I deserved to treat myself to something nice. I therefore decided to watch the film on opening night instead, and as for having a good time, the film does deliver on that front. (I'm actually going to go see it again at the cinema after work tonight.)

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Earth-5G: Dark Nights: Death Metal And DC Generation One-Shots

This week, DC revealed their upcoming event Dark Nights: Death Metal and their plans for DC Generation—a series of one-shots that will officially start the new DC timeline.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

DC FCBD 2020: Generation Zero The Next Milestone To Earth-5G

DC Announced their 'Top Secret' Gold Book for FCBD 2020 today, Generation Zero, which will be the next milestone on the road to the upcoming Earth-5G.

Without revealing too much, the story is going to centre on Wally West, who will essentially be functioning in a similar capacity to Power Girl in Infinite Crisis and Barry Allen in Flashpoint. In the story, Wally will get a glimpse of the DC Multiverse's past, present, and future, and will get the opportunity to reshape it.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

The Huntress: Origins vs Huntress: Darknight Daughter: The New, The Old, And The Different

The Huntress: Origins has been on sale for two weeks now, which means it's time to finally talk about the final product now that most of us have the book in hand. There's a lot I love about the new book, some of which I feel is actually an improvement over the original Huntress: Darknight Daughter print from 2006, and some that I wish had been done better than the original book.

While I won't review the individual stories featured in the book as I already reviewed them all on this blog over the span of seven years (yeah, it's been that long), I will, however, be reviewing the book as a product, beginning with the cover design, the interior graphic design, the print and paper quality, and of course, the bonus material.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wonder Woman #750: A Brave New World, A Bold New Timeline

Wonder Woman #750 came out this week, and as an 80th anniversary special, it is everything you can hope for in celebration of the famous Amazonian princess. It concludes Steve Orlando’s ‘Wild Hunt’ storyline from the main title, and features a couple of short stories from various men and women in comics, especially ones who have contributed to the narrative of DC’s feminist icon in some capacity.

All featured stories are heartwarming reminders of everything Wonder Woman represents and all that we can aspire to be if we followed her example. Some of my favourite stories in this special include the ones from Mariko Tamaki and Elena Casagrande, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, Marguerite Bennett and Laura Braga, Vita Ayala and Amancay Nahuelpan. The one recurring theme in most of these stories is that it's okay to be flawed. Just learn from your mistakes, learn to be kind, and always strive to be better.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Top 5 Reasons The Huntress: Origins Is A Must Have For Every Helena Wayne Huntress Fan

The Huntress: Origins is now two days away from being sold at comic shops everywhere in the English-speaking countries, and eight days away from being sold in the mainstream retail market. Originally sold as The Huntress: Darknight Daughter in 2006, The Huntress: Origins revisits Helena Wayne's classic backstory from 1977, as well as the first four years of her solo adventures as the Huntress.

In a year that's quickly unfolding to be a major one for Helena Wayne Huntress fans—from her upcoming appearance in the Catwoman: 80th Anniversary Special in April to DC Super-Stars #17 being reprinted as a facsimile comic that same month, to her teased future appearance in the upcoming Batman/Catwoman maxiseries, and a possible future appearance in the Stargirl show—now is a good time for fans new and old to get reacquainted with the original Darknight Daughter herself.

If you didn't get the chance to buy The Huntress: Darknight Daughter in 2006 when that first came out, or need to replace your current copy, or just need a quintessential Helena Wayne Huntress book to give to a friend interested in the character, here are the 'Top 5' reasons The Huntress: Origins should be added to your bookshelf this year! And, of course, if you are not already familiar with Helena Wayne's pre-Crisis history, spoilers ahead!

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Crisis On Infinite Earths, Stargirl, And Earth-2? Spoilers Ahead!

The DCTV event Crisis on Infinite Earths concluded on the CW this past Tuesday, and while it wasn't the most mind-blowing event in terms of storytelling, it was certainly entertaining. It was definitely exciting to see so many actors from past DC films and television shows cameo in this, including Ashley Scott from the 2002 Birds of Prey television show who got to portray her version of the Huntress one more time, even if it was for a mere 48 seconds.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

DC Super-Stars #17 Getting Facsimile Edition This Spring

DC SUPER-STARS #17 FACSIMILE EDITION
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, DENNIS O’NEIL, and JACK C. HARRIS
Art by JOE STATON, BOB LAYTON, MIKE GRELL, JUAN ORTIZ, and others
Cover by JOE STATON and BOB LAYTON
This 1977 issue features the debut of Huntress, the untold origin of Green Arrow, and an early adventure of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Offered to coincide with the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.
ON SALE 04.08.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Earth-5G Starting Much Sooner This Month?

We knew going into the new year that a new official DC timeline would kickstart Earth-5G sometime later in 2020. However, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced yesterday that the new timeline will officially start in Wonder Woman #750 out later this month on 22 January—the same day that The Huntress: Origins will be released to comic book stores. The story debuting the new timeline will be written by DC superstar Scott Snyder with artwork by the equally talented Bryan Hitch. The story will also officially establish Wonder Woman as DC's first superhero on this new DC Earth.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

The Start Of A New Decade: My Plans For 2020

Today is the first day of a new year and also the start of a new decade. With the start of a new decade comes a new beginning, and of course, a lot of self-reflecting to decide what I want to do differently for the next ten years of my life. (Well, apart from the fact that I'll be turning 40 in six years time and I clearly need to start asking myself what I'm doing with my life.)

Having reflected on the last decade—which I described as polarising—I have to say I am quite displeased with the way I've been running this website, and I'm especially not happy about the way I've been conducting myself in the past 10 years. Having looked back on where I've made mistakes and where I need to make improvements, I've mapped out what I am going to do differently in this decade to improve the quality of my content and other people's experience starting with 2020.