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Episode 131

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Join Dylan and John as they cover Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood. The books covered include all of the miniseries Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood #1-6. Huntress has been around for awhile, but how does she view Batman? Is Babs jealous of Dick working with Huntress? Are Huntress’ methods too extreme? Find out here and be sure to leave your comments below.


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  • Enjoyed this episode, though as a huge Helena Bertinelli fan, and a huge Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett fan, I rate this one at 5 out of 5. I just wanted to comment that Helena’s throwing away of the cross at the end isn’t so much rejecting her life fighting the evil of the mob as the Huntress, but more part of Helena’s belief that she’s no longer redeemable, in a religious sense. It plays off of Vic (the Question) saying, “Damn you,” to which Helena replies, “Happened LONG ago, Vic.” Helena’s Catholic faith is very important to her, and at this point in her life, she’s been rejected romantically by Nightwing, as a vigilante by Batman, as a friend by Barbara and Tim, and now as so many things – friend, lover, teacher, partner – by Vic. Helena doesn’t feel like she deserves to be identified with her faith, and thus throws it away.

    There aren’t a ton of Helena-focused books after this until Helena joins the Birds of Prey. There are a couple of one-shots and anthology short stories, and a confusing arc featuring Batman, Huntress, and Checkmate in Batman: Gotham Knights, but the next major events in Huntress’s life are in Hush, followed by Gail Simone’s run on Birds of Prey.

    It’s also a really neat visual parallel to the very first image of the series – a man floating in the water, seen from below. Rucka and Burchett are really master storytellers in this partnership.

    • Forgot to mention that Rucka would pick Helena back up again in both The Question: Pipeline, and Convergence: The Question, both times partnering with artist Cully Hamner. The Question: Pipeline directly follows up on some of the threads in Cry for Blood.

      • John

        Thank you for that insightful comments. We are certainly looking forward to Hush coming up next year and will be interested in seeing Helena’s involvement in that story.