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The New 52 - Huntress by Femmes-Fatales The New 52 - Huntress by Femmes-Fatales
Here's the eighteenth pin-up in a series I'm doing called The Women of the New 52. This one is of the arrow-slinging (and slightly bland) Helena Wayne AKA Huntress!

As the daughter of Earth-2 Bruce Wayne, Helena became Robin and fought crime alongside her father. She forged a friendship with Supergirl and the two became a permanent duo. However, during a battle against Darkseid both Helena and Kara were transported to another Earth where they are currently stranded. Taking on the codename of Huntress and temporarily using the identity of Helena Bertinelli, Helena took to the role of vigilante while Kara (now using the name Karen Starr) became a super CEO working towards finding a way to get the two women back home.

Of all of the changes in the New 52, one of the ones I was saddest about was the elimination of Helena Bertinelli's character. While Helena Wayne may be the first Huntress, I can't help but feel that she falls short of being as multi-dimensional as Helena Wayne. I can't help but feel as if Helena W is a bit bland and is a bit of a generic vigilante (IN COMPARISON TO BERTINELLI... when removed from the comparative she's decently written). To me, her saving grace is her friendship to Power Girl. The two have an incredible dynamic and it's definitely the Earth-2 equivalent to Black Canary and Barbara Gordon. For those of you who have yet to read "World's Finest" and wish to know the truth about Helena Bertinelli (spoilers ahead)... she existed but is dead. We don't know how she died or when but given the fact that these characters tend to not stay dead for very long it could be possible that Helena Bertinelli may show up in the future.

Wayne/Bertinelli schpeel aside. Helena Wayne's costume is more or less similar to one of the costumes Helena Bertinelli wore (eff man this is confusing XD). There are some minor changes here and there. I really do wish they'd made more of an effort to separate Wayne from Bertinelli visually in her Huntress garb. *shrugs* But what can you do?

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beeto45 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
batman's former daughter, right?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No one can ever be a "former" daughter... you're a son or daughter for life. But to answer your question and as is made evident by the blurb I wrote for her here, the Huntress in the New 52 continuity is Batman's daughter. :)
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beeto45 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
really? i wasn't up to date with dc continuity.
they first killed huntress in coie, brought her back from oblivion with no relation to batman and now your telling me she's batman's daughter again. SHEESH!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On Earth-2, she is. On Earth-1, there was a Helena Bertinelli but according to Helena Wayne she's "dead." In comic book speak, that means "dead for now" since no one in comics stays dead for long especially when the majority prefer the badass Helena Bertinelli to the meh Helena Wayne.
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13Nightmares Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Huntress tag teaming with Power Girl as the World's Finest was easily New 52 Title I was excited for the most... and then I found out this was Helena Wayne and not Helena Bertinelli.

I'm sure Helena Wayne is cool in her own right, but imo, she just can't hold a candle to Bertinelli even when it comes origin.

Helena Wayne, daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle from an alternate universe, who started as that universe's Robin.
Helena Bertinelli, Daughter of the Bertinelli Gotham Mob Family, who became a vigilante to fight the mob and developed her own identity separate from the Bat-Family.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do think there's room for both but obviously I prefer HB to HW.
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13Nightmares Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
With me, I was introduced to Helena Bertinelli through the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, that's who I knew as Huntress and that's who I looked for in comics and stories (before New 52). I know Wayne came first, and one of the writers for World's Finest created Wayne... but still.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was aware of both Huntresses since I was familiar with Helena Bertinelli via what comics were out in the '90s but knew of Helena Wayne via the Birds of Prey TV show. I've just never much liked the idea of Bruce and Selina together since I think they're poison for one another.
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ladykikyou Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
You've clearly never read a pre-New 52 Helena Wayne story before in your life if you think she's one dimensional. While her time as Huntress was sadly cut short due to the 1986 reboot, she did grow a lot as a character in the nine years that she was given. By the time she met her end in the Crisis on Infinite Earths finale she was a different character from the one she was when she first started out. It should also be noted that some traits people commonly attribute to Helena Bertinelli (i.e., having a brutal fighting style and moral ambiguity with regards to foe deaths) actually started with Helena Wayne and carried over to the Helena Bertinelli incarnation where they were emphasised more.

That being said, there's no comparing Wayne and Bertinelli as they're both very different women with very different raison d'Ítres that--in my opinion--make them both interesting and compelling women. I do agree that DC has done neither character any favours in making their origins interchangeable, but I do disagree strongly that one is more multidimensional than the other due to their differences as characters.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read Helena Wayne's various adventures in Wonder Woman's Pre-Crisis title when she was the back-up star. :)
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