Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads

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Over the years, I’ve gained a certain fondness to the Helena Bertinell/Huntress character. And I think the fact that Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads pretty much eliminates her in the New 52 DC landscape might have soured my reading experience.

This mini-series is written by one of the creators of the original Helena Wayne Huntress, Paul Levitz, and pretty much sets up the return of that character in DC’s current status quo. Huntress is no longer Bertinelli (Levitz makes a nod to this by having the character use this as an alias) and back to the pre-Crisis Earth 2 version that is the daughter of Catwoman and Batman.

The story itself is pretty run of the mill; Huntress goes to Italy to stop a weapons smuggling ring that is supplying the gangs of Gotham City, only to uncover that there is a related sex trafficking scheme as well. And Huntress–regardless who it is behind the mask–has a problem with that and takes down the crime syndicate. So after her work vacation, she leaves with Power Girl to start the new World’s Finest series.

The result is a kind of dull story that is completely passable. I wonder if Levitz originally wrote this as a Bertinelli story and editorial decided to switch it to a Wayne one at some point. Who knows. I hate sounding negative, but I just couldn’t get into the story at all, probably because it symbolized the end of my favorite Huntress. But on a more positive note, I did like the Guillem March art in this.

So should you give Crossbow at the Crossroads a chance? If you are a fan of any of the creators of the book–or even Helena Wayne–then you will be content with this. But if you’re like me and part of the Bertinelli camp, you can skip this.

Power Girl #26

In this day of trade paperbacks and extended story arcs, the single issue story is becoming a lost art form. Power Girl #26 proves that a single issue story can still be just as compelling as a longer one.

As the cover to your left shows, the story is fairly simple. Writer Matthew Sturges has Power Girl signing autographs to a bunch of her fans, all dressed up as their fans. One of her fans is from a race of aliens that captures Power Girl–along with the rest of her fans–in order to taker her DNA and use it to start an army of super powerful soldiers. It’s up to Power Girl’s adoring fans to step up and save the day and get everyone back home to planet Earth.

Guys, this is the perfect comic to get your girlfriend or lady friends hooked on funny books. Every character in this book is a woman, so everyone is relatable. It’s not tied up with years of continuity and you get a full story that makes sense. It’s also very friendly, artistically speaking. Sami Basri’s art style is superb, and all the ladies in the book have realistic body types. Come on, everyone knows that those BABEALICIOUS~! pin-up super heroines discourages women from going to comics stores. This issue of Power Girl is something any lady can be proud of reading.