The Huntress cuts a swath through Italy’s underworld!
The Huntress #3
“Crossbow at the Crossroads,” takes us to the halfway point in Huntress’ miniseries. She’s still in Italy, hot on the trail of a group of smugglers who deal in both weapons and women to be sold into sexual slavery. Infiltrating Moretti’s yacht, she learns that the crooks here have the cops working for them, and are setting up “asylum for the chairman.” Reaching out to her reporter friends, she learns that this is most likely the ruler of Kufra, yet another made up country in DC’s Middle East. As Huntress finds the next meeting, there’s a great scene of her scaring off some wild dogs with just a look and commenting she’s more a cat person. Personally, as Levitz created the first version of this character, as well as writing this series, I think that’s a nod to her original history of being the daughter of Batman and Catwoman of Earth 2.She picks off most of the thugs, and then finally gets her first challenge of the series, a huge man who goes by “The Lion of Kufra.” They have a huge fight in which the Lion seems borderline Metahuman, but Helena of course eventually wins. To this point, she’s plowed through all the thugs with ease, and this fight actually goes on a while. The issue ends with her swearing she’s going after Moretti next, which I presume will lead her to the Chairman of Kufra.
What I liked and what I didn’t:There’s plenty of good heroic action here. Huntress is fighting the good fight, and, as I said about last issue, managing to not kill anyone or do massive property damage along the way. I still find it amusing that, given her history, she is now one of the more moderate characters in the DCNU. The writing is good, and she comes across believably and heroically.About the only thing I didn’t like here is that the issue almost seems a bit like filler. Aside from the information about the Middle Eastern ruler involved here, almost the entire issue is one long fight. I like the action sequences, but things like this make me wonder if maybe the old approach of miniseries being four issues long, instead of six, eight, nine, or twelve, was the better way to go.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|good action, good heroics||feels a bit padded|
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