The always wonderful DC Women Kicking Ass blog had a series of posts yesterday saying goodbye to the post-Crisis Huntress, following the revelation that the current incarnation of the character is, once again, Helena Wayne and not Helena Bertinelli (The timing was chosen to coincide with the final issue of Paul Levitz and Marcus To’s Huntress mini-series). In addition to fans remembering their favorite Helena Bertinelli scenes, the posts also included commentary from Greg Rucka and Gail Simone, who shared her reasons for loving the character:
The charge was often leveled us, when I took over Birds of Prey, that we had added the Huntress to the book to tie in with the television series that had spun off from the book’s previous incarnation. The truth is, it was my idea to bring her in. The show had already flopped, and DC was in no hurry to be more closely affiliated with the series. So they were not thrilled with the idea of bringing Helena aboard. I made a stern case, aided by a great editor, the fierce Lysa Hawkins, for what Helena would bring to the book; her unpredictability, her untamed nature, her unmatchable will. All of that stuff was true, but had nothing to do with why I wanted her in the book. The truth is a lot simpler.
She was badass.
Completely, unendingly badass.
The post-Crisis Huntress was a character that I’d never really paid too much attention to, before; she appeared in a lot of books I enjoyed without my realizing it, if that makes sense, and I always attributed that to the creators of said books. But reading through the posts, I found myself realizing that I’ll miss the character as well. Maybe we’ll get to meet the New 52 Helena Bertinelli before too long, somehow…