Huntress is today’s focus for my Women in Comics post. There have been three versions of the Huntress in the DC universe. One was a villain in the golden age of comics, one is Batman’s daughter on an alternate Earth, and one is the daughter of a mafia crime lord. I am going to focus on the one I grew up with, the Huntress whose real name is Helena Bertinelli. She was created in 1989 for DC comics. She made her debut in The Huntress #1(April 1989).
Helena Bertinelli is the daughter of a Don of one of the Gotham Mafia families. At the age of 8, she witnesses the murder of her family by a rival Mafia family. This set Helena on a mission to avenge the death of her family, and destroy the Mafia. She becomes adapt at hand to hand combat, and with different weapons. She is especially adapt with small hand crossbows.
Huntress takes things further than most vigilantes, in that she will severely injure the bad guys, or even kills them. She doesn’t get along with Batman, who thinks she is a violent loose cannon who can’t be trusted. Other members of the Batman Family don’t share Batman’s feelings, and they work with Huntress on missions. She has also been a member of the Justice League, the Outsiders, and the Birds of Prey. She has a really close relationship with Black Canary.
Huntress is basically a female Punisher. She kicks ass and takes no prisoners. She is a pretty badass character. They really capture that in the show Arrow. You can learn more about Huntress here.